Fireplaces are a great addition to any home, but how do you know whether gas or wood is the best choice? While both have a lot to offer a residence, gas fireplaces have an abundance of benefits. For example, gas fireplaces provide steady, consistent heating for your home. The heat from a wood fireplace decreases as the wood burns and therefore requires fuel replenishment.
Another benefit of a gas fireplace is that they are much more user friendly. Starting a fire isn’t easy, but igniting a gas fireplace takes just the flip of a switch. Old and young adults can get a fire going without having to haul wood, add kindling and get the fire to light and stay burning. Which brings another benefit to light, no chopping, buying and moving wood for the fire.
Wood fires often produce sparks or fly away flames, which can damage close furniture or even hurt people sitting close to the fireplace. For small children and pets, this can be especially detrimental. Gas fireplaces are more controlled and do not produce either of these side effects.
A natural fireplace requires two things that gas fireplaces do not: chimney and regular maintenance to remove creosote. Gas fireplaces have venting systems and therefore do not require a traditional fireplace chimney. The flames of a gas fire also don’t produce creosote, which can build up in the chimney causing damage.
But perhaps one of the most important benefits is that a gas fireplace produce better, increased heat than its wood counterpart. Most gas fireplaces have blowers installed with them for better distribution of the heat that comes from the flames. This keeps warms and entire homes warmer than traditional fireplaces. While it would be unfair to say that gas fireplaces are better than wood fireplaces, they certainly have benefits that are worth recognizing when deciding between the two.