Fireplaces have come a long way from their olden wood burning avatar with huge chimneys to the modern day, efficient gas fuelled ones. Although most people still love the crackling of wood and natural flame of traditional fireplaces, many are switching to gas for some obvious reasons. The convenience, instant start up, no mess, no tending and no need to buy wood regularly makes gas fireplace the choice of modern homes.
Gas fireplaces are maintenance free and they burn clean. They are also more energy efficient compared to their wood burning counterparts. These fireplaces have an efficiency of 50-99 percent compared to 10-30 percent efficiency of wood burning fireplaces. Furthermore, gas fireplaces are extremely easy to install and can virtually installed anywhere where your gas supply can reach.
Types of Gas Fireplaces
Gas fireplaces are mainly of three types:
- Log sets
Inserts and log sets concert the traditional fireplaces to gas. Logs sets come as kits that include a burner grate and gas logs that can be installed in an old fireplace using a chimney for venting. On the other hand, inserts are self contained units that simply fit into firebox. They have a dedicated venting and offer the same efficiency and heating as a built-in fireplace. Built-in fireplaces are the most versatile type of fireplaces and are freestanding units enclosed with wall finishes and framing.
Fireplaces come with two venting options: venting, vent free and direct venting fireplaces. When you vent the gas fireplace through existing chimney or a new chimney, most of the heat goes up the chimney reducing the efficiency of the gas fireplace. On the other hand, vent free applications are highly efficient as no heat escapes the room. However, it is important to note that even with best vent free gas fireplaces there will still be some water vapour and carbon monoxide. This may create some safety hazards even though the manufacturers assure that these units are completely safe.
Direct venting fireplaces feature a special metal duct that pulls air from outside and feed oxygen to the gas fire, and sends the exhaust gases out through a separate chamber. These fireplaces are quite efficient as no warm air is lost and only exhaust gases escape.
Gas fireplaces come with various features that make them more efficient and easy to operate. If you are looking to buy a new gas fireplace you should look for some of these features. These include variable flame that allows you to adjust the flame height as desired, electronic ignition for quick and easy start up, and others.
Blazing Glass offers a comprehensive range of gas fireplaces. Just check out our collection and you will certainly find a fireplace that suits your needs, and fits into your budget. We also offer a variety of DIY fireplace kits for those who intend building their own fireplace.