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Wood, Gas and Electric Fireplaces: Which Is Best for Your Home?

So, you’re thinking of adding a new fireplace to your home. That’s a great idea. But what kind of fireplace will you buy? That’s an important question to answer. Ye Olde Brit Chimney Sweep of San Bernardino, CA, is here to help you make the best decision.

The three main types of manufactured fireplaces

All fireplaces have certain things in common. One of the main differences is the fuel they use. The most popular fireplace fuels are: Wood, Gas, & Electricity. Here are some pros and cons of wood, gas and electric fireplaces.

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A wood fireplace is the oldest fireplace style and embodies beauty and tradition. Here are the pros and cons.

Wood fireplace pros

• Distinct aroma
• Peaceful crackling sounds
• Vibrant firebox visuals
• Fireplace works if the power goes out

Wood fireplace cons

  • Chimney will need regular professional cleaning
  • Have to purchase or chop the logs
  • Sparks and embers can pop out of the firebox
  • Damper must be fully operational

Gas fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are made to run on natural gas or propane. They have both advantages and drawbacks.

Gas fireplace pros

  • Instant ignition and heat control with a switch or remote
  • Easy to install in many rooms for zone heating
  • Natural-looking faux logs, rock beds and other firebox amenities
  • Very low maintenance and cleaning

Gas fireplace cons

  • Installation cost can be higher than for a wood fireplace
  • Even with firebox enhancements, it doesn’t look exactly like a real wood fire
  •  Gas lines may have to be run from the source to your fireplace
  • Gas fireplaces can release dangerous carbon monoxide if not maintained properly

Electric fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are perfect for people who want consistent heat and no hassle.

Electric fireplace pros

  • Some units look very similar to “traditional” fireplaces
  • Fast, high heat; simple to operate
  • Less expensive to purchase than gas or wood fireplaces
  • Ultra-safe with zero maintenance

Electric fireplace cons

  • Firebox visuals aren’t very realistic
  • No heat if the electricity goes off
  • Can be more expensive to operate
  • Not as many style options as gas or wood units

Installing your new wood, gas or electric fireplace

Depending on the type of fireplace you choose, you’ll need to connect with a fireplace contractor or chimney and fireplace specialist to have it installed.

Wood fireplace installation

A new manufactured wood fireplace should be installed by a professional. There are clearances to take into consideration, as well as the connection between the appliance and the vent system. The average homeowner doesn’t have experience in these disciplines.

Gas fireplace installation

When installing a gas fireplace, your installer will ensure that the gas lines are hooked up correctly and that the venting system works as it should. Clearances must be set according to spec with gas fireplace installations.

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Not only are electric fireplaces the easiest type to use, they’re also the easiest to install. As long as you can plug the unit into an electrical source, you’re in business.

Southern California fireplace installation and service

Ye Olde Brit specializes in the installation of new wood, gas and electric fireplaces. We’ll help you select the perfect model and choose the ideal place in your home for it to go. We’ll then install it in strict compliance with all state and local code requirements. When it’s time to beautify your San Bernardino-area home with a new fireplace, call us at (909) 880-2120. You can also get in touch with our handy contact form.

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