Renee Bachelet Fireplace August 27, 2018 16:14:58
A normal size fireplace is around 40-50 inches wide. Those in the range of 25-35 inches wide would classify as a compact or small fireplace. Most traditional fireplaces are available only in floor models. Compact fireplaces are wonderful space savers as many are designed as corner units. Wall-mounted fireplaces obviously take up no floor space. For that reason alone, a wall-mounted fireplace would be considered the ultimate in space saving design. If your style in décor is traditional, you may have difficulty finding a wall-mounted fireplace to suite your taste as most have a contemporary look and feel. However, as wall-mounted fireplaces increase in popularity, it is probable that the selection will grow offering more variety in design. Tabletop fireplaces are in one word "unique". If you are not wanting a floor model or wall-mounted fireplace, but you desire a small fireplace that is not only fun, but also out of the ordinary, then a tabletop fireplace may be just what you are searching for.
Wood stoves built during the 1970s and early 1980s offer efficiencies of 50 to 60 percent. Those built since new governmental requirements were put in place in 1988 offer 75 percent or higher overall efficiency; that is, they convert up to 75 percent or more of their fuel into heat. Concern about particulate emissions or air pollution carried by wood smoke have also forced changes in wood stove designs. Although old wood stoves gave off up to 50 grams of particulates per hour in smoke, new certified stoves give off only about 5 grams. Most new wood stoves are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and come in many styles and colors. If you thought that wood stoves only came in black and belched smoke then think again. The new wood stoves are energy efficient, clean burning and there is a wood stove to fit any home or life style.
Most houses these days aren`t even built with a fireplace in mind. Housing codes in some cities have put a damper on the installation of traditional wood burning fireplaces. Alternative heating sources that don`t require the collection of wood and the cleanup of ash are another reason why fireplace installation in new homes isn`t so popular. But, fireplaces are so beautiful. They are great for hanging around on cold nights when you want to just spend some quality time with your family. The problem is that installing a traditional wood burning fireplace can cost thousands of dollars. It`s actually somewhere above ten thousand. But, there are cost effective solutions to install a fireplace without the traditional wood burning features that cost so much. Most of this work you can do yourself. But if you have no hope of ever being even an amateur construction worker, then any work you might need done won`t be too expensive to outsource to a contractor.
When looking into purchasing a fireplace for your small space, you will discover that some use gel fuel and others electric. The advantages are both are eco-friendly, do not require venting or special hook-ups and are clean and odor-free. However, you may want to consider the cost and convenience of both before making a particular small space fireplace purchase. Each gel fuel can lasts approximately 3 hours. They come in a case of twenty-four and cost $65 on average. By doing the calculations, it can be determined that one case of gel fuel will last around 72 hours. Due to the cost, most retailers will inform you that small fireplaces that run on gel fuel are mainly for decorative purposes rather than heating. The advantage of purchasing a small fireplace that runs on electricity is the ease of use. It is also unnecessary to spend your valuable time (not to mention gas), to make trips to the store to get what is required to keep the fireplace going. The disadvantage is that your electric bill may increase significantly. However, this can be remedied by monitoring the amount of time the fireplace is in use.
Spring is finally here. Yeah! So now the fireplace season is winding down. But do not think that means that your fireplace must therefore go unused during the warmer months. Quite the opposite! Keeping your fireplace as the centerpiece of your home is easy. But first there is a little spring cleaning to be done, before we can get to the fun decorating. First order of business is to take care of that chimney. Cleaning your chimney thoroughly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your fireplace clean and safe. Make sure there is no creosote build-up in your chimney. If the creosote builds up, there is a chance that it will catch fire and since creosote burns at an extremely high temperature, it is a very dangerous and fast burning fire.
Corner electric fireplaces are a great solution for smaller spaces. In small apartments, every square inch counts. However, no matter how big or small the space, the corners of rooms can sometimes go unused. Corner models easily install into any open corner. With so many different sizes and styles, it is easy to find one that matches the current decor. These space-saving designs allow for the maximizing of floor space. However, if there happens to not be a corner available, there are also wall mount and petit foyer fireplaces that take up very little wall and floor space. Wall mount electric fireplaces are an excellent choice for small rooms, apartments or rooms where floor space isn`t available. In rental properties, wall mount fireplaces can be simply attached to the wall and plugged in. Inset models are also available for permanent installation and can be hardwired directly to the home`s electricity. Wall mounted electric fireplaces can be installed in bedrooms at the level to allow it to be viewed from one`s bed.