Is it Time to Add a Second Fireplace to Your Home?
Some years ago – and not that many – adding a second fireplace to a home simply didn’t happen very often. Where would you put it? Next to the current one? Along another adjacent wall suitable for a second full-size chimney? Fortunately today, giving your home the elegance and convenience of a second fireplace isn’t much more complicated than adding a breakfast nook to your kitchen.
Why is it so easy?
When you think “fireplace,” don’t only think of the big, gaping units that traditionally are found in the main rooms of homes. Rather, think “simple,” “smaller” and “ultra-modern.” A wide range of top fireplace manufacturers have created wall-mounted and floor units that are ideally sized and perfectly functional for many rooms in the home, from kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms and offices.
The primary concern when adding certain fireplaces to your home is venting. Because wood creates smoke, the law requires that a specific ventilation system be installed along with a wood fireplace. Venting a gas fireplace is typically less-involved. Some gas units are even designed to be vent-free. Then there are electric fireplaces, which never need any kind of vent and produce quick, predictable warmth.
How will a second fireplace look?
Most people who add a second fireplace to their home aren’t expecting a giant fireplace with a fancy six-foot mantel and a spacious brick hearth area, which is common with a main fireplace. But your new fireplace won’t have to sacrifice great aesthetics. The majority of second fireplaces can have their own mantels and surrounds, lovely glass doors and screens and finishes that accent the décor and colors of whatever room they’re placed in.
So what will it be – wood, gas or electric?
A lot of factors have to be considered when deciding what fuel your new fireplace will operate on. Talk with your local fireplace retailer to get all the facts, but here are a few to get you started.
- Wood: With wood, you’ll have the classic experience of fire flickering and logs popping. Wood brings an aroma that many people love. It can be ultra-economical if you gather your own logs. No kind of power outage can affect a wood fireplace.
- Gas: Gas burns very cleanly, and there’s no mess from wood logs to worry about. Modern gas fireplaces include remotes, giving you complete control of the flame size and heat volume. Gas logs sets look amazingly like the real thing.
- Electric: These fireplaces offer the ultimate in convenience. Getting heat going is a snap, and there’s virtually zero maintenance. As with gas, you’ll have absolute control over the heat level. And they look pretty snazzy, too.
United Fireplace & Stove member stores throughout the U.S. and Canada provide consumers with a fascinating selection of wood, gas and electric fireplaces that can be ideal when looking to add a second fireplace to your home. Our expert staff can give you all the details you need to make the best decision on the make, model, fuel-type and size that’s right for you. Find a UFS member store with our handy store locator.