Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Better Alternative to Wood

The electric flame fireplace insert has, literally, taken the place of wood in the fireplace. A fireplace, as everyone knows, is a necessity in every home. It creates a sense of comfort and warmth direly needed during a nasty, cold weather. There is nothing like the cozy heat from a blazing fire in the hearth, as one is comfortably snuggled with a cup of warm chocolate beside it. A major disadvantage however, to the traditional fireplace that burns wood, is that the heat gets easily lost. This holds true to the masonry type of fireplace and even to those built from a factory.

What makes the traditional fireplaces not extremely efficient by nature is due to the natural flow of warm air. Instead of giving out fire and warmth, fireplaces pull in the warm air from the room, into the fire and out of the chimney. Warm air travels upward and this is the simple reason that makes traditional fireplaces ineffective and the preferable use of an electric flame fireplace insert comes into the picture. In extreme temperatures below freezing points, the energy exhausted by a fireplace exceed the ones it is supposed to create.

In a fire insert, a closed combustion system is created through a box made of fireproof steel or iron, with an insulated glass front. With the heat effectively trapped, some inserts are equipped with blowers to help push the warm air through the front vents and out into the room. This makes the electric fireplace insert a better and more efficient heater than the traditional wood-burning technique.

The major advantage of using an electric fireplace over wood is the absence of inconvenient storing and cutting of wooden logs. Wood as a fuel gets depleted and that translates to the unavoidable cost of replenishment. An additional cost is also presented for the necessary wood storage place, where they should be kept warm and dry. Unlike the electric fireplace insert, burned wood needs to be cautiously checked to determine that the fire had been totally put out, before sleep or before leaving the house, to avoid the danger of the house catching fire. An electric fireplace is automatically off once unplugged, so that saves all the hassles of worrying and waiting. Burning wood also poses the risks of unpleasant incidents like stray sparks or mistakes that can burn one’s skin. Households with children or pets are not entirely safe around a burning wooden fireplace. An electric flame fireplace insert does not need any complicated installation process to start running. This saves a lot of precious time. Even after use, as compared to the messy cleanup required for wooden fireplaces, the electric ones do not need to be vacuumed. An electric insert does not emit soot or ash.

People used to spend a lot for installation of wooden fireplaces that they end up not using at all because of the presented inconveniences. They have been starting to realize that an electric flame fireplace insert is the better alternative to wood.

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