Jeff Flowers on January 5, 2015 6 Comments Embed This Infographic: Infographic via: CompactAppliance.com Though we may enjoy the warm-and-toasty feeling of basking in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate on a crisp winter evening, fireplaces haven’t always been about the ambiance of a flickering flame. From a necessity for warmth, to a modern day electric appliance, the fireplace has a story to tell. The History of Fireplaces Since the dawn of time, fire has been a necessity for human survival. Even in its most primitive form, fire was essential to all of our ancestors. It helped them cook, kept them warm, and helped protect them from wild animals and other predators. Without fire, it would’ve been impossible for humans to evolve into the most intelligent species on the planet. The above infographic provides a detailed look at how fireplaces have improved over the last 2,500 years, as well as provide some tips on how to use a fireplace safely and why an electric fireplace is a great alternative to the traditional wood-burning fireplace.