Everyone loves a good old-fashioned fireplace. The crackling of the logs, the glow of the embers, and the warmth of the flames all combine to make them fantastic additions to your home. However, between either buying firewood or chopping it yourself, as well as the increased safety hazards, they can also be a lot more work. It’s this reason that many folks are looking to replace their wood-burning fireplace with something a little easier to manage. If this is something you’re considering, you’ve got a few options.
The first and most popular option is a direct-vent gas fireplace. These can be a more efficient source of heat, as well as improving your overall in-home air quality. Because the fire, which has real flames, is kept behind a glass pane, all of the smoke and fumes are expelled via the vent, rather than into your home. These do require a professional installation though, which can raise the price quite a bit.
Your next option is an electric fireplace insert. The major downside is that it doesn’t produce real flames, though many newer models have LED lights that suggest realistic flames. However, it’s much easier to install, sometimes only requiring being plugged into an outlet, and therefore, will be much cheaper than a gas fireplace. It will likely increase your electricity bill a little bit, but will last much longer than a gas fireplace since there’s no combustible fuel.
The last option you would have is a ventless alcohol gel fireplace with log inserts. For this set-up, you would simply buy log inserts and place them in your existing hearth. You’ll have to buy alcohol gel to use as fuel, which is sold in cans. Each can generally provides about three hours of fuel. This produces real flames, as well as a crackling noise, just like a real fire. Fuel comes in scented and odorless choices.
If you’re thinking about replacing your current wood-burning fireplace, we recommend you give us a call, or come down to our showroom so we can help get you the correct set-up.