What is the difference between a fireplace and a fireplace insert?

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asked Dec 17, 2017 in Other-Home/Garden by odechamois (310 points)
What is the difference between a fireplace and a fireplace insert?

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answered Dec 19, 2017 by Mechanic21 (29,150 points)
A fireplace is just an open fire box basically where you put some logs on it and start a fire.

Fireplaces are nice for the look but they're very inefficient way of heating your home with wood. Most of the heat gets sucked up the chimney.

A fireplace insert is basically a wood stove that you insert into your open fireplace and it usually has a blower on it where it will blow the heat into the room.

The fireplace insert puts out more heat since the fire is in a metal box and lets the heat radiate out of the fireplace insert just like a regular wood stove.

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