Electric vs natural fireplaces

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clear glass fireplace screens, propane gas fireplaceNothing can make your house feel like home more than a fireplace. It used to be that if your house wasn’t built with one, then you were out of luck. But a few years ago the portable fireplace was introduced, and now everyone can enjoy that warmth and crackle that the fireplace has provided for years! However, some people still enjoy the crackle of a real fire. Here are some of the pros and cons of electric vs natural fireplaces.

Electric Fireplace:

  • Gas: This is the first option you need to consider. With a gas fireplace, you get a real flame making it as close to a real fireplace you can get. However, the potential for a real fire to break out is much higher. Also, injuries could happen so perhaps you should steer clear of this one if you have little ones around so they don’t get burned. The final caveat for a gas fireplace is that there’s also the potential for a gas leak. Another option is propane gas fireplaces.
  • Electric: Electric fireplaces are much cheaper to run, in addition to being much safer. However they are not as aesthetically pleasing since they do not have a real flame, but they put out artificial heat as well.

Natural Fireplace

  • The first pro of a natural fireplace is that you don’t have to go and buy a whole unit. They are also already built into the home, as opposed to an electric unit that takes up space. While they don’t run up your electric bill, natural fireplaces still need wood so the cost is about the same. However, natural fireplace aficionados will say that there is nothing like the crackle and warmth of a natural fire behind a clear glass fireplace screen. But those are less quantifiable tangibles and are subjective to each person

Since older people grew up with natural fireplaces and electric ones are only 15 years old or so, the older demographic tends to skew towards natural fireplaces.

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