Alternatives of Wood Burning Fireplace

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In the fall and winter, everybody loves to enjoy the warmth and relaxing atmosphere in front of the wood-burning fireplace in houses. And we all know that it is perfect for every house to have a romantic feeling wood-burning fireplace. Although they are very charming and increase the luxury of a home, it is sad to know that they are also quite dangerous for your lungs and very expensive as well.

Heating your home with the traditional wood burning fireplace can produce the cozy effect, but at the same time, it creates air pollution that can damage the environment and cause health issues.

Hence, using an alternative heating device is more efficient and safer for the house than any old wood –burning heating appliances.

Here are three best choices that keep the spark going and but at a better rate for your health and wallet.

Direct-Vent Gas Insert Fireplace

These fireplaces are the most cost efficient and reliable models. The system is installed in your existing fireplace area with a hearth and vented to the peak of the smokestack; it lets the pure, clean air coming in the chimney from outside and exhausting the gas of burning outside. Replacing of wood to the gas is also helps to protect your home environment.

The gas insert will burn either liquid propane from a tank that can be sapped or piped-in natural gas. Note that the inserts will draw in air to aid burning the fuel and channel any resulting smoke outside via chimney or a vent.

Electric Fireplace Insert

These are just the improved form of an electric heater installed in a fireplace. A power source is required to make the mantel burn. It is a combination of heater and well-designed room section. It uses electricity as fuel and therefore, if you install it, be ready to pay a bigger electricity bill.

Before you use the electric fireplace insert each season, clean out the dust that collected inside the fireplace and on its screen (if it has one). Always remember to unplug it from the main powr source before cleaning.

Alcohol Gel Fireplace with Faux Log Insert

Ventless Gel Fireplace provide the warmth and cozy atmosphere without a mess of traditional fireplace. No venting, the chimney is required to enjoy your fire. You just have to put some logs in existing hearth and burn the alcohol gel. The best thing about it is that it emits heat with a very minute amount of carbon dioxide.

Note that the choice of the alternative fireplace will depend on how much money you are willing to invest in household heating. Some of these alternatives are expensive as compare to the wood fireplace.

Besides, they are associated with other dangers. For example, if there is a gas leakage, it can result in fire disaster and loss of property. The wood fireplaces rarely cause fires at homes. Therefore, as much as various people praise other alternatives to the wood fireplace, you must weigh various options and pick one that fits your home best.

Gas Versus Electric Weed Eaters

CHOOSING A STRING TRIMMER

Keeping the lawn in shape or working as a landscaper requires the right set of tools in your arsenal. One of the most useful tools can be your weed eater (also called a string trimmer), but only if you get the right one. You have a lot of choices for weed eaters with one of the most significant being whether it is a gas or electric model.

Both gas and electric models have their good points and their bad points. Here’s a simple comparison of each type that can help you make the right decision for yourself:
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GAS WEED EATERS

A gas operated weed eater runs off of a small motor that is fueled by a mix of non-ethanol petrol and oil. Most gas trimmers run with high cutting power and thicker trimming string than electric trimmers, making them very effective against most of the small brush and weeds you will encounter.

Because gas trimmers run on fuel, they do not restrict your movement at all. However, these weed eaters are generally much heavier than electric trimmers, weighing at least 6 – 10 pounds. If you want something that is heavy duty and built to last for years, a gas trimmer might be a good option for you.

Pros

  • More power
  • Longer run time
  • Freedom of movement
  • Sturdy equipment build

Cons

  • Heavier
  • More frequent maintenance required
  • Specially mixed fuel is a must

ELECTRIC WEED EATERS

There are two classes of electric weed eaters: battery powered and corded. Corded electric trimmers plug into any household outlet while battery powered trimmers operate from rechargeable, removable battery packs. In general, electric weed eaters don’t have as strong of cutting power as gas models, but they have enough to cut most of the common weeds and non-woody grasses.

Getting an electric trimmer almost guarantees you a lightweight machine, even if you choose a battery operated model. Since there is only a small engine attached to the body of the weed eater and you don’t have to carry around the fuel, electric trimmers are great for those with a smaller build who are not in need of very high cutting power.

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Batteries charge quickly
  • Strong enough for an average homeowner’s lawn
  • Little to no maintenance required
  • Less expensive to purchase

Cons

  • Shorter running time on battery models
  • Less power than most gas trimmers
  • Corded units restrict movement

 

CONCLUSION

Based on the above information you can see that gas weed eaters appear to be better for those looking to use the trimmer commercially, anyone who needs very strong cutting power, and for anyone with a huge yard to trim. Electric models on the other hand are perfect for people who want a more lightweight device, anyone with a medium sized or small yard (battery users can buy extra batteries for larger spaces), and for people without the need for strong cutting through brush.

The choice is up to you. Read through some reviews of a few of the top products on the market and see which one might be the best for your specific needs.

 

 

SOURCES

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r24100255-Electric-or-Gas-Trimmer

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/string-trimmers/buying-guide.htm