Industry officials recently announced that 1.2 million hearth products were shipped in 2009. Of those, a pretty wide majority (over 635,000) were traditional gas-burning units (eco-friendly options included). Cordwood and electrical fireplaces accounted for 235,647 and 245,800, respectively.
In addition to using the traditional fireplace as a secondary or in some cases primary source of heat in a home, one of the most interesting trends is the advancement of the fireplace to a unique and important design element in homes
No longer simply occupying one wall of the family room fireplaces are Pieces of Art: you can chose fireplaces with swirling flames, ironwood-sculpted faux wood logs for gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces where the flames dance to music or evenoutdoor-fire pits that double as water features.
Glass Is Hot: Manufacturers are switching out faux logs and rocks for glass fire beds in their latest versions of gas fireplaces. Options for outdoor appliances also include patio flames with colored glass options.
Convenience Is Key: The newest products on display have consumer convenience in mind and include stoves that can be used as freestanding units or inserts, fireplaces that hang anywhere and extinguishable outdoor wood-burning fireplaces