A fireplace adds warmth and charm to any
home and makes the room it is in a special
place for the family. A fireplace can be
added to almost any house, subject to your
local building code.
There are three common types
- wood burning - the original and only 'real'
fire place is wood burning; no other type
gives the same sound and smell as burning
wood. Wood burning fireplaces can either
be built into the wall with a simple or elaborate
brick or stone hearth or they can occupy
a place in the room.
- gas - a gas fireplace burns cleaner and never
runs out of logs; because the fire is feed
by gas, you can switch it on and off at will,
and there's no need to worry about kindling
the flame, waiting for the embers to die
out, or cleaning up the ashes. See also:
gas fireplace logs.
- electric fireplaces - simple to install (requires no gas piping
or outdoor) and easy to maintain (no firewood,
no ashes, no smell). Electric fireplaces
use standard electrical connections (120
volt or 240 volt) and can have realistic
appearing flames, coals, and sound.
Of course, there's always the
video for those that want the
image of a
working fireplace without the