A fireplace is perfect for bringing a little life and warmth into your home. With the right fireplace, you can turn your house into a home. But which one is right for you? There are so many stunning options available choosing the perfect fireplace can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry, we can take you through that the best design and types of fireplaces are for your home. In this blog, we are sharing the five things you need to keep in mind when finding a fireplace.
Do you care more about function or design?
Before you start looking into fireplaces, ask yourself are you looking for an aesthetically pleasing fireplace or is your fireplace going to be your main source of warmth? If you want to use your fireplace to heat your home then you’ll need a fireplace that produces enough heat. You will also need some control over the heat. You’re looking to drive away the cold, not to make a sweat lodge. Keep in mind that a fireplace is great for heating one room, but it won’t heat up your whole house.
What kinds of fireplaces can you get?
There are five main types of fireplaces you can get: wood, pellet, gas, electric or bioethanol.
- Wood fires have the most heart and, some would argue, the most maintenance. Sitting around a traditional fireplace is charming, and in the dead of winter, it can feel like an oasis from the cold. The work that goes into a wood fireplace isn’t for everybody. If buying wood, building a fire and sweeping out ashes seems like too much of a hassle then you are better off looking at other options. After all, what is the point of getting a fireplace if you never use it? If building a fire and cleaning out the ashes is going to give you a sense of joy then a wood fireplace is perfect for you.
- Pellet fireplaces use wood pellets instead of wood logs. What’s the big difference between wood and pellet fireplaces? Well, wood pellets are more economical and environmentally friendly. You’d be burning recycled materials, like pellets made from excess sawdust, and doing your budget a favour. While they are small and easy to install, they are known for being a little noisy.
- Gas fireplaces are easy and safe to use. You’ll also find more unique and modern designs with a gas stove. They also don’t produce smoke or a lot of emissions. However, this means your gas fire won’t have the same atmosphere as a wood fire. None of the sounds and smells, but you’ll never have to sweep out a fireplace. The other thing to consider is that it is a little more costly to use gas.
- Electric fireplaces are great space savers and are incredibly versatile. So if you are working with an odd space, or you’re not spoiled for room, then an electric fireplace is the perfect solution. While it is safe and easy to use, you won’t get the same experience of sitting around a wood fireplace.
- Bioethanol fireplaces use ethanol-based fuels and don’t need a vent or chimney. It’s a versatile, aesthetic fireplace, great for odd spaces as you can install a freestanding unit. The downside is that is doesn’t produce as much heat as other types of fireplaces.
What do I need to know about ventilation?
You only need to worry about ventilation with wood, pellet and most gas fireplaces. They need air in order to function, and also to keep your house from smoking up. If your house is sealed tightly with lots of insulation it can cause some issues with ventilation. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a wood, pellet or gas fireplace, it just means you need to consider this when you are installing it.
Where should I install it?
The main thing you should keep in mind when it comes to finding the right spot for your fireplace is safety. These days, fireplaces are mostly safe and easy to use. However, for fireplaces that close to walls, you may need to install an exterior fireproof wall. If there is anything else that could potentially be flammable it is always best to keep it away.
What about outdoor fireplaces?
It is important to get an idea of what your new outdoor living area is going to look like before committing to an outdoor fireplace. Will your fireplace be the focus? Will the area be covered? Will it be walled in? Once you get an idea of what you want you’ll get a better idea of what fireplace is best.
If you are ready to get your dream fireplace, Stone Design Group offers fireplace installation services. To learn more, please do not hesitate to call us on 03 9498 3444.