Four Different Types Of Indoor Fireplaces

Fireplaces can provide both an aesthetic appeal to the room that they are installed in and a practical heating solution for your entire home. However, while all different types of fireplaces perform the same function, there are different variants that will do so in different manners. Understanding the differences between some of the most common types of fireplaces can help you choose the one that is the best fit for your home's needs.

Wood-Burning Inserts

Wood burning inserts are installed within a fireplace and provide the most natural source of fire in your home. The smell and sound of burning wood cannot be accurately recreated by other fuel sources. Further, these inserts can be installed with a fan or blower that allows the heat produced by the fire to be spread easily throughout your home. 

However, wood burning fireplaces require a great deal of indoor or outdoor storage space for their fuel, since logs can be quite bulky. Further, wood fireplaces will also require a great deal of maintenance and cleaning after operation to remove ash, soot and creosote from the fireplace and chimney.

Natural Gas Fireplaces

Natural gas fireplaces, obviously, will use natural gas to produce a small, controlled flame within an enclosure. Like wood inserts, they are installed with a fan or blower, but they produce heat much quicker than other types of fireplaces and can heat a larger area as well. In addition, they do not have the space considerations that wood burning fireplaces have.

However, natural gas fireplaces do require a chimney or some sort of vent, which means that the installation process can be complicated. This is compounded by the fact that you will need to have a natural gas line put in if you do not already have one, which can also increase the cost of installation.

Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces make use of a hidden electric heating element and imitation wood and lights to create the illusion of a fire. In this way, electric fireplaces are more like wall-mounted space heaters. A key advantage of electric fireplaces is that you can turn the heat or the lights on separately from each other, depending on your needs. Further, electric fireplaces only require an outlet to operate, which makes the installation easier (and more flexible; you can place an electric fireplace almost anywhere in your home).

However, electric fireplaces do not provide the same level of heating as natural gas and wood burning inserts due. Further, these fireplaces are not highly reliable, as in any power outage or any other event where you lose power, your fireplace will not be able to provide heating to your home. To learn more about your fireplace options, explore selections through a company like Alpine Fireplaces.