Be Holiday Ready: Questions to ask Before Buying Indoor Inserts or Stoves

It doesn’t take a major remodeling job for your new fireplace, fireplace insert, or freestanding stove. There are products for every room in the house. Just as with countertops and appliances, there are varying levels of products within each category, from simple to luxurious.

Many homes built today provide a unique and soothing experience throughout the house. Building your own dream home or new addition to get away from the daily grind? Builders and architects need to know your wish list during the planning stages. If you’re remodeling or updating your fireplace, stove, or heater, here a few questions to get you started.

  1. Where will your product go?
    With today’s venting options, fireplaces, stoves, inserts and other appliances can be installed almost anywhere in the home. Consider a fireplace for nontraditional locations, such as the kitchen, home office, master bedroom, or bath.
  2. Do you have an existing fireplace or stove?
    If you have a unit that is inefficient or seldom used, converting to a new product may be simple and surprisingly affordable. Gas logs or a fireplace insert may be just right for you.
  3. Are you building a new home or remodeling?
    You can add atmosphere and focus to your home by incorporating many products early in the design stage. Talk to your architect or remodeler about stove and fireplace ideas.
  4. Do you want a fire for its aesthetic appearance or for its warmth?
    Some products are simply decorative, while others are extremely efficient and beautiful to watch at the same time. How much heat output would you like? Or, is ambiance your top priority?
  5. What fuels are accessible to you?
    Consider your fuel, whether it be firewood, natural gas, propane, wood pellets, coal, oil, or electricity.
  6. How much of your home do you want to heat?
    Once you decide whether to use your hearth as room, living zone, or a heat source for the entire house, your local dealer can help you determine the right size appliance for your home. Your retailers can also help you decide the best heating fuel by factoring in your climate, floor plan and lifestyle.
  7. Are you concerned about having heat during power outages?
    Many products can operate during power outages, when you need the heat most.
  8. Are there any other special considerations?
    Having a fire can be as simple as pushing a button on a gas stove or fireplace, or as engaging as supplying your own wood, building and tending a fire.
  9. How much do you want to spend?
    Price is always a consideration. Products range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Fuel prices also are a factor to consider and vary by region.
  10. What finished look do you want for your home?
    From stone and marble mantels, to solid and antique finishes, there are a plethora of options to suit your style.

The Installation

Many specialty retailers offer installation by factory trained and/or nationally certified staff. After installation is complete, it’s wise to request a detailed review of the recommended service required for your purchase.

Specialty Retailers Know Best: Contact Fireplaces Plus

No matter what suites your style, expert assistance when choosing your indoor appliance is invaluable, and a specialty retailer like Fireplaces Plus is your best partner. We can visit a home prior to the final purchase to assess how the selected product will blend into the home environment, and what installation challenges might exist.

Contact us today. 

Or visit our showroom with 50+ burning fireplaces. 

What is a Fireplace Insert?

Pictured: the Mendota Full View 44i

Fireplace inserts make an existing fireplace more efficient and clean burning. Fireplace inserts are heating units that are installed into existing fireplaces (masonry or factory-built). Rather than losing valuable heat up a chimney, inserts convert an existing fireplace into an efficient, heat-producing zone heater. They burn either wood or gas and offer superior efficiency. Gas is the most popular, providing the convenience of a fire at a flip of a switch with no mess or change to indoor air quality.

Fireplace inserts use the existing chimney, through a flue liner or other necessary modification, for venting; most have blowers to circulate the heat. 

Looking to integrate an entirely new fireplace into your home? Contact us today at Fireplaces Plus!

Cost Savings and Heat Efficiency Tips

Fireplace and stove manufacturers are making cleaner-burning, more efficient products for eco-conscious homeowners who want to upgrade or add a new product to their home.


  • Select Cleaner Products. EPA-certified woodstoves and new product units can be up to 90% cleaner than unqualified models. And, natural gas and propane-fueled stoves, fireplaces, and fireplace inserts can be among the cleanest burning fuel options available.  
  • Identify Your Priority. All fireplace and stove products offer both esthetics and heat, but some are tailored to one use over the other. If you’re looking to supplement the heat in your home, pay special attention to the efficiency rating. Just focused on ambiance? There are a plethora of options in different styles, so focus on finding that perfect centerpiece for your home. 
  • Explore Renewable Fuels Options. Many of today’s stoves, ¬fireplaces, and inserts are engineered to burn biomass. These fuels can by highly cost-effective and are derived from renewable and sustainable sources such as wood, pellets, corn, and other alternatives. Some biomass fuels are even considered carbon neutral, or better, utilizing waste products from other industries such as cherry pits and sawdust.
  • Heat in the Zone. Rather than heating the whole house, warm only the rooms used most (zone heating) allows families to heat more efficiently by turning down the central thermostat, which also saves money on energy bills. 
  • Burn Wood Wisely. Although today’s fireplaces and stoves are cleaner than their older counterparts, using a newer product is only half the battle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends proper installation, use, and maintenance. Definitely essential to both safety and to burning clean and green!
  • Do the Math and Compare Costs. As the cost of LP gas and natural gas rise, using an energy-efficient wood stove could help you save money. Compare the availability and costs of burning different fuels in your area.
  • Keep Heat Inside Your Home. No matter the product, it is important to keep heat within your home. Make sure that seals around windows and doors are tight and that your house is properly insulated.

Asking the Right Questions

Understand all the eco-conscious options available for fireplaces, stoves, and fireplace inserts. These questions may help guide a discussion with your retailer to find the best product and fuel source to suit both you and the environment.

  • Where do I want to put the product and why?
  • Are there other ways to increase heating efficiency I should consider? 
  • In our region and with my planned usage, what is the greenest fuel available that would leave the smallest carbon footprint? Are biomass fuels a good option for my home and my use?
  • How much fuel should I estimate using in a season (supplementary vs. primary heating source)? 
  • To keep things running as cleanly and efficiently as possible, what is the best way to maintain the product?
  • What are the posted efficiency ratings, realizing the numbers for your particular living condition may vary?
  • How do I recycle my old stove? (NOTE: Visit for your options. Old stoves should not be donated or resold.)

Woodburning Safety & Maintenance

Once you’ve identified the right wood-burning fireplace or stove for your home and had it installed by Fireplaces Plus, its important to maintain that unit properly. Here are tips on preparing for a fire, maintaining a fire, and some important Do’s and Don’ts for safety. 

Prepare for the Burn:

  • Stock up the right fuel…seasoned wood, both hard and soft woods.
  • Inspect gaskets, door seals, and the chimney annually. Clean the chimney as necessary, by a professional chimney sweep to ensure it’s clear of obstructions and creosote.
  • Install a cap at the top of the chimney to avoid the possibility that debris or animals can block the chimney.
  • Install both a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. (Make sure the batteries work.)
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Clear the area around the fireplace of furniture, books, newspaper, and other potentially flammable materials. (Three feet away is a good rule.)

Build a Proper Fire

  • Clean out ashes from previous fires and open the damper before starting a new fire.
  • Prepare plenty of kindling. For fireplaces, use grate and cover it with kindling or a manufactured firestarter.
  • Close the firescreen and keep glass doors open while operating a fireplace (as appropriate).
  • Utilize fireplace tools to tend the fire.
  • Burn only dry, seasoned wood in pieces that aren’t too big for your fireplace or stove.
  • Follow any specific manufacturer guidelines for your product.

DO’s and DON’Ts

  • Never use gasoline or any liquid accelerant to help start a fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Never overload the fireplace or stove to avoid burning wood or embers tumbling out.
  • Always store ashes in a non-combustible container with a tightly fitting lid and place it away from the house.
  • Never burn garbage, rolled newspaper, charcoal, plastic, or chemically-treated or painted wood in the fireplace. They all produce noxious fumes that are dangerous and highly polluting. Additionally, if you have a catalytic stove, the residue from burning certain plastics may ruin the catalytic converter.
  • Always make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Always keep small children and pets away from the fireplace.
  • Never close the damper on your open fireplaces until the embers have completely stopped burning.

Responsible Woodburning Tips

For many, nothing beats the warmth, beauty, and economic sense of heating with wood. A traditional and renewable fuel source, wood grows locally and is abundant in most areas. However, burning responsibly to ensure clean air both indoors and outdoors is everyone’s responsibility. Whether you’ve upgraded to an EPA-certified product or not, there are ways to ensure your woodstove or fireplace burns as clean as possible.Burning wood responsibly is about maintaining cleaner air for you, your family, and your neighbors, while protecting your ability to burn wood.


  • Inspect and maintain. Each year have your wood heating system inspected by a National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certified professional or by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep for proper installation, safety and efficient operation.
  • Watch the smoke. If your fire is burning properly, you should only see the white transparent steam of evaporating water. As a rule, the darker the smoke, the less efficient you are operating.
  • Stick to seasoned dry wood. The seasoning, or drying, process allows most of the natural moisture found in wood to evaporate, making it easier to burn. To properly season wood, split the logs as soon as possible and stack them in a dry spot for 6–18 months. Never burn garbage, plastic, foil or any kind of chemically treated or painted wood. They all produce noxious fumes that are dangerous and highly polluting. Visit EPA’s Burn Wise for more resources.
  • Burn smarter. Soft and hard woods burn differently. Use soft woods, like poplar or pine, to start a fire as they burn quickly or to create shorter burning fires. And, use hard woods, such as oak, maple or fir, for sustained heat as they create longer burning fires.
  • Be Certified. Most new woodburning appliances sold in the U.S. are required to be certified by the U.S. If you own a hearth product installed before 1992, it may be time to consider an upgrade to cleaner air indoors and out. Unsure if you’re EPA-certified? EPA-certified wood-burning hearth products have an EPA-certified label on their back or side. Learn more about updating your home as part of a woodstove changeout program.

Check out all the Woodburning inserts and stoves we have available in-house and for special order. 

Bring New Life to your Fireplace with Hargrove Gas Logs

If you want the open burning look of a wood fueled fire without the work of building a wood fire, a gas log set could be the answer for you! Gas logs can transform existing wood burning fireplaces for realistic, room-enhancing fire as they don’t require any change in the appearance or structure of your fireplace. Instead, it delivers fire with the turn of a knob, at any moment, any day of the year. Or if you have an existing fireplace but seldom use it, a gas log set may be the best way to have dancing flames at your fingertips. Gas log sets are an affordable way to revamp your existing fireplace. Vented units have a spectacular flame pattern but are decorative only.


Aspen Timbers
The Aspen Timbers features elegantly crafted white birch style logs with and open view ember bed for a beautiful warm glow.

  • Available in 21″, 24″, 30″, and 36″ sizes
  • Single Side and See Through Sets available
  • Works with E-Burner, H-Burner, and System 4 Burner kits
  • Available for Natural Gas or Liquid Propane


Canyon Timbers
The Canyon Timbers logs have a striking look with their deep bark texture and detailed char areas.

  • Available in 21” to 36” sizes
  • Single Side and See-Thru Sets available
  • Works with E-Burner, H-Burner, and System 4 Burner kits
  • Available for Natural Gas or Liquid Propane


Cross Timbers
The Cross Timbers features substantial front logs, heavy bark, abundant charring, and a warm glow.

  • Available in 21″, 24″, 30″, and 36″ sizes
  • Single Side and See Through Sets available
  • Works with E-Burner, H-Burner, and System 4 Burner kits
  • Available for Natural Gas or Liquid Propane


Rustic Timbers:
The Rustic Timbers features split wood and charred logs that give the appearance of a mature fire with a warm glow

  • Available in 21″, 24″, 30″, and 36″ sizes
  • Single Side and See Through Sets available
  • Works with E-Burner, H-Burner, and System 4 Burner kits
  • Available for Natural Gas or Liquid Propane

Woodland Timbers:
The Woodland Timbers feature an open view ember bed for beautiful glow with logs that have deep bark texture and lighter colored split areas

  • Available in 21″, 24″, 30″, and 36″ sizes
  • Single Side and See Through Sets available
  • Works with E-Burner, H-Burner, and System 4 Burner kits
  • Available for Natural Gas or Liquid Propane

Gas Fireplace Maintenance – $99 Fall Inspection

Gas Fireplace Maintenance Inspection – $99 special!

Gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts are designed to safely provide years of comfort, warmth and relaxation. To ensure they can do their job, these products require proper installation, maintenance, and operation.

Fall is the perfect time to schedule a Gas Fireplace Inspection, to make sure your fireplace is in safe and proper working order!

Professional installation by a qualified technician is essential to the proper performance and safety of a hearth product and its venting system. Unlike a malfunctioning refrigerator, a hearth product that doesn’t do its job properly can have serious consequences.

Gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts also require routine maintenance and service to ensure their proper working order. The best person to perform the service is a specialty technician who is trained in the maintenance of gas fireplaces, and their venting, or chimney, systems. Before lighting the first fire of the season, there are a few important safety tips to remember.

  • Have a technician check the gas lines, clean the burner, control compartment, fan and related air circulation passages, as well as check for condensation annually.
  • Clean the glass and adjust the glowing embers and logs for best appearance.
  • Be alert for unusual odors or flames, which are often a sign that the fireplace is not operating properly.
  • Make family members and guests aware that the glass panel of a gas fireplace, stove, or insert can be very hot. Installing a safety screen or safety barrier is recommended to reduce the risk of serious burns by preventing direct contact with hot glass.

Call us today to schedule your Fireplace Service inspection for wood and gas fireplaces. We service all of the Quad Cities as well as Clinton, Iowa. Your $99/+tax service call will include:

  • Inspect Gasket Seal and Clean Glass
  • Inspect & Clean Logs
  • Inspect Burner
  • Inspect Combustion Chamber
  • Check Air Shutter Setting
  • Run Carbon Monoxide Test
  • Test Unit for Proper Gas Pressure
  • Inspect Blower and Thermodisc
  • Inspect Refractory Brick/Interior for Cracks and Damage
  • Test Millivolt Voltage
  • Meter test Valve Assembly for Leaks
  • Check Unit Switch
  • Test Fire Unit

Contact us today at  563-359-8688. $10 off if done before Sept 13, 2019

Regular price $129.99

Offer expires 10-1-2019


Summer Closeout Sale – Sat June 22, 9am – 1pm

Summer Closeout Sale – Sat June 22, 9am – 1pm

Summer Closeout Sale
Saturday, June 22 9am – 1pm
Great deals on:
~ Wood Stoves
~ Wood Inserts
~ Glass Fireplace Doors
~ Gas Fireplaces
Burn Displays & Floor Models from Hearthstone, Regency, Pacific Energy, Enerzone, Design Specialties & More! View them in our showroom at 1745 State St, Bettendorf, IA.

New EGGcessories for the Big Green Egg

New EGGcessories for the Big Green Egg

The EGG Genius

This Egg Genius effortlessly controls the temperature of your EGG through your smartphone, tablet or computer. Remotely manage and monitor cooking temperatures for worry-free cooking and monitor the temperature of your food. You can also view graphs of your past cooks. Lastly, you will receive alerts when your cook is finished or when the EGG temperature is too high or low.


The EGG Spander

Unleash your culinary creativity with the ultimate expansion system for the Big Green Egg! The NEW Big Green Egg EGGspander System facilitates an extensive variety of cooking setups to easily utilize the full versatility of the XLarge EGG


EGG Mitt

This ultimate grilling glove is made with durable heat-resistant fibers and features a soft cotton lining and a silicone textured surface for easy grip. Withstands extreme heat up to 475°F/246°C for maximum protection and comfort.


Portable EGG Nest

The Big Green Egg Nests are designed to raise your EGG to a comfortable cooking height while allowing for easy mobility. The nest for the Large EGG is made of durable porcelain-coated steel, and includes a bracer bar and two locking casters, giving you years of worry free support for your Big Green Egg.



There are many more EGGcessories available in-store and for order. Visit us today.

Don’t have an EGG yet? Check out our selection in store of view here.

Turn Your Tax Return into Warmth with Lopi

Now is the time to take advantage of your tax return and be prepared for next winter with a Radiant Plus fireplace insert from Lopi. Available now at Fireplaces Plus in Bettendorf. See them burning live in our Showroom.

The Lopi Radant Plus Gas Inserts available now:
* Exceptional Heaters in 3 Sizes
* Reasonably Priced
* Reliable Performance
* No Power Required
* Standing Pilot or
* GreenSmart Basic Version


Lopi’s Radiant Plus Large™ Gas Fireplace Insert is perfect for anyone seeking reliable performance and excellent features at a great price!

The Radiant Plus™ is a beautiful and economical way to keep your family warm for years to come, even during power outages! This unit features heavy duty construction and is designed to deliver radiant heat PLUS streamlined natural convection airflow to homes or living spaces up to 1,650 square feet. The standard Dancing-Fyre™ burning and Classic Log Set™ mimic a real wood-burning fire, right down to the flame pattern and highly detailed logs and ember bed.

The Radiant Plus™ is offered with both Standing Pilot (MV) and GreenSmart® Basic (IPI) control systems, allowing you to choose the version that best suits your lifestyle and heating preferences! The Standing Pilot model is ideal for anyone wanting a simple, dependable heat source that does not require power to operate. The GreenSmart® Basic model is a great choice for convenience and energy efficiency, as your pilot turns on and off depending on your heating needs. It also includes an automatic battery backup system to operate during power outages.

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