Fireplace Buyer's Guide

If it is your first time buying a fireplace, things can get seem overwhelming. You have to figure out where you want the fireplace located, what type of fuel to power it, and then what type of style you want it to be in--when all you are genuinely ready for is a comfortable space to warm up and make cozy. Let Emberside be your fireplace buyer's guide! The colder temperatures are just around the corner, so it is the perfect time to get your new fireplace ready for the seasons ahead.  


Location is critical for your new fireplace. You want to place your fireplace somewhere that will maximize your comfort while minimizing any disruptions. Indoor locations, like the living room or den, are always welcoming to family and friends alike. Adding a fireplace to the master bedroom can also bring a much-needed touch of comfort to your evenings.

Outdoor areas are great for fireplaces as well, set up on the back deck or patio. However, there are safety measures to follow if you decide to place your new fireplace outside: building on a solid foundation, avoiding grass, and checking with your local ordinances about outdoor fires, to name a few. The relaxation an outdoor fireplace will bring, though, is more than enough to make up for taking the necessary precautions.

Wherever you choose, the location for your new fireplace should be right for you, your family, and your home space. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces are both excellent choices to consider, but keep in mind your fuel source. Indoor fireplaces can be gas, wood, or electric fireplaces, while outdoor fireplaces can only be gas or wood.


What powers your new fireplace may not seem nearly as crucial as powering it up to begin with. It is important to not get too comfortable yet when different fuel sources provide different benefits. For instance, the traditional idea of a wood-burning fireplace appears romantic, but with today's modern conveniences, having to separately purchase wood or split a log yourself to replenish your fireplace can be more of a hassle than an enjoyment. A wood fireplace also puts more pollution into the air.

Electric fireplaces are safer for the environment, using little energy and releasing no pollution into the air. You also do not have to concern yourself with location nearly as much with electric fireplaces, as they do not require a chimney and can be placed anywhere in the house. However, electric fireplaces go too far the opposite direction of wood fireplaces, in that the flame is inauthentic and can struggle to release heat.

For a happy medium between wood and electric fireplaces, a gas-powered fireplace is your ideal choice. Gas fireplaces are clean and efficient with energy, and they provide a more natural ambiance with a burner hidden behind ceramic logs and real fire that emits genuine heat. There is no mess, no fuss, and all comfort, right at your fingertips.


With Emberside as your guide, the style of your new fireplace is simple. You can go with a more classic look with our American Valley gas logs or bask in a modern glow with our Royal Oak log set. You can even accessorize with glowing embers to give your bedroom fireplace a romantic feel or become a pizza master with a pizza stone and oven insert for your new kitchen fireplace.

Your new fireplace is going to make your home more comfortable, and your home is certainly going to help your new fireplace fit in. What else is there to worry about? For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Emberside today and get started on your first fireplace.