It is very assuming to say that wood fireplaces are for the older generation while propane fireplaces are for the younger and more hip generation. Choosing the right fireplace for your home does not vary only in lifestyle or era. The fact remains that whatever the hearth mechanism you shop for, it should fit your convenience and budget. Let us look closely how the two varies.
Propane fireplaces generates hearth quickly and does not require complex and time consuming burning of woods. An ignition powers up propane fireplaces making it faster for the room to be heated. Imagine coming home being soaked with rain and still spend time lighting up wood before you can get the warmth you need. Propane fireplaces make it easier, one flick and you're on! Also, it is noteworthy to add that propane fireplaces have remote control and a regulator that can adjust the amount of heat that goes around. Propane fireplaces do not need a pre constructed furnace that involves a huge amount of money to assemble. And old wood fireplaces can be easily converted to propane fireplaces by acquiring inserts. Modern designs of propane fireplaces are also one of its selling points. You can practically put it anywhere in the room even on little spaces. Some propane fireplaces are so inconsiderably small it can fit anywhere. It is fueled by propane, which is cleaner and available anywhere, which will favor you in case you don't feel like chopping woods. Maintenance and tidying up propane fireplaces are easier to manage because there are no ashes to worry about.
Wood fireplaces still remains the most primeval hearth sources but to declare that it is outdated is unfounded. Wood as a source of fuel for wood fireplaces remains to be the most natural and it is at the same time renewable. If you want to save money paying for gas or electricity, wood fireplaces is still the way to go. For people who don't find miniature logs imitating a wood burning attractive or believable, it is still a good choice. The smell of a wood with true flickering flame on wood fireplaces is priceless. None of the other fireside could do that. And who can resist the classic look of people gathering around the wood fireplaces sipping coffee or hot cocoa instead of artificial flame that's almost solely for aesthetic functions. Ashes as remnants of wood fireplaces are also reusable and perfect for gardening and getting rid of pests. Most would think it's inconvenient to keep wood fireplaces clean, but now there are gadgets and tools available to make cleaning time easier for you. Besides can you imaging Santa Claus going down anywhere besides the chimney of wood fireplaces?
I have both of these fireplaces on my humble house and I would say that both of the have their own benefits and drawbacks. If I am made to choose just one of them, I would go for both. Safety should also be one of the considerations when choosing the fireplace. And yet again, it should always be about the warmth they provide us on cold nights and how efficient they are for you and the environment.