Deciding Between a Wood, Gas, and Electric Fireplace

Today, we had an interesting customer come into the store. She was dropping a door off to have the glass replaced for her current insert, and afterwards, enjoyed at least an hour of her time browsing in our showroom. We saw her pass by with an armful of brochures and did a double take. Though we have a lot of them, true, it's rare to see someone pick up brochures for gas, wood, and electric.

It turned out that she wanted to put a wood insert in one of her larger rooms, a gas fireplace in a smaller sitting room, and with Christmas around the corner, she was eying an electric up for her son. 'Do you have any that burn blue?' she asked. Why yes we do - oh, and by the way? They are awesome.

In the end, there was no need for her to choose between the three; however, thinking about this particular customer had us recalling how many people come in torn between three (or more) options.


Photo: Lopi Wood Burning Insert at A Village Fireplace Shop

Wood burning fireplaces have come a long way since the middle ages, and have become extremely more efficient over the years. Did you know that a wood burning fireplace often gives off double the heat of a gas or propane unit? In addition, nothing quite compares to the fire that you can get going in one of these units. If you have access to wood, and don't mind preparing it (or having it prepared), a wood burning unit is a beautiful and warm addition to any home.

Video: Napoleon GDI30 Burning at a Village Fireplace Shop

Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, have become another popular addition to homes, and new home builds often incorporate at least one! Gas fireplaces have a lot of different features to choose from, and can range from the traditional log fireplace with louvers or inserts, to very modern, clean-faced units that incorporate glass media beds. One of the most common questions that we hear is: 'Will my fireplace still light if the power is out?' Most gas fireplaces come equipped with this ability. The gas-powered pilot light creates a low voltage that provides enough power to allow your switch to turn on your fireplace, and if you have a remote-powered unit, the receiver box houses a battery compartment that allows your remote to work even when your hydro doesn't! In addition, if you are looking for a fireplace that doesn't require the labour of preparing and loading wood, a gas fireplace may be a great choice your home.

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Photo: Amantii Promotional Fire & Ice BI-FI-50-FLUSHMT

Finally, an electric fireplace is a fantastic and financially feasible solution for any living area. Especially popular in apartment buildings, bedrooms, and basements, electric fireplaces add a great visual component to any room. Though not the most efficient heaters when compared to gas or wood, they are good for taking that slight chill out of a room, or for having the luxury of a fire without the heat. With the technology for electric fireplaces being expanded on every day, more versatile units are being released, and come equipped with features that your regular gas or wood fireplace can't offer. Amantii's Fire & Ice series, for example, has three colour-changing flame options to choose from at any given time!

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Photo: A Village Fireplace Shop Main Room

In the end, it's all about what you want and what is best for you. Are you looking to use your unit more for heat or for visual appeal? What kind of look are you seeking: traditional, or modern? Where are you planning to install the unit?

A Village Fireplace Shop, located in Wyoming Ontario, just celebrated it's 20th year in business, and our staff is passionate about what we have to offer. We aren't here to 'make a sale' or 'upsell' you to a unit that doesn't meet your needs. We are all about asking questions and helping you find what is going to suit you the best! We are open Monday to Fridays from 9:00 - 5:30pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 - 2:00pm.

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