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I have a fireplace in my home that I am refurbishing to sell. The Chimney was pulling away from the house so I tore it down but the mantle is still there. I am going to add an insert. Personally I prefer wood however since my goal is resale, does anyone know which would add more value and help sell faster...wood, gas, or electric?. My house is rural so we don't have natural gas. I would have to add propane for a gas insert. Electric seems easiest but kinda cheep looking imo.
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Electric, may as well put a tv in the opening.

If you want wood, the venting / chimney requirement is much more involved than something like a direct vent propane FP.

It depemnd somewhat on the home / room and personal preference, but I have a propane FP in my great room and prefer it over wood. Clean and not dealing with everything asociated with a wood FP.
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I have a fireplace in my home that I am refurbishing to sell. The Chimney was pulling away from the house so I tore it down but the mantle is still there. I am going to add an insert. Personally I prefer wood however since my goal is resale, does anyone know which would add more value and help sell faster...wood, gas, or electric?. My house is rural so we don't have natural gas. I would have to add propane for a gas insert. Electric seems easiest but kinda cheep looking imo.
rural = wood all the way
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When I was looking at houses, one of my main must haves, was a WOOD fireplace
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It doesn't sound like you are using it as a primary heat source, so the idea of a remodel and putting something else there may be worth consideration.

Wood - You will likely have the expense to add a chimney back on, or suffer with the crappy look of steel double walled ductwork outside your home. And IMO, wood fires will likely soon become a thing of the past. Nasty pollution that's targeted by Air Quality administrations - at least out here it is...

Propane - sounds like you would need to add that as a utility and a service, so that's a gift that will keep on giving money wise. But it's the best fireplace option if you are set on having one. Same pipes / venting requirements outside the home.

Electric - if it isn't a heater, then what would this be? Once of those cheesy ones with light bulbs inside? Or are you talking about an actual electric heater?

Maybe turn it into a nice wet bar!!
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I prefer wood significantly more, but most people are lazy and like gas. Electric is stupid.
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What about a pellet insert?
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I had a house with both wood and gas direct vent. I liked the gas direct vent a lot more than the wood. Yeah wood is nice but its a pan to keep going with a nice flame and the gas was just as easy as flipping a switch. You may want to ask your realtor on this one. As someone is not going to make their decision based on gas or electric insert when it comes to buying the house so you may be throwing your money away thinking you are improving the house but are really not.
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Insert as in wood stove?

You will need flu pipe rated for a stove - that will be the bulk of your cost.
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I had a wood burning fireplace that needed replacing.

Replaced with a wood burning fireplace.

More work? Yes.
But nothing like a good burn in the house.





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My builder talk me out of having a wood burning fireplace and I kick my self every winter.
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Since you're selling, I'd go propane. Easiest and most cost-effective. It's not like a buyer couldn't later convert to wood if they preferred. I doubt it'd stop anyone from buying. You don't need a huge propane tank. A 100-pounder can sit next to the house withing easy plumbing reach, and can be hauled for refill vs requiring delivery. My $0.02, but I'll let you have it for free.
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Where does OP live? North East? Wood stove. Alabama? Gas log.

If it was my money, I would acknowledge that fireplace is unfinished and seller will give 1k credit for whatever they want.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
I prefer wood significantly more, but most people are lazy and like gas. Electric is stupid.
I think this is the ticket to get more offers on a house.
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Wood burning fireplaces can pull more heat out of a home than they put back in it when used as an adjunct to a central heating system. Adding an insert to make the fireplace more efficient is an expense you are not likely to recoup. If you property includes enough trees that the deadfall will meet the needs of the new owner that would be an advantage if you do install a wood burning fireplace. BUT it would require a lot of work for the new owner to exploit that advantage.
The broadest appeal to a potential buyer may be to leave the project unfinished and allot an allowance of xxx $ to the purchaser for the installation of a wood, gas, or propane insert. Once you put the insert in you may exclude potential buyers who really wanted a different option in the hearth.
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A fireplace sure can be a net heat loss, but a proper wood stove insert is absolutely as efficient as a wood stove if installed properly.

To the original post: I would stop where you are now. Let the next owner decide what fuel they want.........if any.
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I changed the fireplaces at both houses to gas and I couldn't be happier with them. We do have an outside wood burning fireplace at the lake.
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A fireplace sure can be a net heat loss, but a proper wood stove insert is absolutely as efficient as a wood stove if installed properly.

To the original post: I would stop where you are now. Let the next owner decide what fuel they want.........if any.
Agreed. Dropping $5k on a pellet stove install would attract ME as a buyer, since I'm a big fan of pellet stoves.
But it would NOT attract buyers who know nothing about them.

For someone looking for a low-maintenance house, they may not want a real fireplace with chimney.

I'd put whatever is cheap and will make it look ok. Anything you spend more than that will limit buyers and not add to the value of the house.
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I love my wood fireplace but I would have loved it more if it was a good gas fire place.

The damn thing takes a wheelbarrel full of wood to burn 6 hours and doesnt generate much heat.
Marshmellows or weenies indoors are fun though!
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I'm rural also no NG here. Previous owner had a wood stove. They took it out and replaced with a propane fireplace. I disconnected it. F'n hate that thing.

I would NOT do a propane fireplace.

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