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So you've decided to install a fireplace, but you have no idea what fireplace type is best for your home. Never fear! We've got the answer.
Fireplaces are the heart of your home and very often serve as a focal point of a room. Fireplaces enhance your space and add value to your home. Choosing the right fireplace type can be difficult. We've partnered with Lehrer Fireplace and Patio to share the pros and cons of the main types of fireplaces, to help you decide which one is best for you.
Wood-burning fireplaces are the most traditional fireplace option, and they're highly valued for their aesthetic. You really can't beat the look, smell and sound of a proper wood fire. However, the greatest asset to a wood fireplace is also its greatest weakness. Wood fireplaces require you to store logs somewhere or run to the store whenever you want a fire.
This type of fireplace also has the most upkeep, needing chimney maintenance and cleaning ash out of the fireplace. Wood-burning fireplaces also spit out burning embers, so screens are a must to ensure safety while in use. While wood fireplaces do tend to lose more heat up the chimney, this can be avoided by adding elements designed to diminish air movement up the flue.
As the name would suggest, this fireplace type burns natural gas instead of wood. There are two main types of gas fireplaces: vented fireplaces and direct vent fireplaces.
Vented gas fireplaces are constructed very similarly to traditional wood-burners with a firebox vented through a chimney. They also allow for the largest variety of burning elements, ranging from ceramic logs to more modern glass beads. These fireplaces are also easily converted to wood-burning fireplaces if you change your mind later.
Direct vent fireplaces draw air from outside and off gas directly out the wall. They don't require chimneys, and the flame is behind glass, providing a safer experience. Direct vent fireplaces emit a large amount of heat and don't lose air up a flue.
If it's function you're looking for, this fireplace type is ideal for you. Electric fireplaces are easy to incorporate into a space. All you have to do is follow the placement instructions and plug the fireplace into an outlet. They come in a range of designs to fit your personal style, and they're a great way to improve the atmosphere of your home without a large budget.
These are the three main types of fireplaces, and there's sure to be one that you feel would be the best fit for you! When you've decided what fireplace style you want, stop by Lehrer Fireplace and Patio! They'll help you find the perfect setup that you're sure to love for years to come.
What's your favorite type of fireplace? Tell us about it in the comments below!