Want to know how your fireplace or stove sizes up to the one in your neighbor’s home? Today, we take a look at a few different options for fireplace style and fuel type. Whether you’re in the market for a new system or wondering how your fireplace sizes up, our chimney sweeps want to make sure you have the information you need.
Wood-Burning Stoves and Fireplaces
The classic wood-burning fireplace is what many of us think of when we think of the traditional setup, but is this the right choice for everyone?
- A comforting, familiar presence in any home. The ambiance supplied by a wood fireplace or wood stove is, to many, unmatched in other fireplaces.
- Can add to the décor.
- Often increases the value of a home.
- Already built in to many homes, especially in our service area.
- No need to use up electricity or gas. You are in control of the fuel source, so long as you have wood on hand.
- Not the most efficient option. It’s a common misconception that a wood fireplace or stove is an efficient heating option. Most of the heat produced by burning wood is actually lost to the chimney.
- Costly. Adding a wood fireplace into a home can be expensive.
- Inconvenient. Building a fire can be difficult and requires skill.
- Fuel source must be acquired ahead of time. In addition, wood should be seasoned (left to dry) for 6 months or more.
- Messy. You must clean the ashes and worry about dangerous creosote build up in the chimney.
- Potentially unsafe. There is a potential fire hazard, and air quality concerns with smoke and gases.
A wide range of gas fireplace design is now available, and it’s a convenient option for many.
- Installation is convenient for many. Unless you are building a new home, adding a wood fireplace is not easy or convenient. It’s much easier to add a gas fireplace and vent.
- Efficient. Most modern gas fireplaces have efficiencies greater than 80%.
- Unique. In the past, gas fireplaces were seen as an unattractive option. But today, your gas fireplace can be designed to look just like a wood fireplace. There are so many designs available, that you are sure to find one that matches your home’s style.
- Cost of installation may be higher than expected. This is true if you will need to install a chimney or vent system.
- Potentially unsafe. Gas fireplaces do have a flame, which means there is a potential for fire or burns.
- Availability of natural gas. In some homes, this is an issue, and propane tanks may be necessary.
In some homes, an electric fireplace is the ideal. However, we see a lot of problems with this type of heater.
- Safety. Many people feel a lot safer with an electric fireplace heating the home.
- Cost of installation. This is perhaps the least expensive fireplace option you can invest in.
- Takes away from the decor. Truth be told, a gas fireplace does little to enhance the look and feel of a room.
- Inefficiency. The cost of electricity can be quite high, and we certainly wouldn’t recommend it for heating a room for very long.
- Comfort. Heat is easily lost with an electric fireplace. All in all, we wouldn’t recommend these to most homeowners looking for a permanent home solution.
2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. offers fireplace installation and services in Minneapolis, MN. Contact our team today!