When having a fireplace installed in a room it’s important to consider what type of fuel option would be best for you. While wood burning fireplaces are undeniably the most familiar choice, gas fireplaces are rapidly gaining in popularity. Many people are choosing to forego the cost and maintenance of a traditional wood burning fireplace in favor of something a little more modern.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying the warmth of a roaring fire on a cool evening, whether at home or away. Unfortunately, the fantasy of a relaxing time spent curled up by the fireplace doesn’t come without maintenance. Wood burning fireplaces certainly maintain a classically rustic appeal so it’s easy to forget just how much upkeep they can entail, not to mention setup costs if you’re just starting out. Installation of a wood burning fireplace requires skilled installers to put ensure proper ventilation and contractors to build the firebox and mantle. There’s also chopping and storing wood, building and stoking the fire, cleaning out old ashes and soot, cleaning the chimney flu and of course, ensuring pesky critters don’t making their home in your chimney.
If you’re looking for something a little less time consuming and costly, consider installing an ethanol burning fireplace. These eco-friendly ethanol fuel fireplaces use the renewable resource of bio-ethanol fuel to create a warm fire that very closely resembles that of a wood burning fireplace. Set up is possible virtually anywhere since no special ventilation is required and you won’t need any gas hookups or construction skills to install it. The ethanol burns clean leaving behind no soot, ash, or wood so you won’t have to spend any time cleaning up after you enjoy your fire and refilling them is very simple. Additional fuel reserves can be stored in your house on a shelf for whenever you need it. Since they require no cleanup or maintenance, you won’t need any tools either – no buckets, shovels, brooms, or ash vacuums to store. As an added bonus, since there are no hookups, mantles, or fireboxes involved, they can be moved virtually anywhere.
Whatever your preference, there is a perfect fireplace out there for every home and situation. When considering your fuel type, carefully weigh how much money you want to spend up front as well as the possible maintenance they may require in the future. Fireplaces have always been a centerpiece in a home and it’s important that you choose carefully so you can enjoy that warm, roaring fire for years to come.