Ventless Fireplace vs. Wood Burning

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When you are curled up next to a cheery fire on a cold winter night, does it really matter what type of fireplace you have? Of course it matters! Do you want your home to be energy efficient? Or would you rather have the genuine smell of wood stoves? Your preference in this decision matters, because you will be making the deciding vote between ventless versus wood burning fireplaces.

Ventless fireplaces

A ventless fireplace could be powered by gas, electricity, or ethanol. There is no end to the different styles of ventless fireplaces, meaning that you have plenty of options available.

Pros

Electric ventless fireplaces can operate with or without heat. If you prefer, you can simply have the synthetic flame running for people to admire. Ventless fireplaces do not require ventilation, and therefore do not need to be connected to a chimney. This is a pro because they are more flexible about where they can be placed in the home. As well, they do not waste as much energy, because heat is not leaving the house through the chimney. This type of heat source will warm your home the same way that a heater would.

Cons

Ventless fireplaces do typically warm huge amount of spaces. They can suitable for small homes, or apartments. Another con for this type of fireplace is that they can have high initial purchase price. Although ventless fireplaces do perform the job adequately, some people may simply prefer the real thing.  

Wood burning fireplaces

These types of fireplaces function by burning wood. They provide a real flame, and they give off a traditional ‘fireplace’ smell of burning wood.

Pros

These are the traditional fireplaces that have been around for hundreds of years. Many people love this type of fireplace because they enjoy snuggling together around the crackling flames. Wood burning fireplaces raise the value of a house, because they are considered to be desirable to home owners. These fireplaces are fueled by wood, which is a renewable resource. This means that you do not need electricity or gas to operate it.

Cons

Wood burning fireplaces are not efficient in terms of energy loss. A good amount of the heat that is generated from the fireplace will escape up the chimney. This is heat that will not be heating your house. As well, this type of the fireplace is the most expensive to operate. The cost to install and purchase fuel is greater than other types of fireplaces. When a wood burning fireplace burns, it will produce soot, ash and gases into the air. This is not very desirable for some people, and will be considered a con. 

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