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.
Fireplaces aren’t what they were a hundred years ago. Today you can have a fireplace anywhere in your home. For example take a look at these modern fireplace from Edilkamin. They come in different materials, colors and finishes to suit your taste. Three geometric designs, with integrated storage, which are particularly appropriate for a modern, spacious environment, are the Art Acciaio, the Art Wenge and the Kubik.
A vent free gas fireplace has no outside venting and is not an option for wood, pellet or coal burning inserts. Many new fireplace inserts are equipped with a blower for even heat distribution and can be thermostatically controlled. The inserts are made with steel plate or cast iron. The front is sealed with a glass door that allows for an enjoyable viewing experience and increases efficiency by making the insert air tight.
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.
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