Whether it is a new build or a renovation project, adding a fireplace and deciding between the choice of wood, gas or electric can be a hard task especially when you do not have a clue about its pros and cons. Besides this choice, another deciding factor can be the type and design of a fireplace that will suit your needs and your lifestyle.
|Gas is best if||Wood is best if||Electric is best if|
|Fuel availability & cost||It is cost-effective and available in your area.||It is plentiful and affordable where you live||It is an easy-to-implement, reasonably priced solution for you|
|Convenience||You want a heat at the touch of a button||You want heat source that’s independent of local utilities.||You want plug-and-play ambiance; heat is optional.|
|Fire authenticity||You want a real flame with minimal effort.||You prefer the sights, sounds and smells of a real fire.||You’re primarily interested in easy ambiance.|
|Environmental concerns||You want heat and a real flame from a clean-burning fuel.||You prefer using a local and/or renewable fuel resource for heat.|
The different types and designs: Zero Clearance Fireplaces– This type of fireplace is right for adding warmth and personality to your home. They are pre- manufactured heating appliances that are safe to place directly against or a couple of inches away from combustible materials like wood, panelling or sheetrock wall. They are ideal and safe for use in for tight spaces as a buffer zone is unnecessary for such type of fireplaces. These appliances can be used to burn gas, wood and pellets. Linear Fireplaces– These fireplaces are ideal for wide wall spaces featuring cutting edge design, sleek finishes and high efficiency. There is a huge range of front frame designs with remote controls for adjusting the heat according to the desired temperature. Insert Fireplaces- These fireplaces are designed to increase efficiency. It is basically a fireproof box surrounded by steel or cast iron and fronted by insulated glass. The steel or cast iron helps to trap the heat. Some inserts come with a blower that pushes the hot air back into the room through front vents. Inserts can be powered by electricity, gas, propane, wood, pellets or coal and properly installed fireplace inserts can proof to be a much more efficient supplemental zone heater compared to a traditional fireplace. Freestanding Fireplaces- Freestanding fireplaces are those types where the stove is not installed into a fireplace. Some freestanding stoves are on legs, others on pedestals, but all sit at least a few inches above the floor. They are very efficient heaters and come in a variety which are compatible with gas, wood, electric and pellets. Modern cast iron and steel stoves are the most economical option as it heats up and starts putting out the heat the quickest.