Are you thinking about adding a fireplace to your home? Or maybe upgrading your current one? Ashbusters would like to invite you to check out our online fireplace store where you will find a wide variety of fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and other hearth appliances from trusted brands like Regency Fireplace Products and more. No matter which fuel type or system you are considering, we have the perfect model for you.
Need help deciding on which appliance and/or fuel type would be best? We’re here to help.
Which Fireplace Fuel Do You Need?
One big thing for homeowners to think about is which type of fuel they want. Now, this decision can come as they are shopping for a new home, but it can also come when thinking about a home remodeling project. It is important to remember that adding a fireplace does not necessarily mean having to have major structural changes to your home. Of course, structural changes are a possibility… It all depends on the choices you make!
- Gas: One popular form of fireplace is a direct vent gas fireplace or insert. These provide an efficient way of heating the home, while helping homeowners avoid the mess of a traditional wood fireplace. For those who prefer convenience and ease, gas fireplace appliances are definitely the way to go. You will not have to worry about doing chores like bringing in firewood or sweeping up ashes, and many can be controlled with a remote control from your couch. The designs of these fireplaces are also very flexible, and often offer easier placement compared to a traditional fireplace.
- Electric: Electric fireplaces can be a cost-effective option for some, especially if they’re short on space, but if you ever experience a power outage, the fireplace is not going to work. That said, models nowadays are more realistic than ever and can offer efficient heat for those looking to stay warmer in the cooler months.
- Pellet: Pellet options are great for those who like burning wood and having a real, authentic fire, but don’t want to deal with the work of building and maintaining fires. An environmentally conscious choice, pellet stoves and inserts have become more and more popular in recent years. The pellets are made from recycled wood shavings and come in forty-pound bags that are easily stored. All you have to do is fill the hopper with pellets, and turn on your stove for a warm and cozy fire that will last you all day long.
- Wood: Finally, there are always the classic wood-burning options. Wood-burning fireplaces offer a more traditional look and, of course, burn real wood. This offers the benefit of that unique scent, as well as the crackling sounds of an open flame. On the downside, since it is real wood burning, you are going to have to buy wood or cut it yourself. The fireplace will also need replenishing throughout the day or night to ensure the fire does not go out. This can be a chore for some individuals, as they would rather just sit back and enjoy the fire.
Still not sure what’s best? A gas-burning fireplace can be better if you’re starting from scratch, since you won’t have to construct a full masonry chimney. If you have a wood fireplace installed already, though, converting to a gas or wood insert may be ideal in terms of improving efficiency. Others may want to stick with a traditional wood-fueled set-up because they love the authenticity of it all.
If saving money on your utility bill is your main reason for installing a new appliance, then consider investing in a wood-burning stove. However, if modern convenience and ease of installation are both important, you may wish to have a gas stove or insert installed. And if space and budget are both a concern, you may want an electric option!
Other things to consider? Wood stoves create a lot of ash, are considered messier than modern gas stoves, and will require professional cleaning to avoid any creosote build up. Gas stoves do not require this type of maintenance (although they’ll still need annual service). The installation costs are often less when installing a gas stove, making them a better choice for some homes.
In the end, you’ll just need to compare the facts and make the best decision for your climate, your budget, and your personal preferences. Whatever style you choose, we’re here to help!
Prefab vs. Masonry: Which Is Right for Me?
Another choice you may have to face is deciding between masonry chimneys and prefabricated chimneys. A masonry chimney is the traditional chimney that is used by most households. Factory built chimneys are a non-masonry material that is easier to install and generally less costly – although they won’t last as long, either.
All types of chimneys have the function of bringing smoke out of the house and providing the fire with air, but knowing the advantages and disadvantages of all chimneys and how they differ from each other can help you choose the best system for your needs. Households that are having a hard time deciding on the right chimney should consult a fireplace professional. Choosing the wrong chimney for your appliance can be very dangerous and may even cause a fire hazard.
What Else Do I Need?
Fireplaces also come with different accessories that you may want to incorporate into your space. Fireplace screens, mantles, and wood racks can have a place in your living room as well. Materials for fireplaces vary from wood, copper, iron, bricks, and marble, so it’ll be easy to find one that complements the other furniture and style in your living room.
Call On Our Techs Today
No matter which appliance you choose, annual inspections and regular upkeep is a must. Choose Ashbusters for your maintenance needs, whether it is chimney sweep cleaning, evaluation/inspection, or checking the gas valve, pilot and gasket seal in a gas burner appliance. These are just a few of the services that Ashbusters can provide to ensure a safe, inviting heat source for your home.