Types of Fireplaces
- Electric fireplaces produce warmth by heating coils while creating the full ambiance of a fireplace with the heating element and a mantel.
- These items do not require a vent for installation.
- Pro: There is no actual flame, and can generally heat up to 400-sq. ft.
- Con: Increases electricity cost.
Outdoor Fire Pit
- Outdoor fire pits come in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs. Styles include, but are not limited to: domes, cubes, cylinders, tabletop, bowls, copper or cast iron.
- Outdoor fire pits commonly run on wood fuel or gel. Gel fuel will not get as hot and will last for two to three hours, whereas wood fuel will provide more warmth and last longer.
- Pro: Great for providing warmth in large, outdoor settings.
- Con: Can create more of a mess and more smoke than other outdoor heaters like patio heaters.
Safety & Maintenance
- For indoor fireplaces, it is recommended to have a fire extinguisher easily accessible and nearby the unit.
- For outdoor fireplaces, it is recommended to have a hose nearby the unit.
- It is important to keep all flammable items away from indoor and outdoor units at all times.
- For an indoor heater, chose an open area so the heat can be widely dispersed.
- If an outdoor fire pit will be placed on a deck, it is a good idea to coat the deck surface with a flame-resistant stain.
- Wood burning fireplaces require routine cleaning and ash disposal.