A new era of fireplace - here's what you should know
Where I’m writing this from, fireplaces are one of the least common features in properties. Here in Brissy, the weather is warm and our winters are mild. However, a little bit further south the weather is crisp enough right now to warrant some extra heating help.
Fireplaces are no longer the traditional, ambient but smoky things they once were. They now come in all shapes and sizes, are suited to all sorts of rooms and can look as stylish as you like. So let’s get clued up on the different types we have now so you can find the right one for you!
Wood burners are traditional fireplaces that most of us will know. Their major benefits are the beautiful ambiance they create with the flickering flame, intense heat and gentle cracking and because their fuel is wood, it’s considered a renewable carbon neutral energy source. The downside is they are difficult to clean and must have a flue.
Our Pick: The Kamlan Super Nova from Jetmaster
Ethanol Fluless fireplaces do not require; a flue, a hearth, a hard fuel supply, or an electrical supply. This means they are very easy to install and easy to maintain. This also means they can be placed anywhere in the home and can be integrated into room design beautifully. The heat generated from ethanol fireplaces creates gentle moisture so the heat isn’t as dry as a wood burning fireplace. Another benefit is that ethanol is easy to source and is a sustainable renewable fuel.
Our Pick: The Firebox 2100SS from EcoSmart Fire Australia
Gas heating is quick, instant and easy to run. They are highly affordable and easy to install. They don’t require a brick built chimney, but do require a flue of sorts. The only downside is the heat generated isn’t as strong as other forms, however this isn’t too much of a problem across most of Australia with our mild winters.
Our Pick: Real Flame Elegance Gas Fireplace
Electric fireplaces are really a fancy decoration than a fireplace. They heat the room using electricity (similarly to a reverse air conditioner) and use LED lighting to create a flame effect. These don’t need a flue so are used in small spaces like apartments or in rooms where décor and styling are important factors.
Our Pick: Dimplex Opti Myst Electric Fire
So there you have it - our favourite fireplaces for this winter and a handy guide that will help you to choose the right one for your home. Enjoy happy shopping and remember to sit down with a good book and a glass of red once your fireplace is installed and keeping you toasty warm!