Your choice of fuel reflects what’s important to you.

Which fuel to use this year

This is a great time of year to install a fireplace for a few reasons: you can take advantage of off-season deals, like Heatilator’s Kickoff the Season promotion for a chance to save up to $300 off, and by the time the gales of November arrive, you’ll be cuddled up in the warmth of your new fireplace.

Fireplaces come in many shapes and sizes, and the fireplace you choose says a lot about what’s important to you – especially when it comes to the fuel it burns. Gas and electric fireplaces require little to no interaction or maintenance, unless you consider operating a remote control a chore. On the other hand, wood-burning fireplaces require more interaction on your part, like hauling wood, building fires, and maintenance. The best fireplace fuel for you will depend on personal preference and how much time you want to spend with your fireplace.

The information below will help you make an informed decision about choosing a fireplace fuel, based on what is important to you.

Gas Fireplace – Convenient and Easy

  • Benefits: Quickly turn the fire on/off and adjust flames and lighting with a remote or wall switch.
  • Fire Characteristics: Gas fires are consistent and controllable by design. You choose the fire's intensity.
  • Fire Starting: Flip a switch or grab your remote. It's that easy.
  • Type of Heat: Enjoy a steady mix of radiant and convective heat.
  • Fuel Storage & Handling: Highly efficient fireplace fuel. Natural gas is connected to your home by a gas utility. Similarly, propane gas is connected from an LP tank onsite, which is refilled by an LP gas provider.

Wood Fireplace – Nostalgic and Renewable

  • Benefits: Wood is natural and renewable. You can supplement furnace usage and reduce heating costs by as much as 30%.
  • Fire Characteristics: Expect robust, steady fires. Heatilator wood fireplaces deliver powerful heating performance.
  • Fire Starting: Use paper and kindling; a fire-starting log can also be effective.
  • Type of Heat: Adding more fuel will immediately increase convective heat. Radiant heat will remain steady.
  • Fuel Storage & Handling: Hard wood varieties like Oak and Maple are preferred. Dry storage is important. A cord of wood stacked is 4'x4'x8'. On average, a 1,500 sq. ft. home will require 2-4 cords per season.

Electric Fireplaces – Flexible and Inexpensive

  • Benefits: Extremely reliable heat. No gas or wood to purchase. No venting required. Install almost anywhere.
  • Fire Characteristics: A unique, hypnotic glow with no actual flames.
  • Fire Starting: Use an outlet or have the unit hardwired. Then, simply flip a switch or grab your remote.
  • Type of Heat: Radiant heat—and you completely control the heat output.
  • Fuel Storage & Handling: Hassle-free and don't require any fuel storage.

Of the options listed above, gas fireplaces are the most popular with homeowners today. There are several reasons for this, including the efficiency of gas fireplaces. Whatever your preferred fuel may be, Heatilator has a fireplace perfect for your home. See all the choices here.

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