OGDEN -- Josh Stephens thinks of his store as a one-stop shop of sorts when it comes to fireplaces -- Comfort Solutions provides not only the fireplace, but every other thing to go with it and around it. The company also provides all services for heating and air-conditioning needs.
There are three main types of fireplaces -- wood burning, gas burning and pellet stoves.
Comfort Solutions carries the Napolean brand, and they range in efficiency from 65 to about 90 percent. Stephens says the gas-burning stoves are definitely the most popular right now, and he often goes into older homes to replace their old wood-burning stoves with a gas insert. Gas also burns more cleanly than wood and is cleaner overall in the home.
The cost of running a gas fireplace is not unreasonable, and many people use their fireplace instead of the furnace when temperatures aren't too cold.
"Quite often they are more efficient than running a furnace," Stephens said. "All (you) have to do is flip a switch and not worry about hauling wood around."
But that doesn't mean wood-burning stoves are obsolete. The wood-burning fireplace is still a popular addition to many homes.
People who are concerned about natural disasters -- or any situation that would result in natural gas being unavailable for a long time -- like to have the comfort of knowing they can get heat whenever they need it.
Some also prefer pellet stoves, which call for small wood pellets to heat the fireplace. The pellets are easier to access and store than wood is, and there isn't the worry of having to get the firewood. They are also a bit easier to install than the wood-burning fireplaces.
Stephens says Comfort Solutions makes things convenient for the customer because the store offers all the services to complete an installation from top to bottom.
They do custom woodwork for mantles and the fireplace surround. They also do entertainment centers and tile.
"Basically," Stephens says, "we do the fireplaces and everything around it."
So if you're looking for a way to give your home a special warmth and ambience that will please family and friends -- or perhaps add some romantic coziness to a favorite room -- you'll want to consider the wide range of fireplaces available to suit every style preference.