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About Green Fireplaces
Fireplaces are a wonderful addition to any home. Besides making your room cozy and enhancing the décor, a fireplace can be a source of heat. Wood-burning fireplaces, however, harm the environment by depleting natural resources and releasing smoke and fumes into the atmosphere — and into your home. A green fireplace is an environmentally friendlier consideration.
Green fireplaces are highly recommended by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) due to their high efficiency and use of a renewable fuel source. Unlike traditional wood-burning fireplaces that release high levels of pollution and can present serious health risks by compromising indoor air quality, green fireplaces are safe for the environment.
Green fireplaces are generally equipped with re-fillable fuel tanks. Many of the green fireplaces on the market burn denatured ethanol, a form of alcohol most often derived from corn or sugarcane. It is a renewable energy source that burns clean, eliminating concerns about smoke, odors or toxic fumes. Other fireplaces run on natural gas, which also burns clean and is relatively inexpensive.
Many, but not all of the various green fireplaces are flueless or ventless. This means they do not need any installation or utility connection for their fuel supply. You can have a fireplace in any room of your home adding to its décor and warmth. Since you can burn your fuel without a flue, or need for outside ventilation, the eco-friendly fireplace can be placed in apartments or anywhere you desire. They can be moved around from room to room, mounted on a wall or left free-standing. While they require no installation or utility connection for their fuel supply, where applicable, a green fireplace may require electricity to operate its automatic ignition feature.
Eco-friendly fireplaces come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many modern styles are available in addition to more traditional-looking fireplaces. There are even tabletop or glass-encased fireplaces for an ultra-modern feel. It's possible to find a green fireplace to complement practically any interior.
Green fireplaces are virtually maintenance-free. They burn until empty and then simply need to be refilled. Since there is no flue or piping required for most designs, and no soot or ashes produced in designs requiring a vent, there is no need for an annual visit by your chimney sweep.
Where to buy
If you are looking for a green fireplace, the best place to start is an Internet search. Several different companies offer different types and styles of eco-friendly fireplaces. The price range for the various styles and sizes varies from a few hundred dollars into the thousands of dollars.