Choosing Between a Fireplace or Wood Stove

September 22, 2017

As the temperatures begin to drop in the northeast, homeowners are beginning to think about how they’ll keep their home warm throughout the fall and winter. Fireplaces and wood stoves are popular in this area of the country, because they provide both ambiance and warmth to your home on cold, snowy days. But how do you decide which type of heat source is best for your home? Fireplaces and wood stoves both come with their own set of pros and cons, let’s look at some of them more closely.

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Fireplace Pros and Cons

Adding a fireplace to your home can add ambiance, warmth, and a focal point in the room. Fireplaces are a popular and classic choice, and are available in a wide variety of options and styles.

A wood burning fireplace can truly become the focal point of your living room or bedroom, creating an area to gather around to enjoy the glow, crackle. and warmth of the fire. Wood burning fireplaces are also an inexpensive way to heat a home, subsequently lowering your heating costs. These fireplaces can be a great addition to your home if you are equally concerned about the aesthetic value and the warming value.

On the other hand, fireplaces require quite a bit of upkeep. A wood burning fireplace will need to be stoked and tended to, more often than a stove, in order to keep the fire burning. Between uses, the fireplace will also need to be cleaned and maintained to ensure it continues to function safely.

Wood Stove Pros and Cons

Wood stoves, like wood burning fireplaces, are a great way to improve the aesthetics and warmth of your home. They come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit any home. If you’re looking to heat your home with wood, but don’t have the ability to add-on a full fireplace, a wood stove is the obvious choice.

Wood stoves also provide more heat than a traditional wood burning fireplace reducing your heating bill significantly more than a traditional fireplace. This is because a wood stove is a self-contained device which burns more efficiently. This allows homeowners to build a fire confidently and let it run throughout the night without worry.

A wood burning stove with also requires care like a fireplace, however they tend to take less stoking and tending than a fireplace because they are more efficient. As with fireplaces, wood burning stoves also need to be cleaned periodically to ensure there are no issues. Unlike a fireplace, a wood stove doesn’t offer quite the atmospheric value a fireplace does, because the fire is within the stove. Additionally, wood stoves tend to take up a larger footprint from your room because they sit off the wall, rather than recessed into it.

Both wood burning stoves and traditional wood burning fireplaces can be a great addition to your home. Your personal needs and preferences must be taken into consideration when choosing between the two. If you prefer heat over aesthetic, a stove is probably the better solution for your home. Likewise, if you are more concerned about having a roaring fire to sit around, a fireplace will probably suit you better. If you are ready to add a fireplace or wood stove to your home, give Fireside Stone & Patio a call today!