Oct 20 2014
Oct 6 2014
One of the challenges of any business is understanding the customers’ needs. In our business we often hear customers use the word “fireplace” when they actually want a free-standing stove. That problem is pretty easy to fix. But customers also use the word “fireplace” when they are actually in need of a “fireplace insert” – so let’s see if we can’t clear it up.
Fireplace Insert – One of the greatest inventions in home heating
The true “fireplace insert” – one of the greatest innovations in home heating – was invented by an Appalachian coal miner in 1869 (according to Wikipedia). Joab Donaldson built his device to make use of coke (fine coal particles) and coal tailings – some of which he might have dug from his own back yard – as a means to more efficiently heat his home for his FOURTEEN children! It probably became apparent to him, as to most folks with an open masonry fireplace, that most of his heat was escaping straight up the flue rather than warming his home. As you would expect, the technology and design improvements over the years make a fireplace insert one of the more economical and comfortable methods of warming a home. And you’re not stuck using coal tailings! Inserts are available for wood, gas, pellet, and electricity. Enjoy the flicker of the flames? Most units on the market today come with glass screens. Concerned about your décor? Most manufacturers today offer a dizzying array of “faces.” (The piece that surrounds the glass screen.) Face design allows the hearth area to complement the existing interior whether simple or ornate, country or urban, rustic or contemporary.