How to select the right fuel source for your fireplace and your space?


Fireplaces have been used for centuries as a way to stay warm in the colder months. The design of fireplaces has changed over the years, making them more efficient and safe. While you can still burn wood in a fireplace, there are today many other sources of fuel, including gas, propane, wood pellets and electricity. It is important to know what types of fuel each fireplace can use before purchasing or installing one.

A properly designed fireplace produces an infinite number of options for the homeowner. Depending on where you live, fireplace fuel sources vastly differ. In North America, gas fireplaces, electric fireplace, and wood-burning fireplaces are most common. So, the question begs: Which fuel source is right for your fireplace and your space?

There are a couple of factors to consider:

  • What is already available in your space? Electricity? Natural Gas? Propane? Access to wood supply?
  • How large is the space?
  • What is the level of maintenance required?
  • What is your budget? 

To help you with your decision making we’ve created a handy, nonexhaustive guide to your journey: