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The Different Fireplace Types and Purposes.

There is an array of different types of fireplaces, ranging from electric and wood to various gas options. Just as each has its own distinct design characteristics, they can also serve different purposes too. There’s no denying that a home’s fireplace provides a source of heat, but it also becomes a focal point as well as enhances the aesthetics of a space. So, whether you’re searching for a new home or planning to renovate an existing one, be sure the fireplace you choose suits your needs. Check out the following guide to help you decide.


Electric Fireplaces

An electric fireplace can offer the cozy ambiance of traditional wood or coal-burning fireplace without the upkeep. Quite often during renovations, people will replace an old-style fireplace with an electric one. This not only eliminates the fumes and hands-on work, but it also provides an easy plug-in, low-maintenance alternative. With an electric fireplace, you will still enjoy the calming appearance, and depending on a unit’s features, flame-like effects can be changed and the heating function can be turned on and off, making it possible to enjoy year-round.

In addition to the low maintenance, some electric fireplaces, such as the mantel, TV stand, and entertainment styles work well in small spaces or when there’s no chimney or venting access in a home.

Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are a popular alternative to wood. While gas fireplaces do still produce smoke and require a properly vented chimney just as real wood fireplaces, there is less work required. For instance, as lovely as a wood-burning fire is, it’s much more difficult to maintain a steady flame and temperature in comparison to gas – which is easily controlled by a switch.

When opting for a gas fireplace, you can choose between gas logs and gas inserts.