Your man cave is your sanctum, a place of fierce, manly independence that takes you back to the heady days of the hunt, the fire, and the open skies. It’s also a place where you just love to be comfortable in, sit back, and get some alone time after a long day at the office.
With winter fast approaching, it’s also a good idea to make sure you are comfortable when having some of that precious alone time, so why not give your man cave an upgrade with a fireplace?
Question is, what fireplace? Not just anyone will do, so we’ll show you some of our most popular types that are guaranteed to make your man cave a thing dreams are made of. (Cozy dreams.)
Old faithful (Open wood-burning fireplace)
Although it has been facing some competition, the wood burning fireplace is a classic. Not many other fireplaces can beat it for atmosphere, not to mention the mesmerising sight, smell and sounds of burning wood.
If you take care of it, a wood fireplace is cost effective and will keep on burning for many years to come.
Unfortunately, they are not the most energy efficient, and require maintenance such as chimney sweeping and the occasional skimming of the ash bed, although you only need to do this if the log pan is very full. You can skim the top layer of ash and leave the remainder, it’s important to keep an ash bed for an open wood burning fireplace as the ash acts as a heated bed. As with any wood burning fireplace, you’ll also have to make sure you have a dry space to store your wood.
The powerhouse (slow combustion wood burning fireplace)
If you’re looking for the ultimate in a wood burning fireplace, look no further than a slow combustion fireplace. Available as either a freestanding fire or an insert model. There are also some freestanding fireplaces that have inbuilt log storage, a handy feature for easy access to firewood. The advantages of slow combustion fireplaces are the heat output, efficiency, and long burn times, so if those are key considerations in your decision-making process, a slow combustion fireplace could be right for you.
The one that will make you go ‘Oh my goodness!’ (Electric fireplace)
If you’re concerned about your eco-footprint, and really don’t like cleaning, you should consider an electric fireplace. You won’t have to deal with the by-products of burning wood, it is easily installed and looks stylish to boot.
Thing is, this is not your fireplace if you’re going for something rustic and atmospheric, or are put off by fake flames. If on the other hand, your man cave is all about the modern, you will love this type of fireplace.
Au Natural (gas)
If you’re not convinced by the electric option, but not keen on wood, you can always go for a natural gas fireplace. They are easy to maintain, can be converted to use LPG, and produce real flames. Plus you can have an instant fire at the flick of a switch or the push of a button. Best of all, you can choose between something that will look ultra modern or perhaps more traditional, to suit your needs.
A man cave has to be a sanctuary, for you or any visitors that are worthy of visiting. Getting a fireplace for the cold months ahead is a great way of making it a cozy haven for any and all.