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Design Your Own Perfect Fireplace at this Website


I have a hard time visualizing what a specific fireplace or insert will look like in my home. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered a handy “design your perfect fire” tool at the Fireplace Xtrordinair website.

It’s easy and fun to use this free online tool. Here’s how it works:

Design Your Fire 1
Choose the fuel you’ll use:

  • Wood
  • Gas
  • Electric

Select the size of space you’ll want to heat:

  • Small room
  • Large room
  • Whole house
  • Ambiance only

Fireplace vs Insert

Decide whether you’ll need a fireplace or a fireplace insert (if you’re retrofitting an existing fireplace to improve its efficiency, you’ll need an insert).

Choose a style:

  • Traditional (Early American to neoclassical to French countryside)
  • Transitional (a fusion of traditional and contemporary, giving you a variety of design options)
  • Modern (simple, sleek, streamlined, and subdued)

Testing 1,2,3

I tested the tool, selecting a transitional gas fireplace insert for a large room. The site displayed three models that fit my criteria.

Design Your Fire 2
I chose the “32 DVS GSR Insert” because I liked the look of it and I like the fact that it uses the "Advanced" GreenSmart™ Ember-Fyre™ burner, blower and the GreenSmart™ remote.

I clicked the “Customize Your Fire” button and then selected a face, finish, and door style. This is the fun part, because when you click on different faces and colors, it immediately shows you a preview of what your fireplace will look like.

You can also change the “wall” that displays behind your fireplace, selecting from a variety of options such as:

  • Painted wall
  • Brown, light, or red brick
  • Natural stone
  • Stone block
  • River rock
  • Black granite
  • Marble
  • Slate or grey slate
  • Concrete

Next, customize your fireplace’s interior. Select a fireback (backdrop for the fire) and a log set.

Finally, select from “extras” such as a wall thermostat.

Here’s a picture of my fireplace design:

Design Your Fire 3

When you’re finished designing your fireplace, print out the specs
and a picture, and bring them to Rich’s when you place your order.

Have fun designing your perfect fire!

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