There’s nothing like the warmth of a fireplace when the chill starts to creep into your home. Even though that might not sound appealing in our current summer heat, the autumn/winter weather will start to show itself in a few short weeks. Are you ready for the temperature change? Have you always wanted a fireplace to cozy up to during those cold days and nights?

If you think you’re ready to invest in or replace your fireplace, then you should first consider the type. Think about where you want the fireplace to be in your home, the ambiance you desire, and your tolerance for upkeep. Here’s our pros and cons list to help you decide:


Pros: requires the least amount of maintenance, no worries about fumes entering your home, no gas line installation, no need for a vent, can be placed anywhere in a room, and will turn on with one switch or button.

Cons: does not produce as much heat as a natural wood fire, features an artificial flame, and will stop working in the event of a power outage.


Pros: this is the closest option to reaching the warmth of a real fire, does not require much cleanup or maintenance, will turn on with the flip of a button or switch, some allow temperature control, can be a smaller insert or larger built-in, and does have vent-free options.

Cons: does not match the ambiance of a wood fire, some need a vent so it has to be near a wall, should receive a yearly maintenance check, and the cost of running a gas fireplace for a large room could add up.


Pros: ambiance of a warm, crackling fire, will release the most heat since it’s a natural burn, still usable even if the power goes out, and can use customizable wood that changes up the temperature, burning time, or smell of the fire.

Cons: requires more maintenance and upkeep, needs dry, treated wood for a safe burn, should be checked yearly by an expert, and the cost of wood can add up quickly if you use it often.

If you’re still undecided or want to take the next step in your journey of adding or replacing a fireplace, then stop by our store to get the expertise of our fireplace specialists. Brekke Fireplace Shoppe will help you find the perfect fireplace for your needs and budget, so you can stay warm once this winter rolls around.