Wood fireplaces are good if you enjoy the look, feel and smell of a traditional wood burning fireplace. Wood fireplaces are built with a chimney and can either be free standing or built into a masonry fireplace surround.
If the sight of blazing firewood in a hearth evokes feelings of comfort and warmth, than a wood burning fireplace is the type for you. When you want to keep things traditional, there is nothing better than a traditional wood burner. It may come as a surprise (given the popularity of gas inserts and electric models), but wood types do offer a number of benefits. They are often deemed the least energy-efficient of the trio, and for good reason, but this is only if you think of your heating costs from a one-sided perspective. In all reality, many people save hundreds on their heating bills by using wood burning fireplaces.
If you have access to a cheap or free supply of firewood, than you won’t be spending nearly as much as you would with a gas or electric version. In addition, wood fireplaces are best known for their ability to generate a significant amount of heat. Although it has long been a concern and issue that a majority of this heat is lost up the chimney, many modern wood fireplaces come equipped with built-in fan systems. This works to push the hot air back into the room as it travels up. The cost-savings you can expect to incur when buying one of these will be significant, especially if the home you are heating is large. Here are some of the advantages wood types have over gas and electric models.
The Benefits of Wood Fireplaces
- A cost-effective and reliable heat source.
- Many types of wood can be used; hard woods like oak are ideal for producing longer burn cycles.
- They come in closed and open systems; the former is recommended when you want to maximize heat output, while the latter allows you to see the burning flames in all their mesmerizing glory (believe it or not, this is a top-selling feature for these).
- They are used for zone heating; wood fireplaces allow you to heat only the rooms that need to be. You will save money and will be making an environmentally friendly investment.