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How Should I Choose a Gas Fireplace?

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A gas fireplace provides many benefits to the homeowner, adding both warmth and ambiance to a room. In fact, a fireplace is one of the top three amenities that homebuyers search for in a new home. If you are considering installing a new gas fireplace or converting an existing wood burning fireplace to gas, there are a few things to keep in mind before you buy.

Obviously, accessibility to a gas line is foremost in consideration of installing a gas fireplace. Most homes already have existing natural gas lines providing fuel to either their furnace, stove, or hot water heater. However, many homes only use electricity as their power source for all appliances. In this case, a homeowner might choose to install a gas fireplace that uses propane gas logs. The difference between natural gas and propane gas logs is the source of fuel, but if natural gas is available, it is preferred because it burns cleaner and more closely resembles wood burning logs.

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Once you have determined the appropriate fuel source for your gas fireplace, you will have to choose a style. There are literally hundreds of options in terms of style. You can install whatever style you prefer to meet both your budget and the look you want for your room. You might choose to have a mantel installed or you might prefer a flush, modern look. The room where you will be installing the gas fireplace will most likely dictate the style you choose to a degree.

While some homeowners do have the technical know-how to install a new gas fireplace or convert an existing one, without in-depth knowledge of the mechanical workings of gas lines, installation is a job best left to professionals. In most cases, you will have to obtain a permit to install a new gas line and certain building codes may apply to installation. If you do not have accessibility to natural gas, you should contact local propane distributors. You should also check with your local building inspector about permits and codes that apply to you.

When you are shopping for your new gas fireplace, be certain you are choosing exactly what you want, right down to the log insert. If you later change your mind and want to change to a new insert, you might void the manufacturer’s warranty. After installation, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance.

Gas fireplaces are becoming very popular alternatives to wood burning fireplaces because they are cleaner and more convenient. As long as you choose your fireplace carefully and have it properly installed you will enjoy the physical and aesthetic benefits of the warmth it creates. In addition, the fireplace will also add value to your home.

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Can you use a gas insert without the logs in?

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