Nothing adds warmth and mood to a room like a fireplace. For decades fireplaces have been the focal point of many rooms, adding value and ambiance to a home. In this respect, nothing has changed except styles, technology, and efficiency.
Do I Need a Fireplace or a Fireplace Insert?
The answer to this question is simple once we know: Are you updating an existing fireplace or constructing an all-new one? If you have an existing masonry fireplace, you will need a fireplace insert. If there is no existing fireplace, you need a new construction zero-clearance fireplace.
For some, nothing compares to the crackle and warmth of a wood fire. The good news is modern woodburning units are safer, more efficient, and available in more styles than an old masonry unit.
Wood fireplaces like everything, have evolved with technology, a prime example is their efficiency. Most masonry fireplaces are only about 15% efficient, meaning 85% of the heat went out the chimney. New wood-burning units are up to 87% percent efficient. There are other advantages, as well:
- Very warm comfortable heat
- Many burn up to 15+ hours on only one load
- Safer than a masonry unit
- No electric needed
- A free heat source for those with wooded properties
Gas units bring tremendous versatility and are energy-efficient units. And let’s face it, when was the last time you had to haul and stack gas? If you’re not set on a wood fire, this may be the best fit for you.
If convenience and efficiency are high on your list of priorities, it’s tough to beat a gas fireplace. With multiple styles and sizes to choose from, you’re sure to find a unit you love. These units have tons of features such as lighting with the touch of a button. Some of the advantages of a gas unit are:
- Ultra clean-burning
- No electric needed to operate
- Remote control with a built-in thermostat
- Very high efficiency
- No chimney required can be vented through an external wall
Electric units work great for someone who wants the ambiance of a fireplace when wood or gas is not an option. These units are an excellent option for those with allergies as well.
When you want the ambiance of a fireplace, and an actual flame is not an option, try electric. The beauty of an electric fireplace is it can be installed almost anywhere in your home. Are you renting? No worries, you can have your fireplace and take it with you when you move. Some reasons electric may be an option for you are:
- Unlimited installation options
- Inexpensive compared to other units
- Can insert into an unusable fireplace
- Can be used as ambiance without heat
- Glass remains cool – child safe
- Safe alternative to vent-free gas
For those who want the characteristics of a wood fire in a more convenient package, a wood pellet unit may be the best option. These easy to operate units are thermostat controlled and efficient.
Wood pellets have grown in popularity as they are a cost-effective heat source. Wood pellet fireplaces give you the efficiency and convenience of a pellet stove in a fireplace application. The advantages are:
- Efficient up to 87%
- Convenient, easy storage of fuel
- Can run on a built-in thermostat
- Less labor and mess than wood
- Cost-effective fuel alternative
- Can be vented through an external wall or chimney
- A local renewable energy source
This Is Not Just An Ordinary Fireplace Store
So you want to get cozy, do you?
Fireplaces in some form or another have been around for centuries, and the technology has evolved with our lifestyle. Today’s units are the most technically advanced, clean-burning, efficient, and affordable units ever. And like other products, they have an abundance of convenient features. For example, many units do not require a chimney and vent through a wall. The bottom line is, no matter your application, there is an affordable fireplace option available for you. So go ahead and get cozy, you deserve it.
The Martin Sales & Service Advantage
Our story spans over 40 years and multiple generations. And our mission has never been to be just another fireplace, patio, and grill store. We believe that for a family-run business to be around this long and continue to grow, we must be doing something right. Three guiding principles are the key to success; sell quality products at a reasonable price, and service your customer well.
Living Up To Our Principles
We prove that by focusing on USA or Canadian-made products built to high standards. Being a family-run business with lower overhead helps keep prices reasonable, providing exceptional value to our customers. Our technicians are factory trained and provide expert installation and service. Yes, we service the products we sell. Our customer service earned us the Top Platinum Harman Dealer in Western PA. We have also won the "Readers Choice Award" voted on by our local county residents as the "Best Fireplace Store" 11 years in a row. But don't just take our word for it, our suggestion is to stop in and experience it for yourself.
Find the perfect accessory for your fireplace here at Martin Sales and Service Inc. We have products to dress up your fireplace or others designed for practical use. From glowing embers to decorative steamers, log lighters, and toolsets, you can get it here. Talk to one of our factory-trained associates to be assured you will get the right accessory for the job. And, as is with everything we sell, our accessories are also different from the big box store. Our products are top quality and built to last.