A 2014 study highlights that gazing at a fire can help lower blood pressure and induce relaxation. This explains mankind’s long-held fascination with fireplaces and fire pits. 

In this way, having an indoor fireplace helps banish the winter blues while providing warmth and comfort in your living areas. Are you keen to enjoy these benefits by adding a fireplace to your home? 

There are dozens of types of fireplaces you could choose from depending on design and fuel types alone. Keep reading for a better understanding of the basics behind choosing a fireplace.

Different Fuels Used in Fireplaces

Flames are the basic component of any fireplace, and flames need fuel to sustain themselves. The three main fuel types used in modern fireplaces are:


Wood fireplaces offer classic comfort that appeals to the senses with their aroma, ambiance, and crackling sounds. They’re also the most expensive types of fireplaces to install and maintain.

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Natural Gas

A gas-burning fireplace is a more affordable and energy-efficient alternative to a wood fireplace. You’ll need a gas line to operate this type of fireplace and they may release excessive carbon dioxide into your living areas.   


Ethanol fireplaces don’t produce any smoke or unwanted emissions, but they also produce very little heat. For this reason, these fireplaces are best for decorative purposes. 

Likewise, electric fireplaces are flameless and decorative but produce no heat. They replicate the ambiance of a wood-burning fireplace and are best suited to warm climates.  

Types of Fireplaces According to Design

Once you’ve settled on the type of fuel you’d prefer for your residential fireplace, you need to find a design that suits your home. You’ll find six major types of fireplaces available, as follows: 

Open Hearth Fireplaces

Made of stone or brick, these wood-burning fireplaces have been around for centuries. They have a chimney and typically use wood, but you can alter them to suit other fuel types. 

Enclosed Fireplaces

These fireplaces have a glass front designed to reflect heat into the room rather than up the chimney. They prevent smoke and fumes from entering your home, but still provide a gorgeous ambiance.

Fireplace Inserts

These box-like apparatus slide into an existing traditional fireplace. They run off gas or electricity and create the same effect as a wood fire without the smoke and fumes.  

Freestanding Fireplaces

Wood-burning ovens are a type of freestanding fireplace, but they also run on ethanol, gas, and electricity. You can choose from vented or unvented varieties. 

Direct-Vent Gas Fireplaces

These gas fireplaces vent through a wall or existing chimney. Installation requires minimal structural changes, and they closely mimic the effect of a wood fire.  

Ventless Built-in Fireplaces

Ventless built-in indoor fireplaces have no chimney or vent. They aren’t allowed in some states due to the risk of contaminants entering your home.  

Something for Everyone

Thanks to the huge diversity among the types of fireplaces, it’s easy to pick the best indoor fireplace for your home. Modern designs offer high efficiency and complement any interior design style. 

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