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Choosing The Right Fireplace For
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
There are several important things to consider before selecting a
fireplace for your home. The three most important factors are
appearance, size and the material in which the fireplace is made of.
Stone, tile, marble, brick, wood, and concrete are the most common
materials. You can also choose between electric, gas, propane and
cast iron. To create the appearance you are looking for, a mix of
materials can be added to your selection.
Fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes. Traditional wood-burning
fireplaces are slowly being replaced by clean-burning fireplaces,
but many people still appreciate the crackling sound of real wood
burning. However, traditional wood burning fireplaces are designed
with an open face. Be prepared for more maintenance and a certain
amount of heat loss due to this. Clean –burning fireplaces, on the
other side, are the most efficient in wood burning and also easier
Gas fireplaces are growing in popularity. Many find them attractive
because you can select a gas burning fireplace that either offers a
modern appeal or the traditional elegance of old fashion wood
burning fireplaces. They come in direct vent and vent free options.
Direct vent eliminates the need for a chimney and is the best choice
if you are trying to protect the air in your home. You can also
choose between natural gas and propane. Overall, gas-burning
fireplaces come in an array of styles, are flexible, and incredibly
Propane fireplaces have the added convenience of reduced heat loss,
the ability of turning heat off with a switch, and they eliminate
untidy clean-ups. Propane fireplaces compare to wood burning
fireplaces and stoves because they provide fast heat, vent less
options and variable heat controls. Propane fireplaces come in
several designs including, wall insets, masonry, and freestanding.
Also, both radiant and convective heat options are available.
Electric fireplaces are the easier, maintenance friendly
alternative. They provide fast heat and can be turned off at night
to save electricity. Installation is very easy and they can be
placed almost anywhere. The environment enjoys electric fireplaces
because they are pollution free, yet they look very similar to wood
or gas fireplaces. Many models are available ranging from old
fashion stove designs to modern sleekness. Most electric models cost
anywhere from $500 dollars to $1500.