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The Different Types of Fireplaces

The Different Types of Fireplaces champion chimneys

Keep reading to learn about the different types of fireplaces.

For centuries, fireplaces have been the focal point for warmth and comfort in homes worldwide. No matter what year it is, lounging around a warm and cozy fire on a winter night is an unrivaled feeling that transcends generations. While the classic wood-burning systems are helpful, many don’t realize there is a large variety of fireplaces to warm, stylize, and add financial value to your home. Keep reading to learn about the different types of fireplaces.

Wood-Burning Fireplace

A wood-burning hearth is the standard fireplace used worldwide. It’s what comes to mind when most people picture a beautiful fire in a living room. Crackling wood, flickering flames, and the scent of burning wood, nothing is better than a wood-burning fire. This kind of fireplace requires a conventional chimney to vent its fumes. The downside, however, is the cleanup. Soot, ash, burnt wood, and coals are left behind for you to take care of after a fire. It’s important to note that venting components are not universal. Even if an existing chimney or venting system is in place, a new wood-burning fireplace may require different chimney pipe components.

Gas Fireplace

The two kinds of gas fireplaces are vented and vent-free. These fireplaces are vastly different in their functioning. You can determine which gas fireplace is right for you by learning about each.


Vented gas fireplaces work like wood-burning ones. There’s a firebox that’s vented through the chimney, which is how a vented fireplace expels combustion byproducts. The difference is that vented gas fireplaces use faux logs instead of burning wood, most of which are made from ceramic. 


Vent-free fireplaces do not require special venting due to the clean-burning nature of their design. While this may seem attractive for those looking to add a gas fireplace to their home, there are several important facts to consider first.

One downside of a vent-free fireplace is that it can produce a gas odor when the burner is in use. Also, vent-free gas fireplaces naturally deplete oxygen in a room, so these units include oxygen sensors to prevent the oxygen level from falling below a dangerous threshold.

Electric Fireplace

Like the vent-free fireplaces, electric fireplaces are great for condo or apartment dwellers who don’t have a chimney for a traditional fireplace. Modern technology lets you switch on an electric fireplace with a button. Many people use electric fireplaces in places where proper venting isn’t possible. This style is popular for residences where it’s impossible to install a chimney for a fireplace. The best part of an electric fireplace is that it can go anywhere. Electric fireplaces come in various styles and prices, so you’ll find something that works for you.

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