Gas Fireplace Insert As A Heat Producer
Traditional open masonry fireplaces are definitely nostalgic and lovely to look at. However, they’re not the greatest appliances when heat is your number one priority. Upgrading to a powerful gas fireplace insert could be your perfect solution.
Here are details about gas inserts that will be helpful to know if you’re considering this upgrade.
Inserts Go Right Into Your Fireplace
A fireplace insert, as the name implies, is a pre-built appliance that is placed, or inserted, right into the firebox of your existing masonry fireplace. No additional construction or home modification is necessary.
Converting To Gas Fuel
Gas inserts can run on natural gas or propane. Your fireplace installation tech will run the necessary lines into the fireplace and make sure everything is connected safely and correctly.
Gas Inserts Are Clean
A new gas fireplace insert will save you a lot of the time you’re spending on cleaning up after wood logs. This includes wood chips, dust, and other debris on your floors as well as lots of ash and charred chunks in your firebox. With gas, there’s zero mess to clean up.
Did You Say You Wanted Heat?
If more heat is what you’re after, a gas insert will deliver. Traditional masonry fireplaces typically operate at about 10% to 20% efficiency – meaning, 80% to 90% of the heat they produce goes right up the chimney. Gas fireplace inserts, on the other hand, carry heat-efficiency ratings of 70% to 90%, meaning they keep most of the heat in your home. It’s a difference you’ll notice immediately.
Easy To Use
With a gas insert, getting a lovely fire started is as easy as flipping a switch. A handy remote allows you to set your heat preferences and get fires started and stopped instantly.
Easy To Maintain
About the only maintenance you’ll do with a gas fireplace insert is an occasional wiping down of the surfaces. No mess is created during combustion, and there’s no flammable creosote buildup to worry about. An annual safety inspection by a certified fireplace technician is recommended.
Today’s fireplace inserts are built not only for top performance but also for stunning beauty. A wide range of styles, finishes and design touches are available from leading hearth-industry manufacturers. Faux logs in the firebox amazingly resemble actual burning wood. It’s hard to tell the difference at first glance.
Having a Gas Fireplace Insert Installed
While inserts come “ready to go” from the factory, this doesn’t mean that a novice has the qualifications to install them. If you’re not thoroughly familiar with fireplaces, gas connections, venting and fireplace safety, your best bet is to hire someone who is.
A qualified technician will be able to set up your new insert in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s safety guidelines and in a way that complies with all local building and fire safety codes. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the job was done right.
Fire N’ Stone of Tilton, NH, is your first choice for all fireplace and chimney-related services. We install gas fireplace inserts and other types of heating appliances and provide chimney cleaning, inspections and all levels of chimney and fireplace repairs.
Shopping for a new gas insert? Visit our 3,400-square-foot showroom at 539 Laconia Rd. in Tilton. Speak with a licensed, certified expert today by calling (603) 293-4040.