Open Fire Vs Log Burner: Which is Better for Your Fireplace?

open fire vs log burner - what's the best option?
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Open fire vs log burner is one of the more pleasant decisions to have to make during a build or renovation. Both bring warmth and that atmospheric crackle of burning wood into your home during the winter months, as well as creating a focal point for your interior design scheme. 

However, while log burning stoves are becoming more and more popular, can they really compete with a good old-fashioned open fire roaring in your fireplace? 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.