Fireplace Insert vs. Firebox
Is there a difference?
You may hear hearth industry pros refer to inserts and fireboxes, and wonder “What’s the difference?” Simply put, there is no difference. We use these terms interchangeably when referring to more traditional electric fireplaces. In fact, an ‘insert’ could be any fireplace that may be installed into a wall or cabinet, and a ‘firebox’ is the backend of any fireplace, where the flames are produced. So why don’t we use these terms when referring to more modern linear fireplaces? It may be just a term that has stuck with the more traditional style fireplaces, even as more linear styles have increased in popularity. Initially, these traditional fireboxes were intended to be used for retrofitting into an old wood-burning fireplace, thus they were called ‘inserts’. Now, we design around them as our preferred alternative. If you hear someone use either of these terms, and you’re not sure what they mean by it, just ask!