With the ever-increasing living costs, finding and leveraging any avenue through which you can minimise your household costs is becoming more crucial. Therefore, the comparison game has become more high stakes. Consequently, the question of how best to heat your home affordably is now a priority.
There are numerous and varied considerations to account for when purchasing a fireplace for your home. Chief among them is the best fuel source. There are two primary types of heaters- traditional wood-fired and gas. So, as you consider the differences between gas and wood fuel sources, you must also determine their pros and cons, including which would best suit your budget.
So, the question remains, is it better to burn gas or wood?
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Wood-fuelled heaters or fireplaces are modern offshoots of the original home heaters. Therefore, a long and storied history backs their design, adaptation and use in the home. In addition, wood fireplaces produce a cosy warm atmosphere that is difficult to replicate with any other heating device.
The direct costs of using wood-fuelled heaters arise from the fuel source itself. Your location determines the availability and price you pay for the wood. If you are well situated, you may be able to source the firewood yourself- although, in this instance, you must be able to differentiate hardwoods from softwoods. The ideal timber for heating is seasoned hardwood with less than 18% moisture content. While collecting the wood yourself is time-consuming and energy-sapping, you get to eliminate the middle-man whose charges drive up the price of wood.
On the other hand, numerous wood suppliers’ expertise helps you streamline the process of acquiring wood. A tonne of firewood- a quantity enough for three months of moderate heating- costs an average of $300 to $400. However, what you get depends on your heater’s size and your household’s heating requirements.
Gas is a convenient alternative to the more labour-intensive and emissions-producing wood. The primary difference between gas and wood-fuelled heaters is that wood burns hotter than gas and can heat a whole home. However, gas provides more zonal heating, thus allowing you to concentrate heat in specific rooms as needed.
As with wood, the cost of using gas relies on your usage quantities and frequency. Gas prices vary between 50 cents to $1.60 per hour, depending on the room’s size, the fireplace model and your gas provider. Therefore, finding a gas company offering the best bargains takes a little legwork.
Firewood is only cheaper than gas if you opt to source it by chopping the wood yourself. Otherwise, using gas affords you convenience and ease of use. Therefore, when choosing between the two, your primary concern is the cost-benefit analysis of finding and collecting wood on your own versus installing a gas line. Moreover, you must also consider how much space you would like to be able to heat at once.
However, if you can get a good deal from your gas provider, and cannot collect wood yourself, then the former will be the cheaper option.