How to Remove a Wood-Burning Fireplace Insert

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Things You'll Need

  • Metal scoop

  • Bucket

  • Brush

  • Dustpan

  • Power drill

  • Socket wrench

  • Utility knife

Ash must be cleaned from wood-burning fireplace inserts before removal.
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A wood-burning fireplace insert must be removed when your fireplace and chimney enclosure need cleaning. It's easier than removing a gas insert because it's not necessary to remove or disconnect gas lines. Most wood-burning fireplace inserts are heavy and are secured to the enclosure with screws or bolts. If you don't want to hire a professional to remove the fireplace insert, you can attempt to remove it yourself.


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Step 1

Open the doors of the fireplace insert, if they have been installed. If an ember shield is being used, fold it up and set it aside.

Step 2

Remove the metal grate used for the wood.

Step 3

Remove soot from the bottom of the insert and place it in a bucket, using a metal scoop. Dump the contents of the bucket when it gets full.


Step 4

Clean up any remaining debris from the bottom of the fireplace insert with a broom. Sweep the waste into a dustpan and place it in the bucket.

Step 5

Search for the screws or bolts used to secure the fireplace insert to the chimney. Remove the screws with a power drill and the bolts with a socket wrench.


Step 6

Remove any decorative trim or caulk that has been placed around the edge of the fireplace. Cut any caulking used to seal the fireplace insert, using a utility knife.

Step 7

Pull on the bottom of the fireplace insert to slide it out of the enclosure.


Removing the fireplace insert is a two-person job.


If tiles are around the edge of the insert, they also must be removed.


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