Vintage Fireplace / July 18, 2018 / Paislee Rowan.
Later, as the Georgian style drifted across the Atlantic from England in the 1750s and 1760s, more elaborate, formal treatments for walls, windows, doors, and mantelpieces appeared. Paneled walls and mantelpieces were now often painted. Large, pedimented overmantels of wood filled the space above the fireplace opening all the way to the crown molding below the ceiling. Crossetted, or "eared," insets over the fireplace provided a perfect spot to display paintings. In the better houses, mantelpiece pediments often were as imposing as those on the doorways. In fact, it is surely no accident that mantelpieces so often resemble doorways, for they are indeed portals of a special kind.
If there is a positive side, there is also the negative side of propane fireplaces which do not stand up to the conventional wood burning fireplace. Propane is sourced from treasured fossil fuels, which are not renewable sources of energy. Since this is not renewable, it is controlled, which causes the price of the fireplace to fluctuate from time to time. Wood burning fireplace uses wood which is relatively renewable and cheap. Wood for heat will always be available as long as chopped trees are being replaced with new ones.
However, this type of heating equipment releases carbon monoxide in controlled amounts. In this respect, propane fireplaces are on the same level with the wood fireplace, that discharges a controlled maximum of 7.5 grams of particulate matter per hour into the environment. The pros of using propane fireplaces over wood burning fireplace are the following: There are several models of propane fireplaces that you can choose from: natural vent, vent-free, and direct vent. These models make sure that there is the ideal type for your home, according to space restrictions and budget. Venting is needed on all wood burning fireplace. You also need a flue and a chimney for proper air circulation.
Mantelpieces—the various assembled components that make up the ornamental front of a fireplace—could be seen as the fancy outer dress of the home heating apparatus—the wood, stone, or iron equivalents of mink coats and designer gowns. The mantelpiece (also called chimney piece) is often the single interior element that sets the tone of the house and announces its architectural provenance, its age, and the prosperity, tastes, or aspirations of its builders and owners. Mantelpieces command attention, and as any interior designer worth the price of ASID membership will tell you, a room with a mantelpiece is a room with a Focal Point.