Natural Gas Fireplace
A hot topic during the winter months is the discussion of a natural gas fireplace.
These units continue their popularity for numerous reasons.
Many people love the environment of a fireplace – and enjoy curling up next to a fire with their loved ones, or perhaps just reading a good book in solitude beside a fire.
A natural gas fireplace is one that uses natural gas (or even propane) to operate instead of actual wood logs or electricity.
They are typically built in factories, and come in the shape of a box, typically with a glass covering in front of the logs. Depending on the model, you may have more heat (as much as a central furnace in some cases) or less, according to your needs and preferences.
One huge advantage that entices many people to purchase a type of gas fireplace that doesn’t require electricity is that they have a backup for power outages during winter storm season. It can be a measure of insurance when unexpected storms sweep over your area.
How Realistic Is the Fire?
How “real” is a gas fireplace?
Technology is amazing! There are many units available now with logs so authentic looking, that most folks cannot tell the difference between these fireplaces and real wood fireplaces.
Varieties of Gas Units
What varieties are available?
You can purchase either a vent-free, direct vent or natural vent fireplace. There are all types of decorative features available, with numerous add-on features. Many can now even be started remotely – at the touch of a button!
Maintenance, Placement, Installation
Is a lot of maintenance required? Surprisingly, compared to the traditional wood fireplace, there is quite little required. Just be sure to schedule an inspection each year, and if you have a chimney, schedule an annual chimney sweep.
A natural gas fireplace can be placed most anywhere – just ask questions of the fireplace manufacturer for your particular situation. Hiring a certified professional for installation is recommended to be certain that all applicable code requirements are met.
If you are sensitive to smells, you will want to ask additional questions to assure that you won’t have to deal with the occasional fumes that are noticed by some folks upon starting up a gas unit. Here again, the quality of manufacture will likely make a big difference in this regard.
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