How to Install a Fireplace Insert for Wood Burning

Fireplace inserts for wood burning add to the beauty and heat efficiency of your fireplace. These inserts are often constructed from iron frames that are attached to glass doors and brass face plates. Fireplace inserts unfold like legs of a folding table, making them easy to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wrench
  • Steel brush

Instructions

    • 1

      Measure the width of your fireplace using a measuring tape. Purchase an insert that fits the dimensions of your fireplace.

    • 2

      Clean the hearth of the fireplace. Use a steel brush to remove soot and other deposits on the surface of the hearth.

    • 3

      Unfold the four iron bars on the corners of the fireplace insert. Make sure their width will allow them to slide into the width of the fireplace.

    • 4

      Tighten the bolts on the iron bars to lock them into position.

    • 5

      Slip the insert into the fireplace. The bars should fit well in the corners of the fireplace. The faceplate of the insert should be level with the outside of the fireplace. Do not leave gaps in the corners.

    • 6

      Open the doors of the insert. Tug on the pull cord inside to pull back the iron-mesh screens.

    • 7

      Tighten the bolts that connect the fire bar to the top of the insert. The fire bar is a steel bar along the top of the fireplace. Tighten the bolts by twisting it with your hands and then securing it completely using pliers.

    • 8

      Connect the bottom of the insert to the sides of the fireplace by tightening the bolts using pliers. These bolts will hold the insert in place using tension and counter-tension on the inside support bars.

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  • Photo Credit fireplace image by Ekaterina Sidorenko from Fotolia.com

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