Wood burning fireplace inserts help to keep the heat in the room instead of going up the chimney. When choosing an insert, you may want to consider a used one. Here are some reasons why.
1 - Less Costly
A used wood burning fireplace unit can cost less than half of what a new one will cost. Keep an eye for local sales by homeowners, and you may get one for free if they are remodeling. The inserts are so durable, they are made to last for years.
2 - Durability
All wood stove inserts are made of steel or cast iron. If bought used, they are still operational and safe. In addition, the internal parts which can sometimes break down from stress, are easily replaceable. You can actually get a better built stove buying used because some of the cheaper ones will only last a few years. If you find one made of steel or cast iron, you have found a long lasting insert.
3 - EPA Regulations
In 1988, the EPA set guidelines to protect the consumer and the environment. Any wood burning insert made after that date is up to date with EPA regulations. This assures that if you are purchasing a used insert manufactured after this time, you will be up to code for safety.