Natural Gas Vs. Wood-Burning Outdoor Fireplace for Your South Londonderry, PA, Landscape

Your own outdoor fireplace can be one of the coziest places to enjoy the spring and summer evenings of South Londonderry, PA. As well as being a great entertainment feature for making memories, a fireplace can give your outdoor design a new level of sophistication and comfort. When it comes to the type of fireplace to incorporate into your outdoor environment, it all comes down to your personal preferences. Let’s take a look at the differences between a natural gas and wood-burning fireplace to give you a better idea of which is best suited to you:

Design Considerations

  Natural Gas Vs. Wood-Burning Outdoor Fireplace for Your South Londonderry, PA, Landscape

Before listing the pros and cons of these two types of fireplaces, let’s address the design aspect. Over the years, natural gas fireplaces have improved significantly in design, and are now available in a range of different styles and stunning aesthetics. Natural gas fittings can now also be installed into regular outdoor fireplace hearths by a professional, allowing a wood-burning fireplace to be easily converted into a natural gas-fueled feature. The question is, would you rather enjoy the crackling, relaxing sound of burning wood, or enjoy the ease of use and convenience offered by a gas-fueled fireplace? 

As well as the unmistakable aroma of burning wood and the cozy atmosphere offered by a wood-burning outdoor fireplace, a traditional wood-burning fireplace compliments a rustic style and satisfies the outdoor purist. A natural gas fireplace on the other hand blends in well with modern, minimalist styles and sensibilities, as well as traditionally styled homes. With Hummel’s Landscape Inc., there are no limitations in the design of your fireplace. We strive to bring your vision to life by offering the most beautiful and authentic fireplace designs possible. 

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Wood-Burning Fireplaces can be Less Expensive than Gas Fireplaces

The reason wood-burning fireplaces are less expensive than natural gas fireplaces is that they don’t require gas lines to be installed. A natural gas fireplace requires a connection to the main gas source. This also comes with an increased gas bill, depending on how often you intend to use the fireplace. 

On the other hand, with a wood-burning fireplace, you'll need to stock up with firewood and have enough storage space in your backyard for it. Firewood is generally a cheaper option than paying for gas, and the installation of a wood-burning fireplace is typically quicker and easier.  

Gas Fireplaces are More Efficient than Wood-Burning FIreplaces

When it comes to burning efficiency, gas fireplaces are the clear winner. Gas fireplaces burn clean and produce fewer polluting emissions, compared to wood-burning fireplaces which produce high levels of emissions. Natural gas fireplaces also lose less heat via ventilation through the chimney. 

Gas Fireplaces can be More Practical than Wood-Burning Fireplaces

For some homeowners, the hassle of dealing with ash, smoke and wood storage is a deal-breaker, preferring a clean, hassle-free flame over the authentic, down-to-earth ambience of a wood-burning fireplace. Wood-burning fireplaces also require regular maintenance and cleaning, including the disposal of ashes and removing creosote buildup on the walls. There’s also the somewhat more labor intensive startup process of a wood-burning fireplace. However, starting a natural gas fireplace is easy and convenient, and can be done by simply pressing a button or flicking a switch. Natural gas fireplaces don’t produce ash and provide the same warmth and visual appeal.  

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