The Ideal Fireplace For You
The Ideal Fireplace For You
The central axis of warmth and coziness has been the fireplace for hundreds of years. The fireplace of the house overlooking the fire is an archetypal pleasure for man and acts as a gathering center for family members during the winter months. Nowadays, considering the great need of people for natural energy sources, the fireplace is an ideal solution for saving oil and electricity. It has the ability to warm a room or even the whole house with just a few firewood, while being completely safe for the environment.
The fireplace is a very dynamic element of the space, so it needs to be in harmony with the overall design of the decor of each room, so that it impresses even when not lit. A fireplace consists of the following basic elements:
- the firebox, the space in which the chemical reaction is called wood burning
- chimney – chimney, exhaust system from combustion chamber, fireplace
- the surround, the outer shell of the hob, which can be made of any material and any design and style.
There are various types of fireplaces on the market that function both as a source of tranquility and as well as through central heating:
The traditional fireplace with fireplace brick (built-in fireplace) is the most widespread and timeless form, quite economical in its construction but with a very low efficiency (10-15% of the thermal energy produced by burning wood).
The cast iron fireplace has an open fireplace and withstands much higher temperatures. Some have dual backs, an inner cast iron and the outer refractory material, through which air circulates, which improves their performance. By more efficiently transferring heat into space, it provides about 15 – 25% of the thermal energy produced by burning wood. Essentially they are not heating stoves but local fireplaces and decorations.
The fireplace with a closed firebox is made of metal or cast iron. The hotplates are thermodynamic (heated) and heat a huge area, functioning as central heating. They can be used to heat the entire home as, in addition to radiation, compulsory hot air circulates either by natural or forced circulation with the ability to distribute this hot air throughout the home. This is achieved through a ventilation system installed on the ceilings of the spaces.
The firebox features a glass-ceramic crystal to close, reaching a heating efficiency of 60-75% by burning 3-4 times less wood than when it is open (the efficiency rate when the door is open is 30-35%). So the secret to high performance and economy seems to be at the door. The air removed from the chimney for combustion and towing needs to be replenished with cold through the chimneys of the house. So the energy-efficient hot plates with the hot air system heat the whole house without removing hot air from the home.
Insert boxes or cartridges are specially designed fireboxes that are installed in existing open fireplaces converting them into energy. The transformation of the old fireplace into a modern and economical one is easy and fast.The heaters (radiators) heat up efficiently and save on heating costs. They are ideal for heating and hot water production for use, made of high thickness steel and cast iron. Heating furnaces have excellent heating efficiency exceeding 80%) and are precisely designed to burn wood in an ecological and economical way. Hot water is dispatched rapidly by means of pumps to the heating system.
Electrically-operated fireplaces do not require a chimney, while the burnt woods are purely decorative, releasing heat proportional to a hot air. Electric fireplaces are easily installed anywhere on the floor or wall and all they need is a socket and the push of a button to open. An electric fireplace has 100% efficiency. It does not create carbon dioxide and harmful particles in the local community such as wood or LPG and therefore does not contribute to the greenhouse footprint.
Choosing the fuel we consider at the same time their heating performance and the visual appearance of the fire they give. Soft or hard wood can be used, depending on the taste and size of the room. The supply of heating of both types is the same.
On the contrary, soft wood burns quickly, cracks and shatters but the coals cool down quickly and there is more ash residue. Hardwood is dense and burns with a calm and long flame. The burnt pieces are carbonized and slow to cool.In conclusion, it is understood that in order to select a fireplace one must take into account various factors in order for the final choice to meet the needs of the site and the requirements of the owner.
However, no matter the size or the type of fireplace, it is enough to create a warm “corner” to gather family, friends, acquaintances and spend endless hours talking, playing, laughing.