Wood-burning insert for arched fireplace

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MikeandLiza

Member
Feb 6, 2010
13
Eastern Massachusetts
Good afternoon everyone - I've searched for recent threads on this issue but no luck.

We have an arched fireplace opening and would really like to put in a wood-burning insert. It's important to us that we preserve the arch of the fireplace, but having no luck (especially recently) finding an insert with a surround to match the arch. Have any of you had this issue and found a solution? Any particular models of inserts you'd recommend? It's a pretty big firebox - I don't have the measurements on hand, but I'd say it's at least 26 inches across and 24 bottom to top.

In the alternative, can you recommend a fabricator of glass fireplace doors?

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brownson3000

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Feb 10, 2021
9
No. Va.
Good afternoon everyone - I've searched for recent threads on this issue but no luck.

We have an arched fireplace opening and would really like to put in a wood-burning insert. It's important to us that we preserve the arch of the fireplace, but having no luck (especially recently) finding an insert with a surround to match the arch. Have any of you had this issue and found a solution? Any particular models of inserts you'd recommend? It's a pretty big firebox - I don't have the measurements on hand, but I'd say it's at least 26 inches across and 24 bottom to top.

In the alternative, can you recommend a fabricator of glass fireplace doors?

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We have the same situation with what you have. We're in the process of getting an Osburn Inspire 2000-i installed (hopefully later this month). I believe their 50"widht by 32"height surround plate is cuttable and we're having them to match the arch.
 
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MikeandLiza

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Feb 6, 2010
13
Eastern Massachusetts
We have the same situation with what you have. We're in the process of getting an Osburn Inspire 2000-i installed (hopefully later this month). I believe their 50"widht by 32"height surround plate is cuttable and we're having them to match the arch.
Thanks, I'll take a look at that model! I'd love to see a pic once you have it installed :)
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
89,580
South Puget Sound, WA
This question comes up several times a year. As Mike and Liza helpfully noted, if the fireplace is deep enough to recess the insert slightly then the surround can be customized so that it fits within the arch. Another option for some inserts is to install it without any surround. The first step is to determine the size of the insert required and then measure up the fireplace to see what fits.
 

brownson3000

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Feb 10, 2021
9
No. Va.
Thanks, I'll take a look at that model! I'd love to see a pic once you have it installed :)
I can't wait and will be glad to share!
Here are the pics of the arched fireplace when we first moved in. We spruced it up a little just recently in anticipation of getting the insert. Hopefully by the end of the month we can share the final pics.
 

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aansorge

Minister of Fire
Aug 12, 2011
957
Southern Minnesota
Could you simply add a small free-standing stove?
 

aansorge

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FPX Dude

Feeling the Heat
Oct 4, 2007
369
Sacramento, CA
I'll let others help out with the surround and arch option/challenges if you go with an insert or a free standing. I like the mantle too, and it'll help divert any heat from rising into the TV, which looks great. Good one on the marble (it looks like) hearth slab too. Now is a good time to figure any other cable management ideas for possible media connectivity while you're on the project and plumb for it too, ex. it looks like you've got electrical covered, but things like any additional HDMI or future tech upgrades should be done now. One thing I should have done was a simple PVC 6" conduit or something to pass cables thru so I didn't have to "fish" thru the wall. Nice job!
 
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brownson3000

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Feb 10, 2021
9
No. Va.
Looks very very similar to ours! Love what you did with the brick
Womp Womp...

Looking like we'll have to wait a bit longer to get our insert installed (supposed to be tomorrow).
Dealer received the unit early this week only to discover the glass was broken. Also the accompanying surround is unavailable - no telling when that will become available.
On top of it all, they're now telling me the electrical outlet for the blower should have been installed on completely different side of the wall where we had the electrician installed it. Told them they'll be paying the electrician for that blunder.

Man... not off to a good start with this thing.
Good thing it's 60*F + here where I am.
 

brownson3000

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Feb 10, 2021
9
No. Va.
Finally got our insert... Did the first overnight burn last night, lasted short of 8 hrs. Pretty happy with this Osburn Inspire 2000 unit thus far... Hopefully my wood supply will season even more comes next fall.
 

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