Why Should You Convert Your Fireplace to Gas Logs or Add a Gas Insert?
When it comes to fireplaces, everybody wants “a product that looks truly fantastic as the centerpiece of my room.” Others add “and great heat, and as little maintenance and upkeep as possible.” For these individuals, gas is the way to go.
When converting a traditional masonry fireplace from wood-burning to gas-burning, you basically have two options: adding a gas log set, or installing a gas fireplace insert. Let’s look at each option.
The least-expensive of the two options, gas logs simply can be placed in any firebox to which you’ve run a gas line. The logs have an amazing likeness to real wood logs and bring warmth and ambience to any room. A huge variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colors are available.
Compared with wood logs, there’s no comparison when it comes to easy starting: a wall switch, a remote control or a match brings instant fire to your gas logs. And because it’s gas that’s burning, you won’t have flammable creosote building up constantly, as with a wood-burning fireplace.
A gas insert is a pre-made unit that fits securely within the opening of an existing fireplace. People go with inserts for several reasons, but the most important one is heat – and lots of it. You can choose either a direct-vent or a ventless insert.
Direct-vent technology uses outside air to draft the appliance and send toxins and exhaust gasses outside the home. With efficiency ratings of 60% to 80%, they significantly outperform wood fireplaces.
For the ultimate in heating, go with a ventless gas insert. These units are rated between 92% and 99% efficiency and outperform wood fireplaces, wood stoves and every other type of fuel-burning home-heating appliance.
It’s important to note that, while no heat goes up a pipe or chimney with a ventless insert, neither do exhaust fumes and moisture that are produced by burning gas.
For this reason, most ventless inserts come with an oxygen-depletion sensor that shuts off the gas before carbon monoxide becomes too plentiful in the inside air. Ventless gas inserts are considered safe, but some jurisdictions don’t allow them, so check with your city or county before purchasing.
Custom heat based on room size
When planning on installing a gas fireplace inert, measure the room in which it will go to get the square footage. Then when shopping, you can look only for brands and styles that fit your requirements. Generally, gas inserts are built to heat rooms from 1,000 square feet up to 3,000 square feet, so make sure you get the right size.
If you live in the Denver area and are shopping for a handsome gas log set or an efficient new gas fireplace insert, Inglenook Energy Center of Conifer, Colo., is here to help. We’ll show you the right products for your specific needs and answer all your questions. Don’t forget – we have local professional contractors standing by to install everything we sell. Give us a call at (303) 838-3612.