Fire Up The Romance – Open Fires vs Gas Fires*
Fire Up The Romance – Open Fires vs Gas Fires
In today’s post we take a look at the benefits and risks of open fires versus gas fires in your living room.
You’ve spent a lot of time and possibly money getting your home just right and you’re looking for that final touch. The only thing holding you back is your own decision. Should you go for it or not?
Surely one of the most cosy and romantic images is that of a roaring fire while you snuggle up with a loved one on the sofa. Cradling a hot chocolate or glass of wine, it doesn’t get more Hygge than that and if you’re into the Danish home décor style of wood and warmth then this is definitely for you.
But what are the realities of maintaining and keeping an open fire versus the ease of just switching on your gas version. In this blog we take a look at the pros and cons and help you make up your mind. Spoiler: we love open fires.
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For sheer visual imagery and style you can’t beat the open fire. It covers all the senses, including hearing with the surprising pop of a log and sound of flames licking over the dry wood. Every lifestyle blogger on the internet loves an open fire.
You also get a good amount of heat, particularly if you create a coal bed for the wood to sit on that will retain the heat long after all the wood and kindling has died away. And speaking of kindling, you will have to get to know your wood but there’s nothing more satisfying than building a fire and watching the flames catch. The whole process is made even easier nowadays in any case with firelighters available in every supermarket and wood from your local petrol station.
You can even become an expert in choosing the right firewood that has your favourite smells and burn time.
Alright we have to admit there are some downsides and the main ones are convenience and mess. With a gas fire, you just switch it on when you’re feeling chilly and you can much more easily adjust the temperature. Besides which, with modern fires they can look very realistic and stylish.
The mess is the other downside. At the end of the evening, when you’ve made sure your fire is out properly and cooled right down, you’ll have to dispose of all the ashes and clear the grate. This can be a time consuming and not to mention messy business.
But ask yourself, is the hassle of having your chimney swept now and again and clearing up some ashes worth it? Of course it is. An open fire is what people want. It gives a feeling of warmth and security that a gas fire can’t even come near to. However, you’re going to need to be extra vigilant with pets and small children, you won’t regret it when you’re staring into the flames and hearing that unique crackle that only a real fire can give you.
*AD – This is a collaborative post.