Adding a great looking fireplace to your home will undoubtedly increase the resale value of your home as well as save you a considerable amount of money on rising fuel bills. For the older home that has a pre-existing mortar or brick fireplace, the addition of a gas fireplace insert can add a sophisticated charm and give your living area a whole new, warm look. Gas fireplace inserts are available in a wide variety of styles. Realistic logs are placed inside the existing fireplace and you are able to adjust the flame and the warmth given off. This type of insert not only looks natural, but is highly popular among homeowners due to the low amount of maintenance that needs to be done. There are no wood piles to deal with, no build up of ashes and no chance of sparks and smoke escaping. This is a clean and efficient choice that many people are choosing today.
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If you happen to live in a home that does not have a fireplace built in, then you are a good candidate for a wood burning stove or electric fireplace. A large number of homeowners are complete stove fanatics. These people have wood burning stoves installed in their main living areas and cannot imagine life without them. Wood burning stoves are timelessly stylish and they provide great and efficient heating and a very unique style. You can select from a wide variety of stoves, ranging from non-catalytic models to large stoves that offer you a wide variety of finishes.
No matter what type of fireplace that you choose, you should be sure to have the essential fireplace accessories that you will need. You can select from chimney caps for keeping birds out, glass doors for preventing flame and sparks from escaping into a living area, fireplace screens, log racks, log carriers, pokers and bellows. Pokers and tongs come in iron, brass or polished wood and they not only manage the fire but they add decorative accent to the fireplace area in your home.
No matter what type of home you live in or whether or you live in the city or in the countryside, adding a fireplace or a wood burning stove to your home greatly enhances your home’s appeal and also saves you a good deal of money heating your home in the cold winter months. Wood burning stoves add a cozy charm while fireplace inserts offer ease-of-use and low maintenance. The choice is yours.