5 Tips in Choosing the Best Indoor Fireplace for Home
As people are spending more home time, different types of fireplaces are becoming popular. The choices of fireplace types have never been more plentiful.
Today easy access to the global marketplace along with manufacturers jumping into retail means that in the home fireplace space it is a buyers’ market in terms of selection.
From DYI to easily installed inserts and fire boxes, today’s home fireplace choice includes the indoor portable fireplace, indoor-outdoor see-through gas fireplace along with many more. The array of colors, styles, sizes, designs as well as, fuel sources add to the many options.
Different Types of Fireplaces
Among the different types of fireplaces that provide, ambiance and or a viable heat source are:
Wood Burning Fireplace
When people hear fireplace, this is what they envision, a classic fire pit with the smell and sounds of crackling wood. The wood burning fireplace has been relied on since fire was discovered.
A major advantage to a wood burning fireplace is the fuel source. Even during a power outage or gas delivery problem, the classic wood burning fireplace will still provide heat.
A major disadvantage to a wood burning fireplace is that it is not an easy retrofit. It requires major construction which includes learning how to build an indoor fireplace and chimney or hiring specialists. This option leaves out, condo owners, lessees, renters along with some HOA occupants and those that live in attached dwellings.
For homeowners who own and occupy one side of a duplex just learning to build an indoor fireplace and chimney will not be enough. Local and State fire codes may demand the addition of a fire wall between units if one doesn’t exist, another major construction cost.
Installing a gas fireplace has the advantage of the fuel being delivered directly. It’s a light and enjoy option. It may be less expensive to retro into homes.
Some newer options do not require extensive venting costs. An indoor-outdoor see-through gas fireplace is an intriguing option that allows the venting to happen outside even though the fireplace can be enjoyed inside.
For the indoor gas fireplace that requires a chimney, the options on how to build an indoor fireplace and chimney are less expensive and less complex. The venting and chimney requirements for a gas fireplace do not require a stone or concrete chimney.
The gas fireplace may not be an option for condo owners or those in HOA’s because even the minimalist chimney that a gas fireplace requires may violate rules.
There are a lot of pluses to choosing an electric fireplace, for most condo and HOA owners it is the only option. Pluses of the electric fireplace include many styles and options including the popular indoor-outdoor see through fireplace and indoor portable fireplace selections.
The drawback for an electric fireplace is of course the need for reliable electric service. Some installations of electric fireplaces may require adding additional electrical service. Some electric fireplaces are all looks and no heat. Be sure to research before purchasing.
Along with the three traditional fireplace types, wood, gas and electric the newest wave in indoor and outdoor fireplaces are ethanol burning models.
These no vent fireplaces which burn an easy to stock and store liquid fuel are a no-vent option in many sizes for all applications. From tiny desktop to grand living room hearths, the ethanol fireplace is quickly gaining a foothold in the new wave fireplace fad.
Styles, Designs and Applications of Different Types of Fireplaces
The wood burning fireplace does not offer the flexibility of other choices. Wood burning fireplaces are anchored to the venting chimney. This restricts where in the home they can be placed.
Without major construction it limits them to an outside wall that can more easily be retrofitted with chimney, a limiting factor in applications.
The gas fireplace which is constantly evolving with new models being introduced annually has increased the flexibility and installation options for homeowners.
Inserts and DIY mounting options with easier to install venting options offer a large variety of style, design, color, enclosure, and function options. They offer more application options than ever.
The electric fireplace designed for homeowners, lessees, renters, even businesses offer an amazing array of designs, shapes, sizes, or decorative options, their installation and application are only limited by the available electrical source and requirements.
The ethanol fireplace is quickly evolving through innovative technological advancements. Offering a no vent fireplace solution along with a variety of sizes, shapes, designs, colors and decorative appeal, this fireplace type continues to outperform all others among apartment dwellers, lessees, and renters. Not a viable heat source for the money, but they provide an array of ambiance choices.