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    Gas fireplace or Wood fireplace?

    Gas fireplace or Wood fireplace? Which one is better?

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    It's all preference. I personally like wood better. Puts out a hotter heat but can get messy with all the ashes. I have a wood one now and use it more than I ever did with a gas one.


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    Two different things and two different applications. Gas fireplaces are more for supplemental heat and ambience and while wood fireplaces are often used for those things as well they are also used as primary heat sources and especially so in rural areas while most gas fireplaces aren't listed or certified as primary heat sources. There are lots of other considerations as well the cost of a new wood system can be double the cost of a gas fireplace and if a new chimney or venting system is required that can triple or quadruple depending on what is needed. Your insurance company might not be too keen on a wood system and raise your premiums and the local code powers that be might not even allow a wood system in town either. Then there is the maintenance and work required with wood which is much greater than a gas system.

    Bottom line is that if you live somewhere with lots of readily available wood and you want a source of heat go with wood. If you want a fireplace for the look or to take the chill off now and then a gas fireplace is the way to go.

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    What I generally tell my customers is, from a usage perspective it's really about the fuel supply and how important convenience is.

    Wood is a tricky fuel to cost as it can be the least expensive or the most expensive depending on where you get it. If you live on a large property or can somehow supply your own wood then the cost is going to be your time (which is a big consideration), as well as vehicle and tool fuel (chainsaw), maintenance, and storage space. There is also a lag of two seasons before newly cut wood is "seasoned" and reaches the ideal moisture content for burning. This is an important consideration when comparing performance, and likely varies depending on your climate.

    There is also the consideration of mess inconvenience of starting the fire, and insurance companies aren't huge fans of solid fuel appliances, so that can be a bit tricky. Out here they straight up won't insure you if you say you are using a wood fireplace as a primary heat source, and certain things such as too much wood on hand can void your insurance as it is taken to mean it's a primary heat source or you wouldn't need that much wood.

    For advantages, wood heat is a drier hotter heat which many find especially comfortable. As has been mentioned wood can put out more heat, but these are space heaters. If you get a quality, efficient gas fireplace properly sized for the job you want it to do you will not find the volume of heat lacking. Gas got a bad name with some as there have historically been so many low quality builders boxes and decorative gas fireplaces installed which give little to no heat. Compare that to something in the 70%-80% (FE efficiency) range and it's night and day. Propane and natural gas fireplaces are also quite different beasts, so what is said of NG fireplaces does not necessarily apply to Propane.

    Gas fireplaces here tend to be comparable, if not more expensive than a wood alternative up front. The main advantage is you flip a switch and your wife is warm, or get a t-stat and you don't even need to flip a switch.

    I personally went with gas insert over wood as I live in a suburban area, have no wood access and didn't much like the idea of going to the wood pile every time the wife was cold (which is always). Wood is also expensive to buy here, and in many cases it is not so much seasoned as it is "seasoned".

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    I prefer to the Gas Fireplace.

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    I adore the charm of wood fireplaces!

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    One advantage with Wood is that when the Grid goes down, ... Natural Gas & Propane will eventually Cease, whereas Wood will not.

    And Kyoufu, & Sooty, pretty much laid out the finer details.

    Myself, ... Going with a Gas Fireplace, is all show, whereas a Wood Burner is the "Real Meat" of the subject.
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