Gas & Electric Fireplace Buyers Guide
the past, the only type of fireplace you could buy was a wood burning
unit. Now you have more ease and
convenience with that of a gas or electric burning fireplace. Not only that but it is also a good show
piece and way to add value to your estate.
technology has advanced the realism of the appearance of gas logs and flames
has added popularity in the choice of gas over wood fireplaces. Hearth systems use either liquid propane or
natural gas as there fuel source with natural gas as a primary and propane when
natural gas isn’t available.
a gas fireplace offers many advantages to your typical wood burning
fireplace. To start, you don’t have to
worry about chopping wood, starting and putting out your fire, as well as
cleaning the fireplace after every use.
Not only that gas is more efficient, burns clean and is as easy as
flicking a switch to turn the unit on.
Gas fireplaces are a great primary or secondary source of heat which can
help you save a significant amount on your heating bills. For a general application a fireplace with
BTU’s or (British thermal Unit), a unit of heat energy measurement of 35,000
BTUs will provide sufficient heat for about 1,000 square feet. By no means is
this a significant amount, however it maybe depending on your needs. Other factors such as windows, doors,
installation, ceiling height etc have to be factored in.
fact that these fireplaces are easy to install whether it be recessed into a
wall, installed in the middle of a room, a corner, or built with a multi sided
unit makes the addition a breeze. Not to
mention you have a lot of options when it comes to décor on the fireplaces such
as inlay kits, door options, or shelf kits etc.
systems offers the best in quality and craftsmanship with there fireplace
systems convenient programing where it be a remote, thermostat or switch/timer
that can control duration the unit is on to how high the flame is. There are a lot of cool features that many
gas units have like that of the “remote ready” label that states it can be used
if you have made the decision to with a gas hearth system, or if you are
interested in learning a bit more about one, here is a brief overview of the
three different types of gas appliances.
vent fireplaces are the most common type of fireplaces and are the most
efficient. Each unit is closed combustion to seal it off from a room. The air is run from outside in for combustion
while also being exhausted back out of the exhaust.
of the drawbacks seen from customers in the past was the need of glass in place
as the reflections would take away from the full effect of the fireplace. Although the glass is still required to
operate the unit, there are now more options available such as the ceramic and
tempered glass which significantly reduces this reflection. You can never
operate a direct vent unit without the glass panel installed and securely in place. A lot of the direct vent units are using
ceramic glass which provides a clear look of the flames as well as keeps the
high heat temps down that are more common with the tempered glass units. It’s a good idea to make sure the unit you
are looking at has the appropriate glass you are looking at getting.
direct vent fireplaces typically have a more realistic flame pattern than that
of its counterpart vent free units, they do not have the ability to customize
the fire itself. Meaning the height of
the flame is adjustable on certain units, but the layout of logs and flame is
permanent. Make sure you are happy with
the layout before making the investment.
fireplaces are a newer type of installation which have been around for about 15
years. Vent free fire places are popular
for those who don’t want to have to worry about piping installation and or
building a chimney. Great options for
those that have smaller homes. Also they are very efficient in the fact that
there is no lost heat making them very efficient units.
Vent-Free units are great, just like any option it has its pros and cons. The exhaust from the unit is almost all
carbon dioxide and water vapor. One
thing you need to be careful of is although these units are engineered to a t,
with a almost 100% complete combustion, they must maintain close to that number
or there is potential harmful by-products and sooting problems that could
thing to keep in mind is that if the unit is in too cramped a space, the unit
is going to extinguish itself. This is
because it requires a certain amount of space and oxygen in the room for the
combustion process. As this can present
a concern to many, these Vent-Free units have been outlawed in parts of the US. With that being said, these units have a
failsafe in place that if the oxygen in the room depletes a certain level it
will shut itself down. Installation of a
carbon monoxide detector is always a good idea.
thing to keep in mind is that even though safety precautions have been
integrated to these units, they are not for every user. People who are prone to asthma, respiratory
issues, or sinus issues should stay clear from these units as they can be
bothersome. As well remember if you are
using liquid propane, your vent free unit will be exposes more water vapor in
the air than if you use natural gas.
Therefore make sure you have a large open room when using liquid propane
to prevent a humid atmosphere with possible mildew formation as well as fogged
some concerns in mind BTU output will be restricted to 40,000 BTU/hour for
larger size rooms and smaller rooms restricted to 10,000 BTU’s. The National Fuel Gas Code has determined
these fireplaces not to be installed in “confided space”. This is defined as volume less than 50 cubic
feet per 1,000 BTU/hour of the input rating of all applications in that space.
To help you decide what king of space you are working with, a formula is provided
L (length) x W (width) x H (height) x 20 = Maximum BTUs allowed
you have any concerns about installing your vent-free fireplace, please use the
BTU formula and check the BTU rating of the unit you are looking at installing
as well as see the manufacturers requirements in the manual tab.
you end up with a vent-free unit you will want to pay more attention to general
and more frequent maintenance. You want
to make sure the intake and ODS are kept clean and free of any possible
debris. This can effect performance as
well as promote outages. A can of
compressed air is a great way to clean these areas.
as each fireplace unit is manufactured and designed to work in a specific way
installation is very important and is recommended that a professional install
which ever unit you decide to go with.
That way the unit looks and runs right as well as operates in a clean
see all the information for the products under the tabs as well as the product brochure
and user manuals. If you still have any
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as soon as possible. Thanks for shopping
Want a fireplace alternative to gas. Look at our alternative electric fireplaces. Some benefits include:
Want to save money on your heating bills. Turn the central heating down and use the electric fireplace to heat the most used rooms. They only cost 7 to 13 cents an hour to operate. Great alternative to gas that costs up to 20 cents an hour depending on utility rates. Installation is very cost efficient as the use of chimney or gas lines are almost never needed.
No actual flame is produced, which makes electric fireplaces safer for all. Most electric fireplaces propel heat into a room using a fan, which blows across a heated electric coil within the unit. They can be turned on and off and usually offer a timer feature unlike that of your conventional wood burning fireplace.
On most electric fireplaces, the flame feature can operate independently of the heat feature, so a flickering fire can be enjoyed in comfort all year long.
With many different models and sizes there is surly a unit that will fit your space allowed.