Considerations When Choosing A New Gas Fireplace
Are you thinking about adding a gas fireplace to your home? That could be a smart choice. Modern gas fireplaces are among the most efficient and convenient supplemental heating sources available, and the variety of lovely designs make it easy to match your current décor.
When considering a new gas fireplace, you’ll want to focus on three key elements:
1. Preferred venting system
2. Fuel type
3. Fireplace design
Here’s an overview of these elements, which will help you choose the very best appliance for your needs.
1. Venting system
Gas fireplaces come in three different vent styles.
Direct-vent: This system uses a two-part chimney pipe, with one pipe inside another pipe. Air for combustion comes through the outside pipe, while exhaust is handled by the inner pipe. Direct-vent fireplaces are sealed with a glass front and do not use interior air for combustion. These appliances can be vented through the roof or a wall.
B-vent: These units vent similar to a wood fireplace in that they use a single chimney pipe that runs upwards and ends above the roof line outside. A small amount of interior air is used for combustion. B-vent gas fireplaces aren’t high producers of heat, but their beautiful flame is very realistic, making them great aesthetic values to enhance a room’s décor.
Non-vented: Non-vented gas fireplaces are good supplemental heat sources that require no venting. All combustion air is drawn from inside the home, and the units give off a small level of fumes, which may be objectionable to some individuals. Non-vented appliances are simpler to install than vented fireplaces, and they can be safely placed virtually anywhere in the home.
2. Type of fuel
If you already have natural gas being brought into your home, an installer should have no trouble getting your fireplace hooked up. Gas fireplaces also can operate on liquid propane, which is the option if you don’t have natural gas.
To use propane, a tank will need to be installed in your yard and lines run from it to where the fireplace is located. Propane and natural gas burn at about the same temperatures, but propane will generate a little more heat per volume. Natural gas burns cleaner with flames that are more natural-looking than propane.
3. Style and design
Today’s gas fireplaces come in a very wide range of designs, sizes, shapes and finishes. Here are four examples of gas fireplace styles.
Standard: This unit looks basically like a “traditional” fireplace and is set into a single wall.
Peninsula: These fireplaces are commonly placed against the edge a wall that separates two living spaces to form what resembles a peninsula outcrop that is viewable from both sides.
Dual-side: A dual-side fireplace is similar to a peninsula design except dual-side units usually are set within walls between two separate rooms. The wall between a master bedroom and bathroom is a common application for dual-side fireplaces.
Island: An island fireplace design sets the unit in a way so that it’s visible from all four sides. These are centerpieces within rooms, pushing heat out in all directions.
Is it time to bring a new gas fireplace into your home? Yankee Doodle Stove & Fireplace Center in Wilton, CT, has a full selection of top brands and experienced staff who can help you choose the best appliance for your specific needs. Visit us at 848 Danbury Road, or give us a call at (203) 544-8111.