Fireplace inserts are made out of steel or cast iron, explains the Chicago Tribune. These metal fireboxes are placed into compatible, pre-existing brick or masonry fireplaces, notes eFireplaceStore. More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Wood-burning fireplace inserts are units that fit inside the firebox of the fireplace to improve its efficiency. Many of these units have glass doors, allowing room occupants a view of the fire. These units reduce the he... More » Home & Garden Heating & Cooling

The price of a gas fireplace insert can range from $2,000 to $4,000. The condition of the chimney and the fireplace model selected are two key features that may affect the price. Gas inserts can be vented or unvented. More » Home & Garden Heating & Cooling

Fireplace inserts don't make homes safer, but they can prevent burning material from exiting the structure, potentially preventing fires. If they're installed incorrectly, however, they can pose safety risks. More » Home & Garden Heating & Cooling

To clean a fireplace, scrub the metal inserts, scoop out the ashes and scrape soot from the interior walls. Complete the task when the fireplace has not been used for several days to be sure the materials are cool enough... More » Home & Garden Cleaning

To light a fireplace, warm up the flue, and then ignite a starter brick. Add a log behind and in front of the brick, and then add a third across the first two logs. You need black and white newspaper, a fire starter bric... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

To paint a fireplace, perform a thorough cleaning followed by priming and a final paint layer. Choose the type of paint based on whether the surface being painted is on the interior or the exterior of the fireplace. More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance