Help for the Fireplace Shopper

Fireplace Heater Systems – General Overview

Chances are if you have a fireplace you have considered finding some way to get more of that hot air into your room. Fireplace heater systems are designed to do just that. When combined with a fireplace glass door, it can keep that valuable hot air from escaping up your chimney. Doing so can save a significant amount of money on heating costs and keep the family a bit cozier throughout the colder seasons. Not to mention you’ll have a great peace of mind knowing your fireplace is working for you, not against you. Fireplace heater systems are made for fireplaces with or without doors, for gas or wood burning fireplaces, and there are pros and cons to each one. You’ll want to take each of them into consideration to find one that’s best for you.

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The first thing to consider is the type of fireplace you have. Not all fireplace heater systems will work with every fuel type or with or without doors. If your fireplace burns wood then you will need to narrow your choices down to the Cozy Grate Fireplace Heater, Emberaire Wood and Gas Log Fireplace Heater, Spitfire Fireplace Heater, any Tube Heater System, or Fireplace Radiator. Fireplaces that use gas can use the Fireplace Gas Log Heater, Emberaire Wood and Gas Log Fireplace Heater, or if you like the Spitfire Fireplace Heater it can be modified to be used with gas, although it is built to be a wood burner. Some fireplace heater systems are designed to be used with fireplace glass doors, basically they can be hidden inside the fireplace and the doors closed when not in use. You can always have doors and use a fireplace heater system but you may have to leave the doors permanently open to accommodate tubes or a blower. The Fireplace Radiator, Cozy Grate Fireplace Heater, Fireplace Gas Log Heater, and Emberaire can all be used with doors - just be sure to have them open when you have a fire going.

There are a few options you may also want to consider when purchasing a heater system for your fireplace. Many heater systems are available with or without a blower and some come standard with a blower. A blower is intended to force heater air into the room. Essentially, you will get the same volume of heat but it will come out with a greater force than a heater system alone. If the heater system you choose has a motor it will need to be plugged in, so you’ll want to choose a left or right sided motor based on the side closest to an outlet so it can be conveniently plugged in. Many of the heater systems also act as a grate allowing you to eliminate a standard iron grate in your fireplace.

If there isn’t a stock model to fit your needs, custom options are often available. Some fireplaces require a custom size because they have a wider opening than a standard fireplace would.

If you are weighing your options and can’t decide between a fireplace insert and a heater system and maybe a new fireplace glass door, it might help to know that on average it’s much cheaper to buy a brand new door and heater system than to put in a fireplace insert. You’ll encounter significant savings on a heater system because it’s a do it yourself project as opposed to needing to hire someone to install an insert. While a fireplace insert could cost around $4,000 just for the product, not including installation; you could easily get a fireplace heater system and door for around $1,000 depending on your specifications.

Whatever your reason for choosing a fireplace heater system, it will likely save a significant amount of money while ultimately providing you with additional heat output.

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