It’s no secret that appliances, such as fireplaces or stoves, are far from being top-of-the-line at a big box store. Their low price comes at the expense of subpar materials, poor design, and less efficient components which will all greatly shorten the lifespan of your new heating appliance. As with any large purchase that you make, the quality of the equipment will directly impact your satisfaction with your buying decision. A dedicated hearth store will have a wide variety of fireplace and stove products that fall in a range of budgets. Not only will the variety of quality products be better, the appliances at these stores come from top manufacturers in the industry. Spending a little more on a high quality product will ensure that your fireplace or heating stove will last and work efficiently and effectively.