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If you enjoy a getaway to a vacation cabin in the winter so you can snuggle around the fireplace, you should think about having a fireplace installed in your home. It's possible to install a traditional wood fireplace and chimney in an existing home, or you may want to buy a more convenient gas fireplace. Either way, you can enjoy the romance and warmth of a fire any time you like without having to go on vacation. Here's a look at options in fireplaces.
Choose The Fuel Source
Popular options in fireplaces are those fueled by wood and gas. If you already have a chimney, you can have a wood or gas insert hooked up to it. If you don't have a chimney installed, you may prefer to buy a gas fireplace that can be vented to the outside another way. However, since it's possible to install either option, you may want to consider convenience and preference.
A gas fireplace is much easier to use, so you're more inclined to use it often, which could keep your home warmer and reduce your reliance on your furnace. A gas fireplace can be operated with a wall switch and you don't have to fuss around with it to maintain the fire. The flames roar to life instantly and the heat intensity can be controlled with a remote.
A wood fireplace is the traditional option, but it requires much more work. There's the need to gather and store wood. Plus, you have to light the fire and tend to it so it burns as long as you need it to. While these could be downsides for some, if you enjoy making a fire and hearing wood popping and smelling the aroma of burning wood, then you may prefer installing a wood-burning fireplace even if you have to renovate to install a chimney too.
Choose The Style
No matter what type of fireplace you choose, you'll have a lot of styles to consider. You can have your fireplace custom-made with bricks, stones, or tiles. You could also buy a freestanding fireplace that can be installed in any room you choose as long as it can be vented to the outside. You might want a look that's sleek and modern or a rustic fireplace with the romance of a secluded cabin. Some fireplaces are built into the wall and others can just sit openly in a room. When you have a fireplace built into a wall already, you can just buy an insert that burns wood or gas so it looks like part of the original fireplace and chimney. You can even have a fireplace built outside if you do a lot of outdoor entertaining. A fireplace adds beauty, warmth, and atmosphere to your home, so choosing one that fits your personality and home décor is important and easy to do.