By Catarina Borngen. Fireplace. Published at Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 - 17:59:53 PM.
The way an electric fireplace insert works is quite simple. It involves placing an electric fireplace appliance into the center of the traditional fireplace. With the electronic variant now in place the ability for the traditional fireplace to emit heat is possible but it is no longer doing so by burning wood. While this is a very innovative method of using a fireplace but some may take a cynical look at the electric fireplace insert and say it is a bizarre concept because you already have a fireplace. Why would someone want to use an electric fireplace insert? There are a number of reasons.
In addition, this kind of material is tough enough to withstand the high heat of the fireplace, making it one of the most popular materials for this screen. In addition, wrought iron is also decorative, giving your place a nice look. Some people choose to have a folding screen that can also be made of wrought iron material. One of the benefits of a folding screen is that you can easily fold it away when not in use. However, it will still look good as it protects your house from flames. There are a lot of folding screens for fireplace that is huge enough to cover up the opening of the fireplace but can still fit inside the closet when folded. If your home has a fireplace, make sure to include fireplace screen in your list of fireplace accessories. It is essential to think about the fireplace screen’s pattern and details in choosing a certain item. Make sure to purchase a good quality fireplace screen to ensure your family’s safety.
You just have to know the precise measurement of your fireplace and you can find a fireplace screen that fits. If you are into traditional type, you should go for the metal fireplace screen. Brass, steel, aluminum and iron are some of the most popular metals used in fireplace screen. Most of these metal screens have a mesh screen that helps prevent ash and sparks from flying. You must remember that metal screens can reach extreme temperature so it is best to be cautious and avoid touching them. There are also stained glass types of fireplace screens and these types come with lead and wooden frames.
This said however, in any wood burning fireplace it is vital to use the right kind of wood that is cut to a convenient size. Hardwoods such as oak or fruitwood are the best option as they give off the most heat. Softwoods such as birch give off a good heat but tend to be consumed pretty quickly, while pine contains a lot of spark forming resin that can spit all over your floor or rug. Ideally, logs should measure between 9 and 14 inches long although it doesn’t hurt to use a couple of larger logs on your fire to give it a bit of character. Only ever use seasoned wood in your fireplace. If you try to burn green wood the heat produced by combustion must dry the wood before it will burn and you risk a buildup of creosote in your chimney which creates an imminent fire hazard. In addition by using well seasoned wood you will you get a much hotter fire; thus creating more heat for your home. It is worth bearing in mind that all wood for burning should be seasoned for a minimum of six months and stored under cover, so it is best to buy and stack firewood well in advance of the coldest months.
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