Nothing comes close to the warmth and ambience a fireplace produces. For generations, the idea of a fireplace has always been linked closely to living well and living in style. Nowadays, the options for a fireplace are more technologically-advanced, giving homeowners the choice to add a focal point in their home, which will provide more than enough heat, and at the same time, help reduce the cost of energy used during the winter months.
So, if you’re looking for heating solution, but aren’t quite sure which one is the best for your needs, it might be a good idea to consider which of the freestanding or insert fireplace is better for you.
- The Fireplace Insert
The good news about a slow combustion insert is that you can enjoy the traditional look of an open wood fire insert, but with the added functionality of a slow combustion fireplace. With the fire safely behind a glass door, you can benefit from long burn times and great heat output.
In some instances, you can insert a slow combustion fireplace into an existing chimney, provided they fit into the cavity. An insert is a modern way to introduce a wonderful ambience and warmth to your home.
- The Freestanding Wood Fire
Freestanding stoves are an excellent choice for efficient heat production. Since they can come in varying sizes, you can decide which fireplace would be best to produce optimal heat for your home.
Another benefit of a freestanding slow combustion fireplace is that the heat is not directed only to permeate your living space from one side; instead, it’s designed to release heat from the top, bottom and sides, ensuring your home is sufficiently warmed.
- Other Points You Should Consider
Depending on the size of the freestanding fireplace you install, you must factor in the extra space required for a hearth and clearances to walls. Whereas the fireplace insert will be inserted into a cavity within the wall, thus eliminating the need to cater for extra space in your living area.
However, as with most fireplace inserts, there will always be the hearth; and when they are required, you can tailor the design to suit your aesthetic needs. It’s important to use only non-combustible materials or natural stone. Products such as Caesarstone should be avoided.
A comparison of these two heating solutions is not an easy one to judge, since both have the element of effective heating. It comes down, really, to the taste and particular needs of the homeowner.
In the end, you’ll want a heating solution that is energy-saving, efficiently-run and suitable for your home and lifestyle with regard to your unique décor. If you’re still not sure or would like to see examples of both products, check out our full range.