5 Advantages of Dual Fuel Fireplaces
Most of you will probably agree with me—you can’t beat the comfort and soothing feel when sitting in front of a fireplace and mesmerizingly looking at the crackling flames during cold winters. If you ask any homeowner what kind of fireplace they prefer— wood or natural gas burning fireplace, you will soon find hundreds of opinions and divided ideas. You will see folks have different and conflicting views about both types of fireplaces regarding design, cost, convenience, maintenance, energy-efficiency, and environmental friendliness.
But that’s not what we will discuss here. Considering all other alternatives available today, you need to think long and hard about all other options before installing a wood gas fireplace.
Before we dig into the benefits of dual fuel fireplaces, let’s talk briefly about vented fireplaces and ventless fireplaces, which will help you to grasp the topic better.
The most significant advantage of gas or ventless fireplaces is that you don’t require a chimney, which is not the case with the traditional wood burning fireplace. They always have chimneys. Vented fireplaces need chimneys to vent the smoke outside the home as vented units use wood as fuel. On the other hand, ventless fireplaces don’t have a chimney because they don’t emit smoke. Most ventless fireplaces burn gas, but now ventless units burn both wood and natural gas; hence they are called dual fuel fireplaces. Dual fuel fireplaces are growing in popularity because they cost less, easy to install and clean, versatile, require less space, and are extremely energy-efficient.
In this article, we will discuss the dual fuel fireplaces and the advantages of this new breed of fireplaces.
The most prominent advantage of installing a wood, gas or dual fuel fireplace is energy efficiency. Traditional fireplaces, whether it’s masonry or zero clearance models, are highly inefficient by today’s standards. These traditional fireplaces have an efficiency rating as low as 15 percent, which is appalling given the fact that most dual fuel fireplaces have an efficiency rating of up to 99%! Traditional fireplaces also draw in warm indoor air and pass it outside. Burning wood consumes oxygen, and if there’s a shortage of air outside, it will suck the air inside your home or room.
Dual fuel fireplaces usually run on natural gas, but they are designed to resemble a traditional fireplace. Modern dual fuel fireplaces feel simplistic and have naturalistic, ceramic logs that look like burning embers. The whole thing seems so ‘realistic’ that most people can hardly tell the difference between a real wood burning fireplace and a wood gas fireplace.
A gas or dual fuel fireplace is a sensible choice if you already have a fireplace that is either not used or is not entirely inefficient. Dual fuel fireplaces are sold in a variety of sizes and are designed to fit in most fireplaces. The inserts fit into the existing firebox, including the surround panels as well as the custom panel. Ventilation is required for gas inserts, and this can be facilitated through the chimney.
If you have an old-fashioned wood burning fireplace, you need wood. Then, you need a place to gather logs, cut logs, and store the logs for seasoning. A traditional wood-burning fireplace requires a chimney; we already said that. And you will also have to deal with the ash, soot, and clean the creosote developing in the chimney. For those who don’t know what creosote is—creosote is a by-product that occurs naturally when the burning wood’s carbon compounds combine with the water vapor and resins in the wood. If you have a wood gas or dual fuel fireplace, you don’t have to face this mess. If you want to fire up your dual fuel fireplace, all you need to do is to push a button and VIOLA—flame.
One of the biggest reasons that make wood, gas or dual fuel fireplaces irresistible for homeowners is because they are easy to install. You can install these fireplaces anywhere in your house as you don’t have to think about erecting a chimney. That’s not something you can’t avoid for a traditional wood-burning fireplace. If your fireplace has gas inserts, you can easily install it in your existing masonry or zero clearance fireplace. Dual fuel fireplaces burn gas efficiently, and the gases emitted from the combustion aren’t hot and can be vented out through a PVC pipe. Besides, natural gas is cheap, too. You only need a gas pipe to supply fuel to your fireplace. You don’t have to worry about buying and hauling your wood. In other words—it’s highly convenient!
So, if you are looking for a modern and hassle-free fireplace for your home, switch to Dual Fuel Fireplaces. It will keep your home clean and give you the utmost comfort within an affordable price.