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Add a New Fireplace or Insert to Your Home this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for fellowship with your family and friends. Wouldn’t you love to be able to share this time of the year cozying up with your loved around the warmth of a roaring fire on a cold holiday night? At Old Smokey’s, we think that fireplaces and the holidays go hand in hand. Where else are you going to hang your stockings? That’s why we want you to know that you still have time to install a fireplace or insert before the holiday seasons.


Installing a wood, gas, or pellet fireplace has never been easier and more practical. We offer the industry’s best fireplaces that come in a wide variety of designs. Since our fireplaces are an enclosed system, they offer much better heating efficiency than open-hearth fireplaces. Additionally,  inserts burn cleaner with lower maintenance.


If you already have a fireplace, but it isn’t functional or you don’t want to deal with all the maintenance associated with an open fireplace system, a fireplace insert may be for you. A fireplace insert is an appliance that is inserted into your current fireplace. It consists of a firebox which is surrounded by a steel shell. The shell helps to direct heat into the room instead of into the masonry making them up to 80 percent efficient which is much more efficient than the 5 to 10 percent efficiency of open hearth fireplaces.

There are a few things that you will need to consider when purchasing a fireplace or insert. One of the most important things you will have to consider is the type of fuel you want to burn. You generally have three fuels to choose from: gas, wood, and pellet. Gas fireplaces and inserts are generally easier to run because they can be turned on with the flip of a switch. They also burn clean and efficiently. Newer models of wood fireplaces and inserts are very efficient and use a renewable fuel (wood). They also add a warmth and ambiance that is hard to beat. Pellet fireplaces and inserts use compressed sawdust in place of wood as a fuel. Some people prefer pellets to wood because they provide the warmth of wood logs, without all the chopping and wood stacking.

With all the design and fuel options available for fireplaces and inserts, it can be a little overwhelming. At Old Smokey’s we can help walk you through the process of choosing a new fireplace or insert. Call us at 800-876-6539 to schedule an appointment today and we’ll have you celebrating a warm and cozy holiday season.

Stoves, Inserts and Fireplaces – Which Is Best for You?

After an unseasonably mild start to winter, it is safe to assume normalcy has returned. By that we mean, cold and snow and ice will make their presence felt. With that in mind, it is not too late to consider a stove, insert or fireplace to broaden your home’s heating options. Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney is just the place to start. We offer a vast range of brand-name products that are suitable heating enhancements for your home. We are your local and regional fireplace and chimney pros. That means we draw upon a wealth of experience and expertise to help folks like you make the right stove, insert or fireplace choice – right in dollars and in practicality.

Stoves, inserts, and fireplaces, which is the best for you - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokeys

Our showroom at 220 West State Street in Ashley, Indiana features an attractive variety of products. Moreover, our smart and friendly professionals take great pleasure in helping customers navigate through choices that can be difficult and challenging. And if you cannot make it to our showroom, Old Smokey’s is just a call or a click away.

As we advise you on your options, we will help you weigh the comparative virtues of products with respect to quality, longevity, reliability, safety and cost based on what we have seen and experienced over the course of 30+ years in business. Most important of all, we are not going to sell you something you don’t need. Based on experience with thousands of customers, we have a keen eye and an attuned ear to people’s individual heating needs. Tell us what’s on your mind!

Among our brand-name products, we offer:

  • Pellet Stoves and Inserts – Tired of chopping, stacking and storing firewood? Now is the perfect time to think about installing a pellet stove and insert. Wood pellets tend to produce reduced emissions compared to a traditional wood-burning fireplace. And if you are getting on in years, you will appreciate how easy they are to load and clean.
  • Gas Stoves, Fireplaces and Inserts – Many homeowners love the look and feel of a fireplace but prefer the eco-friendly option of natural gas as a fuel. A gas stove is a reliable principal heat source and a helpful contingency during a power outage. As another option, a gas fireplace or insert gives you more flexibility. It lets you manage your heating with the flip of a switch. Convenience meets efficiency.
  • Gas Logs – Gas logs are a sensible introduction to this clean-burning alternative. People who aren’t sure how far they want to go with gas heating get to experience a mess-free trial run by using gas logs in an existing fireplace.
  • Wood Stoves, Fireplaces and Inserts – The most important thing to know is that technological advances make today’s wood-burning stoves and fireplaces cleaner burning and more efficient than those of yesteryear. So, for those who prefer the ambience of a wood-burning fireplace, excellent choices abound. And lots of folks simply retrofit a wood insert into their fireplace to improve burn efficiency and cut down on heat loss.

A new year is upon us and we are here for you. Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 to ask us about our products or to set up an appointment. And before we forget, Old Smokey’s wishes you and yours A Happy Warm Year!

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