How to Choose a Gas Fireplace
When choosing a gas fireplace, remember that, like any appliance, there are features to look for and things to avoid. While perusing, you'll want to consider vents, installation style and what kind of fuel your selection burns. Need some help? We’ve got you covered.
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Here’s a quick breakdown:
Vent Type: If you're buying an insert to transform a traditional fireplace into a gas one, then you may come across natural vent style options. These types of inserts are designed to work with your existing masonry, sometimes in combination with a pipe or liner that's installed through your chimney. Direct vent fireplaces, on the other hand, can be vented through a wall or up through the roof of your house. Finally, there are vent-free fireplaces, which automatically clean hot air as it leaves the fireplace, eliminating the need for a chimney or ventilation system altogether.
Freestanding v. Insert: It's important to decide whether you're looking for a fireplace that comes inside a pre-built case or one that’s just an insert. Inserts can either be worked into pre-existing wall indentations or used as a base for new masonry to be built around.
Fuel Type: Gas fireplaces are designed to work with different types of fuels — namely natural gas or propane.
Indoor v. Outdoor: You'll soon discover that there are many great options for both indoor and outdoor gas fireplaces. For safety reasons, make sure you know which environment your fireplace was intended for before you buy it.
Additionally, while it's entirely possible to install a gas fireplace yourself, don't hesitate to contact a professional. There's nothing worse than damaging your home with a DIY project gone terribly wrong!