Wood Versus Gas Fireplaces: Pros and Cons

With winter bringing cooler nights, you may decide a fireplace is right for you. But what kind of fireplace? A gas or wood? Don't worry; we can point you in the right direction. Here is a guide to wood versus gas fireplaces: pros and cons.

What is the Difference Between a Wood and Gas Fireplace?

A wood-burning fireplace, also known as a masonry fireplace, is usually made from brick and is part of the home's overall construction.

A gas fireplace can be brick, like a wood-burning fireplace. A gas-burning fireplace can be made out of brick. It can also be made of metal and part of the home's construction or an insert.

The Pros and Cons of a Wood-Burning Fireplace


  • Ambiance- The crackling sound, smell, and look of a real wood fire can create a cozy and traditional atmosphere.
  • Heat Production- They can produce more heat than some gas fireplaces and can be used as a heat source during power outages.
  • Cost- If you can get free or inexpensive wood, it can be a cost-effective heating option.

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  • Maintenance- Cleaning up ash and soot can be tedious, and chimneys must be cleaned to prevent a buildup of creosote (a flammable substance that can accumulate in your chimney), which can lead to a fire.
  • Labor- It takes effort to chop or buy wood, start the fire, and keep it from going out.
  • Inefficiency- A significant downside to wood fireplaces is that they can lose more heat through the chimney than they provide to your home.

The Pros and Cons of a Gas-Burning Fireplace


  • Convenience- A gas fireplace starts with the flip of a switch or push of a button and doesn't involve purchasing or chopping wood.
  • Cleanliness- No ash or soot to clean up or burnt logs to dispose of.
  • Efficiency- Direct-vent gas fireplaces are more energy-efficient than wood-burning fireplaces and can cut heating costs.
  • Consistent Heat-  A gas fireplace has a consistent level of heat without the need for additional fuel.


  • Less Ambiance- A gas fireplace lacks the charm of a wood-burning fireplace, like the smells, sounds, and visual effects.
  • Costs- Depending on natural gas prices at a given time, it could be more expensive to operate than wood.
  • Installation- It can be expensive to install a gas fireplace and requires a professional chimney sweep service to install the gas line and ventilation system.
  • Dependence on Utilities- If a power outage occurs, you may only be able to use your gas fireplace if you have a backup power source.

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Chimney Sweeps, Inc. Can Take Care of Your Gas or Wood Burning Fireplace

If you reside in the greater San Diego area, call us at 619-593-4020 or complete our easy online contact form. We can service your gas or wood-burning fireplace. If you are seeking to install a fireplace, we can help you make the best choice. Get in touch today!

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