Fireplaces have always been an amenity that many people enjoy, want in their homes and even businesses. And of all types of fireplaces, wood fireplaces are still a popular option to provide heat. There are many reasons – both aesthetic as well as practical – for this.
Advantages of Wood Fireplaces
There are many advantages to having a wood fireplace. Here are a few of the biggest advantages:
- Ambiance: There is something so comforting about sitting in front of a burning wood fireplace. The snap and crackle of the wood logs burning, the dancing flames, the wonderful aroma of the wood itself – it’s a wonderful feeling. And it has also been proved that watching a fire can be very soothing.
- Lower Energy Costs: Electricity costs today are shooting through the roof, which is why many people are opting for wood fireplaces to heat their homes and businesses. If you use an efficient wood-burning stove or fireplace, you can actually end up saving a lot on your energy bills.
- Independence from Utility Companies: Currently, most of us are completely dependent on utility companies for heat and light. However, there are a growing number of people who are looking for ways in which to become independent of these companies.
By using a wood fireplace, you can take control of at least a part of your energy needs. There are even wood-burning fireplaces available today, where heat can be distributed throughout your home using the already existing ducts in your home.
- Environmentally Friendly: Wood is a more sustainable resource than fossil fuels. Of all the energy sources needed to run your home or business, a wood fireplace is one that leaves no carbon footprint. Added to that, modern day fireplaces and stoves that use wood are extremely fuel efficient, which means you use very little wood compared to the old days.
- Convenient Energy Source During Blackouts: We all know how difficult things get when there is a blackout. There is no electricity to heat our homes or even to cook our food. When you have a wood fireplace, you can not only heat your home during a blackout, but you can also cook food in it if you need to.
- Choosing Which Wood to Burn: When you have a wood fireplace, you can choose the type of wood you wish to burn. You can make your fire quick-burning or long burning, or you can make it beautifully aromatic. The choice is yours.
Disadvantages of a Wood Fireplace
While the advantages of having a wood fireplace are plenty, there are a few disadvantages that can make having a wood fireplace a little difficult.
- Sourcing and Storing Firewood: Having a wood fireplace means that you need to ensure you have a steady supply of wood. You will need to either buy your firewood or chop it yourself, and find a place to store is so that is it dry and ready to use when you need it.
- Danger of a Fire: Even the warm embers of a wood fire can be a danger. So, leaving a fire unattended at any time can be hazardous.
- Maintenance: You need to ensure that you carry out annual maintenance of your home when you have a wood fireplace, or your insurance could get affected.
- Heating Efficiency: Traditional wood-burning fireplaces are not efficient in heating up your home uniformly, however this issue can be resolved if you add a fireplace insert.
- Drafts from the Chimney: If the fireplace damper is not closed properly, there will be drafts in and out of your home, which could lead to higher utility costs.