Advantage Comparisons of Gas Fireplaces vs Wood Fireplaces When you are trying to make the decision on whether you should install a gas fireplace or a wood fireplace there one simple question
Say you've got this very nice gas fireplace. It looks great in your living room and produces some gentle warmth. But you want more. More flames, more heat, more scent, more spectacle. Or maybe you'd like to save money on gas and you have some old wood lying around you want to get rid of. So you're asking, "Can you burn wood in a gas fireplace?"
A gas fireplace is not designed to burn wood; burning wood in it could be a fire hazard, or, at the very least, fill your home with smoke. Some gas fireplaces have all the necessary safety features to burn wood if you wish to convert the fireplace entirely to a wood-burning version.
It would be a bad idea to burn wood in a gas fireplace. Wood is inherently dirty. Particulates are lareg comapred to the almost none in a gas furnace. Gas is metered by smal orifices. along a series of tubes. Lets say your fireplace was a reasonably large 32,000 BTU per hour unit with a total of 32 nozzles to distribute the heat.
With an outdoor wood burning fireplace, you will not be required to install gas lines running from your gas main to the outdoor fireplace nor pay the ever increasing cost of natural gas. If you have adequate timber trees on your property, you can use them to avoid paying any fuel costs at all with your wood burning fireplace.
There are (1) fireplaces that have gas outlets intended to assist with lighting wood, then there are (2) fireplaces that are equipped with gas outlets and this kind is meant to burn only special logs that give the illusion of real flames but never actually burn. Don't ever try to burn real wood in the 2nd kind of fireplace.