Here are some green fireplace options for you to consider.
These heaters are very clean burning. Few emissions are produced and the pellets themselves are made from waste materials. This gives them a definite environmental advantage. Also, you don’t need a chimney to burn pellets in a pellet fireplace.
However, pellet stoves are not permissible in some dwellings such as mobile homes, so you’ll need to make sure you can have one if it’s what you’d like to install. Also, pellet stoves do require electricity to run and the initial purchase of the heater can be expensive. You have to buy the pellets, too – unlike wood-burning stoves, free fuel is not to be had.
These typically do have a certain natural, woodsy appeal. And the fuel, wood logs, is renewable. Sometimes you can even come by firewood for free, such as from a neighbor who is cutting down a tree or if a tree falls in your neighborhood and needs to be cut up and hauled away. No electricity is required to burn wood, although an electric blower (which uses much less electricity than central electric heat) can greatly augment your wood-burning fireplace’s heating capabilities.
These types of fireplaces are messy, though, and the smoke produced is cause for environmental concern. And more than just smoke comes out the chimney – heat escapes, too, especially if you use an open fireplace rather than a insert that burns wood. Also, wood-burning fireplaces produce copious amounts of ash which has to be disposed of responsibly (our ancestors made lye soap from wood ash). For more on the difference between pellet and wood stoves CLICK HERE.
These types are not very expensive, especially compared to the other options, and they are convenient and portable. There are no real flames, adding to the safety of this type of fireplace. Essentially, they are a glorified space heater.
Electric fireplaces do, obviously, use electricity. While they do not use nearly what a central heating system uses, they are still greater consumers of electrical energy than the other types of these.
With a real flame but without the hassle of hauling, stacking, and burning wood, gas fireplaces offer much of the ambiance of burning wood without the inconvenience. There are even models of gas fireplaces that do not use a chimney, conserving heat within the home and reducing the amount of heat released into the atmosphere.
Carbon monoxide is a concern, particularly with regard to the unvented or chimney-less models. And of course, you’ll need a supply of natural gas to make the flame.
We hope that Green Fireplace Choosing an Eco Friendly Fireplace has helped you in making a better choice for your fireplace needs this winter season!