3 Alternatives to the Wood Fuel Fireplace

3 Alternatives to the Wood Fuel Fireplace

Sure, fireplaces are how people heated their home in the past, but that’s exactly what gives them their charm. For a while, people in the modern age were using fireplaces purely for this aesthetic charm, but when the idea of using fireplaces to conserve energy came around, people found a whole new reason to install them.

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As it turns out though, wood fireplaces are old-fashioned; they need real effort to maintain. Luckily, fireplaces now come in other fuel types, each with their own perks and benefits. Fireplace installation in New City, NY is easier than ever before.


Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces lack some of the quirks of a real fireplace, but that hasn’t stopped them from being one of the most popular alternatives to wood fireplaces.

The cleanliness of these fireplaces is a strong plus. There’s no smoke, and the waste gases are vented through a tube leading to the outside. This configuration is easy to install, too, meaning you can quickly have a gas fireplace complete with fake logs, glass doors, and mantle installed in your living room.

Some Benefits Include:

  • They require very little maintenance and only need to be cleaned occasionally.
  • Can help lower heating bills by reducing usage of your whole-house heater.
  • Freestanding models can be installed anywhere in the home.

Pellet Stoves

Love a real fire but don’t love chopping firewood? Chopping wood is a great exercise, but not something we all want to do after getting home from a hard day of work. Plus, actual wood and actual fire can get messy when you have to deal with smoke, and you can’t just turn in for the night without making sure the fire is completely out.

Thus we have the pellet stove, capable of giving you a real fire while being environmentally friendly and still staying low-cost. When you hear “pellet,” you might be thinking of some kind of combustible chemical. In reality, pellets are made from recycled sawdust and wood shavings, and their composition makes them more effective than burning logs.

Some Benefits Include:

  • They heat the room through convection, meaning the flames burn evenly and the room warms evenly.
  • Pellets are low-cost. Their density allows them to burn hotter.
  • Heat is controlled through a thermostat.

Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces use heating coils to produce warmth, so there’s no actual flame involved. A fan then blows the warm air out into the room. They’re designed to look like fireplaces in every way, including fake logs and flames.

This can be a plus or a minus for some homeowners. Some want a fireplace partly for their atmospheric value, and that includes feeding logs to a real flame, hearing the crackle of real wood, and all the other rustic charm. Others are perfectly satisfied without these things; they just want a fireplace that heats the room.

Some Benefits Include:

  • No clean up involved, and easy to install.
  • A great solution if you don’t have access to natural gas.
  • They’re not a threat to children or pets.

There’s a type and style of fireplace for every home. Contact EB Design Air Inc. today to request an estimate!