For centuries, the fireplace often served as the centerpiece of the house. It provides light, warmth, hot food, and it's also an ideal place to rest or welcome guests.
That's why innovations for home fireplaces are continuing to improve. Homeowners now have choices for a wide array of fuel types, structures, visual effects, and other options.
The innovations for fireplaces allow homeowners to design the right one that fits their preferences. However, this also creates a problem--the overwhelming choices make it hard for the homeowners to determine the right fireplace for their home.
If you can't determine what type of fireplace is right for your house, this blog post can help. Today, we'll talk about different types of fireplaces.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Wood burning fireplaces are common in old houses, particularly those built in the 1700s throughout the industrial revolution. But even though its design and build are already outdated, many people still choose this type of fireplace.
They usually pick this type for aesthetic reasons, such as the smell, crackling sound, and visual appeal of a "real" fire.
There are different types of wood-burning fireplaces:
Open hearth fireplaces - This is the traditional design of a fireplace. Also known as the masonry fireplace, this type is an open-faced fireproof box constructed into the wall of a house. This fireplace is usually made of brick or stone and built with a chimney on top to vent out the wood smoke.
Wood-burning stoves - This type of wood-burning fireplace is not technically a fireplace. It's a standalone solid steel or cast-iron box with a metal stove pipe for venting the smoke. Unlike the open hearth fireplaces, they are more efficient. Wood burning stoves require less firewood to produce usable heat.
Indoor enclosed wood-burning fireplace - this type is an upgraded open-hearth fireplace. It uses a fully enclosed metal firebox that is built directly into the wall of a house. Also, this fireplace has a glass front. It allows you to have a zero clearance fireplace that burns wood, wood pellets, or gas.
People often choose wood-burning fireplaces because they are cost-effective in the long run. You only have to pay for the logs when you want to use them.
But before you choose these types of fireplaces, keep in mind that its design is already outdated. You could experience a couple of downsides if you pick this one. For instance, burning wood has safety risks.
These types of fireplaces are inefficient and can be dangerous if left unattended. Its installation process is time-consuming as well. You need to check first the government ordinances and regulations regarding fireplaces or wood-burning appliances before you can start the installation process.
Gas fireplaces are less aesthetic than wood-burning fireplaces. However, their popularity is growing steadily because of their efficiency, safety, and lower installation costs.
A gas fireplace could run on either natural gas or propane. But just like other types of fireplaces, gas fireplaces would also use vents--it could be a direct vent or vent-free exhaust system, or B-vent. To know the difference, here are the different types of gas fireplaces:
Direct vent gas fireplace - This type of gas fireplace draws air and releases it directly to the outside using a stove pipe. Since direct vent gas fireplaces do not draw air from inside the house, they are the best option for well-sealed high-efficiency properties.
B-vent fireplaces are similar to wood-burning fireplaces, both in terms of appearance and operation. Their designs are like open-hearth fireplaces but use a gas burner and valve system to produce heat. Though visually appealing, b-vents do not have a good heating capacity. That's why they're one of the best options for those who are living in areas with warmer climates.
Vent-free or ventless systems - This fireplace is similar to a B-vent or open-hearth fireplace--they are easy to install and efficient. This type of fireplace produces a blue flame, and they are the best option for high-ceilinged rooms with lots of area for the carbon dioxide and humidity to dissipate. However, they have output limitations. That makes them incapable of supplying enough heat to the whole house.
These types of fireplaces are the most cost-effective and easy to install. Since it's electric, you only need to plug it into a power outlet.
Instead of producing actual flame, wall mounted electric fireplaces only project fires on the screen using LED lights. Homeowners have the option to adjust the appearance of the screen depending on their preferences using remote controls. Also, newer models of electric fireplaces can connect to the internet or Bluetooth speakers.
Most electric fireplaces have built-in thermostats and capable of heating an area to 500-1000 square feet.
There are different options for electric fireplaces. However, your choices are classified into two categories. To give you an idea about it, here are the different types of electric fireplaces:
Standard electric fireplaces have plenty of mounting/display options, and many of them work without a vent or chimney. Also, some of them are standalone, like a wood stove. You don't have to mount them on a wall before using them however recessed in-wall electric fireplaces are very popular.
Infrared fireplaces use quartz heating technology or infrared to heat the surface of objects, similar to an infrared sauna. Like the standard electric fireplaces, many infrared models have plenty of options like visual effects and other features such as a thermostat.
If you need assistance selecting a particular type of electric fireplace that's best for you, let us know and we'll be glad to help :)