Since it gets pretty cold even here in Middle Tennessee, a nice addition to a home is a fireplace. But how do you decide between a wood vs gas fireplace? Each has their own benefits and drawbacks, depending on what you value more and what you are willing to sacrifice. Here are a few pros and cons of both types of fireplaces to help you choose which is best for your custom home.
There’s nothing quite like the experience offered by a wood-burning fireplace. The crackle of the dancing flames consuming the logs, showers of sparks raining down upon each shift of wood, and the unmistakable scent of burning wood—all create a nostalgic ambiance that a gas-burning fireplace can’t come close to competing with. And it can burn without electricity. So why would anyone even consider not getting a wood-burning fireplace?
Because of the upkeep. For one, a chimney of a wood-burning fireplace must be inspected yearly. Also, the fireplace must be cleaned after every use. Not to mention, a wood-burning fireplace poses a chimney fire risk. Over time, a flammable substance called creosote can build up along a chimney’s walls, increasing the chances of a chimney fire. Of course, this can be prevented by burning only seasoned wood and having your chimney regularly cleaned and inspected. As long as you are willing to put up with the upkeep and mess, you can enjoy all the pleasures a wood-burning fireplace has to offer.
The main reason so many people are turning to gas fireplaces is the convenience of them. With the simple push of a button, your fireplace can go from unlit to lit to unlit again within seconds. And there’s no mess from logs, ash, or creosote. While wood-burning fireplaces need yearly maintenance, gas fireplaces don’t.
The only downside to having a gas-lit fireplace is that natural gas is non-renewable (for if you wish to stay environmentally friendly), and you don’t get to experience the same ambiance as you would get from a wood-burning fireplace.
When deciding between a wood vs gas fireplace, there is no right or wrong answer. Whichever one you choose, Heritage Custom Homes will be happy to make it happen for you while building your dream home. We want your home to reflect you, so feel free to choose either method to light your fireplace.