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Wood fireplaces and wood stoves tips

October 3, 2019

If you are considering installing some of these decorative warmings up appliances in your home, we are here to help you see some of the differences between them and choose the right one for you.

When it comes to heat, modern wood stoves are the most effective option because they bring a lot of heat in the room. Fireplaces aren’t that good at heating home because most of the heat goes up the chimney and lose energy that way.

If you care about the environment, you know that when burning wood, some of the particulate matter is released into the atmosphere anyway, and the amount depends on the thoroughness of the combustion. Wood burning stoves are winning in this case as well since wood-burning fireplaces are not considered to be efficient combustion appliances.

When installing one of these appliances, you must also take care of the safety of children or pets, as it will play safely around any of these stoves (glass doors and exteriors can be hot from heat). Good protection is a screen for a fireplace resistant to heat. Also, regular chimney servicing is very important for your safety. Annual chimney sweeps will make the wood-burning fireplace much safer, while wood-burning stoves should be regularly inspected and serviced, but the process is not as involved as with a fireplace.

Still, when it comes to that decorative part, it's all a matter of taste, but you have to admit that for a traditional beauty you can't beat a big fireplace. At the same time, depending upon how ornate you decide to go, you can get some pretty unique aesthetics out of a wood-burning stove as well.

Below you will get some ideas and tips for editing both of these types of ovens.

Depending on the decoration of the rest of the room, you will choose a more or less decorated wooden stove. The most common are black stoves in many shapes that you can blend in with any style.

If you are not the simple type of person, these wood-burning stoves could be made in all other styles: from modern in all colours and shapes to rustic stoves.

When you explore stove style options, you must pay attention to thing such as do you need external air supply, do you want a wood burner or a multi-fuel stove and will you need to install a chimney. Hire an architect you trust, buy a stove from a trusted salesperson and have it installed by professionals. Also, it is very important not to burn wood such as salvaged or treated wood, rubbish or wet/greenwood.

If you fancy wrapping a blanket over the winter months listening to the fire crackle from your fireplace, you have design options to make the fireplace the focal point of the room and build it to your liking. The fireplace can be made of bricks, recycled material, stone, in the corner or the centre of the room and any part of your house. Below you have some ideas on how to style your fireplace and fit it into the atmosphere of a home.

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