Four Considerations When Shopping For a Fireplace

Function

Some people select a fireplace for its functionality while others make their choice based on its appearance. But before you can choose the fireplace for your home you need to determine if it will be a major heat source or if it will be there for decorative purposes only. 

You can purchase a basic gas or electric fireplace with a realistic looking flame to add a nice touch to any room. However, a unit like this won’t provide a lot of heat. So make sure you know what you’re looking for first.

Fuel Source

If you are going to need a fireplace to provide a lot of heat, you want to consider the source of the fue, particularly if you have a smaller area to heatl.

You have several options: natural gas, oil, propane, wood pellets and wood. Some other heating options also use electricity; it all depends on the model.

As you walk around a fireplace store like Coastline Barbecue & Heating, try to look at the different fuel sources to get an idea of your options. Speak to a salesperson to get the details on the various sources of fuel, so that you can make a decision that works best for your situation.

Style

Your style options are practically limitless. You can find models that are both modern and traditional.

Some models are freestanding and some are built into the wall. You might want the unit to blend in with the overall décor of the room to create a consistent appearance. You can also choose a fireplace that will make a statement and that will instantly attract the attention of everyone.

The ideal way to decide on which style you like more is to take your time looking around the fireplace store. Take pictures or documentation of all the fireplaces that catch your eye. This way you can take your time deciding on the variety of options available before making a final decision on the unit that you want to buy.

Price

Prices differ widely based on the type of fireplace store, the fuel source you want, the time of the year and any discounts that they might be offering.

As you check out the different models, don’t forget to factor in the cost of the fuel type needed to power the unit. You will need to pay to operate the fireplace on a regular basis. Ideally, fuel should also be easily available without any extra expense or effort to obtain it when you need it.

An example would be the ability to purchase wood pellets in bulk to have as needed to fuel your stove. Propane and natural gas are easy to use but you will have to continually purchase this fuel source if you don’t have it installed in your home.

Along with the purchase and installation costs of a fireplace, the maintenance also needs to be considered. Most models will need regular maintenance and inspections to keep them operating properly.

The bottomline is, take your time shopping for the perfect model for your home. Don’t make any rash decisions.

When looking for a fireplace, Queensland residents can shop at our locations in the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and now Oxenford or via our website: http://www.coastlinebbq.com.au/

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