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Some models extend onto the hearth while others stay flush with the front of
the fireplace. Most have tight-fitting glass or metal doors and built-in
circulation features. The most efficient models supply combustion air from
outside the house, and virtually all inserts are controlled-draft units with
manually or thermostatically controlled air inlets. Some units are also
available with catalytic converters for improved efficiency.
Glass doors, heat exchangers, dampers and flue sealers can also up the
energy efficiency of an existing fireplace, but don't expect too much.
According to the Department of Energy, those devices combined could only
improve efficiency by some 10%.
Fireplaces can be customized with a variety of options-
For instance, gas fireplaces feature three different kinds of logs: vented
logs that provide a realistic burning wood look with less heat; vent less
logs, which produce a yellow flame with a high degree of efficiency; and
partially vented logs which provide a middle ground option in warmth,
appearance and efficiency. Other options for fireplaces can include a
matching tile hearth, a gleaming brass tool set, etched glass face or even a
remote control for couch potato fire starters.
Three different styles of gas fireplaces
The direct vent model, the top vent design or the vent-free model. The
direct vent gas fireplace uses two pipes that lead directly to the outside.
One pipe uses combustion air from the outside while the other vents the
The top vent design can be installed into an existing fireplace and uses the
metal or brick chimney as the exhaust vent. The combustion air for top vent
fireplaces is drawn from inside the home. The vent-free gas fireplace model
uses no exhaust vent. This style includes an oxygen-depletion sensor that
turns off the gas if it senses a dangerous lack of oxygen inside the house.
Many newer fireplaces are prefabricated from metal and installed in
wood-frame walls. They generally have a metal shell and a brick-lined
Prefabricated fireplaces, also known as zero-clearance fireplaces, are
highly insulated, so they can be installed within an inch of combustible
materials, such as wall framing. They are preferred in new construction
because they're much lighter in weight, are faster and easier to install
than standard masonry units, and are energy efficient.
Fireplace inserts are heavy, often weighing more than 400 pounds. Since wood
burning inserts need to be removed when the chimney is being cleaned and
maintained, they can be awkward and heavy to handle. It is a job best left
to a professional chimney sweep. In some cases, however, you do not have to
remove the insert to clean the chimney. The insert can stay in place during
cleaning if you install a full relining collar, a stainless steel pipe that
connects to the insert and goes to the top of the chimney. You might need to
purchase accessories such as a blower, glass door, or catalytic combustor to
go with the insert.
New masonry fireplaces have come a long way since the days when they
provided more ambience than warmth. Today's models are much more energy
efficient, and some European models can heat an entire small home.
The cost varies, depending on factors such as the type of material used,
particularly on the fireplace face; or hearth (brick, stone, concrete, tile,
marble or wood) or whether it's a pre-fabricated unit, and other factors
such as chimney liners.
We build many styles of fireplaces. We can take
a True Rumford Fireplace from start to finish brick by brick or we can
install gas fireplaces, fireplace inserts, masonry heaters or just create
decorative noncombustible walls and hearths for any wood stove.