Are you thinking about renovating or remodeling one or more rooms in your home? Have you considered adding a fire place or updating an existing one? A fire place can not only be an attractive addition to any given room; it can be a source of warmth and light. In addition, there are many different types of fire places besides the traditional wood-burning type that you may be most familiar with. Some other types that you may want to consider installing include:
Electric: It used to be that electric fire places did not look very real at all. If you purchased one and had it installed, people would be able to tell that it wasn't real. Fortunately, technology has come a long way. Many electric fire places resemble actual burning coals closely enough that most people will be hard-pressed to tell that the fire place isn't a "real" one. This illusion is enhanced by the addition of heating elements within each unit that can be turned on when you want additional warmth. Unlike actual fires, however, you can choose to leave the heating portion off and simply enjoy the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the fire.
Gas: Because a gas flame produces no smoke, gas fire places need less ventilation than one that burns wood. This makes them ideal to install in locations where it'd be prohibitively expensive to have a full chimney constructed. When a vent is added, you can choose a unit that produces a blue flame. If you don't mind the blue color of the gas flame, there are even some gas fire places that do not require any additional ventilation to be added to your home at all.
Ethanol: Ethanol-burning fire places are relatively new, but are an extremely convenient option. They can be mounted on walls or placed on tables. If you have an existing fire place, you can buy an ethanol insert to put in your current fire place with little to no additional installation needed. As with the other types of fire places, they come in a wide variety of designs and styles that can match both classical design and modern rooms. They may not put off as much heat as other types of fire places, so you may still need an additional furnace or heater to be installed if you want to keep a particular room from becoming too chilly while the fire place is in use.