Which fireplace should I buy? Should I choose wood or gas?
Most of us only buy one or two fireplaces in our lifetime. Trying to figure out which of the many choices available is the right one for you can be intimidating. Often the first choice is between a wood and gas fireplace.
What are the benefits and shortcomings of wood fireplaces and stoves?
Nothing has the complete realism of a natural wood fire. Each fire has a unique life cycle from small flames to a strong burning fire to glowing embers. Properly installed wood burners are very safe and reliable, little other than wood and a match is needed to keep them going. But wood is a bulk fuel. To burn well it must be seasoned and dry (minimum 1 year cut, split, stacked, and preferably covered). Wood takes up space and comes with a bit of maintenance to keep it clean. You have to sweep up the bark and wood chips that fall off, and clean out the ashes after burning. Once you light a wood fire you have several hours of fire to enjoy, but you cannot put it out with the push of a button.
What are the benefits and shortcomings of gas fireplaces and stoves?
Gas fireplaces offer convenience and control not available in wood units. With the push of a button the fireplace is ignited. Some units offer thermostatic control that will insure that the room does not get too hot. Modern gas technology is both extremely safe and very realistic. A modern gas appliance has many safety features built into it to avoid any potential for risk to the home or the consumer. The logs and burners on a modern gas fireplace have realistic dancing flames and glowing embers. The manufactures are making remarkably realistic fires in most mid grade and premium fireplaces.Considering how you will use the fireplace most easily makes making the decision between wood and gas fuel. If you come home in the evening and light a fire to enjoy it for most or all of the evening, or if you commonly heat your home with the fireplace, or keep a fire going all weekend long, you may be a candidate for a wood fire. If you typically come home in the evening and want to enjoy a fire for awhile while watching TV or entertaining, or if you want to light the fire to take the chill out of the home first thing in the morning before heading out to work then gas may better suit your needs.
Where should I place my hearth product?
The fireplace is often the focal point of the room it is in, thus placement of the fireplace should maximize the view throughout the room. Any single sided fireplace may be put in a corner or along a flat wall. Multiple sided fireplaces need to be more carefully placed to maintain good fire view.
Where should I buy a fireplace or stove?
The trained sales staff of a reputable Hearth Shop can help you select the fireplace or stove that will add both beauty, comfort and value to your home. Feel free to ask questions and visit more than one hearth shop to get different design ideas, and to find the perfect fireplace for your home.
Where can I have a gas fireplace installed in my home?
We can install a direct vent gas fireplace virtually anywhere in your home.
What is a direct vent gas fireplace?
Direct vent gas fireplaces draw all their combustion air from outside the home, and exhaust 100 percent outside through a dedicated vent.
Can I install a gas-burning insert in my existing wood burning fireplace?
Yes, in most cases we can install an energy efficient gas-burning insert in your existing wood-burning masonry or zero clearance wood burner.
Will my gas fireplace or insert operate if the power is out?
Yes, standing pilot gas fireplaces and inserts do not need electricity to operate.
Will I get heat out of my direct vent gas fireplace?
There are two types of gas fireplaces, heater-rated units and decorative appliance. Heater-rated units may be operated by a thermostat and typically range from 20,000 to 40,000 BTU's, and will cost 10 to 25 cents per hour to operate. Decorative appliances produce little heat.
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