Types of Fireplaces

When you are about to buy a fireplace, you are setting out on an exciting adventure. But because fireplaces have come a long way in both their functionality and design, it may be one that becomes a little overwhelming, at first, because there are so many different types to choose from.

When you are making your choice, one of the important factors to be considered is the type of fuel that is going to be used in your fireplace. You may decide that you want to go with a wood-burning type or perhaps you’d prefer gas, propane or even an electric model. This part of your decision will dictate not only the style of the structure, but also where is it going to be installed and the requirements for doing so.

If you don’t want to deal with the chimney – say that your house doesn’t have one, or you don’t have the budget to have one built – then you are not going to be able to enjoy an open fire type.

However, this should not be considered an obstacle, as gas and electric fireplaces can produce a substantial amount of heat, and create the same ambience of the wood-burning types. Those owners who have a gas supply available definitely have the option of going with a gas fireplace, a category that not only features modern styles but more traditional looking ones as well.

Electric fireplaces fit in beautifully with a home that can’t rely on an open fire or doesn’t have access to a gas supply: the only drawback is that they are considered to be more expensive. While most of these models do have built-in heaters, there are many that don’t and are used merely for aesthetic purposes.

Regardless of how it operates, the final consideration is that you will have to choose an appropriately-sized room for your chimney: this will also be discussed on this site.