Fireplace Categorization

When people talk about types of fireplaces, they can mean several different things. This article seems to provide an overview of what people mean when they throw out different fireplace styles and compare them to others. This article will also attempt to explain some of the assumptions that are inherent in this method of categorization. It will also seek to take the mystery out of some of the termonology associated with fireplaces. The following paragraphs outline ways to categorize fireplaces.

By Fuel Consumption

The first main way that fireplace professionals categorize fireplaces is by the type of fuel that they consume. There are three main groupings in this category: 1) Wood Burning 2) Gas Burning, and 3) Electric Powered. For additional infomration on each of these types, see our additional articles listed under buyer guides. This is perhaps one of the most hepful ways to categorize fireplaces since their fuel consumption type says a great deal about what they do, how much they cost, and what it takes to install them. Moreover, this method of categorization is extremely useful to manufactures and people in the fireplace industry. It may be helpful to learn a little bit more about these three fuel types.

By Function or Use

A second way to categorize fireplaces is by how they are used. Rather than categorize them by fuel type, or even as a method of subcategorization, this method can also be helpful for making distinctions between different fireplaces. Some examples of this type of classification system would be 1) indoor vs outdoor fireplaces, 2) cooking vs heating fireplaces , or 3) living room vs bedroom fireplaces. These types of distinctions can be used by industry professionals, but are typically used as a means of further clarification.

By Style or Look

Categorizing fireplaces by style or by fireplace look can entail problems since the look may not be completely helpful in understanding the fireplace or its costs. Sometimes the look of a fireplace has to do more with the style of the mantle or the areas around the fireplace instead of the fireplace type itself. However, when used in conjunction with many of the other methods, it can provide helpful distinctions and details. Some examples of these types of categories are 1) Victorian vs contemporary, 2)Rumford vs standard firepalce, 3) antique vs modern fireplace, and 4)wood vs stone fireplace. as you can see, sometimes this distinction is limited only to the type of material the fireplace is made out of. Other times, the distinction refers to the entire fireplace design from opening to venting (as in the case of the Rumford).