Earth-Friendly Cabins: Which Fireplace to Choose?

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As an environmentally conscious homeowner, you may be considering a gas fireplace or other measures to reduce the pollutants produced by wintertime burning. A home sided with TruLog™ steel log siding is a great accompaniment to a low-impact fireplace. There are several features of our steel log siding product that are earth-friendly. To learn more, please give us a call at 970-646-4490.

Benefits of Gas Fireplaces vs. Wood Fireplaces

You could consider a gas fireplace “cleaner” than a wood-burning fireplace. Fireplaces utilizing natural gas or propane have the following advantages:

  • Less soot
  • Reduced air pollution
  • Ignites with the push of a button
  • Requires no care or tending to keep the flames going
  • No cleanup
  • No ashes
  • No smoke or smoky smell
  • Certain types produce more heat than wood-burning fireplaces

Of course, wood-burning fireplaces remain a staple of wintertime warmth and ambiance. It’s hard to beat the woodsy smell, crackle and authenticity you get with real logs. Nonetheless, many homeowners are interested in an easier, hassle-free gas fireplace these days. And that’s not an altogether bad idea as far as your health and the environment is concerned: Research has shown that wood-burning can be hard on your lungs and heart, and that the emissions of a fireplace release fine particulate matter into the air. On particularly smoggy days, there may be a fire ban in your area to keep this particulate matter to a minimum. These particles pose a health hazard when the levels in a city are high.

Today’s gas fireplaces have healthy, tall flames and glow just like real logs. You have the option of an insert or built-in units, both of which put off a lot of heat. A third option is a log set, which is mostly for ambiance and looks, and does not put off significant warmth.

The actual log alternatives themselves come in a variety of styles. You can choose from glass, stones, coal and other designs, in addition to traditional faux logs.

Combining Your TruLog™ Log Home with a Rustic Fireplace

For the homeowner interested in the hassle-free, earth-friendly nature of gas fireplaces, TruLog™ steel log siding can be a great option. Consider some of these benefits:

  • Increases the energy efficiency of your walls
  • Fully recyclable steel
  • American manufactured
  • Insulating foam backer
  • Can last for decades without needing to be replaced

We believe you should have the home of your dreams. Whether you choose a gas or wood fireplace, TruLog™ steel log siding makes it possible to have a cozy, log-style cabin without the hassle of log maintenance.

Are you ready to side your home with a durable, maintenance-free siding option that looks just like real logs? To get a free quote from the Loveland, CO team at TruLog™, please call 970-646-4490.

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