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Though the true Canadian in me tells me I shouldn't start complaining about the weather until at least November, the fact of the matter is, it's starting to get cold here in Ontario! So I've started my cold weather regimen of taking all the warm blankets out of the storage closets, keeping an unlimited supply of hot chocolate in my cupboards, and fidgeting with the heaters to find a comfortable room temperature.

The next step, of course, would be to snuggle up next to a charming fireplace for the winter season, which would be great if I actually had a fireplace. This inspired me to look into the different fireplace options available. As I browsed around, I was faced with presumably the most commonly asked new-fireplace purchaser question: "Gas or wood burning?" Here are my favourite inspiration photos for each:

Aesthetically, both are beautiful. So I ruled that out as a deciding factor. Then I had to consider the ventilation system, installation process, fuel requirements, maintenance and other aspects of owning a fireplace.

Keeping all of this in mind, I still decided that you just can't beat the smell of a wood-burning version, which has influenced me in that direction.

Do you prefer gas or wood burning fireplaces? Comment below!

See our Fireplaces & Mantel Displays photo gallery for more cosy inspiration.

Photo credits:


Lindsey Rae

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