When shopping for a new indoor fireplace – either to replace an old fireplace or to redo a room’s interior design – the most important factor is fuel type. Once you’ve determined your fuel source, you can then search and shop within this category for the perfect fireplace for your home. In this article we’ll review wood-burning fireplace and stoves, gas fireplaces, and electric fireplace inserts.
Traditional wood-burning fireplaces, stoves, and inserts are still some of the most popular options. They add classic ambiance, including smoky warmth and scent to a room, and the fuel is relatively inexpensive, and can be free if you have a source of wood available.
If you already have a chimney and the right structure for a fireplace, a wood fireplace is easy to add. They provide approximately 80% fuel efficiency and are very cost effective, saving the average homeowner 30% on their energy bills. Of course, there is cleaning and maintenance to be done, but the ease of wood makes it a great choice.
Gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts are an easy to operate, low cost option. They are a bit more efficient than wood systems and if you have access to inexpensive natural gas, they’re a great low-cost option. Most models are able to be converted to liquid propane. Another choice to be made is the venting type, vented models (known as direct vent) require a chimney to remove fumes while ventless fireplaces burn at a higher temperature to remove harmful fumes. Easy to control, most models even come with a remote so that you can control the fire from anywhere in your room.
Electric options have become popular due to their ease, efficiency, and modern aesthetic. With no actual flame, electric units are perfect for families with children and pets roaming. Usually employing a simulated flame, the unit heats coils and utilize fans to help distribute heat. This also makes them easier to install and maintain with the added plus of increased energy efficiency. Electric fireplaces are the most efficient choice. They also come available in a huge range of sizes, shapes, and designs so you can find one to fit your home’s interior design style.
It all comes down to what your house can accommodate and what you truly want. Weigh the pros and cons of each system and determine what is most important to you. Checkout our selection of indoor fireplaces and browse by fuel type to find the perfect fireplace for your home.