Buying used fireplace inserts can be a great way to save money, both on the initial purchase and on heating costs throughout the winter. However, you want to use care as you choose an insert and check a few things previous to buying it.
Check Your Fireplace
Before buying a used fireplace insert, either have a professional check out your existing chimney and setup or check it yourself. Be sure your chimney is clean, sealed, and safe. Be sure to have it professionally cleaned each season it is in use.
Check Your Fuel Needs
There are several different fuels that can burn in used fireplace inserts. Examine the pros and cons of each type before you make your choice. Wood pellets are a good choice for many homeowners due to the cost and efficiency of the fuel. However, many have a ready supply of wood to burn and prefer the regular wood-burning insert. Gas is the fuel of choice for others.
Check Out Various Options
After determining the fuel you want for your stove, research the different brands and models available. Find the features that each offer, and determine which are most important to you. Develop a list with a first, second and third choice. When you have settled on a few models, then you can begin to search on-line and in local ads for an insert that works for you.