Whether you’re building from scratch or remodeling an existing space, adding a fire – the inevitable focal point of any space – can be a daunting challenge. Which fuel should I use? How big should the fire be? Which style looks best? Any authorized Fireplace Xtrordinair dealer would be happy to help find the right solution for your space, needs, and budget. Meanwhile, you can start your own search right here by browsing our product guide and experimenting with our Fire Designer.
If you’re unsure whether a wood, gas, or electric fire is right for you, the questions below will help guide you toward the ideal choice. But before you dive into the details, there’s one important thing to know:
Fireplace or insert—which do you need?
- If you’re building a new space from scratch or adding a fire to a space that’s never had a fire before, choose a fireplace (Learn more about fireplaces.)
- If you’re remodeling and want to modify an existing metal or masonry fireplace to improve its efficiency and/or update its appearance, choose an insert. (Learn more about inserts.)
||Gas is best if...
||Wood is best if...
||Electric is best if...
|Fuel availability & cost
||…it is cost-effective and available in your area.
||…it is plentiful and affordable where you live.
||…it is an easy-to-implement, reasonably priced solution for you.
||…you want a heat at the touch of a button.
||…you want heat source that’s independent of local utilities.
||…you want plug-and-play ambiance; heat is optional.
||…you want a real flame with minimal effort.
||…you prefer the sights, sounds and smells of a real fire.
||…you’re primarily interested in easy ambiance.
||…you want heat and a real flame from a clean-burning fuel.
||…you prefer using a local and/or renewable fuel resource for heat.