The flames from a fire can be mesmerizing. Fire has a calming ambience to it and humans are drawn to it for many reasons. Because of this, we like to place fireplaces in our homes. They are a great focal point, conversation starter, and sometimes a heat source.
The most common types of fireplaces are wood burning, electric and gas. There are pro’s and con’s to each that you should understand before deciding which fireplace is best for you.
Traditional wood-burning fireplaces can make a beautiful statement in your home, and there really is nothing quite like the crackling of wood burning.
Gas burning fireplaces can still give the wow-factor without the initial installation headaches. Gas fireplaces are quick and easy to use and you can still enjoy a nice evening by the fire without having to chop any wood. Gas fireplaces burn natural gas or propane instead of wood. Natural gas is the better option if possible, as it is less expensive than propane and produces about 5% more heat. Gas fireplaces can be vented or non-vented.
An electric fireplace is a heating element that looks like a wood or gas burning fireplace, but does not require any sort of venting or professional installation. Electric fireplaces work by drawing in cool air and heating it internally using a heating coil and forcing the warm air back out into the room by way of a fan. Electric fireplaces provide heat for a desired area without the mess, fumes or risk of carbon monoxide.
These 3 fireplaces are the most common in everyday homes, but there are other options if you don’t think that one of these are right for you. Ethanol burning fireplaces are easy to install and come in contemporary styles. The great thing about burning ethanol is that it is environmentally friendly so it cuts down on fossil fuel emissions and saves the trees. Another type of fuel is wood pellets. Wood pellet stoves are generally small and compact and the bags of pellets are about the size of a mulch bag, making them easy to store. They are very easy to operate, all you need to do is load the pellets and ignite the flame. If you have a larger pellet stove, you may only need to load it once per day. Pellet stoves also emit fewer pollutants than traditional fireplaces. Gel fuel is another fairly new option for fireplace fuel. These ventless fireplaces are a lot like ethanol as they produce real flames without the expense of installation and maintenance. Gel fuel is smoke and ash free and can safely be burned indoors.
There are many different types of fuel to burn in fireplaces and it all depends on your personal preference. If you are looking for a home with one of these various fireplaces, give us a call. Let’s find your new dream home!