- Offers the sounds, smells, and ambiance of a real fire.
- Uses an inexpensive, renewable resource for fuel.
- New EPA-certified units produce up to 90 percent less wood smoke emissions than traditional wood-burning fireplaces.
- Less efficient than other fuel types.
- You'll need to haul wood and clean up ashes frequently.
- Chimney requires regular maintenance (the EPA recommends having your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned every year).
- $3,000-$5,000, installed.
- High-end models can cost more. In general, the price increases as efficiency increases.
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