Who says a fireplace should be enjoyed only during the winter? We’ve got some hot fireplace ideas that are bound to inspire you year round. These contemporary fireplaces are sleek and sexy. The latest trends involve minimalistic, clean lines, timeless materials and the utmost in beauty and efficiency. To truly enjoy such a beautiful design element in a room, make your fireplace the centerpiece.
Have a faux fireplace? Or maybe you don’t want to burn anything? Take candles! Candles are an awesome way to bring subtle charm and coziness! We’ve rounded up some cool displays to transform an under-utilized space into something that gets praise from your family and guests. Logs are number one as a candleholder in this case as they perfectly imitate real fire; if you are worried about safety, then take faux logs. A fireplace screen is a refined idea to display candles in a romantic way – choose the design that suits your interior. Got some lanterns? Use them for your fireplace candle display! Depending on the styling, they’ll actually fit any season and still give off a homey, cozy feel. Find more ideas below and get inspired!
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.
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.
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