While a traditional wood-burning fireplace offers heat, light, and the rustic sounds of crackling wood, the amount of upkeep required to keep them functioning safely can drive homeowners towards a gas alternative. Not only do gas fireplaces require far less maintenance, they also offer a more efficient way of heating a room. Plus, turning them on and off is as easy as flicking a light switch. If you’ve decided that it’s time to ditch the firewood and convert to a gas fireplace, here’s an overview of the options you have at play. Additionally you have many choices regarding styling to compliment your home.
Gas fireplace inserts
This is perhaps the most straightforward way of converting a wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace, because an insert is a complete fireplace that will be installed within the firebox of the wood-burning fireplace. Inserts have a glass front panel that will replace the need for a grate, which you may have used in front of your wood fireplace. The glass doors are always closed as the fire chamber is sealed; all of the air needed for combustion is piped in, and all of the exhaust air is vented out. Since gas insert fireplaces direct their exhaust directly outdoors, by-products from the gas fire will be kept out of your home.
A gas fireplace insert is essentially a heater that operates much more efficiently than a wood-burning fireplace. So even though you’ll lose the option of an open fire, you’ll be able to heat a room with the aesthetics of a fireplace in a much more affordable way.
Gas Log Sets
If you want to keep a good deal of the realism of a wood-burning fireplace, a vented gas log system may be the right option for you. These synthetic logs are constructed to resemble various species of trees, and the flame they emit looks comparable to the real thing. But unlike real firewood, you won’t need to chop and stack these logs.
These inserts fit directly in your old fireplace opening and are well known for their durability and dependability. Napoleon’s wood burning technology ensures an extremely clean burn. There are a variety of styles from traditional with cook top surfaces to more elegant and sophisticated types.
Pellet inserts deliver great performance as wood and wood pellets are eco-friendly, convenient, renewable, and cost efficient fuels.
Any of these options give you the chance to replace your drafty old fireplace with an efficient, warm and stylish insert.