If you are interested in installing a new fireplace (or if you are planning to renovate your old one), then you’ll need to know what type of fuel you want to invest in. This isn’t always an easy decision to make. Yet, with a little basic information and by taking a good look at your lifestyle and schedule, we are sure you can make the best decision for your home.

Check out some of the more popular fuel types now!


Wood is obviously a common fuel choice. It’s traditional and truly gives off that classic look and feel that many desire in a fireplace. You’ll get to hear the crackling fire and soak in that one-of-a-kind smell that only wood-burning units have to offer.

Unfortunately, wood-fueled fireplaces require a lot of work. It requires buying or storing wood, then hauling it to the fireplace itself. And you’ll need to know how to build and maintain a fire, for sure! On top of that, there’s a lot more mess involved… You’ll need to clean up ash, pieces of wood, and similar materials on a regular basis.

That being said, for many, the extra work is worth it! A lot of people actually enjoy the extra maintenance and find the process rewarding. If you have the time to invest in it, a wood-burning fireplace is a great option. And, like we said, the aesthetic it offers cannot be beaten!


If you’re looking for something less messy and more convenient, gas is definitely the option for you. Most units only require the flip of a switch, and you’ve got yourself a fire! It’s an easy and mindless way to enjoy a fireplace, without all of the work involved. Simply sit back, relax, and make the most of your night.

And when you’re all done, flip the switch off. No fires to put out or ash to clean up. You’re good to go, no matter what!

Other Options

While wood and gas are the two most popular types to choose from, there are other types available. Pellet, electric, and ethanol are just a few examples of these. Whatever you choose, remember to do your research, and pinpoint exactly why it is you want to add a fireplace to your home. Decide what is a priority to you, and focus on finding what will work best for you and your family.

We are sure that you’ll be able to find the right fit in no time. With all the different types, styles, and looks to choose from, installing your dream fireplace is now easier than ever.

We Can Help!

At Winston’s Chimney Service, we want to do everything we can to help you out with your new fireplace. View our long list of services by browsing our website and give us call anytime to schedule an appointment with our CSIA certified staff. We have been serving this area for almost 40 years, and we can’t wait to help you out soon!

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109