Wood vs Gas Fireplaces

Spending time at a fireplace is the most interesting activity for many people during winter. But if you ask whether they consider gas fireplace or wood fireplace as their favorite fireplace, there can be difference of opinion among themselves as the preference is based on a number of factors like look and feel, maintenance, cost, convenience etc.

gas vs wood fireplace

So, we think it is better to have some basic understanding about these fireplaces.

Usually the home fireplace consists of a brick hearth and a chimney. It will have one trap door with an opening to collect fine ash and a grate made of wrought iron to hold logs.

There will also be an opening known as throat damper for controlling the air and smoke through it.

These types of fireplaces are in practice for centuries. These are brick fireplaces and they do not heat up fast, but they retain heat for longer duration of time. Importance of the fire place depends on the manner in which they are used, whether for heating purpose or for ornamental purpose.

Wood Fireplaces

The dancing yellow flame and hot coals in orange color gives a cozy and warm atmosphere. Occasional sparks and smell of burning fir add a nostalgic ambiance. In a good room you can also cook on the fireplace by using right wood and cookware.

Collecting wood for fireplace is easy for those living in country places. It is not an easy task for those living in the suburban areas. If you start cutting trees in such areas you will be sued by your neighbors for your rough act.

So, you will have to collect it from a store where wood for fireplace is sold.

Wood fireplaces need frequent cleaning after the purpose is over and when the fire place cools down after use. One has to sweep the ash to avoid the possibility of it being blown into the room by the wind.

The usual by-product of a wood fireplace is creosote which is formed by carbon compounds and resins. It is highly inflammable and it starts burning at about 2000 °F.

So, it is mandatory to get the chimney inspected by professionals once in a year to keep it safe and clean and to avoid disastrous fire.

Natural gas

gas fireplace

They have many advantages and convenience over the conventional wood fireplaces. Cutting of logs and storing them are completely avoided in gas fireplaces. There will not be any ash or creosote issues when you use gas fireplaces.

It can be installed everywhere easily. Flue gases can be vented through PVC pipes that pass through the walls. In fact there is no mess in a gas fireplace and it is as simple as a push-button system.

Sifting Ash

For people who give importance to convenience, blue and yellow flames of the gas are exceptional for fireplace also.  But for those who give importance to nostalgic ambience wood fireplace, no doubt is the right choice.

The truth that wood produces 28 lbs of emission particles per British thermal unit of heat as against 0.28 lbs for the same thermal unit, astoundingly  points out to the dangers associated with wood fireplace notwithstanding all other advantages.