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Gas vs. Wood Fireplaces: Exploring Your Options

Factors to Consider When Buying a Fireplace

During the cold winter months, there is nothing better than curling up around the fireplace. Today, these features are extremely versatile and come in gas, wood, and electric options for homeowners. With so many products available on the market, how do you know which type to choose? Fortunately, each has several benefits to accommodate any lifestyle. Learn more about the distinct qualities of gas and wood fireplaces, so you can select the best option for you and your family.  

Examining the Difference between Gas and Wood Fireplaces

Today, homes are typically outfitted with gas or wood burning fireplaces. Read below to see how we compared each type based on practicality, maintenance, and cost:  


  • Gas: If you prefer the idea of flicking a switch for instant fire, a gas fireplace may be right for you. A gas fireplace requires very little effort to operate and is ideal for people with busier lifestyles. Also, homeowners do not have to worry about buying and hauling wood. They can be installed virtually anywhere in your home and circulate warmth very efficiently. 
  • Wood: If you prefer a more traditional feel, a wood burning fireplace is your best option. Unlike older wood burning fireplaces, those that are manufactured today are extremely effective at producing heat. However, it is not safe to leave a wood burning fireplace unattended as embers can spark a fire. With both gas and wood fireplaces, you never have to worry about going without light or heat if the electricity goes out.


  • Gas: With a gas fireplace, maintenance is minimal. Homeowners do not have to concern themselves with cleaning ash or soot from their chimneys, however, a professional inspection is recommended every year to ensure that your fireplace is functioning at its best.  
  • Wood: Annual maintenance by a professional chimney sweep is mandatory if you have a wood burning fireplace. Additionally, ash must be swept up after each use to ensure that air coming down through your chimney does not disperse this material into your room. 


  • Gas: While both types of fireplaces are generally affordable, a gas fireplace may cost more to install, especially if you need to purchase an additional gas line. However, natural gas is a relatively inexpensive fuel and you do not have to worry about buying wood for each fire. 
  • Wood: Drafts can enter your wood burning fireplace and may result in higher utility bills. However, firewood is readily available at several grocery stores and can be very inexpensive. Wood can also be collected outdoors for free.

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