Renee Bachelet Fireplace August 09, 2018 19:17:46
Many may not consider a virtual fireplace as a serious fireplace option. However, before it is written off completely, it should be noted that today`s technology has brought the virtual fireplace a long way from the mock fireplaces of yesteryear. Today`s virtual fireplaces are basically a DVD that you put into your television or personal computer that creates a realistic illusion of a crackling fire. The DVD loops around and plays continuously until you turn it off. Depending on your expectations, you may find yourself disappointed either by the quality of the video or that it is just not "real" enough for you. However, a virtual fireplace is perfect for small spaces. If you have room for a television or computer, you are already one step closer to having a fireplace. It may only be a facsimile of the real thing, but it is worth looking into if you have limited space and you want to add an ambiance of romance or the warm cozy feel that a real fireplace adds to any room.
Your fireplace can be customized with a variety of functional and stylistic options. Gas fireplaces, for instance, feature three different kinds of logs: vented logs that provide a realistic burning wood look with less heat; ventless logs, which produce a yellow flame with a high degree of efficiency; and partially vented logs which provide a middle ground option in warmth, appearance and efficiency. Each type of gas log is available in many different gas log set styles including types of wood (oak, cedar, northern oak, etc.), flame size and color and other unique and interesting styles (camp fire, beach fire, glass, crystal, etc.). Gas fireplaces, gas stoves and gas inserts can all be used with remote controls, wall switches and wall mounted thermostats. Other options or accessories for fireplaces include a wide array of hearth rugs, custom glass doors, ash containers and buckets, wood holders, fire starters, flame enhancers, fireplace screens, tools and fireplace gloves. There are many accessories and options available for wood stoves as well. The most popular options include tool sets, hearth rugs, stove scents and steamers.
Most of electric fireplaces will range from the most affordable to the very expensive ones. The common thing that determines expensive fireplaces are its` features whereby the more it has the more it is likely be expensive. In addition, depending on the material used to make the fireplace it can also determine how much you are likely to spend on it. For instance, mantels made of oak wood may not be the same as those made of mahogany. It is usually up to the buyer to determine which fireplace best complements his or her house. There are different reasons as to why you would need an electric fireplace and one of them can be to warm a living room or a particular room in the house. Therefore, chances are that you could end up having to choose between an electric heater and an electric fireplace. The truth is that both are quite demanding when it comes to electricity consumption and most the time, you cannot rely on an electric fireplace as a main source of heat. In fact, there are no assurances that the fireplace will increase the value of any home.
The top vent gas fireplace design can be installed into existing fireplaces and uses the metal or brick chimney as the exhaust vent. The combustion air for top vent fireplaces is drawn from inside the home while the chimney vents the exhaust gas. The vent-free gas fireplace model uses no exhaust vent. This style includes an oxygen-depletion sensor that turns off the gas if it senses a dangerous lack of oxygen inside the house. While fireplace manufacturers claim that vent-free fireplaces burn clean, are energy-efficient and don`t threaten indoor air quality, be aware that a number of states do not permit the installation of vent-free fireplaces. In the New England states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut installation of vent-free gas fireplaces is permitted. Massachusetts has in the past not authorized the installation of vent free gas fireplaces for safety reasons.
Corner electric fireplaces are excellent supplemental heat sources that also have the appearance of a real fire. These fireplaces that run on electricity make use of patented flame technology that gives off a truly realistic flame like effect. No matter the viewing angle, people will be impressed with how lifelike the flames are. Plus, the fireplaces easily warm up rooms without the need for any vents. Simply plug the fireplace in and enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a real fire in minutes. There always seems to be that one room in the apartment or home that never seems to stay warm, no matter how high the thermostat is set. An electric-powered fireplace is a great way to add extra heat to perpetually chilly rooms in the home. In fact, in some warmer regions of the country, there are apartments and smaller homes that don`t have heating at all. Because the climate is generally warmer, this is usually fine, but what happens during a cold spell? In this instance, electric fireplaces can serve as a precious heat source.
Take your fireplace grate and tools outside and give them a good hosing down. This will quickly remove all of the loose soot and dirt from the surface. For the fireplace grate, fill a bucket with hot water and a small amount of abrasive cleaner. Scrub with a steel wool pad to remove the caked on resin and soot. You may need to use a stiff-bristled brush to get the really bad parts. For the fireplace tools, use hot water and a small amount of ammonia cleaner. Avoid using abrasives, as these may scratch the finish on your tools. You may use a scrub brush to get the stubborn dirt particles, but use caution so as not to damage the surface. Once you have removed all the dirt and soot, you may decide to add an extra sparkle to your freshly cleaned fireplace tools. You can do this by polishing with a brass polisher. Follow all label instructions and warnings when applying this to your tools.