Come winter, it would be nice to have the warmth of the fireplace in your home. The sound of the logs crackling in the flames is as comforting as the warmth the fire gives you. A fireplace likewise makes a room cozier and more romantic, and it would be wonderful to just sit by the fire and rub off the coldness from your hands.
However, your home should not have just ANY kind of fireplace; you can choose what suits your home best. Here are the different types of fireplace that you could select from. Note that these are categorized into four: gas burning fireplaces, wood burning fireplaces, electric fireplaces, and ethanol burning fireplaces.
Gas Burning Fireplace
Fireplaces that use gas are cost-effective. They are also easy to install and repair. They also burn more cleanly and you will not have to worry yourself about embers and ashes floating around your home. Should you prefer an alternative to traditional fireplaces, the gas burning fireplace is your best option.
Gas burning fireplaces are further categorized into two: the ventless built-in type and the direct-vented built-in fireplace. The former is much easier to install because it doesn’t require a vent or a chimney for the smoke to come out. However, your home could be polluted. If you’re not so keen on this, then opt for the direct-vented built-in type instead.
Unlike the blue flame of the ventless fireplace that shows gas is used, the direct-vented type emits a yellow flame, making you feel like you have a wood burning fireplace. Moreover, you can either choose a chimney or a pipe for the vent. Regardless, this type of fireplace can be installed in any room in your house.
Wood Burning Fireplace
Nothing looks more romantic than a wood burning fireplace. In the old days, this was the only option, so homes typically had logs and twigs snapping in the flames and burning in the hearth. Now, it’s more of a preference than a necessity to install a wood burning fireplace.
If you want the look and feel of a centuries-old home, then the traditional open hearth is perfect for you. It is usually made of brick or stone, and you would really hear the wood crackling inside the fireplace. To install this, you need to plan the construction and the location of the hearth, as well as the chimney for the smoke to come through. Once properly installed, you can enjoy the warmth and the feeling that you have traveled back several winters ago.
Another type of the wood burning fireplace is the fireplace insert, which slides into the opening of an already existing hearth. They are enclosed and save on fuel. It is also cost-effective as compared to other wood burning fireplaces. On the other hand, some enclosed fireplaces let you enjoy the warmth, and keep it from coming out of the chimney. You also enjoy a beautiful view, because a glass panel separates the fireplace from you. Thus, you can come close to the fireplace without getting burned.
The last type of wood burning fireplace is the wood burning stove. As the name suggests, it is not a real fireplace, but it burns wood just the same. It also needs a pipe so the smoke would come out the chimney.
Out of all the types of fireplaces, this is the most cost-effective and the easiest to install. You can adjust the heating function easily as well. A remote control helps you turn the fireplace on or off, and you can even opt for nice ambiance by customizing fire effects.
What’s great about electric fireplaces is that they come with some pieces of furniture, such as an entertainment center or a television stand. While the traditional open hearth is seen in larger houses, the electric fireplace is ideal for apartments and smaller units.
However, you can still get the feel and ambiance that a wood burning fireplace provides. This is possible with the mantel electric fireplace, which surprisingly does not need any pipe or chimney.
Ethanol Burning Fireplace
People like ethanol burning fireplaces for the design and cost. They are cheap and easy to install in your room. They do not emit any bad odors and contaminants around your home, so this kind of fireplace is safe for you. While the ethanol burning fireplace is the most environment-friendly type on the list, the heat it produces might not rival that of the gas or wood burning fireplace.
There are three specific kinds of ethanol burning fireplaces: the fireplace conversion, where you place an ethanol burning insert in the hearth; the wall mounted fireplace, which you can hang on the wall so it serves a dual function – as a fireplace and as a wall décor; and the tabletop fireplace, which comes in various sizes. It is portable and perfect for people who move in and out a lot. It can also double as a piece of furniture.
No matter what type of fireplace you choose, you must consider your budget and the type of house you’re living in, more than the aesthetics. An electric fireplace may serve you the best, for it is a good addition to your room without you spending so much on installation. There are different types of fireplace, and it is up to you to choose what works best for your home.