Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — By far the most popular fuel for both fireplace inserts and fireplaces in the Bay Area is gas because most people have access to gas, and with gas there is no worry about local residents not being able to use their fireplaces on the Bay Area’s No Burn Days as dictated by the Bay Area Air Quality District. “If you have an existing masonry fireplace that burns wood, you will likely be impacted by California’s No Burn restrictions” says Dee Fisher, of Oakland-based Kidd Fireplace and Spa. Or, given the inefficiency of wood burning masonry fireplaces, chances are good that a home’s fireplace is rarely used.
“There are so many home hearth options available to the consumer nowadays,” say Fisher. “And converting to a new hearth, whether it be a fireplace insert, which fits into a masonry or manufactured fireplace, or a entirely new and free-standing fireplace product is simple and surprisingly affordable.” “Gas logs can be put into an existing masonry fireplace, a fireplace insert can convert that wood burning masonry fireplace into a gas burner, or, consumers can choose from a wide variety of free standing stove models, or zero clearance fireplaces which require no, or relatively little, clearance from combustible materials,” according to Fisher.
“Bottom line is,” says Fisher “almost anyone living in an apartment, condo, home-with-masonry fireplace, home-with-no-masonry fireplace – anyone – can now enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a fireplace!” In addition to a factory-built fireplaces and fireplace inserts for the interior of residential homes or commercial establishments, many home hearth suppliers are now beginning to carry a wide array of outdoor gas fireplaces as well.
“We have to be very careful that we understand our customers wants and needs when they come into our showroom,” says Fisher. “In the home hearth industry, a fireplace refers to both an existing masonry fireplace as well as a free standing manufactured fireplace unit. Whereas fireplace inserts are heating units that retrofit into an existing fireplaces (masonry or factory-built).” Inserts offer superior efficiency, according to Fisher. Fireplace inserts utilize the existing chimney, though a flue liner or other modification may be necessary. Most have blowers to circulate the heat. Inserts are used to change an existing non-efficient fireplace into an efficient, heat producing zone heat. And, according to Fisher, with the different burn options for both fireplaces and fireplace inserts, which include glass of all colors and varying geometric shapes, is a great way to add a striking accent and ambiance to any room. “And,” adds Fisher, “our No Burn Days are no longer a concern.”
About: Kidd Fireplace and Spa Services, formerly Kidd Fireplace Services, has been serving Bay Area communities since 2004. They offer full custom design, sales, installation and service for gas and pellet stove fireplaces. Visit their website at http://kiddfireplaceandspa.com/ or their recently completed showroom located at 414 Lesser St, Oakland, CA 94601. For more information call (866) 834-7193.