A Quick Fireplace Buying Guide (Different Types of Fireplaces)

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“I lingered most about the fireplace, as the most vital part of the house…” – Henry David Thoreau

We couldn’t agree more. Nothing matches that cozy feeling you get when sitting by the fire with some roasted marshmallows and hot cocoa while chatting with your family and friends. Yes, a fireplace is a beautiful thing!

But wait… Electric or wood? Gas or ethanol-burning?

In this guide, we will let you in on the different types of fireplaces in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. Let’s break them down for you!

Wood Fireplace

Wood-burning fireplaces in Coeur d’ Alene, ID have always been a delight because the ambiance they create is unbeatable, especially if you appreciate cracking logs and woodsy aroma. Obviously, a wood fireplace is less expensive to use and environment-friendly, and it produces natural lighting and doesn’t require a lot of work and time to maintain. And, they don’t get knocked out by winter storms!

The chief drawbacks? You will need to chop your own firewood, and you can’t afford to leave a wood fire unattended!

Electric Fireplace

If you want to create that inviting atmosphere with a nostalgic feeling but without the hassle of wood, then go with electric fireplaces in Coeur d’ Alene, ID! This type of fireplace generates warmth by heating up the inner coils, and they usually include an interior fan that distributes the heat throughout your home. They are relatively cheaper to operate than gas and wood-burning stoves, and they are easy to install as they have no venting systems. If you are on a budget, this type is your best bet.

On the downside, electric fireplaces don’t create a natural look and feel of a wood fireplace. They don’t produce pleasant aromatic smells, and they don’t like power outages.

Gas Fireplace

Wood-burning fireplaces are beautiful, and they are highly efficient if you have a gas line going to your home (otherwise, you will need a propane tank.) In terms of installation, you can either have a vented or ventless type. A vented type doesn’t do so much structural changes to your home, and a ventless model can be complicated due to venting.

But a heads up! The cost of fireplaces in Coeur d’ Alene, ID installation can be high, and don’t expect to see the full effect of a genuine heat. Don’t wait for crackling sounds and aromatic smells, too! And there’s a bit of clean-up to do!


Bio-ethanol fireplaces are more of a decorative type, and by a single glance of it, you’ll see why this type is all the rage now. They are easy and convenient to install and create the ambiance of a real fire, and you can easily turn them on and off. However, don’t expect to use a bioethanol-burning fireplace as your primary heating source. They can only put out between 3,000-20,000 BTU of heat, so treat it as a great option for supplemental heat.

Mounting Options

By now, you probably have an idea of what type to choose, but how do you plan it mounted? The main mounting options include traditional open-hearth, wall-mounted, free-standing, tabletop, hanging, built-in insert, and two-sided. Want to learn more about these mounting options?

Well, that’s a topic for another Bill’s blog!

Overall, it’s easy to incorporate a fireplace in your kitchen, but you need to think about what type of look you want to achieve. If you’re more into heating, then a wood or gas-burning fireplace makes the best option for you. If you are not a fan of wood, go with gas maybe. Figure out what you exactly need and  the decision comes easy.

If you need the best fireplaces across the greater Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene areas, Bill’s Heating & A/C has it all for you! You may visit their showroom, or contact them at 208-777-5528.

About Bill’s Heating & A/C

Bill’s HVAC & A/C is a locally owned and operated company that provides a comprehensive range of heating and cooling services for home and business owners in the greater Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene areas. They also offer a wide selection of comfort products, including air conditioners, heaters, fireplaces, and water heaters.

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