4 Types of home fireplaces

Winter and all that goes with it are upon us. Cold, wind, rain and for the lucky ones, or not, depending on your point of view, the winter snows. With this weather, what we most want is to stay at home with our loved ones, comfortably on the couch and enjoying our favorite movie and the warmth of a good fireplace.

The world of home fireplaces is very extensive. There are many types of fireplaces for the home, as well as an infinite number of styles and installations. Make yourself comfortable, sit on the sofa with your favorite hot beverage and enter the world of fireplaces with Emporda Immo.


Wood-burning fireplaces are the traditional fireplace model. Being the type of fireplace that will provide the most heat, this fireplace is still installed today, although it is gradually losing out in modern homes.

Each type of fireplace has its advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages of this fireplace are:

  • Installation work is required.
  • Requires space to store firewood.
  • Most heat is lost through the flue unless you install heat recovery mechanisms.
  • It is not possible to install it in neighboring communities if the work has not been previously done.
  • You must be constantly aware of it.
  • It is very difficult to regulate the temperature.
  • The average consumption is around 1 ton of wood per month.


Gas fireplaces are the next evolutionary step after wood-burning fireplaces in terms of home fireplaces. With a modern, minimalist look, these fireplaces are fed through your home’s gas supply. In addition, they are among the fireplaces that take up less space and can be very practical, even incorporating a remote control.

However, as modern and clean as this type of chimney may seem, it is not free from some drawbacks, such as the following:

  • They are expensive. They can be worth 10 times the cost of a wood-burning fireplace.
  • The gas used for heating is more expensive than wood.
  • Although its dimensions are smaller than wood-burning fireplaces, it requires a draft and therefore its installation is not allowed in communities that do not have the work previously done.
  • The optical effect is not as impressive as with wood-burning fireplaces because their flames are static, except for gas fireplaces that incorporate fans.


Bioethanol fireplaces are the ecologists of the house. These fireplaces are fueled by Bioethanol, which is created from the fermentation of carbohydrate-rich materials, thus being a clean-burning fireplace.

Moreover, buying a bioethanol fireplace is like buying a table or a sofa, it is still a piece of furniture. It does not require prior installation, it does not need to be fired and you just have to be careful not to place it near flammable objects or in places where children or pets can easily access it.

However, all that glitters is not gold and this type of home fireplace has some drawbacks:

  • More expensive fuel than the previous types. The average calculation is 1.5 L x 5 h of heat x 4 €/L approx.
  • If you opt for economical Bioethanol options, it may produce odors.


Electric fireplaces are not fireplaces, they are stylish stoves. This type of chimney does not make fire, does not smoke and does not generate waste. The heat they emit is due to the placement of resistors inside them. Being the safest, the newest models combine water vapor, fans and LED lights to create a more realistic effect.

However, these fireplaces are not without drawbacks, and even if there is only one, it is very important to take it into account. Electricity consumption and its cost.

Now that you know all the types of fireplaces on the market, you just need to choose one of them and start enjoying the warmth of your living room sheltered from the winter cold outside.

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