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How do fireplace insert blowers work?

Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020

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Fireplace inserts equipped with a blower are designed to draw air from the room into heating chambers before expelling it back into the room. These blowers use an electric fan mounted inside a vent that wraps around the outside of the firebox.

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Simply so, how does a fireplace insert work?

An insert is basically a fireproof box that's surrounded by steel or cast iron and fronted by insulated glass, creating a closed combustion system. The steel or cast iron helps to trap the heat. Some inserts have a blower that pushes the hot air back into the room through front vents.

Beside above, how much does it cost to install a fireplace blower? A gas fireplace blower 10 and fan can improve heat radiation and the cost is $100-$250 for the materials and another $75-$150 for the installation. Adding a chimney is always a major project/enhancement for any gas fireplace project and will add $60-$95/linear foot.

Subsequently, one may also ask, do fireplace blowers really work?

Choosing a high number increases the energy of your fireplace from 74 to 92 percent. The fireplace blower uses only a small amount of electricity, therefore the added heat in the room far outweighs any extra electricity required while the blower motor is functioning. Some blowers include a thermostat.

Is a fireplace insert worth the money?

Overall, a fireplace insert gives most individuals the value the want including: Time Savings: Less maintenance such as cleaning, removing ash, and adding wood to the fire.

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Do you have to use the blower on a fireplace?

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Does a fireplace insert need a liner?

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How much electricity does a fireplace blower use?

0.480 KWH/day, about 15 KWH/month, or somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.20/fan per month.

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Why is my fireplace blower so loud?

Many gas fireplaces use a blower to drive warm air out into the room. But if the fan gets loaded with dust or the motor bearings wear, the blower will make a rumbling noise at all speeds. Sometimes it's possible to remove the blower and clean the fan blades to quiet it.

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How do you start a fire in a wood stove without smoking?

Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.
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  2. Open the Damper.
  3. Crack a Window.
  4. Turn Off the Heater.
  5. Prime the Flue.
  6. Build an Upside Down Fire.
  7. Don't Build a Fire on Very Windy Days.
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What does a blower do on a wood stove?

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How do I build a fire in my fireplace?

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How do you start a fire in a wood stove?

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What is a masonry fireplace?

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Can you put a blower on gas logs?

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What does the blower on a fireplace do?

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Can I put a fan in front of my fireplace?

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Does a ventless fireplace need a blower?

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What is a fireplace blower kit?

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