It is sometimes difficult to know which fireplace to purchase for your project, especially in regards to your budget and how much you should spend, but it is important that you choose a fireplace that will meet your expectations because changing it later will involve completely removing the facing, modifying the framing, and installing a completely new fireplace and vent system.
HOW TO SELECT A FIREPLACE
When selecting a fireplace for a new home or if you are remodeling an existing fireplace area, it is important that you carefully weigh suitable fireplace options prior to beginning the project. All fireplaces have their own set of benefits and installation requirements that must be addressed during the design stage.
The purpose of the appliance, whether it will be an important heat source or primarily an aesthetic design element, and the cost of the fireplace are some of the concerns to address.
It is also very important to realize that the installation manual may require a significant clearance between the fireplace and any mantle, television, or other combustible item in its vicinity. Fireplaces also have strict requirements concerning what finishing materials must be used to complete the project.
UNDERSTANDING THE 3 CATEGORIES OF FIREPLACES
Fireplaces and other hearth appliances are typically available in three broad categories, usually referred to as builder grade, custom, and luxury fireplaces. These categories increase in price accordingly and correspond roughly by price and features.
Builder Grade Fireplaces
Builder grade fireplaces typically have relatively basic on/off controls, tempered instead of ceramic glass, less detailed log sets and interior panels, as well as lower Btu ratings. These fireplaces are well suited for apartments, townhomes, and condominiums where low cost is the priority and living areas are smaller requiring less heat.
Custom fireplaces are the largest category of appliances for us and are frequently installed during remodel projects as upgrades and in larger single-family homes where the homeowner desires a specific look, set of features, and heating performance. These fireplaces commonly utilize a special ceramic glass that has a very high heat tolerance (over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit) that is also highly resistant to thermal shock. This glass can capture and radiate large amounts of heat from the front of the fireplace into the room and is much safer in situations where it could encounter a high-stress situation such as near a bathtub or on a patio.
Custom fireplaces usually have a highly detailed and realistic log set with a glowing ember bed and ceramic burner to provide a flame appearance that often exceeds what a customer would expect from a gas fire. To accent high-quality gas logs, a variety of interior firebox panels are available. These panels can be a traditional looking brick panel in several colors, a ledgestone or castle stone panel, or even a reflective porcelain enamel or glass lining to further enhance the flame appearance.
These premium firebox and burner packages are controlled by an energy-efficient electronically controlled pilot system, feature a variable flame height and a heat circulation fan that can all be manually or thermostatically controlled with the included remote control. There are typically even methods to duct heat of these appliances and transfer it to adjacent rooms or send it outside to enjoy your fire even on warmer days.
Luxury fireplaces encompass appliances that are commonly larger (sometimes 72” or wider), have premium logs and panels or glass crystals with a variety of media options like river stones, steel sculptures, and geometric shapes. Some of these fireplaces employ multicolored LED lighting and can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet.
Along with choosing the right fireplace for your design and heating needs, it is also important to research the manufacturer’s warranty policy and the qualifications or the dealer, installer, and service technicians. A good product, professional installation, and comprehensive warranty coupled with a qualified service technician will ensure that your fireplace meets your expectations and functions properly for years to come.
FIREPLACE BRANDS HOMCO TRUSTS:
REGENCY strives to be a leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of gas, wood, electric and pellet fireplaces products. They used only the finest materials and take pride in building a reliable, quality product (https://www.regency-fire.com/en/default.aspx). Regency wood-burning stoves is an effective way to add unmatching heating capacity that can only be offered by a freestanding wood burning stove. Regency’s highly efficient EPA certified wood stoves you can save money on heating by burning less wood and using less of your central heating. Regency offers both non-catalytic wood stoves and catalytic stoves for exceptional efficiency and long burn time. Need help selecting a wood stove? Check out Regency’s Wood Stove Buyer’s Guide at https://www.regency-fire.com/en/Buyer-s-Guide/Guides/Wood-Stove-Buyers-Guide.
Leading the way in both designs, functions and efficiency, Morso makes wood-burning stoves, inserts, wall hangs, accessories for your fireplaces, and kitchen pans. Morso has been making cast iron products since 1853, making them the leader in cast iron with their timeless and very durable designs. The cast iron at Morso is about twice as thick as the sheet iron that some stoves are made from. This way, Morso wood-burning stoves retain heat for much longer and distribute heat better. Visit their website for more information: https://morsoe.com/us/product/indoor/wood-burning-stove.
Since 1989, Earthcore has proudly provided exceptional products combined with unmatched customer services and has become one of the most trusted modular systems in the world. Earthcore products are made from genuine volcanic pumice which makes them guaranteed for life. Visit Earthcore’s website for more information: https://earthcore.co/.
Thelin gas, pellet or wood stoves hearth products continue the rich tradition of craftmanship established over 35 years ago with an old-time parlor or pot belly look. Thelin stoves and heaters are attractive and functional and have been recognized worldwide for innovative designs. Visit their site for more information: https://www.thelinco.com/.
Enerzone offers wood and pellet stoves that are EPA certified and that generate plenty of heat. These hearth products are made in Canada and have some government incentives that apply to some products. Here is their website for more information about the company and their products: https://www.enerzone-intl.com/en/.
Ravelli Stoves offer wood and pellet stoves. Every Ravelli stove has undergone practical testing and is always certified according to the strict standards in order to guarantee maximum reliability and 100% safety. Gruppo Ravelli has always been driven by its careful consideration in protecting the environment and the balance of the ecosystem by manufacturing products that will best reconcile the demands of economic development with environmental protection. The company’s action fits into a wider trend towards global and individual rediscovery of ecological applications, in order to guarantee sustainable development dedicated to preserving the very world in which we live today.
If you are looking for gas, pellet, or wood stoves for your new fireplace or are seeking to repair/maintain your existing fireplace, our trustworthy and knowledgeable staff will be there to assist you in your journey. Once you pick the best option for your project, HomCo’s staff can install and service your new unit. Contact Janice, Jason, or Jake at 928-799-6111 and schedule an appointment so they can help you will all your fireplaces needs.