Wood Burning Fireplaces vs. Modern Fireplaces

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A fire is a fire, right? Wrong! For many years burning wood for a fire was a way of life. Most did not question what it was doing to their health or the environment. Then, modern fireplaces came along and some people embraced them immediately. Others were, and still are not quite sure what they are or what benefits they provide. If this sounds like you then this comparison between the two will help.

Fuel

A wood burning fire obviously needs wood. This depletes forests and destroys habitat for wildlife. Trees do not grow back fast enough to be so careless with them. If you choose a modern fireplace that burns bio ethanol you are using a sustainable resource. Bio fuel is made from the fermented sugars of sustainable crops like potatoes and beets.

Smoke and Toxins

The most significant difference between the two is the fact that a wood burning fire creates smoke but a bio ethanol one does not. Do you have any idea how many toxins are emitted into the air every second smoke is created? Not only is this destroying the environment; it is compromising your health. It increases your risk for cancer, asthma, allergies, and other conditions.

A modern fireplace does not create smoke nor does it emit dangerous toxins into the air. You can place one of these fireplaces in any room of your house to enjoy, including the bathroom, if you want to create a spa-like atmosphere.

Mess and Maintenance

There is nothing easy about maintaining a wood burning fire or fireplace. First, you have to keep a wood pile which attracts bugs and rodents. Keep in mind you have to constantly move wood from outside into the inside area, too.

Getting the fire started is never a barrel of fun. It is time consuming and a lot of work. Then, you have to constantly poke at it and add to it to keep it going. Of course, the entire time you are either blasted with heat or chilled because the flame is dying.

If all this is not enough work, you have to scoop soot and ash constantly. Plus, you have to scrub that layer of filth off the walls, furniture, floors, etc. Keep in mind that everything you are cleaning off the walls is also coating your lungs.

A modern fireplace is essentially maintenance-free and it certainly does not create any amount of mess. The only thing you have to do to enjoy a fire is pour in the fuel and ignite. You are blessed with a consistent fire until it runs out of fuel or you extinguish the flame. Once you have it this easy you will never want to deal with a wood-burning fireplace again.

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  • Brady Draper