The difference between indoor fireplaces
As the cooler months inspire us to hibernate, many seek comfort with a book by the crackle of a roaring fire.
Aside from the romantic notion of the fireplace, they are an excellent and cost-effective alternative to evaporative, gas, or ducted heating. So, which fireplace should you get?
Wood burning fireplaces
The oldest and most ‘natural’ form of the indoor fireplace, a wood-burning fireplace is exactly what it sounds like. Fuelled by logs of firewood, these have a ‘fixed’ position and appeal to those who enjoy the visual appeal of a ‘real’ fireplace, the fire and crackle, or maybe just love splitting wood on their day off. These work best in a home with a working fireplace, or the ability to build one with a vent or chimney.
Types of wood-burning indoor fireplaces:
Open-hearth fireplaces: usually made of brick and stone with smoke exiting via a chimney
Free-standing wood-burning stoves: this is not a 'stove' in the conventional use of the word, but rather, is a free-standing warmth option without the need for a fireplace. The heat can then radiate from all sides, which can either be vented through an existing fireplace or a newly built air vent.
Fireplace inserts: enclosed inserts that can fit in a fireplace you already have, making a traditional open-hearth fireplace more fuel-efficient, which are vented out of the chimney or air vent installed in the home.
Enclosed fireplaces: has a glass front that protects from sitting directly in front of the flame
If your wood-chopping skills are lacking or you’re looking for an indoor fireplace without as much construction or cost, a gas-burning fireplace might be for you. These can come ventless or as direct-vented built-in fireplaces.
Ventless fireplaces are for those without a chimney or ‘vent’, while a direct-vented fireplace uses your current or a newly-built chimney to vent smoke out for more of a ‘wood burning’ feel at the flick of a switch.