When choosing a fireplace for your home, there are many different options available to pick from. In this article I will primarily discuss the different types of indoor fireplaces. Before going over the types of materials each fireplace uses, I'll start with the various styles of indoor fireplaces available today.
The first and most common style of indoor fireplace is the wall-mounted fireplace. These fireplaces are built into the wall, typically in a living room or bedroom. They usually sit flush with the wall but sometimes have an upper or lower mantle for display. Wall-mounted fireplaces are connected to a chimney which funnels the smoke out of the fireplace, above the house. This variety of fireplace can run on real wood, gas, or even electricity in some newer models. We believe it is best to go with a trusted brand such as Heat N Glo for any wall mounted fireplace.
Another common type of fireplace is the free-standing variety. An advantage to the free-standing fireplace is that it requires minimal modification to your home compared to a wall-mounted fireplace. To get a better idea of the types of freestanding fireplaces available, we recommend visiting a local fireplace store like Haley Comfort Systems. Free-standing fireplaces work in the same way as their wall-mounted counterparts, the fire burns in the lower chamber while smoke escapes through a chimney above. These fireplaces can run off wood, gas, or electricity and are a great option for homeowners who don't want to undertake a large remodeling job for installation.
Portable fireplaces are similar to free-standing fireplaces but are typically smaller and not attached to a chimney. Most portable indoor fireplaces are electric but there are outdoor models that can run off of wood or gas. If you are simply looking to warm up a room during the winter and don't want to commit to installing a permanent fixture, a portable fireplace is a great option. Portable fireplaces are perfect for apartments too as they do not require any modification to the home.
Most of the fireplace types I have mentioned are capable of running off any material, depending on the specific model of fireplace. Wood-burning fireplaces are the oldest of any type of fireplace. Some homeowners prefer wood-burning fireplaces because of the smell and sounds that they put out. A disadvantage of wood-burning fireplaces is that they need to be cleaned fairly often and can release a lot of smoke indoors if there is an issue with the chimney.
Today, gas burning fireplaces are some of the most common types found in homes. Gas fireplaces are simple to operate and require minimal maintenance for upkeep. Vented gas fireplaces require a chimney to release the fumes from the chamber. Vent-free gas fireplaces do not require a chimney and burn at a much higher temperature.
Electric fireplaces are the safest of the different materials to burn. They do not have an actual flame and create heat with heating coils instead. Most electric fireplaces produce virtual flames that look just like a real fire. Since there isn't anything actually burning, electric fireplaces do not require any venting.
Hopefully this article gives you a better understanding of the different types and styles of fireplaces. Keep in mind the pros and cons of each kind when making your next fireplace purchase. If you would like to learn more about the types of fireplaces available check out this resource from wikipedia!