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The Fireplace vs Electric Fires

The fires can be powered in a number of ways. Wood is the oldest of fuels and may have been the first to be used to create a heat source. Sometimes, peat would have been used as it lasted longer than wood and also burnt at a more efficient rate. Coal as fuel became increasing popular from the eighteenth century. Electric fires came with the development of the electric current. Recently, bio-fuels and propane are becoming more widely used.

Old fireplaces are sometimes kept as design features. They may not necessarily have the heating system they were built with. They may have been replaced with a modern system. An electric heater is sometimes installed to provide heat without the fire. Most are just left empty and are used simply for decoration.
A fireplace could have one or more of these component parts: a hearth, a fireplace mantel, a foundation, a cap, a chimney crane, a firebox, a smoke chamber, a lintel, an ash-dump door, a lintel bar, a grate, a cleanout door, a chimney breast, a throat, over-mantel, a damper, a flue, a spark arrestor, a chimney chase, a crown, or a shroud.

There are a few different fireplace designs. A masonry fireplace is fashioned from stone or more commonly bricks. Reinforced concrete used to be popular until the fundamental flaw became evident. As the concrete expands at a different rate to the metal reinforcement many reinforced concrete fireplaces cracked and warped structures.

A prefabricated fireplace is a popular design for newer buildings. They are usually made from a metal firebox and a long metal pipe that acts as a chimney to vent the exhaust fumes. As it is made of metal it often generates sparks, so a spark arrester is usually fitted.

A duct free fireplace is almost always fueled by LP/bottled gas or a gel or some other natural gas. They tend to be easy to install and do not have the same BTUs that other fireplaces have. Some governments have made regulations that regulate the installation of this fireplace. A few duct free fireplaces can burn with 100% efficiency. However, they also tend to create a lot of moisture.
A bio-ethanol fireplace is sometimes referred to as a flue-less fire. This is because it does not need any kind of exhaust ventilation. They are therefore 100% efficient because at keeping all the heat in the room. They are more often than not powered by bio-fuel and unlike some other fireplaces there is no soot whatsoever produced by these fires. It only produces water and low amounts of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

The cost of electric fireplaces and logs which produce electric fires varies greatly. An individual may choose a unit that is small and will keep a room warm or select a large fireplace that will be the focal point of a family room. These fireplaces can be placed against a wall or built into a wall depending on the preference of the owner.