Gas fireplaces require very little maintenance and there is no need for a chimney. Once installed, operating a gas fireplace is as simple as flicking a switch, or even pressing a button on a remote control. Popular because with a gas fireplace there is no hauling wood or cleaning ashes.
Gas fireplace are undoubtedly the most common these days, mostly because they are convenient, easy to use and they can be installed just about anywhere. There is no need for a chimney, wood or even matches with this type of fireplace and there is no mess to clean up either. The best part about this sort of fireplace is that turning it on and off can be as easy as flipping a switch. Gas fireplaces are typically enclosed in a metal casing inside which ceramic logs appear to burn using a propane or natural gas-powered flame. These fireplaces come in several varieties including top-vent, direct vent and vent-free models.
These Gas fireplaces are housed in their own metal casing and can be installed just about anywhere. They will have to be installed professionally so do not attempt to do it on your own. Fuel used is natural gas or propane.
Gas fireplaces are designed to look like real wood burning fireplaces, but without the hassle of ashes and so forth. Simulated logs make these fireplaces difficult to distinguish from real wood burning fireplaces. Gas fireplaces come in so many shapes and sizes, and can fit any décor or budget. They are however not just there for aesthetics, but obviously for heating purposes. A gas fireplace refers to an appliance which is built into the wall, while a gas stove is a freestanding unit.
There are three basic types of gas fireplaces and stoves:
Direct vent fireplaces – can be vented straight out through the wall or up through the roof. Uses two pipes that lead directly to the outside, one pipe uses combustion air from the outside while the other vents the exhaust gas.
Top vented – these units need a chimney or vent exiting the roof. It can be installed into an existing fireplace and uses the metal or brick chimney as the exhaust vent. The combustion air for top vent fireplaces is drawn from inside the home.
Ventless (vent-free) – need no vent or chimney as they exhaust into your home. It uses no exhaust vent. It includes an oxygen-depletion sensor that turns off the gas if it senses a dangerous lack of oxygen inside the house.
Gas fireplaces are easy to use and energy-efficient. They offer the convenience of an on/off switch and constant fuel supply. When the gas supply is
shut off, the fire is extinguished immediately. Propane and gas are clean-burning fuels. Compared to wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces vented to the outdoors product much less carbon monoxide and particulate emissions. Another great advantage is that they eliminate the need for cleaning the hearth and there
are no ashes, wood chips, bark, smoke or other residue left.
IIf you already have an existing fireplace, there are inserts available.