Which is Better & More Efficient, a Gas or Wood Fireplace?

Obviously different fuels, but the efficiency of burning wood vs gas is about a wash. Any new, wood burning heating equipment is going to comply with the 2020 EPA requirements. The quality and moisture content of the fuel and your burning habits can affect the combustion efficiency of burning wood. Most of this equipment today has efficiency ratings in the 75 – 80% range. Most natural and LP gas fireplaces come in the low 70 – to low 80% range.

This question often leads to a lifestyle decision for many people. Deciding on a fuel type is a personal choice. Weigh the convenience of gas vs the time and energy dealing with wood.

There’s a reason the old saying goes, “Wood heat will heat you four or five times! When you cut it and split it, when you haul it, when you stack it and when you burn it!” So, with this in mind, answer these questions:

  • Do you have quick and easy access to a wood supply?
  • Do you have the equipment to cut, split and haul wood?
  • Do you have the time and energy for dealing with wood?
  • Are there any asthma or other health issues to avoid with burning wood?

It’s true that you can save a considerable amount of money each heating season by burning wood. But if you have to buy your wood supply, perhaps consider buying a fuel that’s much easier and infinitely more convenient to use. Then you can plan to spend time playing soccer or camping with the kids instead of spending quality time with your chain saw and log splitter!

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service Virginia (VA)

Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Warrenton, VA

Costello's Warrenton Fireplace & Hot Tub
251 West Lee Hwy
Warrenton, VA 20186

For more information, contact your local fireplace and grill store..

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