Can you tell I am a huge advocate for gas fireplaces?
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Happy funding, Rudi
Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL
You just spent over $2 million dollars for a home that you intend to reside in for a long time. Do what you want to live with. This is a small enough expense that it doesn't make sense to proceed with resale value in mind on this item unless you don't have a preference, and whatever you choose it's not going to make a huge difference on resale.
Sounds like he's keeping it wood burning, and I would agree that this adds much more character and ambiance that a gas fireplace.
I would agree with the majority of you that it makes sense on resale as well. Thanks to all of you for the responses.
However, as more and more communities are concerned about clean air and are banning wood-burning fireplaces, this may be a moot point when it happens here.
First check with the city if you touch the Fireplace whether it is required to convert the fireplace to an
EPA certified Wood Burning place.
Frankly, I would go with a gas starter.
The state is mandating that any new fire places be migrated to an EPA efficient one.
Wood burning with a gas starter is the only way to go. The gas inserts cheapen a home in my opinion.
Pacific Union International
In my opinion this decision depends on whether or not you are a survivalist or simply into the cozy atmosphere created by the fire. There is an old saying, "you can't beat wood heat!" But in today's age....in the eyes of most, "you can't beat the convenience of gas."
In our northern retreat home we have a wood/coal cookstove(Kalamazoo) in the kitchen and a converted gas fireplace in the living room. Our decision was based on both survivalism and convenience.