Country decor is notable for its rustic style and warmth, and the cheerful glow of a welcoming fireplace adds to the appeal. Whatever its style, a fireplace is the focal point of any room, serving as a gathering place for family and friends. Traditional wood burning fireplaces are increasingly giving way to the convenience of gel and electric fireplaces, which are cleaner and more convenient, and easier to install.
Gel fireplaces are both attractive and efficient. These fireplaces use clean-burning alcohol gel to produce flames and the pleasant crackling sound associated with traditional log-wood fires. Each can of environmentally friendly gel fuel provides 2 ½ to 3 hours of flames.
Gel fireplaces can operate in areas where wood fireplaces will not work. These fireplaces require neither chimneys nor venting, and they do not produce smoke, soot or dangerous popping embers. Efficient gel fireplaces convey the ambiance of a traditional wood-burning fireplace without the mess of dirty ashes. The handsome wood mantels are a beautiful addition to any country decorating scheme, complementing the rustic charm of a country throw, beautiful country quilts and cozy country curtains.
Appealing electric fireplaces require only an electrical outlet to provide a warm glow to any room. These efficient fireplaces, available in a variety of sizes and styles, vent all the heat they produce straight into the room. Electric fireplaces also work to keep the air inside your home healthy and safe because they produce no pollutants or harmful emissions.
Electric fireplaces are portable and suitable for both wood and carpeted flooring and can be safely positioned against painted and wallpapered walls. They provide welcome relief from upkeep, eliminating the need to haul wood to keep them burning and the nuisance of regular chimney cleaning. Check out the attractive wood mantels that are available in a variety of styles to complement the down-home appeal of rustic country décor.