All About Gas Fireplaces

On a chilly winter night, there is nothing better than enjoying a roaring fire. Thanks to the inception of gas fireplaces, acquiring that roaring fire is now easier than ever. Read below to learn everything there is to know about gas fireplaces:

They are realistic:
When gas fireplaces first become popular, the synthetic logs left a lot to be desired. It was obvious with one glance that a gas fireplace did not contain a “real” fire. Today, gas fireplaces have come a long way. They now feature realistic-looking synthetic fires complete with glowing embers and tall yellow flames that flicker and dance around the logs. To add realism, the logs are often molded after (and sometimes from!) the real thing.

They provide instant heat:
As mentioned above, there is nothing better than a warm fire to chase away the cold on a chilly evening. However, when starting a fire in a traditional fireplace, there can be quite a bit of work to be completed. For example, before any heat begins to flow forth from a wood fireplace, it takes some effort to start the fire. Therefore, it could take several minutes, if not longer, to start noticing any warmth permeating the room. On the other hand, gas fireplaces provide instant heat and require no effort to start.  In fact, many only require the push of a button to start.

They come in a variety of styles:
There are three main types of gas fireplaces available today. They are as follows:

  • Inserts: Inserts are most often used when there is an existing wood-burning firebox that the owner wants updated to a gas variety.
  • Log sets: This option replaces wood in an existing open fireplace. (Make sure that your log set works with your particular fireplace type!)
  • Built-ins: Built-ins are perfect for installing a fireplace where none existed before.

The variety of styles makes it possible for every homeowner to find a style that works for her. Built-ins and inserts are great in regards to heat production as they fill a room with radiant heat and warm air. Log sets are most often used for looks. Each type of gas fireplace is either set up to vent outside the home or is vent-free.

Gas fireplaces can utilize propane or natural gas:
Gas fireplaces can burn either natural or propane gas. Natural gas is less expense than propane and produces about five percent more heat. However, natural gas is not always available in every area of the country. Therefore, propane is often utilized when using natural gas is not an option.

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