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Gas vs. Wood Burning Fireplaces

A fireplace can enhance any home and has been a long-time favorite to heat all types of spaces, from living rooms to bedrooms. Perhaps you’re trying to decide between a gas and wood burning fireplace for your home. What’s the difference between them, and is one better?

Let’s start with the basics. Wood burning fireplaces can burn either wood or after-market logs. Gas fireplaces only burn gas but come with logs, burners and igniters. Learn more about each specific type:

Difference Between Gas & Wood Burning Fireplaces

Wood burning fireplaces have traditional charm and also give off more heat. While they may be better for bigger rooms that require more warming, they have to be cleaned more often. Gas fireplaces leave no ashes and tend to be more energy-efficient. There are three types of gas fireplaces—direct-vent, B-vent and vent-free.

Direct-vent gas fireplaces are sealed combustion units (they don’t use air from your home to operate) and can be vented horizontally through a wall or up through the roof. B-vent gas fireplaces use a smaller gas vent that must be vented through the roof. Vent-free gas fireplaces, as the name suggests, don’t have any vents. Of the three, direct-vent fireplaces tend to be the most energy-efficient.

Benefits of Both Fireplaces

Wood burning fireplaces:

  • Have advanced heating abilities
  • Create traditional warmth and coziness
  • Can be more effective at heating bigger rooms

Gas fireplaces are:

  • Efficient (they convert most of the fuel to usable heat and don’t experience significant heat loss since they are closed off by a glass door)
  • Versatile (because gas fireplaces don’t require chimneys, they can go anywhere in your home)
  • Convenient (with just the simple touch of a button, you can have a fire blazing)

Fireplace Installation in the Austin, TX Area

Hinkle Insulation can install a wood burning or gas fireplace in your home in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas. We install fireplaces from Superior.

Contact us today to learn more about our fireplace installation services!

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