Fireplaces are traditionally thought to burn wood, but there is now an alternative to this. Gas fireplaces have become common over the years. These fireplaces do not burn wood. Instead, they burn natural gas. This makes it possible for the fireplace to keep burning and burning, without you adding more fuel to the fire. Also, gas fireplaces are better for chimneys.
Wood stoves are often a more efficient way to heat your home than traditional fireplaces. Many wood stoves can even provide warmth for more than one room. Yet, more than 4,000 residential fires each year are started by wood stoves. To keep your wood stove operating safely, consider these tips:
- Check with your local fire department about solid fuel burning appliances before buying a stove unit.
- Be sure the unit has been tested and is listed with a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
- Pay attention to manufacturer’s clearance requirements and follow directions. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises 36” or 1 meter clearances away from any flammable items, such as curtains or flooring.
- Install a floor protector that meets the heating appliance manufacturer’s requirements, and extends at least 18 inches on all sides of the heater, unless the manufacturer states otherwise.
- Yearly, have the chimney and stovepipe cleaned and inspected.
- Burn only seasoned hardwood or wood pellets in the stove.
- Wait until ashes have cooled before removing them. Transfer ashes in a covered metal container to an outside location 10 feet or more away from the home, and douse them with water.
At The Energy House, our professionals can match you with the perfect wood stove or fireplace for your home. Check out our selection of Wood Burning Stoves or contact us today for more details. The Energy House has installed over 100,000 fireplaces in the Bay Area and is one of the most trusted fireplace companies in Northern California.
Many individuals enjoy the comfort of a relaxing fire in their home during the freezing winter time. A roaring fire not only creates the comfort of warmth in your home but also provides ambiance and value. With several options to choose from in today’s market the choice can be very confusing. As a consumer you are torn between trying to balance finding a source of heat that provides efficiency as well as a welcoming comfort to the home. It is becoming more evident in our modern world today that consumers are striving for a heat source that does not provide negative effects on the environment over time but still will be a highly efficient heating source in the home.