Fireplace Buying Guide
Whether you’re a new homeowner or just redoing a space in your house, we’re here to help you find the best fireplace for your home, your needs, and your budget.
Usually, the first question shoppers ask is: “What type of fireplace should I get?” Choosing a fireplace that’s best for your home is simple. Here’s a quick guide from the experts at
Watson’s to start down the path and find a new fireplace.
Types of Fireplaces & Fireplace Stoves
Below is a list of the different fireplaces we offer at Watson’s. We want our customers to be informed so that they know what they’re looking for when it comes time to decide the best
fit. With our wide variety of choices, you can easily find a fireplace that is the perfect combination of style and utility.
Wood Burning Fireplaces/Stoves
The crackling of a real fire with wood can’t be duplicated. Wood fireplaces have a high heat output, making a wood option perfect for colder homes or winter evenings. But, wood
fireplaces do have their drawbacks. Traditional wood fireplaces and pellet stoves require homeowners to store fuel around the house in case the wood burns too quickly. It is also
important to note that wood fireplaces need regular chimney cleanings and yearly maintenance to ensure safety.
Gas Fireplaces/Freestanding Gas Stoves
Gas fireplace inserts are known to be very efficient. However, gas fireplaces require fuel storage. They also need maintenance every year. Gas fireplace inserts also do not always
require an exhaust vent, flue, or chimney, as they come in vented and vent-free styles.
Electric Fireplaces/Electric Stove Heaters
Electric fireplaces are the most user-friendly option. These fireplace inserts are powered by electricity, they simulate flames instead of creating real flames. The great part about
electric fireplaces is that they are incredibly versatile. These indoor fireplaces come with various heating options. They also do not require an exhaust vent, flue, or chimney.
Add some modern flair to your living space with an ethanol fireplace. Ethanol fireplaces are the most eco-friendly option for homeowners to heat their space. They are very home-
friendly as they do not produce any smoke. No additional venting is required. However, they do require fuel storage.
Always verify the room, wall, chimney, and other essential measurements before you pick up a new fireplace. Measure every side of your hearth, and then use the detailed dimensions to
perfectly guide your size selection. Be sure to double-check your measurements, as not all hearths are perfectly rectangular.
Always review your home regulations or insurance policy before purchasing and installing a new
fireplace. It may be best for wood and gas fireplaces to be installed by a certified professional. Hiring an
electrician to install hardwired fireplaces and hearth outlets might be a great option as well. For recessed
fireplace inserts, a licensed general contractor usually assists with the installation process.
Fireplaces at Watson’s
Watson’s is committed to helping you find the perfect fireplace for your home, your needs
and your budget -- all at the guaranteed lowest price in the USA. Whatever heating unit or fireplace style
you choose, Watson’s has the fireplace that will keep you and your family warm and cozy this
Questions? Need help narrowing down the right fireplace? Contact a customer service representative
today for more information on available fireplaces at Watson’s in-store or online.
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