Gas Vs. Wood Burning Fireplaces and What Works Best for You

November 8, 2016

If you’re thinking about either installing that new fireplace in your home, or maybe you’ve considered the concept of maintaining the old existing wood burning fireplace, there are several options to consider.  What makes each type unique and special to each other is the fact that while both create a flame they do and do not share many qualities and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. And by taking a look at each one can help decide what’s best for you.

Gas Burning

With gas burning you do not need to purchase or chop wood, saving expenses and your back.

A gas fireplace is most times as convenient as the flip of a switch

Gas is often more efficient that wood burning and will heat your home better saving money on your electric bill if you have electric heat.

Maintenance and ventilation are easier to maintain and use.

There’s no ash or creosote produced or built up

With gas, you have options in log style as well as vented or vent less systems if your state allows them

While this sounds great, there are some downsides to the idea of a gas fireplace as well

While there is a flame in gas fireplaces, you don’t hear the crackle and pop of a fire or the smell a wood burning fireplace would give you

Gas fireplaces typically cost about $2,000, installed. So, this can be an expensive option for some

Gas is expensive and can cost more than pellets or wood to achieve the same heating results

During a power outage wood burning, does not require any electricity to start

If there is no existing gas line, running one to the fireplace can often be expensive to set up.

If you are unable to run gas you may have to use propane or another form of gas that often requires a large tank

How to See if I Can Convert my Existing Fireplace

Before you can be sure your fireplace would be able to be converted from wood burning to gas you would need to contact your local chimney sweep to assess if your fireplace is clean and fully functional for the ability to convert from wood burning to gas. For this reason it is recommended that you have your wood burning fireplace inspected annually to avoid a buildup of creosote. And your gas fireplace inspected annually to make sure your lines are clean and safe. If you wish to schedule a cleaning or inspection this year, feel free to call or use our website to schedule your next appointment.