Most homes today don't have wood burning fireplaces, most have gas or electric fireplaces. Older homes usually see more wood burning fireplaces and there are pros and cons for each type. Wood burning fireplaces offer a bit of nostalgia and give a very homey feel to any home. If you are considering a fireplace in your home and aren't sure if a wood burning fireplace is for you, read on for some of the pros and cons of this type.
Wood burning fireplaces again offer nostalgia and a homey feel. The warm glow of an actual fire and the smell of burning wood are appealing. It's a great way to get rid of the piles of wood you have laying in the yard from the trees you cut down.
A wood burning fireplace can be built into the wall of your home or added as an addition to any room in your home as long as it can be vented to the outside.
A wood burning fireplace uses wood as fuel, so you aren't using extra gas or electric, which can add to your energy bills (as with a gas or electric fireplace). A wood burning fireplace can be used when your power goes out on those cold winter nights to help keep you warm.
There are cons to having a wood burning fireplace. You'll have to find actual wood to burn in your fireplace, although you can place a battery powered log in your fireplace - this is more for looks rather than to offer heat. If you don't have wood, you may have to purchase wood to burn, which may add to your budget.
A wood burning fireplace is going to cause your home to smell like burning wood, some may like this smell, while others may not. This is especially true if anyone in your home has allergies or other breathing issues.
A wood burning fireplace is going to be a fire hazard. If it is not cleaned out properly, the soot and ashes can cause a fire in your home. You'll have to use your fireplace properly, cleaning it out after using it and getting rid of the ashes after use. A clean burning log should also be used to clean soot out of the chimney and the firebox itself.
There are a number of pros and cons to having a wood burning fireplace. If you are interested in having a wood burning fireplace in your home, you should hire a professional to have one built into your home. Contact a company, like Southwest Brick & Fireplace, to get started.