A fireplace provides you with the aura of relaxation and comfort apart from giving you heat during the winter months. Installation of a fireplace needs extra and careful planning and nowadays, modern fireplace normally comes with a fire box and heat exchanger which is encased in an insulated sheet-metal housing for safety purposes. In other words, it prevents the fireplace from overheating of its surrounding area. Many of the fireplace installations in the market does not require foundation or any specific structural changes for its venting process, therefore it is quite inexpensive and affordable to accommodate your budget. Below are some of the steps that you can do in order to create an inexpensive fireplace.
What you need:
- Check requirements from municipality council on the type of fireplace installation
- Follow manufacturer\’s specifications and guidelines
- Choose the types of fireplace preferred
- First of all, you have to take into considerations the building codes of installing fireplace set by your local municipal or authority whether the fireplace that you have chosen is in accordance with the requirements or not.
- One of the most common fireplaces normally chosen by users is the Vent-free fireplace which is a common supplemental gas-heating product type. This type of fireplace provides 99 percent energy-efficient due to its operating using either propane or natural gas with minimal cost. Apart from that, it is inexpensive because you do not have to install vent pipes and it can be installed in any surroundings in your house or setting.
- Another one which is easy to install is the Natural Vent or B-Pipe fireplace and this type of fireplace need to be finished with a surround and mantel. Its B-Vent pipe exits through the roof of your house and normally it is chosen because of its decorative, plus it can fit to any tight space and does not require any clearance work on the specific area.
- On the other hand, a special pipe is needed if you choose a Direct-Vent fireplace. This is to enable it to vent exhaust to the outside and pull the air from the outside into the fireplace in assisting the combustion process. The system includes a small, inner pipe of at least 4-inch or 5-inch in diameter, while this inner pipe fits into an outer pipe of at least 6 5/8-inch or 8-inch in diameter. In between the layers of pipe, you will find its non-combustible insulation. The purpose of having an outer pipe is for pulling in the outside air. The outside air will be warmed because of the hot exhaust air vented through the smaller pipe and this warming process will improve on the efficiency your fireplace. Besides that, a Direct-Vent fireplace can also be vented up through the roof.
- For people who are living in an apartment, it is recommended to use an electric fireplace. Although it is not real but it still comes with a real-like and feel of an original fireplace. It also provides a variety of style options. You can also use a fan for circulating the fireplace\’s warm air and besides that it is also mobile and very cost-effective. If you are looking for heating up your room, the electric fireplace is not the fireplace to be installed.