Transform a wood-burning fireplace into gas by installing a gas-burning insert. A gas fireplace insert is a metal box within a metal box that fits inside an existing fireplace and blocks the draft from the chimney. The gas insert heats the air between the two metal boxes, and then that heat is released into the room. This is an excellent option for homeowners who want to rework their existing wood-burning fireplace into a fuel-efficient heat source. A gas fireplace insert is a good option if you’re interested in zone heating your home and assisting the HVAC system so it doesn’t run as much during the colder winter months.
Gas Fireplace vs. Gas Fireplace Insert
Gas fireplaces are built into a wall of a home during construction or a major renovation. The big difference between a gas fireplace and a gas fireplace insert is that the gas fireplace doesn’t need an existing fireplace or even a chimney. If you don’t have an existing fireplace and chimney, a gas fireplace can be installed so it vents out through a wall, or you can choose an unvented gas fireplace. A gas fireplace’s BTUs are higher than those of a gas fireplace insert, so more heat will come from the built-in gas fireplace.
Vented vs. Unvented
Gas fireplace inserts are available as vented or unvented options. Direct vent units are considered the safest choice. They exhaust all the gases and water vapor produced from burning gas and vent it to the outside. Vented gas fireplace inserts pull in the outside air to keep the flames alight. Vented inserts generally have a realistic fireplace aesthetic because the temperature is controlled. This results in a flame pattern and color that mimics a wood-burning fire.
Benefits of Choosing a Gas Fireplace Insert
Gas fireplace inserts are a cost-effective and straightforward way to transform a wood-burning fireplace into a gas-burning one. A gas fireplace insert can be used as a heat source to increase the effectiveness of your HVAC system. Many homeowners enjoy the look of real flames without the hassle of moving and stacking firewood or cleaning out a fireplace full of ash.
For more information, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.