We’re still caught in the dog days of summer, but crisp, chilly fall days will be here before you know it! And let me tell you, there is nothing better than cozying up by a fireplace on a cold winter’s night. You can cuddle with your sweetheart, make s’mores with your kids, or simply enjoy the crackling flames as you read a favorite book. If you don’t have a fireplace but you’re interested in purchasing one, now is the time to research your options. Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling your current home, we’ll help you decide between the different types of fireplaces. Wood-burning, gas, and electric all have their pros and cons. Scroll down to learn about the three different types of fireplaces.
Types of Fireplaces
Wood-burning fireplaces are the classic, time-honored choice. If you want a true fire-building experience (gathering wood, adding kindling, starting the fire), a wood-burning fireplace should be your top choice. Plus, they create great warmth, which is comforting and useful on those cold winter days. However, wood-burning fireplaces do need a lot of fuel (and depending on where you live, it can be difficult to find large amounts of wood). They also require more maintenance, including regular cleanings and chimney inspections. But if you’re craving that old-fashioned fireplace experience, with crackling logs and a woodsy aroma, you don’t have any choice: you need a wood-burning fireplace. The other two types of fireplaces simply lack authenticity.
If you want the look of a wood-burning fireplace without all the maintenance, gas is a great option. The fireplace will be hooked up to your gas line and ventilation system, and while the wood/coal base will be synthetic, a gas fireplace does create a real fire. So you’ll get heat and natural, flickering flames without having to find fuel or complete frequent cleanings. The installation might be slightly more complicated (and thus, more expensive), but once your gas fireplace is set up, it won’t require much maintenance. Your main concerns will be checking that the gas line is off when you aren’t using the fireplace and having your gas line inspected from time to time, to ensure that there aren’t any leaks.
An electric fireplace lacks the charm and authenticity of a wood-burning fireplace, and it doesn’t contain real flames like a gas fireplace. However, this option is more eco-friendly since it doesn’t burn any fuel, and it’s very easy to “light.” There are a variety of electric models on the market: some have lights and mirrors, others blow around flame-colored fabric, and still others include an internal heater to better imitate a true fire’s warmth. Electric fireplaces can be quickly and inexpensively installed as well. Of all the types of fireplaces, electric is the least like a traditional fireplace, but it can work well for a homeowner who wants an eco-friendly, affordable, and maintenance-free option.
So what’s most important to you: authenticity, affordability, maintenance, eco-friendliness, warmth? Once you decide, you can choose between these three types of fireplaces. Good luck!
If you’re planning to build a new home or remodel your current home (and you live in southwest Missouri), give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us, whether it’s a new fireplace, a relatively minor remodeling job, or a brand new house. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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