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The wonders of wood-burning fireplaces

One of life's simplest pleasures stems from the sensory extravaganza sparked by enjoying a wood-burning fire.

The unmistakable aroma stimulates the senses, coupled with the sound of crackling wood and the sight of flickering flames.

If you have a burning desire to enjoy the experience of a wood-burning fireplace in your own home, you can consider several options.

The grand fireplace

The grand fireplace

Just as its name suggests, this type of fireplace remains a grand addition to any home. Becoming a focal point in the room, the grand fireplace can act as an anchor for the décor of the entire area.

An ideal centerpiece, the grand fireplace combines fashion with function by adding both ambiance and warmth to the room. And the design options are endless when it comes to the grand fireplace.

"With a fireplace, you're going to choose how you want to finish it with either tile or stone and you'll choose what type of mantle you prefer," says Helen Peters, co-owner of Classic Fireplaces. "You might want to have a very rustic look or a more modern design. We can do the finishing work to suit the home and suit the décor."

The free-standing wood stove

The free-standing wood stove

Free-standing wood stoves can suit any space since the design can be tailored depending on the size of your home.

"There are different sizes and styles to choose from. We usually start by looking at how many square feet you're planning to heat," Peters says.

"Then we consider the look that you prefer, whether it's modern or more traditional in style. And, of course, efficiency is another factor when choosing a free-standing wood stove."

With a wood stove, a hearth pad and chimney are necessary components, but the options are limitless when it comes to style.

The wood insert

The wood insert

By opting for a wood insert, you can increase your home's warmth by updating your drafty masonry fireplace with a sealed-door option.

Keeping convenience in mind, wood inserts are easy to install since they can fit within your existing fireplace.

"You can get more heat from the unit itself. At the same time, you can increase the efficiency with a wood insert," Peters says. "There are so many different ways that you can have a wood-burning product, and we're here to help. It just depends on what you're looking to do."

Classic Fireplaces is a locally owned and operated family business that specializes in complete package installations that can be customized to your style and design. You can visit their showroom at 649 Archibald St., call 204-237-4509 or visit their website at www.classicfireplaces.ca

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