Many people have moved away from a wood burning fireplace to one that operates on gas. By using natural gas or propane, the need for cleaning up messy wood chips and ashes is eliminated as well as the cost of purchasing wood. If you have a wood burning fireplace, you can have it easily converted to a gas fireplace or simply choose a freestanding fireplace, which can be placed in any room of the home. With many large cities battling the problem of pollution, the gas fireplace is an ideal alternative since gas burns much cleaner.
Just imagine coming home on a cold winter evening, tired from working all day, and simply turning the switch to create an instant fire. Over the past several years, the logs for gas fireplaces have completely changed. You can now choose from various wood styles such as birch, oak, or pine, each very realistic in appearance. Additionally, the materials used for creating the logs now hold the heat even better, which helps to warm your home faster and more efficiently.
When you head off to bed, simply flip the switch off, which removes all worry of burning embers being unattended. You can also choose to add a direct vent to your gas fireplace, which greatly reduces any chance for toxic combustion.
With all the positive aspects such as lower heating bills, a cleaner burn, and better fire control, you really cannot go wrong with a gas fireplace. The only disadvantages are that you lose the actual smell of the wood burning as well as the crackling sound of the wood. However, the gas fireplace is a wonderful option and a great consideration. The styles of gas fireplaces has come a long way from where they were years ago. Today, gas fireplaces are beautiful and efficient, perfect for heating your home and making it look amazing. The great thing is that many gas fireplace designs do not require a chimney, which means they can be installed in just about any home and in any room. All you have to do is choose the fireplace design that you like best, pick out a fireplace mantle, and have a professional vent it to the outside and then you are ready to enjoy the beautiful flames and warmth produced.
The best solution if you want to convert an existing fireplace to gas it to have an insert added. If you are adding a gas fireplace to a part of your home that has no fireplace at all, a direct vent would be required, one that would not need a chimney or opening. An important consideration for gas fireplaces is the BTU, which stands for British thermal unit the larger the space needing to be heated, the greater the BTU needed. Typically, 10,000 BTUs can heat around 500 square feet although there could be some variances based on the height of the ceiling, number of windows, type of flooring, and so on.
An insert for your gas fireplace will be another important aspect. Typically, inserts are controlled with on/off switches. However, new options include the ever so convenient remote control so you can control the fire without ever getting up from the couch.
You want to make sure your gas fireplace has a good blower. The ones that are controlled by a dial offer excellent convenience for adjusting the speed as well as turning the blower on and off. The blower works by being connected to the thermostat. A predetermined range is determined and set and the blower will then turn on and off to stay within that range. As the gas fireplace heats up, the blower pushed the warm air out into the room so you have better heat efficiency.
You may see different types of terminology relating to a gas fireplace. For example, if you hear "B Vent", this unit is designed to draw air from within the house through ports that are found in the firebox. A "Direct Vent" works differently by drawing in air through a pipe coming from the outside going into a sealed firebox. In most cases, with a gas fireplace you would want the direct vent, which is not only more efficient but also safer.
The great thing about some of the venting technologies available today is that a hole does not have to be drilled in the roof. Instead, the gas fireplace is vented through the outside wall. This helps the installation process much easier, more flexible, and provides a cost savings. One such option is the horizontal termination cap, which looks good on the inside as well as the outside of the house.