It’s really starting to cool down now and sitting inside in front of a heater nice and warm of an evening is one of the best places to be. If you are thinking of buying a new gas heater or wood fire heater for your home there are big differences between the two, so you need to know what is the right style of heating for your home.
Today Sydney Heaters will look at the two most popular forms of home heating – wood fire heaters and gas heaters.
It depends on what you want from your heater – do you want real flames with wood burning, hearing the crackles and pops and enjoying the feel of a natural warmth? Or do you want a gas heater that offers less maintenance with a similar look, but not quite the same feel?
Either way gas or wood, both fireplaces have their own pros and cons.
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Wood Fired Heaters
Wood fires give you those lovely yellow flames and hot orange coals, they give your room a warm look and feel. The crackling of wood and the smell of smoke brings an amazing ambience to the room, for those older it brings back the memories of nights around camp fires…. Depending on the wood fire heater you have chosen, and its size, you can even cook on it!
Of course, you need to buy or source wood to burn in your heater. Wood can often be found for sale at hardware stores and other outlets. If you don’t know already – you can’t burn wet or green wood. In order for wood to burn properly it needs to be seasoned wood – wood that has dried out. Softwood needs to season for at least a year – hardwoods take a little longer. Softwoods and hardwoods have different burn properties. Seasoned softwoods are easy to start, while hardwoods are dense and take a little longer to start burning.
Wood fireplaces also need to be cleaned out when the fire has died down and the heater is cool, with all the ash needing to be swept out.
Gas fireplaces need no sweeping of ash, there is no need to source wood, or wait for wood to season. You also don’t have to spend time getting the fire started. With a gas fire heater, you simply push a button and instant flame and heat. You can also have a natural gas fireplace heater installed anywhere in your home. They radiate heat efficiently, and natural gas is generally cheap, and you don’t have to haul wood. If there is a power failure your fire will still keep running and most gas heaters can be lit manually if needed. On the down side, you’ll be watching blue and yellow flames licking around ceramic logs that aren’t going to burn or change in any way.
Natural gas heaters don’t emit smoke, so you won’t be bothering neighbours will the smell of burning wood.