To the untrained eye, fireplaces are one in the same. They are beautiful centerpieces of any living room and an excellent heat source. However, there are actually several different types of fireplaces and fuel sources. You might have a traditional open hearth appliance, insert, or even a free-standing stove in your home.
If you don’t know which type of fireplace appliance or fuel source is in your home, you’ve come to the right place. At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we can tell you about all the different types and their benefits! Read below to learn more, then give us a call to schedule an appointment! We have a team of CSIA trained and certified technicians here to answer any questions and perform any fireplace installation or maintenance!
Traditional Open Hearth, Insert, and Free Standing Stove
At SirVent, we sell, install, and maintain traditional open hearth appliances, inserts, and free-standing stoves. Traditional open-hearth appliances are the most common, and there’s a chance your home likely already has one installed. These traditional fireplaces are exactly what you imagine when you picture a fireplace in your head. They emit lower levels of heat and are valued highly for their aesthetic appeal, as they really enhance a room’s look. Traditional fireplaces vent smoke and other byproducts up through the flue and out of the chimney.
If your home was built with a masonry hearth that did not include a functioning fireplace, a fireplace insert is a great solution. They are installed inside the fireplace and, like their traditional fireplace counterparts, vent smoke through the flue and out of the chimney. Inserts have a simple installation process and require less maintenance than traditional fireplaces and often provide higher heat levels. However, they do not provide the same aesthetic appeal.
Traditional open-hearth appliances and fireplace inserts require annual inspections and sweepings by certified professionals. Chimney sweepings and inspections involve thoroughly examining the condition of your entire system and ensuring it is in great condition. This allows smoke to properly vent out of your home without causing any problems. Neglecting this annual maintenance causes many problems. For example, it increases your risk of fire and decreases the efficiency of your entire system.
Free-standing stoves allow homeowners to enjoy the warmth of a fireplace at a much lower cost. Since they are free-standing, these energy-efficient stoves do not require your home to have a chimney. We sell high-quality stoves from industry standard brands such as Napoleon, Buck Stove, and Travis Industries. Free-standing stoves still require regular maintenance, but it is not extensive as traditional inserts or fireplaces.
Wood, Gas, Electric, and Pellet Appliances
Our appliances are available with wood, gas, electric, and pellet fuel sources. Wood appliances are the most traditional fuel source. They are adored for their aesthetic and provide a large amount of heat. Due to these high heat levels, many assume these wood appliances are inefficient and wasteful, but this is not the case anymore. Many newer wood appliances operate highly efficiently and have reduced emission levels. Wood appliances require significant maintenance and upkeep, as you must purchase or chop and store firewood for use. They also produce hazardous byproducts such as creosote. Creosote is a black tar-like substance that sticks to the interior of the flue. Over time, this material builds up and significantly increases your risk of fire. Pellet appliances also use wood as their main fuel source, but they do not use conventional logs. Instead, they use compressed wood waste in the shape of pellets. This is more convenient, eco-friendly, and cleaner than logs and pellet appliances, providing a similar level of heat and warmth to homeowners.
As of recently, gas and electric appliances have become more popular. Their tacky looks used to deter homeowners, but newer models look incredibly realistic. Many homeowners prefer gas and electric appliances because they do not require as much effort as wood appliances. They are very convenient and turn on/off at the flip of a switch! This means there is no messy cleanup, which is one of their biggest draws for prospective buyers. Some gas appliances do not require a chimney for use, which also makes them very appealing. Electric appliances can also be used for functionality, looks, or both!
Schedule an Appointment Today!
After reading about the different appliances and fuel sources, you’re ready to purchase your own! Our fireplaces and inserts are available in gas, wood, and electric models while stoves are available in gas, wood, and pellet versions. We can handle any installation or maintenance no matter what appliance and fuel source you use! With trusted brands such as R.H. Peterson, Rasmussen, Napoleon, Buck Stove, White Mountain, and more, we guarantee you’ll love your new appliance! Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!