There’s nothing better than settling down in front of a roaring fire on a cold evening. There’s something mesmerizing about gazing into dancing flames, feeling the warmth of the fire and letting the crackling fire take you off to another world.
Traditionally houses were built with fireplaces as a heating source, but luckily these days we have better methods of heating our houses! Fireplaces are now a welcome feature, but not a necessity as they used to be. It does mean, however, that not all houses are now built with fireplaces. If your property doesn’t have a fireplace, all is not lost. You can fit one!
You have a choice of two different fireplace types – gas or wood burning. Each has their merits, and it is a case of deciding which type best suits you, your needs and your home.
A natural, rustic wood burning fire is the traditional typical fireplace. It gives that primitive feeling of heat, the crackling and smell of wood, and you can even cook on it. A wood fire is fuelled by, well, wood. Depending on where you live, this may be easy to come across, or may be difficult – it is definitely something that you should bear in mind when you are deciding what kind of fire is best for you.
A wood fire needs to be cleared out once the fire is out and cooled. Likewise, at regular intervals (maybe once or twice a year) you should clean your chimney as it can get clogged up with soot, effecting the burning of the fire and possibly inhibiting ventilation into the room.
Obviously a wood fire would need a chimney and so you are limited in the place where you can put your fire.
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A gas fire uses gas as its fuel and has a number of obvious advantages over a wood fire in terms of mess and maintenance. There is no need to find places to store wood and no cleaning of the fireplace is required, but obviously it doesn’t have the same savage, primitive feel as a wood burning fire.
The gas fire doesn’t require the ‘building’ of a fire, you just press a button, and it’s alight. It can also be installed anywhere in your house – it doesn’t need a chimney, unlike the wood fire, as ventilation is through a pipe which can be passed through the wall.
A gas fire can also be made to ensure that the heat circulates evenly throughout the whole room with a controlled temperature.
Whether you choose a wood burning fireplace or gas burning fire really comes down to a choice between convenience and ease, or the desire for a natural feeling, rustic charm. Obviously there might be restrictions such as the type of building you have – if you live in a flat, for example, you might not have a chimney, or the space to store wood. Likewise, you may also have a chimney which isn’t being used, which would be perfect for a wood fire. Whichever you choose, make sure that you get it done before the winter sets in so that you can relax in front of your roaring fire on those freezing nights.