Gas or propane or fake fireplace?
The house for Dear Old Mom will be all-electric and will have provision for future PV.
Aesthetically, a fireplace is nice to have (and very nice in a power outage) but the cost to hook up to NG is ~$2,000 plus the piping and labor. A propane tank costs much less but the fuel cost is more per therm/BTUs.
We do have to think about resale and would the next owner want the hassle of refilling a propane tank. Conversely, is $2,000 a reasonable price for the convenience of always-available NG?
This is a judgement call, but I need some help thinking through it.
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