Wood Burning Fireplaces, Wood Burning Fireplace

Wood burning fireplaces create a relaxing and warm atmosphere in your house. Here we will cover all the accessories that can make your experience better. Also, we will discuss the different types of fireplaces.

Fireplace vs Wood Stove

Many people interchangeably use the terms fireplace and wood stove. The truth of the matter is that they serve different purposes. It's important to realize these differences before deciding which to add to your home.

A fireplace is the best way to create a nice relaxing environment to enjoy. In terms of heating your house, a fireplace isn't going to be able to do the job like a woodstove. Personally, I get much more enjoyment out of sitting in front of a fireplace than I do a wood stove. The fireplace has a larger opening, making it more aesthetically pleasing than watching an enclosed wood stove.

Wood stoves are meant to produce and radiate heat to warm your house. Wood burning fireplaces simply aren't built to warm a house to the same degree as a wood stove. Luckily, they do make wood stoves with large glass doors to make them seem closer to a fireplace.

The bottom line is that you use a woodstove to heat your house and a fireplace to enjoy a fire. Obviously, there is some overlap but it is important to make the distinction. If you really want the best of both worlds, build a hearth and chimney in the middle of your house, you can put a wood stove on one side and a fireplace on the other.

Types of Fireplaces

There are several different types of fireplaces that exist. A typical fireplace has a hearth and mantle and is open to the living space. A heatilator fireplace is similar but it has a blower that circulates the air from the fireplace to the room.

Another option that is quite popular is to use the wood burning fireplace insert. This is the best way to utilize your existing fireplace space into a more efficient wood stove set-up.

Finally, the outdoor fireplace has become a popular item. These allow you to enjoy a fire outdoors without having to build a firepit or worry about the fire spreading out of control.

To learn more about the different fireplace types, click on the links below.

Our Guide to Fireplace Inserts
Learn about Outdoor Fireplaces
Heatilator Fireplace Information

Fireplace Supplies

To get the most out of your fireplace, there are plenty of supplies and accessories you can purchase.

The first item you need is a set of fireplace tools. A good tool set usually includes a broom and dustpan to remove excess debris and a poker to help stoke the fire. A bellow allows you to blow air at the fire without getting too close. These tools make burning wood in your fireplace much easier.

Other fireplace accessories include a screen or cover, rugs to cover the floor in front of your hearth, and other cosmetic items such as fireplace candles and hearth decorations.

Click the links below to learn more about these fireplace accessories.

Fireplace Cover Information
Our Guide to Decorative Fireplace Screens


Fireplaces can completely change the feel of a room. I've always enjoyed relaxing in front of a roaring fireplace. It's a great place to enjoy time with friends and family. Just remember that if you're looking to heat your house with wood heat, it's best to buy a wood stove instead.

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