Here at Top Hat Chimney Sweeps, we know just how much warmth and comfort a fireplace can bring to a home. That is why we love offering the residents of Alabama and Georgia high-quality fireplace brands to enjoy with their family.. We also offer installation services to those who are looking to transform their living space with a new fireplace. Here are a few types of fireplaces and firepits that we work with.
Wood and Pellet Fireplaces
Wood burning fireplaces and wood pellet burning fireplaces are similar in function, using wood as fuel for combustion to heat a home; but they use two different types of fuel, which creates some differences. One great draw of these types of fireplaces is that they can be used even when the power goes out.
Nothing beats the ambiance of a natural flame, the kind our ancestors used to gather around for safety and warmth. Traditional wood burning fireplaces give owners the option of choosing what kind of wood they’d like to burn, which gives some versatility when heating a home. However, regular maintenance is required on these types of fireplaces, and it’s important never to leave an open flame in the fireplace when you leave the house.
Wood pellet fireplaces may not create as big of a flame as traditional wood burning fireplaces, but they heat the home with even more versatility. That’s because they can use a wider range of materials like sawdust from wood. Some are even designed to burn other alternative fuels like nutshells and corn kernels. Pellet burning is often considered the cleanest of solid fuels.
Gas fireplaces are an easy and convenient way to create a warm, comfortable gathering space for the family. There are many different brands and styles of gas fireplaces; we’ve listed the brands we carry at the bottom of the page.
Types of Gas Fireplaces
Vented Gas Fireplace
Vented fireplaces, sometimes called B Vent or natural vent fireplaces, are open fireplaces, which means they draw in air from the room for combustion. Unlike direct vent fireplaces, natural vent fireplaces do not have a sealed combustion chamber and are required to vent out above the roof, sometimes making installation more difficult. This can also reduce the amount a home is heated since hot air in the home is used for combustion and sent outside.
Ventless Gas Fireplace
Vent-free fireplaces use either a burner or gas logs designed to be over 99 % efficient. Ventless fireplaces have no venting pipe, making them easier to install in places that other fireplaces would be problematic.
Benefits - More heat in the home.
Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
Direct vent gas fireplaces are a little more complicated than their cousins. They use a special direct vent pipe, generally recommended by the supplier, which has an exhaust and air intake. No air from the house is used for combustion, but rather pulled in from outside through the intake.
Benefits - Larger viewing area, adjustable heat output, choice of natural gas or propane, specialty gas fire logs available, quick and even heating
Benefits of Gas Fireplaces
They are safer than wood burning fireplaces due to the lack of sparks, open flames, and toxic fumes
Because they don’t create any creosote or ash as a byproduct, gas fireplaces involve much less maintenance than wood burning fireplaces.
Gas burns much cleaner than wood, and so gas fireplaces produce less emissions, and are therefore more environmentally friendly.
Because of the way they’re configured, gas fireplaces are often more affordable when it comes to installation costs than many types of wood burning fireplaces
Gas Fire Log Inserts
Gas fire logs aren’t your conventional fireplace, but they can be a great addition to a home. Generally, gas fire logs are used by adding a fuel (logs) into a burner. There are many different brands of gas logs, and there are also many different types and brands of burners.
Vented gas logs, for instance, are designed to work with a chimney or flue, but are more decorative because of the heat that escapes.
Ventless gas logs, on the other hand, produce a smokeless, clean flame, and can be used indoors.
Outdoor gas logs use an outdoor burner that can reach a higher BTU output.
Gas Log Sizes
Many homeowners go off to buy gas logs for their fireplace, only to come home disgruntled when they find out they weren’t the right size. While consulting a professional fireplace contractor will ensure you get the right size, if you’re shopping on your own, here are some simple steps:
Measure the width of your fireplace at the front.
Measure the width of your fireplace at the back.
Measure the depth of your fireplace from front to back
Gas Fire Pits
Gas fire pits are considered to be a superior option to wood burning fire pits for many people. They make a great addition to any yard, and create a great space for family and friends to congregate around.
Gas fire pits light faster than wood burning fireplaces thanks to their push button ignition, which generates warmth much faster than wood burning fire pits.
Gas fire pits are much safer than wood burning fire pits, especially because they’re outside where a flame could catch and spread throughout a neighborhood.
Because you don’t have to constantly feed wood into a fire, but rather consistently titrate fuel into the fire pit, the warmth created isn’t sporadic in its intensity, and avoid nasty flying sparks.
Because propane and natural gas are clean burning, people who suffer from allergies may find gas burning fire pits much more comfortable to be around.
If you are looking for a fireplace or fire pit unit in Alabama or Georgia, give Top Hat Chimney Sweeps a call. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you find the perfect home addition. Feel free to give us a call for more information on our fireplace and firepit brands.