The glass fireplace is an essential spot in the home with numerous benefits. Instead of romantic dinners that cost so much outside the home, having dinner by the fireplace accompanied by wine would be just as enjoyable.
The heat generated by fireplaces provides an avenue for the family to gather around for various activities. This could be to take a nap just by the fire, listen to someone read other family members a good book, or just to be lazy around the fireplace and enjoy the cozy warmth the fire produces.
Before settling on a new fireplace door, some key factors need to be put into consideration. These factors include:
Fireplace construction type
Before choosing a fireplace door, you will need to identify your fireplace construction type. This could either be a factory-built fireplace or masonry fireplace.
A factory-built fireplace is also referred to as a zero-clearance fireplace. They are built with metal and may already contain glass doors, insulated walls, blowers, and air-cooled pipes to disperse the warmth produced by the fire. They are considered as plug and play fireboxes directly from the manufacturer. The air passageways of factory-built fireplaces are placed around the firebox to maintain coolness.
A masonry fireplace is one built by a craftsman with the use of materials like cement, bricks, or natural stones all bonded together with a bonding agent. The firebox and chimney are crafted with the same materials, and they help to keep the fireplace insulated from the rest of the home.
Once you are particular about the fireplace you have in your home, the next thing is to get an exact measurement of your fireplace opening. This is to ensure that the fireplace door you want to install fits in perfectly with the opening.
Also, determining the size of the fireplace will help you identify if a stock glass door is what you need or a custom-sized door needs to be ordered.
The fireplace type and the door needed will determine what you need to measure. Some may require simple measurements like the width and height of the fireplace opening, while for some, an in-depth measurement is necessary.
Fireplace glass doors are accessible in numerous styles that will complement any interior décor style. You should decide on a door that fits seamlessly into the existing décor instead of one that would look odd.
You are allowed to choose glass color along with preferred finish when selecting your fireplace glass door. Other options may include mesh screen along with the door, riser bars, channel handles, frame finishes, and whether you want a tracked or trackless door.
Many door options out there fit your preference and needs, whether your fireplace sports an elegant tone or an authentic look of masonry.
Different Types Of Fireplace Fuel
There are four normal fireplace fuel types. It is vital to have a solid knowledge of these fireplace types to help make informed decisions when deciding on the fireplace that is right for you.
1. Wood-Burning Fireplace
This is a traditional fireplace built with bricks or stones and is what comes to mind for most people when a fireplace is mentioned. A new wood fireplaces will require construction work to be installed in a home.
Wood-burning fireplaces are valued for how they look and what real burning experience of logs they provide. They also create a cozy atmosphere in the home, and some people like the smoky scents that accompany wood-burning fireplaces.
2. Gas-Burning Fireplace
This is an excellent alternative to a wood-burning fireplace. It looks cleaner and modern. Wood-burning fireplaces are considered beautiful but require cleaning. Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, are easy to install and keep clean. A gas fireplace can be installed as ventless built-in or direct vent built-in.
Also, gas fireplaces do not require that chimneys be installed. Gas fireplaces need little construction to install, and instead of burning wood directly, they burn natural gas, which makes them easier to use.
3. Ethanol-Burning Fireplace
Ethanol-burning fireplaces are very easy to place in a home and are obtainable in various styles. Other fireplace types like wood-burning and gas-burning fireplaces can also be converted to ethanol-burning fireplaces using a conversion kit.
Although they are quite environmentally friendly and can be easily installed, they do not produce enough heat for the home as a wood-burning or gas-burning fireplace would. You will also need to refill the ethanol regularly.
4. Electric Fireplace
The electric fireplace produces warmth by heating internal coils using electricity. The fireplaces also sport internal fans, which help disperse the heat generated all around the home. They are straightforward to install and cost-effective. They also supply the house with the right amount of needed heat.
Because electric fireplaces do not burn anything and, therefore, no flame, they are made with a fake flame look alike so that they look lifelike and real.
Which fireplace type is for you?
Looking at the fireplace types discussed above, the best option would be to opt for gas fireplaces.
Wood-burning fireplaces are expensive to install. Not only that, but you also need to maintain them regularly to ensure they are energy efficient for the home. This means high maintenance and expensive maintenance costs. While burning, the logs also spit out sparks and embers, which can destroy furniture close to the fireplace or even injure people around the fireplace. For safety, a wood-burning fireplace should have a glass door installed as a safety measure.
Ethanol-burning fireplaces will not provide the necessary heat needed to keep the home warm and continuously need to be refilled to keep burning.
Electric fireplaces do not add beauty and style to your home and do not exude a genuine feel that accompanies fireplaces. Also an electric fireplace will take more of a toll on your electricity bill than an air conditioner running on reverse cycle and generally cost more to run tha gas fireplaces.
Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, are cost-efficient compared to wood-burning fireplaces and are also easy to install. They are more environmentally friendly as they burn natural gas and are also very easy to use.
Unlike a wood burning fireplace a gas fireplace does not need regular maintenance, keeping it in top shape only has to be done through a check-up that is done annually. It saves you from having to deal with firewood, cutting and purchasing logs, and does not leave soot and ashes behind for cleaning.