Your fireplace is often considered a focal point of your home. You probably know that when it comes to designing the perfect fireplace, the type of fuel will also affect the ambiance that your fireplace creates. That’s why a lot of people choose to have wood-burning fireplaces in their homes. Only a wood fire can make that soft glow and gentle crackling that inspires warmth, companionship, and romance in your home. However, did you know that there are other benefits to wood-burning fireplaces beside creating the perfect ambiance? At Old Smokey’s, we love our wood-burning fireplaces and we want to tell you why!

The Environment

Wood is one of the most environmentally friendly fuel types available. While we still have an abundant amount of fossil fuels available, these types of fuels are not renewable and will not last forever. However, because wood comes from a plant source (trees), they are renewable and will be available as long as we can grow trees. If you own a newer fireplace insert, your heating efficiency will be very high, meaning you may not need to run your gas furnace as much, which also helps cut down on fossil fuel use.

Emergency Situations

If your electricity or gas gets turned off due to a winter storm, your electric or gas heating system might not work, leaving you in the cold. However, you can still use a wood fireplace when all your power gets shut down. This can be crucial for helping you stay warm and for cooking food as well.


Depending on where you live, wood can be less expensive to use than fossil fuels. This is especially true if you live in an area where there is a lot of timber available. Furthermore, if you have access to your own timber, you may be able to work towards living an energy independent life, meaning you no longer have to pay someone else to help you stay warm.


Nothing enhances your home’s ambiance like a real wood fire. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays, having some family time, or cozying up with someone you love, the warm feeling of a real wood fire while you watch the flames slowly dance the night away is something that’s hard to beat.

You want to enjoy your wood burning fireplace for years to come. Remember, that wood fireplaces do need to be maintained and periodically cleaned by a CSIA certified chimney technician. At Old Smokey’s, we are fireplace experts. Call us today at 260-424-0009 or schedule your annual inspection online. Our CSIA certified chimney technicians are ready to help today!