fireplaces may be wonderful for setting a romantic mood, they
are highly inefficient devices for heating the home. At best, a
typical open-masonry fireplace only delivers about 15% of its
heat to the room. The other key problem with traditional,
wood-burning fireplaces is that they are now recognized as a
major contributor to air pollution.
Today, there are many excellent options for homeowners who wish
to both heat their homes more efficiently while reducing
substantially the harmful effects on our air quality.
A fireplace insert is
a heating appliance that is installed into an existing brick
fireplace. It consists of a steel chamber with glass door in
front and surrounding vents. Its primary purpose is to greatly
increase heating efficiency. Typically, cold air is drawn in by
a blower fan through vents at the bottom, circulates around the
main chamber, heats up, and exits through vents at the top.
Fireplace inserts may be designed to burn wood, wood pellets or
Modern, airtight stoves are freestanding appliances that
come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for indoor and
outdoor installations. They burn much more efficiently and
cleanly than traditional wood stoves. In addition to traditional
firewood, there are designs that use wood pellets, natural gas
and electricity for fuel.
Here for information about the pros and cons of the
different fuels - firewood, wood pellets,
natural gas or electricity.
Click Here for information
about Pellet Stoves.
Click Here to visit
Bay Area Air Quality Management District website.
Click Here for SF Chronicle article
about Bay Area Air Quality.