Gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and logs make up the highest number
of our appliance sales. Gas is convenient, inexpensive, doesn't require
power and can be very efficient. In addition, the new technologies is
gas fireplaces have made them more realistic than ever.
You have a few options with gas products. You can use naturally
vented products that take room air and use it to help draft the gases up
the chimney (yes, even with an outside air kit), but you lose most of the
heat generated by the fire, plus some that was already in your house.
You can use vent-free products (that aren't really vent free, just
room-vented), but there are some concerns that you need to be aware
of before buying.
You can use the most popular technology, which is direct-vent or
balanced-flue technology, that is a sealed system. Direct vent gas
products bring all of their combustion air in from the outside and expell
their combustion gases right back outside. This results in much higher
efficiency. There is also no chance of heat loss up the chimney, or
harmful gases coming into your home. Direct vent products can be
installed with the chimney going out through a side wall or can be
vented thruough the roof to give the look of a real fireplace chase.
There are some facts to be aware of when considering gas as
your fuel option.
- Gas isn't nearly as inexpensive to heat with as wood, but is similar to
pellets and much cheaper than electric.
- Gas requires gas lines. This is an additional cost that you should be
prepared for when shopping. Also, the route for the gas lines needs to
be safe, and preferably, concealed from view.
- If you are in an area that does not offer Natural Gas service, you will
require a Propane, or L.P. tank. While you can lease a tank, buying
your tank ensures you can buy your propane from any local source.
- Gas equipment, if not installed correctly, is dangerous. Using
mismatched fittings, hoses and adapters is a leading cause for fires
involving gas. Finally, a quality installation always includes a pressure
test to ensure, without doubt, that your system has no leaks.