Going Ventless: the Cons of Wood Burning Fireplaces



Throughout the duration of your life, you have likely come in contact with a variety of different fireplaces. Some are powered by gas, and some by electricity. Others require ventilation, while others do not. Wood burning fireplaces are considered the traditional model. Ventless fireplaces are the modern and convenient alternative to wood burning. Read on to find out why you should consider replacing your wood burning fireplace with a ventless one!

Wood burning fireplaces are expensive

This type of fireplace is typically the most expensive in terms of start-up costs. The price to install a wood burning is considerable because of all the different components. The most common costs involved in installation include: gas line, assembly, ventilation and wiring. These can vary in their amounts, depending on if they discover issues, or if you want a customized model.

Energy inefficient

Wood burning fireplaces are not known for their energy efficiency. Some of the heat that is produced is immediately lost because it escapes out the chimney. This means that it is taking more heat overall to warm your home. More heat requires more wood for fuel, which starts to add up over the long winter. The fireplace can also cause a draft, as heat is sucked away from other areas of the house and out the chimney.


Wood burning fireplaces produce a lot of by-products. When the wood combusts, soot, ash and various gases are let out into the air. This means that these fireplaces require cleaning often. If they are not cleaned out, there is a safety concern. Excess creosote in the chimney can cause dangerous fires. It is important to monitor and care for wood burning fireplaces periodically.

Safety concern

There are areas of concern on top of the worry that creosote can build up in the chimney. The logs in the fireplaces have the potential of rolling over and shooting sparks out. If you are not paying attention while tending to the fire, you can get seriously hurt. As well, any children or pets who are nearby can be badly burned. Children also will have to be kept away from the hot stove, as their fingers can be burned if they try to touch it.

Although wood burning fireplaces are still the favorite of many, they come with an innumerable list of cons. Ventless fireplaces can solve most, if not all, of these issues. The overall convenience and modern touches make going ventless a joy! You may be attached to your old wood burning fireplace, but take a minute to think over the alternative. You might be doing yourself a favor in the long run.

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  • Candace Osmond