Closed fireboxes are safer and more efficient to work with. At the same time, the open version is notable for its beauty - such fireplaces demonstrate the flame of fire.
In a closed fireplace insert, the main attribute is a door that separates it from an open flame. Typically, these doors consist of a metal frame in which glass is placed, resistant to high temperatures.
The appearance of such an option will, as in a classic fireplace, give a pleasant look of fire. You will feel the warming warmth visually, watching the flames at the windows.
Fireplaces with glass can be made of metal or cast iron. External design can be performed in a simple style, in a sophisticated decorative. You can also choose energy-saving materials for the decoration of the cladding.
A closed firebox will give more heat
Experts emphasize that fireplaces with a closed hearth create more heat. Such fireplaces are characterized by high safety, they give you the opportunity to regulate the intensity of fuel combustion.
Some of the models with a closed firebox can be operated according to your mood: both in closed and open modes. Some fireplace stoves are endowed with pleasant functionality, such as a self-cleaning door.
Therefore, you do not have to wipe the glass yourself with a rag every time to look at the flame.
The efficiency of these models is very good. Perfectly keeping warm, they can perfectly warm up a country house with an area of several tens of meters in a square.
In general, it is worth paying attention to what the fireplace insert with glass is made of. These parameters of your fireplace will affect the efficiency and safety, as well as how long you will be able to use your appliance.
According to many craftsmen, it is worth paying attention to cast iron. The argument in favor is excellent heat accumulation. Also, such a fireplace will not cool down so quickly. You can use steel, it will allow you to quickly heat up the stove. Note that the steel oven will also cool down quickly. The fireboxes can be installed in a corner, and can also be located separately and be built-in.
If you chose the corner version of the firebox with glass, then keep in mind that there are three walls in it, so you need to put it only in the corner of the room. In terms of heat transfer, such furnaces are considered the most powerful.
Glass stoves installed to the wall are distinguished by their simple design. This affects the price segment. They are not so expensive, and even an inexperienced novice worker can mount them.
Built-in fireboxes allow you to maximally save space in your apartment or house. It is easy to build such an option, but some important points must be taken into account.
The advantage of a glass-covered firebox is to protect your house from fire. This will be ensured by the fireproof glass protection. At the same time, you will be able to take into account the aesthetic side of the issue: a transparent sash will allow you to observe the flames.
The doors of such fireboxes are closed very tightly, hermetically. But in the case of installing a firebox with glass, an unpleasant sensation for you can be created by soot, the occurrence of which becomes inevitable during the operation of the fireplace.
How to deal with soot?
The designers figured out how to minimize the harmful effects of soot on the glass fireplace doors. They have created a number of measures to help combat this problem.One solution is to place glass doors at different distances from the flame.
The doors are manufactured using different configurations. This makes the fireplace work better and gives you the opportunity to admire the flame.
The fireplace is equipped with ventilation systems and systems for removing smoke, which avoids the build-up of soot and soot on the glass fireplace doors.
A few more arguments in favor of glass fireboxes
As we have already said, experts do not advise making a choice in favor of open fireplaces. The danger is open fire. Sparks can accidentally jump out. Therefore, it is better not to tempt fate.
When choosing fireboxes with glass, do not forget about the energy efficiency and power of the appliance. Consider how much power you need before purchasing and installing a fireplace.
If you choose a device with water heating, then keep in mind that its function is not only to heat the room, but also to heat water. Such devices are popular today because they are multifunctional.
Pay attention to the power
When choosing a firebox with water heating, keep in mind that it will be advisable to choose a firebox equipped with a higher power. Make the choice of power depending on the size of the house that you plan to keep warm.
If your home is up to 200 square meters, then choose 8 kW, if more than 250 square meters, then choose a device with a capacity of more than ten kW.
The power of the product also depends on the design. Corner Furnaces are small in size, therefore, their power is appropriate. For a small country house, they will be just right, and they will also be able to heat a large hall, but you can't count on more.
If you still plan to heat water with a fireplace, then choose another option - not an angular one.
It is quite easy to put the firebox with glass yourself. Explore the attached information materials, watch special videos. In general, you are quite capable of this.
If you buy a firebox in specialized supermarkets, then you can easily install it. Since this is a completely thought out and complete design. Install on material resistant to temperatures. Pre-lay it on the floor in the place where you are going to install the stove.
You can make the cladding as you see fit. We advise - make a hole at the top of the portal structure. With the help of it, hot air will come out of the oven. If your stove is water-heating, then this heat will be used to heat the water.
If you decide to use artificial material in finishing the portal, then it is advisable to use materials that are resistant to temperature as an interlayer.
If you decide on your own, with your own hands, to install a transparent door in the fireplace, then you should pay attention to the fact that simple, most ordinary glass will not work for these purposes.
Choose a material that is resistant to the highest temperatures. This design and the choice of this material will help you protect your home from a potential fire. Therefore, be careful when choosing the appropriate glass. And do not forget that there are both double-sided and three-sided glass fireboxes, and if you wish, you can install a second glass, thereby protecting the front glass from sparks and you can create greater tightness in the firebox.
If you want to make a transparent sash in a cast-iron stove, then keep in mind that in this process you cannot do without certain skills and knowledge.
Do not overload heat-resistant glass
The difference between glass that can withstand high temperatures from ordinary window glass lies in its ability to create a casting expansion when heated. During use, such glass is not prone to chipping or other damage.
When buying glass for such purposes, take a closer look - how much higher heating temperature it can withstand.
If the glass is resistant to 600 degrees, then with proper use it will serve you faithfully for a very long time. But, if you seriously exceed the load on it, then you risk spoiling the material in a matter of hours.
Also, the properties of the glass used are influenced by what you heat in your fireplace. After all, each fuel produces a certain temperature during combustion. Therefore, pay attention to this seemingly small, but very significant point.
If you installed a transparent door on a cast iron firebox, then pay attention to the following nuances, which will allow you to do everything possible to make the glass as durable as possible.
First, never use liquid to extinguish the flame. A sharp temperature drop will badly affect the glass. When cleaning the fireplace, do not use harsh abrasive mixtures when cleaning the door and firebox. In this case, a slight scratch will not affect the basic characteristics of the door, however, more soot will collect in the place where it appeared. And this will spoil your whole view of the tongues of fire in the fireplace.
And a couple more tips for use
It would seem - unrelated things, but such a nuance as a correctly installed sash affects the durability of the glass. If the device has a faulty traction and the sash constantly pours fire, there is a direct contact between the flame and the glass, then rest assured, despite how heat-resistant the door is, it will still not last long.
If you want the door to look very impressive and decorate not only the fireplace itself, but also the room in which it is located, then you should choose only high-quality firewood.
You can choose different fireplace inserts with glass, in completely different price segments, from brands from Italy, Slovenia, France, Poland or Russia. But do not forget to follow the tips outlined in this article, as well as familiarize yourself with all kinds of information materials and read reviews of users who have already installed a fireplace insert with glass in their homes.
We wish you to make the right choice so that your home will always be warm!