A fireplace is typically a great place for romantic evenings, family gatherings, and enjoying the cozy warmth. However, fireplaces are not the most eco-friendly or energy efficient heating sources.
Before going for an environmentally sensitive fireplace, people need to consider whether they want the fireplace for decorative or heating purposes. You can then go for an eco-friendly fireplace fuel of your choice. Some eco-friendly fireplaces are listed below for your reference:
1. Bio-ethanol Fireplaces
These fireplaces use ethyl alcohol as fuel which is derived from corn and other agricultural products. They have sleek modern design but cannot be used for serious heating. They can be placed anywhere in the house and do not require venting.
2. Fire Logs
Fire logs can be made from different sources like wax and sawdust. As compared to gas logs or firewood, they have less carbon emissions.
3. Gas Logs
Gas logs use LP, natural gas, or liquid propane and have low emissions. They can be put in the current fireplace as wood substitutes. Gas logs can be vent-free or vented; the latter requires a damper or a chimney. It can simulate a normal fire but will not give out more heat or the roaring fire effect. It may also be noted that LP gas logs emit more carbon and cost more than natural gas. But it also burns hotter.
4. Pellet Stoves
Pellets are made from wood chips, compacted sawdust, agricultural waste, bark, and other organic substances. A single pellet can measure up to an inch. A single group of pellets used in an automated feeding machine can burn for nearly 24 hours. Pellets create minimal air pollution and are quite convenient to operate. Their heating efficiencies and combustion levels are also better than wood-burning fireplaces
5. Wood-burning Stoves and Inserts
Wood burning stoves are an inexpensive way to heat up the house. They use dead firewood which is available in plenty. It has no carbon emissions, as burning wood produces the same gases released during natural decomposition of dead trees. The main drawback is that it requires regular cleanup and maintenance of a wood stockpile.
6. Gas Stoves
Unlike gas logs, gas stoves are self-contained units which can be placed anywhere in your home. They burn LP or natural gas to produce heat. Gas stoves produce minimal amounts of air pollution, are clean, and very cheap. However, they have to be vented as vent-free models are not allowed. This is because the indoor air can become affected.