Practical Systems help you keep the home fires burning

The men and women at Practical Systems are Minnesota’s heating and cooling experts helping you keep your home fires burning safely.

In our last blog we presented the advantages of owning a gas fireplace over a traditional wood-burning fireplace. To be fair, improvements have even been made to wood-burning fireplaces such as insulated fireboxes.  An insulated firebox can help keep the warm air from the fire inside and the cold air out.  Install chimney liner insulation, and you should be well protected from outside air getting in.

Some woods, like cedar can fill the room with a warm, welcoming and relaxing scent. A gas fireplace won’t provide natural scents.  

The following list provided by the Government of Canada Burn it Smart Program shows the longest to shortest burning wood types based on the density of common tree species. Or check out this article published on the Dave’s Garden website . Following is a list of the tree species commonly used for firewood, according to their relative densities. Trees at the top of the list have the most energy per cord, while those toward the bottom of the list have the least. Although they’re less dense, the species in the lower half of the list can make excellent firewood for spring and fall because they make heat control easier and don’t tend to overheat the house.

 Hardest (long burning) to Softest
Rock elm
Sugar maple
Yellow birch
Red elm
Red maple
Douglas fir
White birch
Manitoba maple
Red alder

Make sure that the wood you burn is dry.  Wet wood can create excessive smoke and waste fuel. 

If you decide to install a gas fireplace, call us at Practical Systems – (952) 933-1868. We’re always on call and happy to help with your heating and cooling needs.


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