Gas Fireplace vs. Insert: What’s the Difference?

Yes, these are two separate products for two distinct applications. These terms are NOT synonymous! A gas fireplace insert is to be slid into an existing wood burning fireplace. A gas fireplace is designed to be built into a framed wall. This is done during construction or a remodeling project. An insulated shell around the gas firebox provides protection against overheating any wooden framing members.

Gas inserts usually come in a few sizes, small, medium and large depending on the dimensions of the wood-burning firebox. But a gas fireplace can be a traditional or linear model. Maybe a see through or two-sided corner model for that special spot in the living or dining room. There are literally dozens of sizes available when it comes to a gas fireplace. And with venting options horizontally through a sidewall or vertically through the roof, a gas fireplace could be installed in several locations in your home. An insert to upgrade your existing wood burning fireplace is vented vertically through the existing fireplace chimney.

Below is a list of fireplace and grill stores that service Virginia (VA)

Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Warrenton, VA

Costello's Warrenton Fireplace & Hot Tub
251 West Lee Hwy
Warrenton, VA 20186


For more information, contact your local fireplace and grill store..

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