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Comparing Gas And Wood Fireplaces

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Fireplaces are an effective way to heat a specific area of your home, while also creating a luxurious and comforting aesthetic within your home's interior design. Different types of fuel sources are available, each of which comes with a distinctive set of advantages and drawbacks. Understanding the differences between two of the most common types of fireplaces, natural gas- and wood-powered, respectively, can help you choose the one that is best suited for your home's heating needs.

Gas Fireplaces

Fireplaces that are powered by natural gas provide a convenient and reliable source of heating. They are started with the push of a button, and since they have a direct gas line hookup, there is no risk of the fire ever going out. Furthermore, they only need to be cleaned of soot every year or so since they are remarkably clean, reducing the amount of maintenance that you will have to perform. Depending on the model that you get, you may be able to start your gas fireplace in the event of a blackout. Keep in mind that you'll want to avoid electric starters if this is the case, though any fans or blowers will not work no matter the model you choose.

However, gas fireplaces come at a significant initial cost, which can be restrictive to homeowners with tight budgets. Furthermore, gas fireplaces can be more difficult to install if you do not already have a gas line in your home, which can drive installation costs even higher. Finally, gas fireplaces simply do not create the same aesthetic as wood fireplaces do, as ceramic logs and fake fire on a screen simply do not compare to the real thing.

Wood Fireplaces

Wood fireplaces create a natural and rustic fire in your home, complete with cracking and popping logs. Wood fireplaces will work no matter what, as long as you have dry wood stored inside, making them perfect for areas that suffer from power outages—though just like gas fireplaces blowers and fans will require electricity. Wood fireplaces and inserts are also relatively inexpensive, and can be retrofitted easily into existing chimneys at a low cost.

However, wood fireplaces do require a constant stream of wood, which can either require a lot of physical effort or take up a lot of space within your home and yard. Wood burning fireplaces also create a lot of soot and creosote, which will require regular cleaning to keep your fireplace functioning properly.

To learn more about a custom fireplace, reach out to local suppliers today.