Fireplaces, whether they are produced out of stone, brick, or iron, can bring a pleasant, snug, and intimate mood to a place, wherever they are placed in the house. More often than not, they are built in the living room – thus creating the heart of the home.
Many people know that there’s nothing better than relaxing and cuddling up in front of a warm fireplace on a cold winter’s night. As the nights are becoming viciously colder and increasingly darker as we delve deeper into the winter season, home comforts become a necessity rather than a luxury.
For example, just imagine a grand fireplace – the centerpiece of the living room. Imagine it decorated with scented candles and colorful stockings ready for Christmas Day. Imagine the soft light from the fire flickering whilst you’re watching television, wrapped up tight in a fleecy blanket – the fire gently warming the gentle atmosphere. Now imagine the scene without the fire. The cozy, tranquil, inviting picture now becomes a cold, uncomfortable, dark depiction. Where are you going to place your candles and hang your stockings? The feeling of love and peace this fire once brought has vanished, along with the homely touch of warmth. No emotion is left in this image and the excitement has died with it. The picture just doesn’t look right without the fire.
For centuries, fires have brought people and communities together in a truly special way. Fires have been the heart and soul of many religious and non-religious gatherings, creating energy and excitement. As well as bringing a sense of security, people see fires as a beacon of light and warmth. In the olden days, as fire was the only source of heat, it was an essential part of everyday life. The fires were used to cook, prevent predators and insects, and to offer some safety to vulnerable groups. As well as being used for practical reasons, they were also used for entertainment. Toasting marshmallows and dancing around it, camp fires were often seen as a venue for conversation and banter. Unfortunately nowadays, this isn’t the case. Fires are generally used as a decoration in homes – not a vital part of family life. However, it is fair to say that wherever the fire is placed, it is definitely the core soul of the entire house. So inviting and snug, everybody should really have a fireplace in their households.
This blog was written by Keith Jackson, on behalf of Thornhill Galleries UK.
Fireplaces can be a great accessory for many homes and commercial buildings. While a fireplace can be a fantastic way to improve the appearance of a room, it can be difficult to decide on a certain type of fireplace. The following guide provides simple answers for determining what type of fireplace works best for a home.
When choosing a fireplace, it’s a good idea to evaluate one’s heating needs. In most cases, people use a fireplace as a secondary heat source. While many people have used a fireplace as their primary source of heat, this has several limitations. In addition to using wood, fireplaces can expose a home’s occupants to carbon monoxide. In addition, a fireplace might increase the risk of a home fire under some conditions. For older people, it can also be difficult to carry firewood into a home every evening. It’s also difficult to keep a regular wood fireplace burning all night; in many cases, fires will exhaust their wood-based fuel source in only a few hours.
Because of this, many people use a fireplace for ornamental purposes. In addition, they might use them as an emergency heat source in the event of a power outage. However, some people still do use a traditional fireplace as a primary source of heat. In most cases, these fireplaces use artificial logs with a propane or natural gas burner.
A gas fireplace can be a beautiful accessory for many homes. With a gas fireplace, one doesn’t need to worry about gathering firewood every evening. In addition, a gas fireplace is usually much safer than a wood fireplace. Since logs can often throw sparks several feet into the air, they can increase the risk of a home fire. Because gas fireplace logs burn clean, there’s less of a risk of a fire.
In addition, one doesn’t need to clean the chimney for a gas fireplace very often. Since gas burns much cleaner than wood, there will usually be fewer soot deposits on the sides of a chimney. This can also reduce the risk of a chimney fire.
It’s also possible to hook up a gas fireplace to a thermostat. With a thermostat, one can make sure that a home is maintained at a comfy temperature with minimal work. This can also be a great way to save gas; since a wood fireplace will burn its fuel until it runs out, a home might become overheated. With a gas fireplace, a home will only be heated until it is at a comfortable temperature.
However, some people prefer the rustic beauty of a traditional wood fireplace. In many cases, one can find a traditional wood fireplace in coffee shops, restaurants, and other places that try to create a warm, comfortable, and inviting atmosphere.
When choosing a fireplace, it’s a good idea to evaluate one’s needs. While a wood burning fireplace can add a beautiful look to a home, it might be difficult to use it as a primary source of heat. If one uses a fireplace as a primary source of heat, it’s a good idea to go with gas.
The British weather is famous for its cold winters and miserable grey skies although Britain is not the only nation to suffer from poor weather at times. Some nations can get just as cold or even considerably colder and as a result mankind has found a number of ways to combat the cold so we don’t suffer too much. Because different cultures developed their own ways of living life and battling against the elements, so they also developed their own ways of keeping warm. As technology has advanced we have also found more effective ways of keeping warm regardless of how utterly miserable the weather may be outside.
A Roaring Fireplace
Fire is hot, to state the obvious, so what better way to heat a home than with a fire? Many homes still have fireplaces in which wood or coal can be burned to keep the room warm and modern fires tend to use gas as a fuel instead of traditional fuel sources. Burning coal and wood has become less popular in modern days as they are thought to be polluting and not cost effective but for some people, the beauty of a natural fire simply cannot be replaced. Despite the modern alternatives available to us many people still choose to have natural fires to heat their home, often because they make a beautiful feature.
While some cultures preferred to keep warm with a fire lit somewhere in the room, others chose to heat their homes from beneath instead. Ancient heating systems going back thousands of years have been discovered that heated the home from below and some people still choose to heat their homes from beneath the floorboards. Because of this, in some households you may find yourself sleeping on a hard floor as those living inside choose to get closer to the warmth below during the cold winter nights.
With a system of pipes carrying hot water to radiators around the home a single heater can help keep the whole home warm. The radiators ‘radiate’ the heat from the hot water inside helping to warm up the room in no time at all. Because only one heater is needed to keep the home warm it is a very cost effective way of heating the home and also more effective. If you are feeling the cold too much during the winter having central heating installed could be just what you need.
A fireplace can help to keep your room warm and also provide a beautiful feature that will look great in any home and Thornhill galleries will have a great selection for you.