Some of our clients are purists regarding fireplaces; for them, it is wood-burning or nothing at all. That’s fine. We love wood-burning fireplaces. Most often, there is a mix of fireplaces in the homes we design, some burning wood and some gas.
I have an old home, the core of which was built from about 1790 to the 1860s. We have 4 wood-burning fireplaces. I am uncomfortable sleeping with fire (or embers) burning in my master bedroom fireplace while I sleep. Other reasons to have a mix of gas and wood fireplaces are the need to store firewood, dispose of ashes, and the fact that sometimes you just want the ambiance at a moment’s notice.
We often design gas fireplaces so they can be converted to burn wood easily if the homeowners ever change their minds. That rarely happens since, over the years, the look of a gas fireplace has improved so that some people don’t notice the difference.
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