Do you know how to install an insert in a masonry chimney?

Do you know how to install an insert in a masonry chimney?


One of the latest trends in wood-burning fireplaces are inserts, heat recuperators or cassettes. Installing an insert is not a complicated task and you will enjoy all its advantages: efficiency, energy savings, fuel savings, feeling of comfort, …

But… what if I have a masonry fireplace? How can I install an insert in a masonry fireplace? We tell you all about it!

How to install an insert in a masonry fireplace?

This type of installation is simpler. At Panadero, as manufacturers of wood stoves and fireplaces, we recommend that this type of installation is always carried out by a qualified professional.

Installing an insert in an old chimney

In short, this installation consists of three parts:

  • Insert one or two lengths of pipe through the chimney flues. They should be well insulated, in particular, insulate its contour with fiberglass, to avoid smoke plaster and any subsequent problems.
  • Insert the insert or cassette in the hole of your chimney. Then, we must insert and fix the pipes when it is in the right position.
  • You can make a frame around the cassette to protect it and cover any gaps.

Of course, this installation consists of many more and very important aspects that you should consult with a specialist. But, unlike other types of installations, it is simpler.

Tips to take into account before installation

Before executing the installation in your house you must take into account:

  • The dimensions of the original chimney opening.
  • Safety distance on both sides, back of the appliance and from the front.
  • To choose the model that adapts to your house, especially, in calorific power.
  • The smoke outlet, if it does not have a lining.

Advantages of installing an insert in a masonry fireplace

The inserts can be installed in new or old fireplaces. Installing an insert in our house has different advantages:

  • Savings in fuel, energy and money. This occurs because the consumption of wood in an insert is less than in a traditional fireplace.
  • Efficiency. By modifying a traditional fireplace, the increase in efficiency is 80%.
  • Cleanliness. With inserts we reduce smoke, bad smells and soot. In addition, it is easier and more comfortable to clean.
  • Improved design. The view of the fire through glass is more elegant and cozy. It is more attractive than traditional fireplaces.
  • Safety. They help protect your home from accidents. The glass insulates the flame and also reduces the risk of fire and poisoning.

Did you find this article useful? Take a look at our blog by clicking here and find solutions and recommendations to help you with your fireplace or wood stove.

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