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If you’re installing a new stove in your home in order to heat the interior of your house, you may be wondering about the difference between gas and wood burning stoves. While the ultimate decision comes down to personal preference, there are several practicalities regarding the differences between these two types of stoves that are worth mentioning.

Gas stoves are newer and more modern than wood burning stoves, and many people find this more desirable when searching for an upgrade. Similarly, gas stoves turn on and heat your home by flipping a switch. On the other hand, wood burning stoves require that a fire be fed and tended to while burning. Wood stoves create a lot of ash, and are considered messier than modern gas stoves, and will require professional cleaning to avoid any creosote build up. Gas stoves do not require this type of maintenance. The installation costs are often cheaper when installing a gas stove, making them a better choice for some homes.

On the other hand, the cost of operating a gas stove is quite a bit higher than that of a wood stove. In fact, many homeowners choose to install a wood stove if only to save money on their monthly utility bills. Other people prefer the experience of burning a wood fire, and appreciate the rustic appearance of a more traditional wood stove. If saving money on your utility bill is your main reason for installing a stove, then consider investing in a wood-burning stove. However, if modern convenience and ease of installation are both important, you may wish to have a gas stove installed in your home. Compare these facts and make the best decision for your climate, your home budget, and your personal preferences. Whatever style you choose, your new stove will keep your home cozy and warm all winter long.