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Trying To Choose Between Solid Fuel and Gas Stoves? Here Are 5 Things To Consider

If you are in the market for a new stove, you may have your options down to between a solid fuel stove and a gas stove. How can you make the right choice for your home? Here are five things to consider to help you make the right choice!

What Are Your Fuel Options?

Safe home fireplace - coal stove fuel - body imageMany buying decisions depend on what type of fuel you want to burn and what you have access to first. Solid fuel stoves can burn a variety of fuels, including wood, coal, and smokeless fuel. As well as providing an efficient heat source, some models also heat your water and some radiators.

The fuel for gas stoves is probably already in your home, though you may have to have us install or extend a gas line. It creates flames (or a flame-effect) and heat with the press of a button. They are ideal for homes without a chimney or flue. Stoves that only burn wood don’t tend to stay alight long, though multi-fuel stoves can burn a mixture of fuels.


How Much Room Do You Have?

You can have both kinds of stoves installed safely in almost any room in the home, but where you choose can determine the cost of installation, the heat, and decorative. Can the flue be placed safely to remove any smoke, hot gases, and combustion by-products? Consider the areas where you could place a stove: an existing fireplace, the wall, or the centre of a room with the flue running through a ceiling.

Gas stoves can be installed almost anywhere due to balanced flue options, though steel chimney systems can be fitted in most locations if there is no existing system. 

What Is Your Budget?

Budget is a big consideration, both immediate and long-term. The initial costs of installing a gas stove can be higher, especially if the gas line needs to be routed to the fireplace. However, solid fuel stoves are more expensive to run than gas stoves, particularly if it needs properly-dried wood. It’s an added expense to install a new flue if one doesn’t exist.

Do You Want To Consider Cleaning?

and stove is always something to consider, and here, gas stoves have a big advantage. While wood-burning and multi-fuels require regular maintenance and cleaning to stay safe, gas stoves require little upkeep in comparison. Gas stoves produce no soot and ash, meaning there is no build-up to clean.

Are You Using Your Stove To Enhance Your Home’s Atmosphere?

Barbara jean 48 outdoor linear gas fireplace | safe home fireplace in london & strathroy ontarioConsumers can find both solid fuel and gas stoves that look tasteful in any living room design. But the effects of the flames in these different stoves give homeowners an extra dimension to consider for their home decor schemes. Gas stoves can simulate the flicker patterns of real flames, but solid fuel stoves deliver the actual flame. It’s a look that adds authenticity to the heating and decoration, and for many people, it’s a factor that supersedes all the others!

Committing to one type of stove or the other can be a major decision for your home. But by considering these five factors, you can make the right choice for your heating and decoration needs!

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