A wood burning fireplace is a timeless focal point in every home. Over the years, the classic wood fireplace has evolved in style and efficiency. This heating system is now available in both traditional and modern styles, with a variety of options adapted to your living area and budget.
THE STONE FIREPLACE
A traditional stone wood burning fireplace is assembled on site, brick by brick, while your home is being built. This choice of wood fireplace can be expensive to fabricate and maintain but is sure to create an amazing focal point that’s built to last.
A stone fireplace produces a great flame, crafting a unique atmosphere without too much heat. One drawback is that it’s hard to control the airflow feeding the fire. This makes this type of fireplace less efficient compared to some factory-built ones.
FOR SAFETY REASONS, EVERY FIREPLACE MUST HAVE ITS OWN CHIMNEY.
THE FACTORY-BUILT FIREPLACE
A factory-built fireplace, also known as a zero-clearance fireplace. They provide homeowners an affordable alternative, whether it’s for a new construction or for a home that was initially built without a fireplace. A zero-clearance fireplace adds to a home the warmth and comfort of a hearth, at a fraction of the price.
When you buy a factory-made wood fireplace, you’re opting for a convenient product that can be placed in almost any living area, small or large, tailored to your desired price point and decor. Their performance is also superior than that of a typical stone fireplace, which means they’re cheaper to run.
Many zero clearance fireplaces are designed to heat a large area and can even heat your entire home. They have EPA certification and are fitted with sealed doors combined to a mechanism to control the air intake.
QUALITY AND PRICE
It’s always best to opt for quality materials and components over price when choosing your fireplace. This will ensure the durability and efficiency of your heating system. This rule also applies to selecting a fireplace installer. Being choosy will help you avoid stressful situations that can lead to wasting time and money. Our retail partners often uninstall fireplaces that have worn out early, a sign of a poor installation.
How can you tell if an installer is a qualified professional? Real professionals are trained, certified and conscious of all codes of practice and regulations. A service provided by a specialist will always be safe and guaranteed. Professional installers will also make sure that the manufacturer’s warranty is valid in case there’s a problem.
In the USA, NFI certifications are recognized as best practice. In Canada, a WETT certification is given to installers after being trained by the organization.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT WOOD
Different types of wood burn in different ways. Hardwood burns very efficiently with hotter embers. Conifer or softwood burns quickly at a high temperature. Hardwood is the best choice for a long-lasting, efficient fire, if available in your area.Find a Local Expert