types of fireplaces

8 Types of Fireplaces: Which One Is Best for You?

An In-Depth Look at Modern Types of Fireplaces

Choosing the perfect fireplace for your home can be a daunting task, given the variety of options available. At Heat Savers Home Comfort in Victoria, BC, we offer types of fireplaces to suit every need and style preference. 

Whether you’re looking for the classic appeal of a wood fireplace, the convenience of an electric one, or the efficiency of a gas model, we’ve got what you’re looking for. 

In this article, we’ll guide you through each type of fireplace and our favourites in each category. So, sit back, relax, and let us help ignite your decision-making process!

1. Wood Fireplaces

The crackling logs and warming flames of a wood fireplace provide not just heat but also a sense of nostalgia and comfort to your home. The allure of a traditional wood fireplace is undeniable, and there are models to suit every style.

The Stûv 21 is an impressive wood fireplace designed to blend into a home’s décor yet be visually striking. The retractable window allows homeowners to have an open or closed fire. With a range of sizes to choose from and the ability to have a single or double-sided format, the Stûv 21 offers flexibility that goes unmatched by many traditional wood fireplaces.

2. Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces offer a host of benefits. They’re not only perfect for those who crave the aesthetic appeal of a fireplace but also for those who value ease and efficiency.

Installing an electric fireplace is straightforward, requiring no venting or chimney. This makes them ideal for homes with limited space or where building regulations may restrict traditional wood or gas options. Plus, their portability allows you to place them virtually anywhere in your home – from the living room to the bedroom.

The New Forest electric fireplaces deliver the best in visual drama and realism. With advanced heating technology and two-way mirrored rear glass, the fireplace provides reliable heating from a fire bed that appears to have an infinite depth. Enjoy all of this from the comfort of your couch or bed with remote-controlled operation.

3. Gas Fireplaces

A gas fireplace operates with natural or propane gas, providing the same cozy atmosphere as a wood fireplace but with the flick of a switch. Modern gas fireplaces are designed with the latest technology that allows you to control heat output, flame height and even have programmable thermostats.

With realistic-looking logs, glowing embers, and a beautiful flame display, these fireplaces add a touch of elegance to any room. They come in various designs and styles that suit both contemporary and traditional homes.

Take our Zero Clearance gas fireplaces from Valor, for example. These sleek and luxurious units can be installed easily as a central or corner mount, creating a stunning focal point in any room. The L1 and L2 models come with the new HeatShift™ system, which allows homeowners to hang art or a TV above the fireplace without concern of it heating up. 

4. Gas Fireplace Inserts

If your home already has an existing traditional fireplace that’s not living up to your expectations, then a gas fireplace insert might be the game-changer you’re looking for.

Gas inserts are designed to fit into an existing wood-burning fireplace and use the chimney or flue already in place.

The Capri gas insert from Marquis is an excellent choice for those looking to upgrade their old wood fireplace into a gas flush mount. With three sizes to choose from and your choice of wood, decorative stone or crushed glass, you are bound to find a style that fits your home.

5. Freestanding Fireplaces

For those seeking a unique blend of modern elegance and traditional charm, freestanding fireplaces are an outstanding choice. These versatile heating solutions add warmth and character and can be installed virtually anywhere in your home.

The Stûv 30 is a modern and revolutionary freestanding stove that can be turned 360˚  and offers unique benefits through three doors:

  1. Loading door: wood goes in here and offers the occasional chance to BBQ!
  2. Glass door: full view of the beautiful flames.
  3. Full door: radiates heat throughout the day and night into your home.

6. Suspended Fireplaces

A suspended fireplace, as its name implies, hangs from the ceiling. It’s an innovative design that does more than warm your space. These fireplaces are essentially floating pieces of art that can transform your living space into an ultra-modern haven.

Whether you’re looking for a fireplace that will be the talk of the neighbourhood or the ability to show off your pizza-cooking skills, Aurora’s suspended fireplaces are the ultimate in style and functionality. 

*Did you know we are the ONLY dealer in Canada for suspended fireplaces?

7. Indoor/Outdoor and Outdoor Fireplaces

Imagine having a fireplace that not only warms your home but also elevates your outdoor living space; that’s the beauty of an indoor/outdoor fireplace. This versatile heat source straddles both environments seamlessly, providing warmth and ambiance wherever you choose to relax.

Use it as a stunning focal point in your living room and as an inviting gathering spot in your backyard, too.

Looking to enjoy your outdoor space even in cooler months? Outdoor fireplaces are the perfect pick, and there’s no need to be concerned about damage from West Coast elements – thanks to reinforced stainless steel and ceramic glass. 

*Check out Town & Country’s selection of indoor/outdoor and outdoor fireplaces here. 

8. Fire Bowls

Fire bowls are freestanding units fuelled by gas. Essentially a bowl or fire pit that sits about the ground and is filled with lava rock, a fire bowl is perfect for flexible fireside moments. These can safely be used year-round, even during a fire ban.

Are you looking for a backyard flame without having a full fireplace? Check out our fire bowl options here

Need Help with Your Choice? Give us a Call!

Each fireplace option has a unique charm. From classic wood-burning to electric convenience, gas efficiency, or dramatic suspended designs – the choice is yours!

Remember, your fireplace should not only warm your home but also reflect your style! Whether you want indoor comfort or outdoor ambiance, Heat Savers Home Comfort has a fireplace for you. 

Give us a call today to find out why we are the home comfort experts in Victoria, BC!