It won’t be long before a Wisconsin winter will be here in full force. Even though it’s only the beginning of November, the leaves are off the trees and the wind is turning cold. Before you know it the snow will start to fly and there will be a layer of the fluffy white stuff on the ground. When winter hits, there’s something amazing about being able to warm up in front of a crackling fire. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, that’s something to look forward to. But even something as sturdy as a fireplace can show signs of wear and tear over time. If you’re looking to upgrade your fireplace because it’s starting to show signs of age, or just because you’re looking for a more efficient heating source, there are several great options for you to choose from.

FireplacesIs a fireplace, insert or stove best for you?

If you love your fireplace and can’t imagine any other way of heating your home, then you might want to look at re-outfitting your fireplace. Take a good look at your firebox and see if there is any damage to the bricks or mortar. If there is any damage such as crumbling or cracking, you may want to look at redoing the firebox to make sure that you’re burning safely this winter. There are ways to upgrade as well. If you’re wanting a different look to the room, you can add tile to the front of the fireplace or a new mantel. You can also add new tile to the surround for a fresh, new look.

Wood Stoves

If you don’t have a fireplace but would like to enjoy the comfort of a wood fire, a good option might be to add a wood stove. This can be a good choice because you don’t have to vent a wood stove through an existing chimney. You can use an existing chimney, or you can install a chimney along with the stove. This gives you some choices in where you place your wood stove as well. It is very important that you have your wood stove installed by professionals, and the professionals at The Fire Factory are the best choice for this work. We have the experience and the expertise to do this job well.


A third option for adding an extra heating source to your home is to go with an insert. If you like the look of burning a fire in your fireplace, then this is a great choice. It involves adding an insert into the existing firebox that’s slightly smaller than the existing firebox. It uses the existing chimney as a venting source, so this is a convenient way to go. Inserts do a great job of taking care of heat loss and waste so you get more heat out of the burn.

Give The Fire Factory LLC a call today to discuss the options for updating or upgrading your existing heat source.