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Learn The Difference Between Gas And Wood Stoves

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Homeowners love fireplaces, but it’s not always possible to construct a fireplace and chimney system in an existing home. In fact, it can be impossible either because of logistics or because of cost. A great option for homeowners who would like to use fire heat and want the beauty of a crackling fire is to install a stove. At the Magic Sweep showroom, we get a lot of questions about gas and wood stoves. Here is the lowdown:

Gas Fuel

When you choose gas fuel, you are choosing the most efficient option. Gas stoves are highly efficient, safe, and perfect for zone heating. They come with the added convenience of low-maintenance, high-performance products that are easy to light (sometimes with an easy on/off switch), and temperature control. Gas stoves should be piped up, either through the ceiling and out of the house, or through an existing chimney. Because gas burns so efficiently, and the stove uses most of the heat for the room, there isn’t much heat left to push up the chimney. A properly-sized flue keeps the byproducts from the fire moving up and out, the system efficient, and the fire safe.

Wood Fuel

Wood is a great option for homeowners who have access to their own wood supply, or a local supplier. These stoves are efficient and safe, especially the products we sell at Magic Sweep. However, even the best wood stove products can see a significant drop in both efficiency and safety if they aren’t operated properly.

  • Only burn properly seasoned wood in your wood stove.
    Burning trash, clothes, and other materials in your wood stove can lead to excessive ash, creosote, and soot.
  • Clean ash out of the stove regularly.
    Too much ash can cause wood to smolder, leading to less heat, and more creosote and soot. Keep 1/4 inch of the ash on the bottom of your stove to serve as an insulator.
  • Use the damper to help light the fire and control the flame.
    Do not burn a fire with the damper completely closed. This causes the wood to smolder and burn too slowly and incompletely.

Visit Our Showroom!

Whether you use wood or gas, a stove is a great option for any homeowner. While wood is a popular option, it isn’t as convenient as gas, and many homeowners wince at the idea of hauling and splitting wood, let alone the wood dust and ash that comes with a wood stove. When you let Magic Sweep help you decide on your stove, we can show you the full range of styles and designs for both wood and gas. Manufacturers have created designs to complement traditional and contemporary decor, even creating realistic logs for gas stoves to look just as pleasing as a wood stove.

You can call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400 or visit our showroom at 938 Providence Road in Chesapeake, Virginia.