The most traditional way of heating is the one that offers the greatest warmth and the most pleasant atmosphere. The fireplace belongs to a special category in the field of heating, precisely because its function is not only heating and decorative but also social.
The fireplace is a focal point that gathers around it, family and friends. Traditionally its location is central, ideally in the center of the larger side of the room. As for its style, it must follow the character of the house. The options in the market can cover from the most classic to the most modern aesthetic requirements.
What you need to pay attention to is the correct construction, which is necessary for the good function and efficiency of the fireplace. Contact a qualified technician or workshop and insist that all safety regulations be observed. The chimney plays a decisive role in whether the fireplace functions properly. It is preferable to have a circular shape because it favors the outlet of exhaust gases, which usually rotate. Also, the height from the exit point of the chimney to the roof to its top should be enough so as not to create turbulence and prevent the smoke from coming out.
In addition to the attention that must be paid to its construction, the fireplace needs systematic maintenance. When it is new, the walls of the chimney are smooth and the smoke rises easily upwards. Over time, however, debris builds up, causing the smoke to often spin down into the room. Frequent cleaning of the chimney is also required for safety reasons. The solid components of the smoke that remain in the chimney can catch fire or cause explosions. That is why in the fireplace we have to burn only wood of good quality. We should not use the fireplace as a grill or "garbage eater" because the residues left by the chemicals and fats in the chimney are almost impossible to be cleaned.
The most common kind of wood used in the fireplace is oak, olive, beech, and pine. Oak and olive are dark-colored woods, which are difficult to light, slow to burn, do not make a strong flame, and leave coals that burn slowly for a long time. Beech and pine are light-colored woods that burn quickly, have a characteristic aroma, emit more heat, but burn at high speed and therefore the fire needs more frequent feeding. Most people use at least two types of wood, thus minimizing the disadvantages of each and increasing their advantages.
In recent years many have turned to the fireplace not only for local but also for heating the whole house. This is achieved by circulating hot air from energy fireplaces, using special propulsion systems. If the construction and layout of the house do not allow the existence of a chimney, there is an alternative. Fireplaces that run on natural gas or electricity, produce a believable flame, turn on and off with remote control, and do not need surveillance and constant feeding. It's a consolation, but you can not smell the burning wood.
The fireplace is a qualification for a house. It increases its purchasing value. The role it deserves is a staring one and it is a pity when it is neglected. In modern apartments unfortunately most of the time, the fireplace is crammed into a corner and not always the best. The builders think "put a fireplace even if it is in the hallway" (yes, I have seen that too). And buyers are paying for a fireplace that they can not use, at least not properly. I have seen such fireplaces often play the role of storage space. The fireplace really counts in the advantages of a house, if it has the place it deserves and if it can play the role for which it is intended.