Choosing the Right Fireplace or Hearth for Your Home

What’s Right for You?

While people agree that a fire on the hearth makes their house a home, choosing from the many options can be confusing. The following questions are intended to help you identify the right unit for your home or outdoor living room. Remember that the starting point is you, your home, your tastes and your lifestyle.

From there, a trained hearth products retailer can help you choose the best heating fuel and the ideal product.

  1. Where will your hearth product go?
    With today’s venting options, fireplaces, stoves, inserts and other hearth appliances can be installed almost anywhere in the home. Consider a fireplace for nontraditional locations, such as the kitchen, home office or master bedroom or bath. Even creating an outdoor living room by installing fireplaces on patios and decks is a very popular trend today.
  2. Do you have an existing fireplace or stove?
    If you have a unit that is inefficient or seldom used, converting to a new hearth product may be simple and surprisingly affordable. Gas logs or a fireplace insert may be just right for you.
  3. Are you building a new home or remodeling?
    You can add atmosphere and focus to your home by incorporating a hearth product early in the design stage. Talk to your architect or remodeler about stove and fireplace ideas.

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*Published and copyright HPBA 2011 State of the Hearth Industry Report findings should be credited to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. Visit for additional information.