A great alternative to a traditional wood-burning masonry fireplace is a gas fireplace or stove. Gas-fueled fireplaces and stoves provide plenty of heat to help cut the cost of utilities in winter; and they have other benefits, as well.
If you’re considering having a gas fireplace or stove installed in your home, the following related questions and answers should help:
What are the top benefits of a gas fireplace or stove?
Gas appliances utilize modern, heat-efficient technology. Gas fireplaces and stoves are eco-friendly and very low maintenance. Annual inspections are highly recommended, but there are no ashes to clean up or logs to chop, stack, or haul. What many homeowners love most about gas fireplaces and stoves is that they are incredibly convenient, starting instantly with a thermostat, a remote control, or the touch of a button. An added perk is that gas lines work even if electricity goes out. During winter power outages, a gas appliance can keep the family warm and comfortable.
What types of gas can fireplaces and stoves run on, and which is best?
Gas fireplaces and stoves can run on propane or on natural gas. You can’t switch back and forth between types of gas without changing the valve system, however. Propane provides more than double the heat as compared with fires fueled with natural gas. Per cubic foot, natural gas burns at approximately 1,010 BTUs; and propane burns at about 2,500 BTUs. For some homeowners, running a gas line from a propane tank is the best option. For others, tapping into a gas supply line in their home makes the most sense. When purchasing a gas stove or fireplace, find out whether any alterations are needed for the type of fuel you’ll be using.
Is a chimney necessary for a gas fireplace or stove?
No, gas fireplaces and stoves do not require the same venting needed for wood-burning fireplaces. An exhaust channel is a better description of what a gas appliance needs. Gas doesn’t produce fumes or smoke, when properly vented. Both vented and non-vented models of gas fireplaces and stoves are available. A wood-burning fireplace can be converted into a gas fireplace, as long as a chimney liner of the appropriate size is also installed, to serve as the exhaust system.
Where in my home can a gas fireplace or stove be installed?
Gas appliances are extremely versatile and can safely be installed along external and internal walls, though, per building codes in some locations, they are not always allowed in bedrooms. There are many styles and models available, including gas fireplaces installed within walls, for viewing from two different rooms.
What are gas logs made with?
Today’s gas logs are far more realistic than their early predecessors. The ceramic logs are designed with minute details to resemble specific types of firewood, complete with knotholes, branches, marks, and natural bark patterns. There are alternatives to gas logs, as well. Popular styles today include flames dancing across glass rocks and other designs.
If you’re considering installing a gas fireplace or a gas stove in your home, the best way to ensure safety is to contact the professionals at any of our member stores. Trained and certified chimney technicians help you choose the appropriate unit and can provide all-important professional installation services.