Home is where the fireplace is
Winter is upon us and when considering ways to heat up your home, many people consider adding or restoring an indoor fireplace. They do so much more than heat up a room, fireplaces change the feel of a room as well, making it more romantic and cosy. There are several different types of indoor fireplaces you can purchase, but they basically fall into the broad categories of wood burning, gas, Ethanol or electric.
“As with any home improvement, it is a good idea to take a moment to think about exactly what you are trying to achieve with your indoor fireplace. Consider the structure that you already have, the amount of heating that you want to achieve and, of course, the design of your home.” advises Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa. It's also a good idea to keep in mind the reality of what using this new indoor fireplace will mean. For example, using a wood burning fireplace will require keeping wood on hand which then necessitates having a place to store it, as well as cleaning.With all these things to consider, you can use these short descriptions of all the many options available to help you make your decision.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
A traditional wood burning hearth is what most people think of when they picture a fireplace in their minds. There's nothing quite as romantic as the snapping and crackling of a fire. These days, however, there are a number of options for you in this category, and they can differ in terms of how easy they are to install, how much heat they put out and how cost-efficient they will before you to operate. The Traditional Open Hearth have existed for centuries and typically made of stone or brick. When you are close to them, you can really feel the heat and they look the most authentic, however, they often are not as effective at heating the room as some of the more modern varieties. If you do not already have a fireplace in your home, it will require a fair amount of construction work to put in both the opening itself and the chimney for proper ventilation.
These are inserts made to fit into your existing fireplace simply by sliding it into the opening. They are enclosed, enabling you to easily turn an inefficient open hearth heating system into one that is more fuel efficient and effective.
Usually, these indoor fireplaces feature a large glass panel enabling you to view the fire as it burns. The design is such that you have less heat escaping up the flute and more entering the room, so you stay warmer while still having the cosy feel of a wood burning fire. The enclosed fireplace is also exceptionally economical on wood usage compared to the open hearth fireplace. A good quality unit well placed in the home can provide a very effective heating area.