The right fireplace is more than just a heat source: it’s the heart of your home.
It’s also an investment, so you want to be thoughtful and thorough in your approach to purchasing a new one. But with the abundance of choices, how do you find the best one for you? Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. Here are three things to consider before purchasing a new fireplace.
1. Define Your Situation
Do you want an entirely new fireplace, or are you upgrading your existing masonry fireplace? If you're upgrading an existing fireplace: acquiring a fireplace insert may be your best option. If you're starting from scratch: you have more control over the situation and can design your space accordingly.
Inserted fireplaces can be customized to fit perfectly into your masonry fireplace’s firebox, and you can use different types of fuel to heat it. A fireplace insert also saves money and construction efforts that you would need with a brand-new fireplace.
2. Choose Your Fuel Type
The ideal fuel for your fireplace is a matter of personal preference. Many like the classic look and feel of a fireplace fueled by wood. While others like the convenience of gas or electric fireplaces. The best way to determine which fuel type is for you is by being informed about each one. Read our blog on fuel types to learn more.
3. How Much Heat Do You Want?
The primary function of a fireplace is to heat your house, but the question arises, how much heat do you want? One crucial factor to consider would be the size of the space that you want to heat using the fireplace. Defining this question will help you choose a fireplace with the appropriate amount of BTUs for your space.
See below for a rough estimate of how many BTUs you will need for your space. (All numbers are approximate. Ceiling height, outside temperature, windows, and the layout of your home can affect these numbers).