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CHOOSING THE RIGHT FIREPLACE TYPE – WHICH OPTION SUITS YOU?

When faced with the decision of selecting a fireplace, various factors come into play. These include initial costs, operational expenses, heat output, and environmental impact. While you might have a specific type of fireplace in mind, it's worthwhile to explore the range of options available in today's market.

In this blog, we will delve into the three main fireplace types on the market, comparing key attributes that matter when purchasing a fireplace.


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COST

Electric Fireplaces – Electric fireplaces are among the more budget-friendly options, offering a blend of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. A mid-range electric fireplace can be acquired for around £600.

Wood Burners – The allure of wood burners does come at a cost, with some models being comparable in price to bioethanol fires. A quality wood burner typically averages around £950.

Gas Fireplaces – Gas fireplaces fall in a similar price range to electric ones, providing attractive aesthetics at an economical price. Generally, a gas fireplace can be obtained for as low as £395, but some premium models may cost more.


OPERATIONAL COST/EFFICIENCY

Electric Fireplaces – Modern electric fireplaces are highly efficient, but electricity is known to be one of the more expensive heating sources. Operating an electric heater typically costs around 12p per hour.

Wood Burners – Wood burners operate at approximately 80% efficiency. However, it's important to factor in the cost of purchasing wood, which can accumulate over time.

Gas Fireplaces – Widely recognized for their efficiency, gas fireplaces can swiftly heat a room using minimal gas. The running cost for gas fires is around 5p per kW, providing an efficient and economical heating solution.


HEAT OUTPUT

Electric Fireplaces – Electric fireplaces provide immediate room heating with warm air pushed out instantly. While more suitable for smaller rooms due to potential costs, most electric heaters offer an output between 1.2kW and 1.7kW.

Wood Burners – Heat output from wood burners varies based on factors like setup and chimney. On average, wood burners generate heat between 2.5kW and 4.5kW, dependent on the wood type used.

Gas Fireplaces – Gas fireplaces efficiently and quickly heat rooms of various sizes, with an average output of around 2.5kW, though some models can reach up to 6kW.


ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Electric Fireplaces – Electric fires don't emit pollution directly, but power generation can have environmental implications.

Wood Burners – While visually appealing, wood burners emit more pollutants than other fireplace fuels.

Gas Fireplaces – Gas fires are relatively eco-friendly, with minimal emissions compared to other options.


DESIGN

Electric Fireplaces – Suited for modern interiors, electric fireplaces come in various designs to cater to different preferences.

Wood Burners – Best for traditional interior designs, wood burners are favored by those seeking a classic aesthetic.

Gas Fireplaces – Available in a wide range of styles, gas fireplaces can complement diverse interior designs.


INSTALLATION

Electric Fireplaces – Similar to bioethanol, electric fireplaces are easy to install; just place them and plug in.

Wood Burners – Wood burners require a chimney, which can be costly to install if not already present.

Gas Fireplaces – Gas fireplaces require a chimney or flue but can be installed where there's a gas supply. Converting from a wood-burning fireplace to gas is simple.


MAINTENANCE

Electric Fireplaces – Electric fires require minimal maintenance, usually involving occasional cleaning and dusting.

Wood Burners – Regular chimney sweeping and servicing are necessary due to ash generated by burning wood.

Gas Fireplaces – Gas fires demand little upkeep, as they don't produce ash residue.


SAFETY

Electric Fireplaces – Considered low fire risk, electric fires emit heat without harmful emissions. Modern designs keep outer casings cool for safety.

Wood Burners – Similar safety risks as gas and bioethanol fires apply, requiring caution.

Gas Fireplaces – Gas fires with real flames pose some danger to children and pets, but fire guards can mitigate risks.


In summary, each fireplace type has its merits. Electric fireplaces are cost-effective and versatile, wood burners provide classic charm, and gas fireplaces blend real flames with convenience. For personalized advice on fireplace selection, contact us,we are experienced in installing various fireplace types for different settings. Or give us a call on 07871832467

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