When choosing a new fireplace for your home, it’s important to know which fuel works for you. Fireplaces use a wide range of fuels. Different types of fuels can either help or hamper your new installation. To make a good choice, you should know the following about popular fuel types:
Gas: Gas is one of the most popular styles of fire places–and for good reason! It’s easy to install, and easy to maintain. Gas fire places don’t need to be cleaned regularly like wood, coal or processed fuel types. The fuel doesn’t have to be stored and the heat is consistent. However, you must consider how you will get your gas before thinking about installation.
Wood: Wood is a classic fuel, and comes with classic charm. Wood burns clean, is easy to ignite, and is the fuel of choice for most classic fire places. Wood can be found from any number of sources, and can be used to cook as well as warm. However, wood’s heat can be unsteady at times. And wood fire places do need regular clean up to remove ashes and soot.
Electric: Running at half the cost of wood or gas, an electric fire place has many benefits. They are very easy to install. Some models only need to be plugged in, no installation required. But the heat can be far less than the other types of fire places. In addition, the accessories needed to enhance the look of these fire places can be very expensive.
Wood Pellet: Wood pellet stoves bring the charm of wood and the efficiency of gas. Unlike wood itself, wood pellets are a fuel that is easy to store. Wood pellets give off a minimum amount of smoke, and produce far less ash than burning wood. However, wood pellets are not as widely used. Pre-installed stoves are hard to find. And installation of a new wood pellet burning fire place can cost thousands more than a gas, wood, or electric fire place installation.
Gel Fuel: Gel fuels are an alternative fuel that is gaining a lot of ground. They burn without producing any noticeable amount of carbon monoxide. Most gel fuel fire places do not require a chimney. And a gel fuel fire place is easy to install and maintain. However, gel fuels can only heat one room of a house, and only for 3 hours at a time.