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A freestanding fireplace is just that, freestanding. It is not mounted or inserted into a wall. The sides are finished and the base might be a box or legs. Freestanding fireplaces are generally easy to install and may sit directly on the floor or on a heat protective base.
Regarding the firebox’s airflow, non-catalytic fireplaces use air in two burn stages: once during the initial combustion and again when the smoke is re-burned. They operate most efficiently and burn more cleanly at moderately hot temperatures while producing a wicked fire.
Catalytic stoves have three burn stages. Airflow in this third stage feeds through a catalytic combustor which removes most of the remaining gasses and combustion byproducts. They are highly efficient, burning for long hours with less wood and produce cleaner or lower emissions.
Zero Clearance Fireplaces
Zero-clearance fireplaces can be installed almost directly against combustible materials like wood, walls, or paneling. The fireboxes do not allow the exterior temperature to heat the materials around them which can be a benefit if you want to install a T.V. above your fireplace.
Direct Vent Fireplaces
Direct Vent fireplaces have a sealed glass front and will pull fresh air in from the outside. This air then heats your home. These fireplaces are vented through the roof or side of your home and can be used without electricity. Direct Vent fireplaces are generally very efficient heating forms.
Gas/Propane | Electric | Wood
A Fireplace Insert is a sealed box placed into an existing masonry fireplace, closing the opening and keeping your home warmer. This style of insert requires some form of venting for gas and wood. They reduce emissions, and you can heat with gas or wood inserts during a power outage.
Linear is a stylistic choice. Usually installed into a wall, they are long and rectangular (landscape) and appear more contemporary and modern. They can be installed indoors or outdoors, can be multi-sided and have a variety of trim sizes to suit your style.
Products like the Enviro C Series
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Also known as hanging or floating fireplaces, this is also a stylistic choice. Suspended fireplaces hang from the ceiling or wall and do not reach the bottom of the floor. They can be designed with mantels for a traditional look or without one for a sleek minimalistic look.
Single-sided View Fireplaces
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As it sounds, these fireplaces have one main viewing area and face in only one direction. The viewing area can be long and narrow, resulting in a more modern aesthetic, or extra tall and wide, which can be both contemporary or more traditional in its final look.
Multi-sided View Fireplaces
Unique, these fireplaces provide a lot of design options as they offer more than one viewing area of the fire. It may be double-sided so you can see the same flames from two rooms, or 3 sided where it has glass on the front, back and single-side of the fireplace for a beautiful design.