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Choices For Wood Heater Installation - Free-standing or Built-in?

Posted: May 22, 2018
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Once you have decided to push through with a new wood heater installation, the next decision to make is deciding which type of wood heater will work best for your home. The two main types of wood heaters are the free-standing and built-in wood heaters. Each comes with their own unique features, advantages, and costs. Looking into these factors will help in making a decision that you will be happy with.

Free-standing Wood Heaters


One main advantage of free-standing wood heaters is it is easier to install. You won't have to pay for costs associated with renovations or demolitions mainly because this type of heater uses flue piping to move the smoke out of the room. The process of having the flue pipes run through the ceiling and roof takes no more than half a day on the average. In fact, our free-standing wood heater installation Rockingham clients can enjoy their newly installed wood heater in less than 24 hours.

In terms of aesthetics and interior design, a free-standing wood heater is usually situated away from walls, which means that they would be taking up more space compared to a built-in one. If the wood heater is intended to be a focal point of the room, its location is important especially if in smaller rooms where it will make the room appear smaller. Free-standing heaters come in a variety of colors and can either have a old-fashioned or modern look.

Free-standing wood heaters are efficient and effective when it comes to transferring heat. Because it is not mounted on the wall, the heat comes from all sides, including the top. This is definitely an advantage in bigger rooms. If your house does not currently have a chimney or can support one, this type of wood heater is the obvious choice.

Built-in Wood Heaters


This type of wood heater is built into the wall of the house, which means that since it is inserted in one side of the room, it doesn't take up as much space. With this space-saving advantage, a built-in wood heater is ideal for small rooms or prefer less stuff taking up space in the room's interior.

Due to the nature of built-in wood heaters, the installation process for built-in wood heating services Baldivis and other WA clients will take more time and can be more complicated. You would probably need to consult with a structural engineer to check which wall in the house can be used for the insert and if the house can support the chimney. The process can be shortened if your house already has an old fireplace and chimney. However, renovation and installation costs as well as the time needed even by wood heating services experts to do the work is significantly longer with this type of heater.

The range in design, colors, and shapes of the built-in wood heaters today is wider and more diverse compared to the fireplaces available in previous years. With this diversity in choices, you can definitely transform your living area or bedroom by making the wood heater the focal point of the room. A modern wood heater adds to a room's visual impact, which can potentially increase the property value of your home.

As with every decision one has to make, the final choice would come down to which of the features and advantages would matter to you, which type of wood heating will work best for your and your family's needs, and how much you are able to spend.

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