If you are an apartment dweller or don’t have a wood-burning fireplace, you can still have a modern, beautiful fireplace in your home. The post The Best Electric Fireplaces to Warm Up Your Space has plenty of apartment-friendly options. Here are some of the best fireplace ideas in the design world today. Installing accent lighting to highlight the fireplace. Offsetting the fireplace in a geometric design. Painting or tiling the fireplace wall in a bold, contrasting color. Adding a mantel over the fireplace. Adding a slab ledge for seating.
Weighing in at around 400 pounds, its no easy task moving the insert when it comes time to clean the chimney. This in itself is good reason to rely on a professional chimney sweep. Although theyre not easy to find, some fireplace inserts have wheels on the bottom for easier moving. You can avoid moving the insert altogether for chimney cleaning if you install a stainless steel pipe liner form the insert outlet up through the entire chimney. When youre pricing fireplace inserts, make sure to include the cost of accessories such as blowers, catalytic combustors and glass doors. Fro instance, you can purchase a wood burning insert for only $860.00, but the door comes extra, as in $200-$300 extra.
Fireplace inserts can be vented through an existing chimney, direct vented, b-vented, or vent free. A b-vent unit draws air from inside the home, through ports in the firebox itself. A direct vent unit draws air through a pipe from outside the home, into a sealed firebox. Direct vent models are usually more efficient and safer for todays airtight homes, since they do not use inside air or cause a conflict with range foods and bathroom fans circulating the same air. B-vent units are generally less expensive to install, but are more sensitive to air flow inside the home.
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.
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