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Gas Versus Wood Fireplaces

Homeowners overwhelmingly prefer to have fireplaces in their homes. For many, the answer is obvious when they are asked if they prefer gas or wood-burning appliances. However, f you are looking to add a hearth appliance to your home and you don’t know which fuel type you prefer, you might be wondering: How do gas and wood-burning fireplaces compare?

Convenience

When it comes to convenience, gas fireplaces and heating stoves trump their wood-burning counterparts. Wood-burning appliances require the acquisition, stacking, storing and hauling of firewood, not to mention the building and tending of fires. On the other hand, gas fireplaces and heating stoves produce a flame with virtually no effort. They can be ignited with a switch on the wall or via a remote. In many homes, gas fireplaces or heating stoves are even wired to thermostats so flames will automatically ignite, adjust or extinguish based on the desired temperature within the home.

Cost of Fuel

When it comes to fuel costs, wood has gas beats in almost all cases. Many homeowners with woodstoves or wood-burning fireplaces chop their own firewood, making it a free source of fireplace fuel. Even for those who prefer to buy their firewood ready to go, firewood tends to be a very low-cost fuel option. That’s not to say that using your gas fireplace will be cost prohibitive. In fact, natural gas and propane remain affordable sources of fuel. Using a gas heating appliance to target heat in the most used rooms of your home can help you to lower your overall home-heating bills.

Efficiency

Gas fireplaces and heating stoves, as a whole, are more efficient than wood-burning appliances. However, the exact difference in efficiency largely depends on what type of appliance your burning. An EPA-certified wood-stove or fireplace insert can come close to the efficiency ratings of some gas appliances. On the flip side, a traditional open-hearth fireplace, whether it features vented gas logs or is meant to burn wood, do little to help heat a home. Ventless logs or vent-free gas fireplaces, by contrast, return nearly all of a fire’s heat to your home. Also worth noting: In nearly all cases, wood-burning fireplaces emit more fine particles into the atmosphere than gas appliances, but there are some incredibly clean-burning wood models, as well.

Ambiance

Fans of wood-burning appliances will, without fail, point to the ambiance of wood-burning fireplaces and stoves as a clear winner. Who doesn’t love the traditional look of a wood fire burning away in the hearth? The good news for those who prefer the convenience and efficiency of a gas appliance is that gas log manufacturers have become true artists when it comes to recreating the look of burning logs. You can find models meant to mirror different types of woods. You can even add burning embers and lights to more closely mimic a wood fire.

Regardless of which type of fireplace or heating stove you’re leaning toward FireSide Hearth & Home can help! We carry gas and wood-burning appliances in a variety of models, and our experts can help you find one to fit your home. Still on the fence about gas versus wood fireplaces? We can help you weigh the pros and cons of each to make the right decision for your home.

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If you want to enjoy a new fireplace this winter, call us now!

Temperatures outside still may be warm and toasty. Hoever, before you know it, we’ll be feeling the chilly bite of fall! If you want to take the chill out of your fall and winter with a new fireplace, call FireSide Hearth & Home now! We can help you select the home-heating appliance that’s right for you. As you consider a new hearth appliance, here are some things you should be thinking about.

What do you want to get from your fireplace?

The first thing we need to know about your new fireplace is: What purpose will it serve? Are you looking just for the ambiance and glow of a roaring fire? Do you want your fireplace to serve as a decorative element or supplement your home-heating system? Knowing what you hope to get from your new fireplace will help to determine what type of fireplace would best suit your home.

Where will your fireplace be located?

Have you already picked out a spot in your home for your fireplace? The location of your fireplace will help to determine its size, as well as its venting type. There are fireplaces with traditional vertical chimneys. Also, there are direct-vent fireplaces that will offer high efficiency. In addition, they only require that a vent can easily be placed to the exterior of your home. Other fireplaces are vent-free. This means they don’t require chimneys, and can be placed in nearly any room and any location within your home.

What type of fireplace will you be looking for?

Do you have an existing hearth? If so, you may consider an insert to upgrade the look and efficiency of your fireplace, or change the fuel type. Will you be installing a new, prefabricated fireplace? Or do you prefer a free-standing heating stove that allows you to enjoy 360 degrees of heat?

What fuel do you prefer?

There are many different fuel sources for fireplaces: traditional wood, pellet, gas and electric. Each type of fireplaces has its own advantages. Wood offers a traditional look, but takes more work and maintenance. Pellet provides the glow of a traditional wood fire, but with less maintenance and higher efficiency. Gas offers the most efficient heat source and comes with convenience and ease of use.

Are there special features you’re looking for?

Fireplaces come with special features that make them more user friendly. A gas fireplace can be hooked to a thermostat to help control the temperature in your home, or they can be remote controlled for easy on/off. A wood-burning fireplace can be outfitted with a gas starter it easier to ignite a fire. Some fireplaces have blowers to capture and return more of the fire’s heat to your home.

Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for in a fireplace, or if you feel lost in a sea of fireplace options, the fireplace experts at FireSide Hearth & Home can help! We’ll ask the right questions and listen to your answers. We want to help you find the perfect fireplace to warm your home this winter.