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Dual fuel. Hmmmm yea. I would be looking into using it for it's main intended purpose. Burning wood.
But the only way to save on the budget there is to cut and put the wood up yourself.
So are you able/willing/have time to do that. And, are you familiar with burning wood.
I would also want to check out the chimney before chunking wood in there.

I think the honest answer is it depends. If your comfortable with just the gas fireplace running and the BTU use is lower than your furnace your saving money. Using a furnace blower to recirculate heat is usually inefficient and if pulling through ducts in the attic or crawlspace can cool the air more. I'm with STWOOD if you can burn wood and you main concern is saving money I'd go that route. It's more labor intensive, requires more space, and would need to be modified from it's current state which would require upfront money but in the long run can save money. In my area even if paying for a cord $180 to $210 equals about $750 in propane prices on a BTU comparison. As an aside wood stoves are most efficient then inserts and lastly open fireplaces.

If it draws fresh air from the house, it will cool the far rooms because it's sucking air through the walls (gaps, etc,). If it has it's own fresh air intake, then it will heat the house.

My parents put in a real wood stove to replace the propane fireplace that was originally installed in the house when it was built. An expensive unit out of Canada that had it's own fresh air intake down the chimney. It had forced air out the front side plus a separate forced air duct so it could be tied into the main ductwork. Glass doors, the fire was completely sealed off inside the fireplace. Really nice looking. It would heat most of the house even though they didn't tie it into the main heat run.


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