Your Fireplace Guide

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Fireplaces hold more than just fire, they hold memories of cold winter nights, sitting on the floor with a hot mug in hand, and hanging stockings for Christmas time. Fireplaces are a symbol of warmth and hominess, so it’s important to find the right kind of fireplace for your home. There are four main kinds of fireplaces: wood-burning, gas-burning, electric, and ethanol-burning.

Wood-Burning

Wood-burning fireplaces are the classic, crackling, cabin-vibe fire. They are an excellent source of heat for a home. This romanticized fireplace comes in varying styles, some of the more popular ones being open-hearth and enclosed. Open-hearth is the traditional style that has been around for years. However, this style fireplace is a little trickier to install if your home does not already have an opening and chimney installed.

Enclosed fireplaces are exactly what they sound like–a wood-burning fireplace that is closed, typically with a glass panel that displays the fire. There are also wood-burning fireplace inserts made to slide into your existing fireplace. These inserts are enclosed and provide a source of more efficient heat to your home. Wood-burning fireplaces will require a plentiful supply of firewood to stock up on. Pallet manufacturers will often sell wood scraps that work great for home fires.

Gas-Burning

Gas fireplaces are a great alternative to wood-burning if you want to avoid extra construction. They are a little easier to install and they provide a good amount of heat for less money. They are made to resemble a real wood fire and they are available as either direct-vented or ventless. 

Direct-vented fireplaces are either constructed with a chimney or a pipe, depending on the structure and construction of your home. Ventless fireplaces are a lot simpler since they don’t require a chimney or a pipe to be installed. 

Electric

Electric home fireplaces are the newest type and technology continues to advance with the different features offered. This is the most cost-efficient option and the easiest to install in your home. Depending on which kind you buy, it may include features to keep the look of a burning fire without emitting heat. They usually offer different fire/flame “looks.” Most allow you to change the temperature of the heater.

Ethanol-Burning

Ethanol-burning fireplaces are more environmentally-friendly than wood or gas, but they don’t provide quite as much heat. They are fairly easy to install, and maintenance is made easy due to their cleanliness and lack of odor. Ethanol fireplaces are versatile and can be installed as an insert inside an existing fireplace. They can also be mounted on a wall, or even made portable to move from room to room. These particular fireplaces are made to customize easily for both size and appearance. 

If you’re looking to remodel your fireplace or install one for the first time in your home, then it’s important to understand the differences in fireplace styles. Depending on your budget and the construction of your home, it may be a little more difficult to install a wood or gas-burning fireplace. However, it may be worth it to save on heating bills in the future if you can install a fireplace that emits enough warmth to heat your home.

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