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Get the best value for a Wood-Burning Fireplace at your local UFS Member Store. From pre-fabricated, zero-clearance fireplaces to stove and insert models, find economical & affordable wood burning heating appliances at one of our 150 privately-owned Hearth Stores across the U.S. and Canada.
A classic wood-burning fireplace is a staple in every home. As one of the oldest tools for heating a home, wood burning fireplaces have advanced dramatically over the years. Today, a wood-burning fireplace can take on any look you desire. While the traditional fireplace “look” is still available, modern see-through and peninsula varieties are becoming an increasingly popular alternative. Pre-fabricated zero-clearance fireplaces can be installed in almost any location and have drastically lowered the cost of installing a wood-burning fireplace. Today, there is a wood burning fireplace for every home, each with its own benefits.
These traditional fireplaces are built brick by brick and block by block by a mason at the time the home is constructed. These fireplaces are expensive to build and maintain, but are meant to last as long as the house. Today, all fireplaces including masonry fireplaces, are required to be built with a chimney liner. Some older homes (and newer home that are not code compliant) may be missing this vital safety element. Masonry fireplaces have little or no control over the amount of air that feeds the fire. This leads to terrific inefficiencies compared to other equipment. Wood, gas or pellet inserts are often installed in masonry fireplaces to improve these inefficiencies and increase the amount of heat delivered to the house.
Pre-Fabricated, Zero Clearance Fireplaces
Pre-fab, zero clearance fireplaces offer an alternative for a home that was built without fireplace. This is a affordable option and great way to add a wood-burning fireplace to your home. These models often come with higher efficiencies and other convenience features. These fireplaces can be installed after the home is built and the many design schemes make integrating these units with your home decor a piece of cake.
The main appeal of this modern type of fireplace is that these units can be placed almost anywhere in the home. With few restrictions on where these appliances can be installed, they offer the most flexibility for wood burning fireplaces. Plus, there is significantly better performance than a traditional masonry fireplace. This makes them a great economical option for those who want to enjoy an efficient wood burning fireplace.
Many wood burning pre fab, Z/C fireplaces are designed to heat large areas or your entire home. Certified by the EPA, this level of fireplace uses gasketed doors that control the amount of air to the fire and provides long, often overnight burn times.
Quality and Price
As with any heating appliance, the quality of the materials and components will directly impact the longevity and heating benefits of the fireplace. Depending on the type of unit you choose, the price can vary drastically. Cutting corners by choosing an inexpensive installer or cheap equipment may appease the wallet. But it seldom is worth the money that you thought you saved. Many UFS dealers are removing units that have worn out quickly and are unsafe to operate. If only these customers would have bought a quality appliance, all sorts of money, time and stress could have been avoided.
To find a qualified professional to install your new fireplace, look for trained and certified technicians. These experts have the combination of proper training, education and experience to get the job done correctly. When building or installing a wood-burning fireplace, there are many codes and regulations that must be followed toensure the safety of your property and loved ones. This is enough of a reason to stay away from a DIY installation. Safety is the #1 priority. Another reason to let your UFS member store install the equipment . . . many manufacturers warranties will be voided if the unit was not installed by a trained and certified professional. So let the installation technicians at a UFS member store handle the installation of all of your wood burning heating appliances.
Choosing the Correct Wood to Burn
There are many different choices when it comes to varieties of wood to burn. It may seem that every piece of wood is the same, but different species of trees have different burning properties. Wood used for burning falls into two categories, hardwoods and softwoods. Hardwoods burn more efficiently and create hot smoldering coals, while softwoods burn quickly at very high temperatures. For an efficient and long lasting fire, choose hardwoods.
Wood burning fires produce the coveted smell of a real fire and produce the authentic crackle of burning wood that is often missed with gas, electric or pellet fuel sources. A wood burning fire is hard to beat and with the technological advances of wood burning fireplaces, you don’t have to pass on the real wood for an efficient and cost effective heat source.