Fireplaces, contrary to popular opinion - paraphernalianot only of a country house or villa. Modern technologies allow to exploit them in the apartment. If you like the atmosphere of comfort and warmth, and want to have a fireplace, you need to look for alternatives. Currently, manufacturers are offering us more and more advanced new products that mimic fireplaces. We chose three of the most popular alternative to the fireplace and offer to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Biofireplaces in the apartment: How to choose
Biofireplaces suitable for any, even the mostcompact apartment. They represent a simplified version of a home to the living flame obtained by combustion of biofuels (ethanol) that in the combustion process is converted into steam. In fact, bio fireplaces burn and give off heat in the same way as wood, but without the smoke, soot and carbon black, so they do not need chimneys and installation is possible in any part of the premises - on the floor, on the wall, in a niche or the surface of the furniture. It should be noted that such fireplaces absolutely safe for humans (flame protects thick heat resistant glass), and for animals.
Council: Good Bio Fireplace may well serve as an additional source of heat in the apartment and act as a heater during the winter cold, and the costs will not be as significant as for heating, electricity: single - for the purchase of a suitable model the fire and from time to time - liquid plant fuel.
Externally fireplaces may look like a classicmodel with a ceramic liner (solid and bulk) or as a modern home furnishings in the style of high-tech glass and metal. But regardless of the design performance of bio-fireplaces burner is made of only heat-resistant steel (sometimes iron), and the screen - made of tempered glass.
Gas fireplaces in the house
Gas fireplaces can be installed inexisting chimney or wood and plaster body. It is important to note that the gas is flammable and must be connected to a licensed gas fitter. Any room that has established an open gas burner, ?? must be in accordance with the rules of the ventilation holes for fresh air.
Gas fireplaces are available in a wide rangesizes and styles. This means that there is a fireplace that would satisfy all your requirements. They may be the classic type, and up to the present. Even if the fireplace is gas, realistic fire effect can be achieved ..
To this must be added the fact that they can bemounted on the wall like a traditional fireplace, or they can be freestanding (standalone). You can even set them into the wall so that you can see the fire from both sides of the wall (from different rooms, for example) - a two-way gas fireplace.
Gas fireplaces require the installation of chimneys,to work. But while such chimneys can work both in horizontal and in vertical direction, which allows for flexibility in installation.
Electric fireplaces in the house
Electric fireplaces provide only a visual effect of flames, they do not have the combustion process. But they really heat the room.
Firstly, the installation of the electrical analog,It costs three to four times cheaper than the owner to install than the present. Second, the ability to install in virtually any room, it does not need to do a special project to purchase equipment or ventilation chimney. Also advantage is the portability of the fireplace at any convenient place in the apartment. Third, installation and operation of the eclectic fireplace is completely safe from the fire point of view, that is, you do not have to keep the house several extinguisher or bucket of sand / water for emergencies. The complete absence of combustion products: soot, soot, smoke, and other things, which, of course, is a huge advantage.
Tip: For plausibility can be put under the fire stack of firewood, it will create a more comfortable atmosphere and add flavor to the interior.
Many vendors offer a variety of modeswork, such as the lighting, the intensity of evaporation of water, the percentage of heat. Of course, a realistic simulation of the fire remains under question. Despite the fact that the quality of the "picture" is much higher in the models of recent years, but it is, of course, no substitute for a fire in this fireplace.
Choosing a fireplace is almost always accompanied bydoubts. After all, the requirements for the home, sometimes much too high. As a rule, we want to buy a fireplace, which will have a maximum output and minimum emissions of combustion products, compact and full of features, ease of use and low cost of fuel. But to sacrifice for the sake of convenience features and useful qualities for the sake of beauty is not always reasonable. It is better to weed out unnecessary and choose the fireplace that is right for you.