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Inbuilt Wood Heaters vs Freestanding Wood Fireplaces

3 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing for your Melbourne Home

Wood burning fires remain an evergreen choice for many Melbourne homeowners who want to replicate the magic of a wood fireplace in their homes. The home heating industry has provided homeowners with a further choice in wood fire heating systems: inbuilt wood heaters and freestanding wood fires. Each option has its own range of benefits and features. How do you then choose between the two? We offer you 3 important factors to help in your decision-making.

  1. Design

Both freestanding wood heaters and inbuilt wood fireplaces are available in stunning modern designs that will upgrade the look of your home. The difference then will lie in what you require from a design. Inbuilt wood heaters offer a bit more versatility in that they can accommodate different types of materials from brickwork to marble. Freestanding wood fireplaces, on the other hand, are used more as a decorative accent, or for areas where an inbuilt fireplace is not practical or possible.

  1. Safety

Homeowners with young children will always be more conscious of safety issues when it comes to choosing fireplace units. A first consideration here would be to go for the unit that offers the least risk of potential danger. For families with safety as the highest concern, a freestanding wood heater presents a safer option. Units are designed with a glass door so there is no risk of sparks or embers flying out. Heat and Glo’s Radius wood stove features a stylish Scandinavian design and delivers on heat efficiency and performance. You also have the option with an inbuilt wood fireplace, such as the Jetmaster open universal fireplace, of purchasing a metal screen for the box.

  1. Delivering on heat output

In choosing between the two options, decide on what your heating requirements are. The use of wood as fuel makes this type of heating system an alternative to using gas, or if gas is unavailable at the property. Inbuilt open wood heaters generally lose some of the heat they produce up and out of the chimney, whereas freestanding slow combustion wood fires produce relatively more heating power, with longer burn times on each load.

Whether you opt for a freestanding wood heater or an inbuilt wood fireplace depends on your personal preference and situation. Should you need more information on any of the above key factors or have more questions before you decide on a fireplace unit, feel free to contact us at Jetmaster Heat & Glo. We are represented in Victoria and Tasmania.

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