A gas fireplaces is low-maintenance, as it's easy to use and keep clean. "You have no ashes to clean out and the fire lights in just a couple of seconds," says Lou Manfredini, Ace's Home Expert. Design by Mark English; photography by Norma Lopez Molina
Gas: Faux Fireside Appeal
Whereas older gas fireplaces featured blue flames and artificial metal logs, today's gas fireplaces look quite realistic. Gas fireplaces are a favorite option among families with small children since there's an instant turnoff option.
Sleek Electric Fireplaces
Electric fireplaces create realistic flame patterns in a safe, modern design. Most don't require venting, making it a convenient option for any room. All you need is a standard electrical outlet.
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Electric: High-Tech Meets Old School
A vintage Malm fireplace adds a dose of modern style to this living room. You can still find new versions of this electric hearth in bright colors online. Design by Jennifer Culp
With gas and electricity prices rising, a wood-burning fireplace is a cost-effective way to heat your home. Design by Oz Architects
Wood Burning: Cozy and Authentic
"Gas and wood-burning fireplaces run neck and neck when it comes to popularity," says Lou Manfredini, Ace's Home Expert. "Though many people feel gas fireplaces are more authentic." Photography by Kristian Frires
Low-Maintenance Pellet Stoves
A pellet stove can be a freestanding unit or a fireplace insert, and it burns compressed wood for heat and a constant flame. Wood pellets burn cleaner than wood, and wood-pellet stoves are easy to maintain. You don't need a chimney and flue with a wood-pellet stove. All you need is access to an electrical outlet. Design and photography by Olivia San Mateo