Multidimensional View Of Free Standing Indoor Fireplaces

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A living room with no fireplace seems to give the impression that something is missing. That is why, many homeowners install a fireplace be it for heating purposes or just to give the room a cozy ambience. The common fireplaces are those that are mounted on a wall and the fire can be viewed from the opening. Another option are free standing indoor fireplaces which allows you to view the flame in all angles.

Free Standing Indoor Fireplaces Versus Stoves

With an extensive hodgepodge of small and portable versus gigantic and fixed; wall-mounted versus portable and free standing; wood burning versus electric, gel, pellets and gas; vented versus ventless; and many other variations, the delineation between free standing indoor fireplaces and stoves have become obscured. To the purist, the two heating appliances can be differentiated by the appearance and style. Stoves are often built of metal and are less attractive. Some may include a viewing glass on one side. In comparison, fireplaces are usually designed in a way that the fire can be seen from whatever corner you are in the room by overlaying them with hardened glass. With this feature, free standing indoor fireplaces are often placed in the center of the room.

Free standing indoor fireplaces, as the name suggests, are not constructed on a structure, like the wall of the house. That is why, some consider stoves as a variety of these fireplaces. Various types of these fireplaces run mostly on gas or electricity. But there are also those that are fueled by gel fuel, wood, coal and pellets. The choice is up to you.

A vent is necessary for free standing indoor fireplaces that are powered by wood or gas. For this reason, they must be positioned next to an exterior wall or in an area where the roof can readily be accessed. If you are renting an apartment, consult with your landlord regarding rules concerning this installations before buying one. You may opt for the ventless if this is not allowed.

Many of these free standing indoor fireplaces are portable, just like the stoves. They are often made of metal, rather than stone or concrete so that they can be moved easily. Fireplaces of this type must be secured by mounting them on a hearth pad or any non flammable base, such as stone tile, brick or concrete surface to avoid fire accidents. There are free standing indoor fireplaces that are fixed on the floor.

Free standing indoor fireplaces can make an interesting cynosure in your living room as they can make the fire viewable from all angles. They come in various shapes, built, types of installation, types of fuel and size to suit your preferences.

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