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The Pros and Cons of Wood Fireplaces

If you haven’t already, take a look at the benefits and downsides of electric fireplaces first.
Here are the pros and cons for wood fireplaces…

Pros

  • When that winter storm hits, you can still stay warm by gathering around the fire, just as people in the olden days did. Some families even cook on the fireplace if their electric oven has also been cut off.
  • Is there anything better than a wood fireplace to cozy up next to as you watch television or just stare at the flames? No. Electric and gas fireplaces are no match for wood fireplaces in the ambiance department. They can’t match the smell, sounds and appearance of a natural fireplace.
  • Wood fireplaces can actually be a handy teaching tool to instruct your children about fire safety. If you are a family that camps a lot, a fireplace can be a safer way to teach your kids about how to start, maintain and put out fires.

Cons

  • You’re going to need a steady supply of wood to keep your fireplace fed. If you don’t have many trees in your yard, you will need to buy kindling too. Keeping a large supply of wood on hand can require a lot of time and money. Plus, do you have a dry place to store all of those cords of wood?
  • A wood fireplace is horribly inefficient, with as much as 90% of the heat escaping through the chimney. Installing an insert can help with this.
  • If you leave your chimney flue open, either intentionally or by mistake, the area around your fireplace can become very drafty and actually increase your heating bill.
  • You will need to clean your fireplace often to keep the ash content down and the floor, rug or carpet near your fireplace from becoming black with soot. You need to keep your chimney clean as well, another added cost.
  • Traditional fireplaces can be a safety hazard. Sparks and ash can jump out of the fireplace and onto anyone or anything near it, including small children and pets.

So what’s the conclusion >>