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Wood-burning fireplace

How to select a wood-burning fireplace

Fireplaces make a home more cozy and inviting all year round. While some prefer the clean burning and ease of a gas flame, others want to hear the crackle and enjoy the scent of a wood-burning fireplace.

Homeowners have several options for installing wood-burning fireplaces and stoves to decorate and heat their homes.

  • Masonry fireplaces are primarily decorative. They’re usually not an efficient way to heat to a home.
  • Factory-built fireplaces and associated chimneys are manufactured in components. They may include ductwork, auxiliary fans, etc.
  • Freestanding wood stoves are used to meet all or a portion of home heating requirements.
  • Wood-burning cook stoves are specially designed for cooking or baking, and may include a tank for heating water.
  • Fireplace inserts or hearth-mount stoves are installed within or partially within the combustion chamber of a fireplace. Both are usually installed to convert a low-efficiency fireplace into a viable heat source.

Before you make a final decision on the type of fireplace you like, consult with a qualified contractor about installation requirements. It’s important that the system be installed so it meets city and state codes and regulations.

You’ll also want to check with your home insurance company about their requirements as well.

For more information, check out our Ask the Inspector flyer in the AmeriSpec Resource Center. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 402-393-3696 in Omaha or 402-483-2010 in Lincoln.

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