WOOD OR GAS FIREPLACE
Which fireplace is best suited for your home’s needs: a gas or wood-burning model? Let’s go over the advantages, appearances, energy-efficiencies and costs of these fireplaces below.
Gas And Wood Fireplace Costs
There is a big difference in total cost when it comes to these models. For example, brick wood-burning fireplaces will cost anywhere from $5,500-$11,000, according to Fixr. Installation charges will fall somewhere between $2,500-$10,000 for these units. Meanwhile, pre-built gas fireplaces are much cheaper, with costs ranging from $1,500-$3,000. Typically, installation will cost $2,000. Homeowners should expect to pay between $3,650-$7,800 for their fireplace needs.
Gas fireplaces are undoubtedly enticing options for homeowners looking to improve overall energy-efficiency. These fireplaces are much easier to install and typically cost less to run. They are great options for homeowners looking to add a fireplace to a room that doesn’t feature one already.
Gas Fireplace Costs
- Labor and materials: $1,500-$3,000.
- Installation: $1,500-$3,000.
- Gas exhaust pipe: $500-$1,000.
- Total cost: $3,650-$7,800.
Wood-Burning Fireplace Costs
- Labor and materials: $5,500-$11,000.
- Installation: $2,500-$10,000.
- Firebox: $500-$1,000.
- Total cost: $8,500-$22,000.
Gas Vs Wood Fireplace Pros And Cons
Wondering what the pros and cons of both models are and which is best for your home? Here is a breakdown:
Gas Fireplace Pros
- Will produce real flames.
- Few maintenance needs.
- Warms efficiently.
- Features moderate costs to run.
Gas Fireplace Cons
- Doors will get hot.
- Requires gas line.
- Won’t conform to room’s design.
Wood Fireplace Pros
- Produces real flames.
- Moderate running costs.
- Warms room efficiently.
Wood Fireplace Cons
- Can produce smoke.
- Higher costs.
- Harder to install.
It is hard to mistake a gas fireplace model for any sort of traditional wood-burning unit. However, there is a wide range of designs that these models can come in. A gas model provides homeowners with the closest look to an authentic fireplace. Gas fireplaces will produce a flame and come as close as possible to replicating a wood-burning unit.
Wood-burning fireplaces offer the perfect backdrop of comfort in your home living room or back patio. An added wood box for storage can offer even more elegance to the area.
Energy-efficiency is a top priority for homeowners when choosing a fireplace type. Between the two models, there is a big difference in efficiency. Wood-burning units are inefficient for heating a room, and typically have a negative efficiency when a room is poorly insulated.
If efficiency is the number one priority for you, then it would be wise to install a gas fireplace. One-pipe vents will offer a 50% efficiency, while two-pipe vents can up this to a 70% efficiency.
Wood-burning units are more challenging to maintain over time. Without a doubt, cleaning and removing ashes/logs will take up a lot of time. Gas fireplaces require considerably less maintenance for homeowners. It’s suggested to simply check the valves every so often to ensure they are running properly.
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