Fireplace Debate: Wood-burning or Gas?

light blue fireplace surround with paneling on the walls in the living room

A crackling fire is filled with nostalgia for so many, but what if we told you it was possible to get the charm and warmth of a fire with less hassle and mess? A wood burning fireplace was the standard in homes for many years, but with the advances made in quality gas fireplaces, it may be time to reconsider your preference.

Gas burning fireplaces are an energy-efficient option, outperforming their wood-burning counterpart. This is primarily due to the fact that they radiate and circulate the heat they emit – unlike a wood-burning fireplace, which loses its heat through the chimney.

In addition to being efficient, gas-burning fireplaces give you a new level of convenience, taking most of the hassle out of lighting and tending to a fire. Gas burning fireplaces are easy to operate and require little maintenance. It is the push of a button versus stacking logs and kindling to get the fire going and cleaning up afterward.


If you’re concerned about losing the character of a wood-burning fireplace, you can rest assured that charm isn’t lost when opting for a gas fireplace.

primary bedroom with fireplace and hardwood floorsNew advances have led to more realistic logs and flames. There are a variety of options to choose from, including embers and charred logs to create a traditional fireplace look.  If your aesthetic is more modern, you may prefer the combination of flame and stone to create a dramatic focal point in the room.

Ease of use is one of the primary benefits of a gas fireplace, and if you’re like many folks, you’ll find that the convenience will lead you to turning on the fire more often than you would have ever imagined.

Schedule an appointment with a Normandy Designer to see how an upgrade to your fireplace may impact your next home remodeling project. Join us for an upcoming workshop to learn more about remodeling, or follow along with Normandy on Facebook and Instagram where we share our latest projects.


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