Vintage Fireplace / July 19, 2018 / Riley Holm.
When measuring your fireplace for a mantel installation you need to be sure to choose a size that meets or exceeds minimum code clearances. You can contact your fireplace supplier or local building inspector to find out what the requirements are. When ordering a mantel for your fireplace most companies will want you to measure three different areas to determine whether a standard size will work or a custom size is needed. The opening height, facing width, and mantel surround return depth are usually the only measurements needed for a dealer to determine what you will need. The mantel company your interested in should supply a diagram and specific details about the measurements to make sure you order the right size mantel.
Styles to Consider: Aside from sizes, fireplace tool sets also come in various styles, from vintage to modern tools, utilizing different materials like wrought iron, brass, stainless steel, just to name a few. A homeowner can choose rustic tools if he prefers the vintage look or may want to invest in modern tools made of polished brass for a more formal feel.
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.
A wall mount electric fireplace is not only a great space saving accompaniment to any décor, but it is economical, too. The patented flame technology allows an individual to enjoy the ambience of a real fire for 3 cents per hour without the heater on and about 8-12 cents per hour with the flame and heating element operating. It is an attractive, space saving supplemental heat source that is great for heating the rooms that are constantly used by the entire family rather than heating the entire house. Each unit provides approximately 5000 BTUs per hour of heat by using a quiet fan to force the heat generated by the alternative fireplace into the room.