Fireplaces do not have to be installed in a concrete or brick wall with a chimney anymore with the advances of technology. There are now Free Standing Fireplaces that can be put just about anywhere that you want to put them. There are many designs, colors, and sizes to choose from as well. You could have a small fireplace set in the middle of your patio, or you could have a large all glass fireplace sitting in the middle of your living room. The sky is the limit when it comes to these types of fireplaces.
A tastefully designed mantel is one of the most important design aspects of a living space. It’s often the first thing the eye is drawn to when entering a room. Much like the rest of our homes, the way we decorate our mantels is a direct reflection of our style. Want to update your mantel, but not sure where to begin? We’ve come up with some tips and ideas to get you on your way to a stylish display.
New EPA certified wood fireplace inserts are rated 65% efficient and provide the added benefit of reducing emissions to almost zero. Fireplace inserts are classified by the fuel they burn and the method of venting. The available fuels are: natural gas, propane, wood, pellet and coal. For around $30, you can purchase a kit that will convert a natural gas insert to propane. Also, if you live more than 4,000 feet above sea level, your gas insert might require a smaller orifice jet to compensate for the lack of oxygen.
Depending on the model purchased, the insert will either fit flush with the fireplace face brick or protrude onto the hearth. The protruding design is more efficient since it provides additional radiant heat from the exposed top and sides. The National Fire Protection Association requires that fireplace inserts be installed with a direct connection between the insert exhaust outlet and nearest section of flue liner. This allows smoke and gases faster passage and less time to condense in the flue and form hazardous creosote.
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