Right Fuel Source for Your Fireplace

A Guide to Selecting the Right Fuel Source for Your Fireplace


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 many other modern 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, non-exhaustive guide to your journey:


Natural Gas Fireplaces

Natural gas fireplaces are a popular option for people looking to put a fireplace in their home. They’re great for people looking for a low-maintenance option that requires little to no cleaning. Gas fireplaces are easy to operate and come in a variety of styles, making them ideal for any space in your home. Gas fireplaces can heat spaces 400sq ft or greater, so you never have to worry about being cold. 

Propane Fireplaces

Propane fireplaces are considered the family-friendly option and like natural gas fireplaces, are low maintenance. They are perfect for people who are looking for a more cost-effective option to heat any space in their home. Propane fireplaces easily warm spaces 400sq ft or bigger and provide continuous heat. 

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

Wood-burning fireplaces have always been the most popular choice for their unbeatable ambiance. However, the downside to this popular choice is the amount of maintenance and inspection requirements to ensure its safe to use. Wood-burning fireplaces offer natural heat and can heat spaces 600sq ft or greater. Always keep in mind that although the popular choice by many, it is now seen as outdated compared to newer heating options. 

Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are the perfect choice for any space and for those looking for a fireplace option that requires no maintenance. Ease of installation gives you the ability to install them almost anywhere and in any space. With a wide selection of style options, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fireplace for your home. Electric fireplaces are able to heat small spaces starting at 150sq ft to 1500sq ft, making them the ideal choice for any homeowner. 

Discover the Perfect Fireplace For You

Once you have your space figured out, the next step is finding your perfect fireplace. Glen Dimplex Americas Group of companies offers a range of options with FaberFire gas fireplaces, Dimplex electric fireplaces, and Nectre wood-burning fireplaces