Gas Fireplace Insert – A mini furnace that installs inside of your masonry fireplace. It is made to provide supplementary heat for the room or a larger area. A click of the remote and you have a flame. When the unit gets hot, the blower comes on and circulates the warm air throughout the area of your home. Many gas inserts have lighting that can be turned on when the flame is on or off. A vented gas insert has a glass front with a safety screen barrier on the front. There are modern type fireplace inserts available that display fire-glass or river rocks, instead of the traditional logs. Measurements of the front face, back wall and depth of the fireplace opening is required to fit the proper insert.
Vented vs. Vent-Free:
Vented gas inserts get combustion air from outdoors, to feed the flame and they exhaust the flue gasses outdoors as well.
Vent-Free gas inserts do not have a glass front because the flame gets combustion air* from the room. Gas fireplace inserts can run off of either Natural Gas or Propane (LP). I recommend to choose Vented, if it is possible, for any gas or propane appliance.
*Combustion Air is the air (Oxygen) needed to keep the fire burning properly.
Gas Log Set – A click of the remote and you have a flame. A gas log set is often confused with a gas insert. I will explain exactly how a gas log set works and remove the confusion. Gas log sets come in many options of log configurations and looks. You can also choose a modern look, using fire-glass or river rocks, instead of logs. Some people confuse gas log sets with inserts. A gas log set DOES NOT use a fan to circulate air (like gas fireplace inserts). If ambiance and a bit of heat is what you are looking for, that’s what a gas log set will provide. Vented gas log sets require the fireplace damper to be clamped open. Fireplace doors are strongly recommended with vented log sets, to keep the heat in your home from escaping up the chimney, when the vented log set is not in use. Vent free gas log sets do not require the fireplace damper to be opened, although some need it slightly opened. Some vent-free log sets allow you to have the fireplace damper opened or closed (Your choice)
The installation process of a gas insert consists of: Gas Piping, Electrical Wiring, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney liner and a permit from your town is required. This may seem like a lot of work, but that’s what we do for you. The whole installation process can be done in a few hours.
Wood Fireplace Insert (75% of the heat is used to heat your home) vs Masonry Fireplace (75% of the heat is wasted up your chimney)
Vented vs Non Vented (Vent Free)
Custom Fireplaces (If you don’t have a masonry fireplace, no worries. A custom fireplace can be installed in any room. Having s custom wood fireplace or a custom gas fireplace installed, is not a huge remodeling project. The installation can be done in as little as one day (Or as Christine would say “In a snap of a finger”.)
Vented or Vent Free Custom Fireplaces
Fireplace Doors (Fireplace doors are not only a beautiful way to dress up your fireplace, they help keep your fireplace more efficient. You can simply close the doors when the fire dies down, to minimize the amount of room air to the fire, keeping the heat in your home from escaping up the chimney)