Remodel or upgrade your existing fireplace

Refresh Your Home with a New Fireplace, Stove or Insert During Your Remodel

Fireplaces are appliances, and like any other appliance in your home – they require updating. 

New advances in technology, safety, and performance are key reasons to update, in addition to modern designs and styles to better match your home.

At The Kernel Burner, we are here to answer all your fireplace update questions to make your remodel project go smoothly. Don’t search the internet for answers – come to us and get professional advice you can trust. Let us help make your remodel project Pinterest perfect!

Shown: Heat & Glo Escape Gas Fireplace Insert

Upgrade Your Wood-burning Fireplace Into a Beautiful, Warm and Easy-to-use Gas Fireplace Insert

Don’t just put fake logs or candles into your wood fireplace. Install a gas insert and transform your fireplace into the focal point of your room, and a working fireplace you’ll actually use. This upgrade is an affordable, effective solution that can be easily done (no major remodel required).


  • Fits inside your existing wood-burning fireplace opening
  • Uses natural gas or propane
  • Has beautiful real flames and realistic logs
  • Easy to operate with remote control or wall switch
  • Keeps warm air in and cold air out
  • Costs between $3,500 and $6,500 fully installed*

Choose your gas insert from our best-selling brands:

Revamp your dated, drafty wood fireplace by installing a gas fireplace insert. Transform your fireplace into something you will use every day.

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Request our guide to gas inserts

Updating vs. Replacing Your Old Gas Fireplace

Older gas fireplaces are typically removed and replaced with a new gas fireplace. Occasionally, cosmetic updates can be made to an existing gas fireplace (such as painting brass and adding new media/rocks), but only if the fireplace is in good working condition. For gas fireplaces more than 10-15 years old, we recommend a tear out and replacement rather than cosmetic short-tern fixes.

Shown: Heat & Glo SL7 Gas Fireplace

Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces were introduced in the early 1990’s, and quickly became the indoor fireplace of choice because of their ease of use and efficiency. If your home was built in the 90’s or 2000’s, chances are it has an older gas fireplace installed.

You’ll be surprised at all the modern advancements in today’s gas fireplaces. Many brands now offer Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled controls, allowing you to remotely use and monitor your fireplace.

Choose your new gas fireplace from our best-selling brands:

Complete Your Remodel with a New Stove

If you’re a stove owner, you may be wondering what’s new and why should I replace my existing unit? We’ve seen some exciting advancements in controls, features, burn times and fuel efficiencies in all types of stoves. Check out the changes you can enjoy when you complete your remodel with a new stove from The Kernel Burner.


Advancements in pellet stoves make hoppers easier to fill and temperatures easier to control digitally. With long burn times and easy maintenance, pellet is an awesome choice to warm your home or cabin. Just fill the hopper and enjoy!

Our best-selling wood pellet stove brands are:


Update your wood stove and experience more efficient burn than ever before. EPA 2020 regulations require wood stoves to be more efficient and environmentally friendly than ever before. 

Our best-selling wood stove brands are:


New gas stoves offer a beautiful, convenient, freestanding heat source that delivers warmth without the hassle of restocking fuel. 

Available with standing pilots to ensure heat even without electricity. 

Our best-selling gas stove brands are:

We Partner with Builders & Remodelers

Our passion is to bring warmth to your home. The Kernel Burner is a family-owned business that puts our customers first and truly cares about their happiness with your new fireplace, stove or insert. Let us help make your house a home with a cozy new fire feature that brings the whole family together.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Based on 109 reviews
betheny durfee
betheny durfee
Linda K
Linda K
Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo
Very knowledgeable. Prices are a bit high but the service and knowledge make up for it.
Cristina Spear
Cristina Spear
Jay was extremely helpful and explained to me all my options when I wasn’t exactly sure what I needed. He gave me the pros and cons and recommended what would be best for my family. Convenience and hassle was a big thing for me so he worked around that. I bought a beautiful pellet stove and I’m excited to use my sunroom all year around!
Bruce Thibodeau
Bruce Thibodeau
First let me say this. The whole staff was extremely friendly and willing to help. Second this was my first experience with a wood stove since I was a child and I never had to do anything with them back then so lets just say I was a new person with nearly no experience. We purchased a Kuma wood stove from the Kernal Burner. We had them do the professional install. This stove is unbelievable, we have a three season room at the back of our home that is all windows and has no furnace ducts in it. It has always been cold and uncomfortable in the winter. I would winterize it with plastic inside and out as well as bubble wrap and we would never be able to see out the windows it was miserable to be honest. The cost of propane and energy is skyrocketing and my wife and I are not getting younger. So we chose to buy a wood stove to try to save money as well as not have to spend a week every year on a ladder winterizing and then taking it all down again. Added to that is I have a medical condition and it aggravates and causes joint pain if I am cold. Since installation we have done nothing but keep a couple windows and the door open and I am comfortable in tshirts. The back room is over 70 and I could not be happier. This was one of the best experiences of the whole year in 2023 was dealing with The Kernal Burner and their people.
James Young
James Young
Could not ask for a more kind business to deal with! They help you through the whole process and make sure you’re not only taken care of but happy!!! What a great business and team!
Tim Wise
Tim Wise
Kernel Burner has the best pellets around. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Great business
Matthew Murphy
Matthew Murphy
They had wood pellets ready to be loaded and on the way home with me. The staff was very friendly. I like the showroom floor. I might have to go back and look at some or at least an upgrade for my place.
April Curry
April Curry
I felt so comfortable going in. Everyone is so nice and helpful. Allen was amazing super nice guy! And the lady at the desk I didn't get her name but such kind and sweet lady I'll forever buy my stoves from there here on out!

Visit The Kernel Burner

See live working models of fireplaces, inserts, stoves and grills on display in our decorative showroom. Or stop by to pick up your pellet order during business hours.

6171 Tittabawassee Saginaw, MI 48603

Showroom Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sunday: Closed