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Does the ouside vent on wood burning stove need to be as high as the roof line?

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What are the types of fireplaces?

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There are four primary types of fireplaces for use inside the home:
  • Wood-burning fireplaces are the most common and they are pretty simple; put in wood, set it on fire. There are multiple types of wood burning fireplaces, including the basic enclosed type, and also inserts and wood burning stoves.  
  • Gas fireplaces use natural gas to produce heat. They are much cleaner and more efficient and can provide just as much heat, if not more, than wood.
  • Ethanol fireplaces are trendy these days. While they are easy to install and use, but the heat output is much less than wood or gas fireplaces.
  • Electric fireplaces are the most cost efficient and easiest to install of all the fireplace options, and can be operated by remote control. How’s that for ease? Electric fireplaces generally do not have a great heat output, but are efficient, clean and easy, and kind of cool to watch.
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How do you start a gas fireplace?

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Most gas fireplaces have a pilot light, just like a gas heater or stove. A pilot light is a small flame that stays lit all the time (until turned off) and it is used to trigger a flame when the gas is turned up. If the pilot light is on, usually you just turn on the fireplace with a switch or remote, whichever device your particular unit has. If the pilot light is off, you will have to first light the pilot light. Some units might need to be lit with a match. For the best results, consult the owner’s manual for specifics on how to light your fireplace, or how to light the pilot (or turn it off)....Read More

How does one start a wood-burning fireplace?

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To get a fire going in a wood burning fireplace, first you need to stack your logs in a teepee like formation, or you can stack them laterally. You’ll want to leave space underneath for kindling(smaller pieces of wood). Add rolled up balls of paper or other accelerants on the kindling or around the logs, and light them up. This should get the fire going. If the wood is wet, it might take longer and need more accelerants to ignite. Do not use gas or fuels as accelerants, as that can be very dangerous....Read More

What are the benefits of a gas fireplace?

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The benefits of a gas fireplace are that they can create just as much heat, or more, than a traditional enclosed fireplace – with much less mess. They are clean and efficient. There’s nothing quite like a wood-burning fireplace, but gas alternatives can be a fantastic option. Some gas fireplaces still use logs, so, remember, there’s a difference between a full gas fireplace and a wood burning fireplace with gas logs. Using logs in a gas-only fireplace can cause major damage and even explosions. They are not equipped to handle the heat from the fire logs....Read More