Anatomy of a Heatilator Fireplace
Smoke Chamber – The area above the fireplace and below the flue, used to allow smoke to mix and rise into the flue. Because smoke tends to linger here, large deposits of creosote often accumulate here.
Top Air Vent – The top air vent on an Old Style Heatilator Fireplace returns heated air into the room. The cool air enters a vent at the bottom of the Heatilator. The air is then routed around the firebox and heated without any of the drawbacks associated with traditional fireplaces, and then returned into the room through the top air vent.
Blower – Old-style Heatilator Fireplaces utilize a blower to circulate warm air throughout the room. A blower increases fireplace efficiency by evenly distributing warm air throughout the home which maximizes the performance of your fireplace thereby ensuring that it increases the amount of heat it gives off.
Mantle – A fireplace mantle is a decorative framework around the fireplace. It can include elaborate designs extending to the ceiling.
Firebox – The firebox or fire pit is the part of the fireplace where fuel is combusted, in distinction to the hearth, chimney, mantel, over mantel and flue elements of the total fireplace system. The firebox normally sits on a masonry base at the floor level of the room.
Hearth – The fireproof area directly in front of a fireplace. The inner or outer floor of a fireplace usually made of brick, tile, or stone.
Bottom Air Vent – The bottom air vent on Old-style Heatilator Fireplaces are where cool room air is drawn into the fireplace. The air is then routed around the firebox and exits through the top air vent where it returns to the room as heated air.
How much does a Heatilator Fireplace cost?
The cost of adding an insert, including installation, can be as low as $2,900 for gas and wood-burning units, and $3,200 for pellet-burning inserts (actual costs vary by area of the country and model chosen).
One final thought
Upgrading your masonry built wood-burning fireplace with an insert is a smart decision that you’ll never regret. Doing so will not only make your home more efficient, it can help to save money by transforming the fireplace into an efficient heating unit.