Wood, Gas Or Electric? Which Fireplace Is Right For You?

If you're struggling to choose between a gas, electric or wood fireplace, here are the things to consider when choosing which is right for your home.

If you’ve decided that 2019 is the year you’ll go shopping for fireplaces in Staffordshire you’ll have a lot of things to consider.


Aside from where in your home you’ll install your new fireplace, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is whether you want a wood, gas or electric fireplace. Each has its pros and cons, and in some cases one or other of them may not be suitable for your property.

Here are a few things to think about when you’re trying to decide which is right for your home.  

Electric fireplaces have a lot going for them in terms of installation. They’re the easiest fireplace to install, in fact, because you don’t need to have an existing fireplace or chimney, and you don’t need to worry about having a gas supply in your living room (where you’d typically have a fireplace).

They also provide instant heat when they’re turned on and many modern models even allow you to have the fire effect without the heat if you just want to create a romantic ambience in your room, as an article for Expert Reviews recently pointed out.

You can also have much more control over their temperature than with wood burners or gas fires, which means you can easily cool the room down if it starts to get overly hot.

But one thing that electric fires lack is that real flame. They don’t flicker in the same way that a wood burner or even a gas fire does, and for some that’s what puts them off. They also tend to be more expensive to run than their gas counterparts, so depending on how much you want to spend on energy bills, they may not be the best option.

Gas fires are a good halfway house between an electric model and a woodburner. As long as you have a mains gas supply to your home they’re not too tricky to install and they can provide a more natural fire-like ambience.

There are also models of gas fireplaces that don’t require you to have a chimney or outside flue, which means you simply need an external wall to have one installed.

They will generate a lot of heat, which can mean they’re perfect for getting cosy on a cold winter’s day. You can also control the temperature to a point, although not as accurately as you can with an electric model.

But for real style, you can’t beat a wood burner. Because you’ll have a real fire you’ll have all the flickering, dancing light as well as the warmth. You will, obviously, need to store the wood you’re burning, and that can be a downside for some people.

You’ll also need a chimney or external flue if you’re fitting a woodburner and this can make them very costly to install if your home doesn’t already include such a feature. It’s also worth noting that in some parts of the UK you’re not able to have an open fire or woodburner due to the local air pollution regulations.

Make sure you check this before you take the plunge and buy a wood burner. That said, many manufacturers are working to make their wood burning stoves increasingly energy efficient, so this heating option is getting greener all the time, an article for Trusted Traders pointed out.

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