Homeowners enjoy the snap, crackle and pop of natural wood. This comes from the sap inside the wood. However, sap can be unpredictable and unsafe due to flying embers. Wood smoke and ash can stain hands and clothing. The odor of some wood smoke is so unpleasant that family members will not want to wear clothes with the smell to work, school, or while dating.
Aside from aesthetics, homeowners will also want to consider cost, practicality, ease of use, and safety when choosing fireplaces. While the home may already be equipped with a wood unit, propane fireplaces may be a more practical and safer choice.