How To Choose A New Fireplace
Belgard Fireplace has long been the heart and soul of a living room or family room. It provides warmth, light, and entertainment, all of which are required in any conversation. Many people have a fireplace, but few know much about the construction and materials used to build it. Whether your fireplace is a wood-burning one or a gas one, the fireplace can help make or break your home.
If you’re looking to have a fireplace in your home, there are several factors that you need to consider before you begin construction. First, if you plan to use the fireplace for more than one use, you may want to have a multi-use fireplace. The standard fireplace consists of a hearth, a front door, a chimney and a vaulted ceiling. The open-air good room has a large open fire, a smoky fireplace and access to an outside living space with a fireplace pit. The fireplace can either be vented into the living area through a door, or it can have an unvented chimney, depending on the regulations in your community.
Gas insert fireplaces are becoming more popular for many homes as they are easier to maintain, more efficient and safer than wood-burning fireplaces. With gas inserts, the fire is started by a remote control, turned on by a switch or simply turned off with the click of a button. There are several different styles of gas logs for fireplace use including: wet gas logs, dry gas logs and lava rocks for spark ignition.
The fireplace opening is where you will access the fireplace. The most important factor when selecting your hearth and fireplace opening is safety. Fireplace doors should be designed so that they can’t be easily forced open or shut. If you have small children in your home, you may want to choose a fireplace opening that is out of reach of toddlers and can’t be kicked in.
Gas logs are vented directly into the fire, which means there are no creosote fumes or smoke produced from burning gaseous gases. Dry stones produce less smoke than do burning gaseous gases and are often used on top of a wood or coal fireplace for added warmth and atmosphere. When the heart is open, the gases are burned upward into the air, usually in front of the fire bowl or in a vent nearby. This can be rather dangerous and could cause serious burns if the gases are ingested.
You can choose gas fireplace inserts that come in single, double or triple units. The cost will depend on the number of rooms the fireplace is intended to heat and how large the insert is. A two-piece insert is less expensive than a three-piece unit. If your fireplace is to be located in a cold area, you should consider getting a gas insert that comes with an emergency thermometer. This will allow you to regulate the temperature inside the house during the night to keep the room from getting too hot or too cold.
There are some manufacturers that make fireplace mantels that have a built-in damper that locks up completely to keep the smoke and sparks out of the living spaces. These mantels usually feature a mantel shelf that runs the full length of the fireplace and a damper that is attached to the mantel. The damper can be opened and closed at the turn of a knob using a remote control. If you do not want to use the damper, but still want a smoke chamber, you can get a steel insert that has a rectangular shaped front and a circular rear plate.
Fireplaces with chimneys often have a grate or screen placed above them. It is not uncommon for newer fireplaces to have fire grates made of stainless steel or some other material. Some people prefer to have the screen entirely installed by professionals so that all the flue gases are directed upwards into the firebox instead of circulating around the room. Others enjoy the look and feel of the stainless steel insert with the mesh screen. Whatever option you choose, you will be pleased with both the aesthetics and functionality of your fireplace.