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Home is where the hearth is: Today’s fireplace options

submitted by Rachel Finkle, Finkles, The World’s Most Unusual Hardware Store

Hauling around messy firewood and cleaning up soot and ashes can be a lot of work.

Making a fire may not seem worth it because so much heat goes up the chimney.  You can convert your wood-burning fireplace to an easy-to-use source of heat and ambiance that will allow you to enjoy a fire, often at the touch of a button. 

For those who desire a substantial amount of heat from their fire, go with wood and gas stoves and inserts with blowers that circulate the heat into the room instead of letting it go up the chimney.

Some of these units are so efficient that they will earn you an EPA tax credit and can heat your whole house.

Many customers have adequately heated rooms and just want the beauty of a fire without the effort involved in burning wood.

A simple solution is buying a high-quality gas log set to simply place in your existing fireplace.

A natural or propane gas line can be installed by a plumber who will also set up the burner assembly and logs.

One option is RH Peterson gas logs.

They have been made in the USA for over 65 years and are beautifully crafted to give an authentic appearance in many different styles.

In addition to good looks, you will get pleasure from a certain amount of supplemental heat.

If you do not have a fireplace or chimney, you can install an electric fireplace. Whether you want a gas or wood stove, insert, gas logs or an electric fireplace, look for the traditional, transitional or contemporary style to suit your taste and heating requirements.

Imagine coming home from work and picking up a remote control to instantly turn on a fire so you can enjoy a warm and cozy winter’s evening.