3 Types of Fireplaces

Having a fireplace in your home reaps certain benefits. In case of a blackout, a fireplace is a solid light source backup while simultaneously keeping your house warm. It is an independent energy source that reduces your energy costs and an eco-friendly way of warming your home during the winter months. Fireplaces are also a great decorative furnishing. Purchasing vintage fireplace tools for it not only helps keep it well-maintained, it also adds to the romance associated with the furnishing.

If your home is not equipped with a fireplace and you would like to add one, or you are considering replacing your current fireplace, here are three types for your consideration.

Wood Burning

The most well-known and traditional fireplace is the wood burning kind. The open hearth is the one associated with the festive and romantic Christmas music, and prominently displayed in movies. The oldest type of fireplace, the wood burning kind have been around for hundreds of years. This is the one that produces a crackling sound when the wood is burning as well as a strong heat. Within the wood burning fireplaces, you can also opt for an enclosed fireplace, inserts or wood burning stoves.

Gas Burning

Gas burning fireplaces emit a strong heat like wood burning stoves even though the heat will feel different. Additionally, they burn more cleanly at a lesser cost. Installing this type is much easier and one of the reasons why it is a popular fireplace option. Gas burning stoves are available in two sub-categories including direct-vented and vent-less.

Ethanol Burning

Ethanol burning fireplaces have picked up in popularity because they are easier to install than the gas burning type. Since this type can be customized, it is also more budget-friendly. Additionally, ethanol burning fireplaces are available in contemporary designs. Installation is minimal, they burn cleanly and do not emit an odor. This fireplace burns the weakest heat of the three, but is the most environment-friendly. Ethanol fireplaces are available in wall mounted and tabletop styles. If you are replacing a current fireplace, you simply need to purchase ethanol inserts that slide into place.

Fireplaces evoke romanticism, warmth and heat. If your home does not currently consist of a fireplace, you can install a wood burning, gas burning or ethanol burning type. Each one consists of its pros and cons, but ultimately each one will keep your home warm.