If you want to add an extra heating source to your home, you might consider installing a fireplace. Many people choose gas fireplaces, but this doesn't mean that a wood-burning fireplace isn't a good choice. These are a few signs that a wood-burning fireplace might be best for your home and needs.
1. You Want a Cozier Atmosphere
Just the appearance of a fireplace can make a home feel more cozy. But there is something particularly special about the crackling of a wood-burning fireplace. If it's coziness that you're looking for, you might prefer a more traditional wood-burning fireplace over one that is powered by gas.
2. You Have a Little More to Spend
One reason why gas-powered fireplaces are so popular among homeowners is the fact that they are typically more affordable to install. You don't have to install a chimney in the home when installing a gas-powered fireplace, which significantly cuts down on the materials and the amount of labor that are needed.
If you have a little more money to spend, though, you may want to install a wood-burning fireplace. Just be prepared for a project that might be a bit more expensive and time-consuming.
3. You Don't Have Gas-Powered Heating or Appliances
Many people who already have gas-powered heating or appliances in their homes choose gas fireplaces because they already have a gas source. This makes sense, since they can hook their new fireplace up to the same gas tank that they use to power the other things in their homes.
If you don't have gas-powered heating or appliances in your home, though, then you would have to buy a gas tank, have gas lines installed, and do more in order to get your gas fireplace up and running. A wood-burning fireplace makes more sense in this situation.
4. You Have a Place to Store Firewood
You probably aren't going to want to have to go out and purchase wood each and every time that you want to use your fireplace. So you'll probably want to store some firewood at home. You may save money on firewood by buying it in bulk, too.
Of course, this means that you need to have storage space for storing your firewood. If you don't have much space outside, this could pose a problem. Luckily, you shouldn't need too much space. Just make sure that you choose a space that is close to your home so that you don't have to haul the wood too far.
5. You're Willing to Keep Up With the Maintenance
Once you install a wood-burning fireplace in your home, you are going to have to keep up with maintenance. Of course, gas-powered fireplaces do require some maintenance, too, but it is minimal. A wood-burning fireplace requires more work, so you'll want to make sure that you're ready for it.
For example, you'll need to have your chimney and flue inspected, cleaned, and repaired regularly. Otherwise, you could face serious safety issues.
In addition to hiring someone to take care of your chimney, you'll also have to do some work yourself. Wood-burning fireplaces leave behind hot ashes and soot that you must clean. Make sure that you buy the necessary supplies to scoop out the ashes and remove them from the home.
A wood-burning fireplace isn't right for every family, or even every home, but it is a good option for many households. If you'd like to find out more about gas-powered and wood-burning fireplaces, contact us at Midwest Fireplace today. We can help you pick out the best option for your home and your budget.