Do you prefer a wood burning fireplace or gas logs?
We have our wood ready for many cozy fires this winter season.
I prefer a wood burning fireplace. There is no replacement for putting the log in the fire, hearing the wood crackle and sizzle if it is a bit too wet, and smelling the wood burning. I have been in homes with the gas logs and, while it may be less work to maintain and heat a space, it does not contribute the same ambiance to a room.
Wood burning. There is a difference in the scent and I love that smell so much.
Wood burning, definitely! The smell, the crackle--it makes cold days snuggly, not just warmer.
Living in the south, a fireplace is used on average three time a year. The times I have been in homes with fireplaces, watching the crackling logs, I could never get comfortable.
Maybe it does not set the mood that many people want, but I will take central heat any day that is controlled by a thermostat. Also, I do not want the responsibility of chimney maintenance which is required.
Also, the environmentalist complain about trees being used for fuel. Natural gas is abundant and on a BTU basis probably cheaper than buying firewood.
Hi mvillecat:) I love flames in the hearth and will happily go with either. Burning wood is causing air pollution problems in some areas, and new homes are required to have gas logs. We have a wood burning fireplace w/ a gas starter, so it could be easily converted. I love the smell and crackle also, but most of all, I love the smoky smell that drifts through the air on brisk nights- It is one of my favorite sensory memories from childhood.
I have an electric fireplace with simulated fire and other special effects. Ever since I insulated my house it became unbearable to use a fireplace for heating purposes. So I had to install an electric one. Proper insulation & draft sealing makes fireplaces obsolete.
I love gas for the convenience of use, and perhaps it's a bit "safer" because you're not inhaling all that ash & smoke in the air, but the sight and sound of real wood logs burning reminds me of a campfire and how they did it in the good-old days, so I'm torn on this issue.
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