The fireplace market is full of a wide variety of fireplaces and stoves, as evidenced here on Gas Line Fireplaces. Some of you reading will have owned a model from each of the three main fuel types – gas, electric and solid fuel – but most people will only have experience with one.
Let’s say you felt it was time to convert. What questions do you need to ask? Well, we have compiled a list to things to ponder before you decide to make the switch.
Converting to Electric
Switching to electric fireplaces is very easy – that is part of their charm. All you need to get started is a plug socket, so find one near your fireplace alcove or near where you intend to put the fireplace. If there isn’t one conveniently placed nearby you can install a new one or use extension cables.
The only other thing you may need to think about is the chimney. While these are necessary for gas and solid fuel fires, they actually remove heat from the room when using an electric fireplace. Luckily, they are pretty easy to seal up.
Converting to Gas
The first obstacle for gas fires – having a gas line run nearby – is a little more tricky to solve than lacking a plug socket, but can be done simply enough by a gas engineer. The chimney may require a some more work however. If it has been blocked off, either by bricks or a chimney balloon, you’ll need to remove that, and then have it inspected for damage before it is safe to use.
Lack a chimney? Don’t worry – powered flues are now widely available. These pipes are run through the wall to the outside, and act in a similar way to chimneys by funneling toxic fumes to the outside world.
Converting to Solid Fuel
Solid fuel is perhaps the hardest fuel to convert to. For a start, the storage of fuel is not something you have to worry about with gas or electric fires. Solid fuel stoves will require you make room to store logs, coal, or smokeless fuels, so make sure you have the room before you start considering it as an option.
The other big concern is safety. As stoves deal with open flames to a bigger extent than gas fireplaces do, it is paramount that you invest in a fire extinguisher, otherwise you are running constant, unnecessary risks. In fact, a fire extinguisher is a good investment regardless of what fireplace or stove you have.
There are other concerns, sure, but you can address any nagging doubts you have when you buy your fireplace by asking in-store experts. They’ll have the know-how in order to make sure you leave with your ideal fireplace.