Gas Vs. Wood Fireplaces: A Comparison

September 15, 2014

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A fireplace is a great addition to any home. It can be an efficient heating system, provide a place to cuddle up on a cold night, and can be a great center of a room. As you look at fireplaces, you will need to choose between two popular options: a gas fireplace and a wood-burning fireplace. Look at this quick comparison to help you decide which option is best for you.

Gas Fireplaces

A gas fireplace is very easy to turn on and control the temperature. You simply need to flip a switch and set the fireplace to a desired temperature. Once the fireplace heats the room to that temperature, it will keep it there.

A gas fireplace does not require much maintenance either. Once you are done with your fire, you must simply turn it off and walk away. You may need a professional to look at it occasionally. However, a gas fireplace does have a few cons. They often cost more to operate, and you don’t get the “real fire experience.”

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

A wood-burning fireplace is cheaper to operate. Fueling a fire with wood rather than gas is much more cost-effective, and it also has a less damaging impact on the environment. If you are careful about your carbon footprint or want to save money, this is the better choice.

A wood fire takes more time to heat up the room because it takes a while to start and most of the heat escapes out of the chimney. It is also more difficult to control the temperature of the room. You will need to clean out the ashes after the fire is done.

A real fire provides an ambiance that cannot be provided with any other fire. You can hear the crackle of the logs, watch the flames dance, and smell the wood burning.

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