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Fireplace Inserts in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC
Do I Need an Insert or a Fireplace?

Many people think they need to look for an insert when they need a fireplace, and vice versa. Here are the key differences to help you get started!


If you’re building a hearth from scratch in a space that’s never had one before, you’re looking for a fireplace (AKA zero clearance fireplace). Fireplaces are typically installed during new construction or as part of a remodel project. As opposed to an insert, the housing (or firebox) of a fireplace is composed of an inner and outer metal shell. The term “zero clearance” refers to the fact that the framing (studs and subfloor) can come directly in contact with the firebox; no clearance is required, allowing lots of installation flexibility.


If you’re looking to modify an existing fireplace to improve its efficiency and/or appearance, you’re looking for an insert. An insert is specifically designed to fit into an existing metal or masonry fireplace. Before your visit to Dean’s, it is a good idea to take the measurements of your current fireplace so we can help you determine the perfect insert. You can print our Measurement Guide here!

Why Do I Need an Insert?

An outdated fireplace steals your home’s heated air by pulling it right up the chimney, while burning faster at a much lower temperature. Our revolutionary, American-made inserts are the solution to all your heating needs.

  • Seal your chimney while improving heating costs.
  • Technology that ensures more heat with less fuel, while drastically reducing smoke and emissions into the environment.

Our experienced staff will spend as much time as you need answering your questions and helping you choose the perfect insert for your home. Our pro installation team will install your insert, review all the components with you, and show you how to efficiently operate the system.

Flush mount hybrid fireplace insert in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC
How Do Our Fireplace Inserts Work?

What Is a Fireplace Insert?

A fireplace insert is a steel firebox that fits into the opening of an existing fireplace and is vented up the chimney, creating a sealed combustion system. It is composed of the steel box itself containing the fire, a ceramic viewing window, a decorative faceplate, a backing panel that conceals the remaining fireplace opening, and an air intake and exhaust system. Inserts are extremely efficient, furnace-rated appliances that can function as a home’s primary or secondary heat source.

How Is a Gas Log Set Different From a Gas Insert?

A gas log set is a kit that consists only of a burner, logs, and any included accessories that are assembled into an existing fireplace. Because the appearance of the opening is unchanged, a gas log set allows you to keep the fireplace’s viewing area intact. However, they are not designed to heat a home like an insert. A gas log set is for a homeowner who would like to improve the interior appearance of their current fireplace and increase convenience, but is not concerned with heating or efficiency.

There also exist unvented log sets that are designed to be burned with the damper closed, but there is misinformation about their usage. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Gas Inserts

Gas inserts are the perfect option for anyone looking for a secondary heat source ready at the push of a button!

  • Our gas inserts feature award-winning technology that produces higher efficiency, hotter burns, durability, and unmatched realism.
  • Battery backups ensure you can use your gas insert in the event of a power outage.
  • Our gas inserts are compatible with natural gas or propane, and consideration should be taken regarding ease and cost of fuel.

Wood Inserts

Don’t want to lose the sight and smell of crackling wood in your current fireplace? Keep the ambiance while achieving unparalleled heat and efficiency with our wood inserts.

  • Wood is nature’s renewable resource: when used in our EPA certified inserts, it produces no more emissions than it would if left to decay in the forest.
  • At as little as 0.58 grams of emissions per hour, our wood inserts are the most efficient in the industry.
  • Wood inserts do require regular maintenance, but require no electricity to run.

Pellet Inserts

With heat output comparable to wood and convenience and control comparable to gas, our pellet inserts are the best of both worlds.

  • With the level of efficiency achievable by our pellet inserts, there is a large return on investment with these units.
  • Pellets are made from recycled waste, and are therefore a renewable resource and burn cleanly.
  • Pellet inserts do require electricity to run.
Electric Fireplace Insert in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC

Electric Inserts

On a budget, or looking for a risk-free ventless option? Our electric inserts are a great solution!

  • Electric inserts not only provide a beautiful light show of flames, but can produce heat!
  • Remote controls allow you to choose from a multitude of colors and displays, and the interior media can be swapped out and arranged however you wish.
  • Electric inserts require zero maintenance.

EcoSmart Ventless Inserts

If you’re looking for a safe ventless option but don’t want to sacrifice a “real” fire, stop by and see our EcoSmart bioethanol inserts in action!

  • Bioethanol is a renewable, clean-burning fuel based on plants like corn and sugarcane.
  • No electrical, no gas lines, no new venting, and virtually no assembly…simply place in your fireplace and you’re done!
  • With no soot, ash, or harmful emissions produced, these grate inserts can safely be burned with the damper closed.

Dean’s Popular Fireplace Inserts

Fireplace Xtrordinair Large Flush Hybrid-Fyre in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC

Fireplace Xtrordinair Large Flush Hybrid-Fyre

Wood Insert

Up to 83,200 BTUs

Up to 80% efficient

Emissions as low as 0.58 GPH – the cleanest wood burning technology in the world!

Heats up to 2,500 square feet

Fireplace Xtrordinair 34 DVL in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC

Fireplace Xtrordinair 34 DVL

Gas Insert

Up to 40,000 BTUs

Heats up to 2,000 square feet

Features patented Ember-Fyre burner and GreenSmart 2 wireless remote

Large Radiant Gas Insert in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC

Lopi Large Radiant

Gas Insert

Up to 33,000 BTUs

Up to 87% efficient

Heats up to 1,650 square feet

Lopi AGP Pellet Insert in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC

Lopi AGP

Pellet Insert

Up to 41,000 BTUs

Up to 78% efficient

Heats up to 2,000 square feet

70 pound hopper

American Hearth Renegade 35 Gas Insert - in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC

American Hearth Renegade 35

Gas Insert

Up to 35,000 BTUs

Up to 77% efficient

Features TruFlame technology

Lopi Answer NexGen-Fyre in Plantsville & New Hartford, CT | Dean's Stove & Spa, LLC

Lopi Answer NexGen-Fyre

Wood Insert

Up to 59,750 BTUs

Emissions as low as 2 GPH

1.5 cubic foot firebox

Heats up to 1,200 square feet

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