Indoor modern fireplaces are a great way to keep a home warm and add an aesthetic and classy touch to the decor of the house. Most modern fireplaces are made of brick, metal, or stone. There design is in the form of an enclosure that contains the fire within the fireplace. The fireplace is attached to a flu and a chimney that allows the smoke to escape out of the house rather than spread inside the house. The heat efficiency of these fireplaces can vary depending upon the design.
In the earlier times fireplaces were used for warming, cooking, and even for laundry, but modern fireplaces are mostly used for heating the surroundings and augmenting the existing interior architecture of the building. These fireplaces are built on a foundation and most of these have a hearth and a mantelpiece where one can place decorative objects or pictures.
The exterior design of indoor fireplaces include projecting brickwork or brick crown that prevents the rainwater from flowing down the external walls and damaging the fireplace. The chimneys are provided with a cap or a hood that keeps the rainwater from entering the fireplace. Most of the modern day masonry chimneys soak most of the rainwater even during a torrent and keeps the fireplace dry thereby preventing any extensive damage to the structure and its performance.
There are many different types of indoor modern fireplaces that can be placed inside a house. The most commonly used modern fireplaces are:
There are many accessories available for indoor modern fireplaces that often vary from place to place and from culture to culture as well. The indoor fireplaces can often be adorned with iron grates, retrofitting with log inserts, and placement of fireguards, pellet boxes, using andirons. Many of these accessories are used to accelerate fuel burning by gathering the fuel properly. In some cases, fire backs made from heavy metal are used for proper radiation of heat and it also protects the backside of the indoor fireplace. Fire grates are used to retain and gather fuel for the fireplace and helps in efficient burning. These grates are made of iron bars and are made in the form of a frame. Use of fenders as an accessory for fireplace is quite common these days. It serves a useful purpose of containing soot and ash. There is also a wide variety of fire tending tools available in the market like fire pokers, tongs for removing embers, shovels for removing soot and ash, and brushes for sifting wood from ash.