Gas fireplaces and stoves are easy and convenient to use, which may be why they are more and more popular among homeowners today. In spite of their being more in-demand than ever, many people have questions about gas fireplaces. The following are some common questions along with answers about gas fireplaces and stoves.
What kind of gas do gas fireplaces and stoves use?
Either propane gas or natural gas can be used with gas fireplaces and stoves. Most log units are suitable for either type of gas, though there may need to be a valve change for proper operation. Because some models are made only for one type of fuel or the other, check for special requirements when purchasing your appliance.
There actually are some differences between a propane-burning gas fireplace and a natural gas unit. Propane burns about twice as hot and contains, per cubic foot, about 2,500 Btu. Methane is the chief component in natural gas, and the heating value is approximately 1010 Btu per cubic foot. The differences in the amount of heat provided is what necessitates a unique valve for each.
A gas fireplace today mimics a wood-burning fire much more convincingly than when ceramic logs first came out. The gas comes out in the gas log unit. Once ignited, a flame dances over the fake logs. The logs are available in a wide variety of textures, styles, and sizes. For instance, you can choose your favorite faux logs, such as birch, oak, or pine.
No, a chimney is not necessary to use a gas fireplace or stove in your home. There are vented gas fireplaces and unvented gas fireplaces, but nether require a chimney. Instead, venting is more like an exhaust, such as for clothes dryers. An unvented gas fireplace does not need venting at all. The gas fuel is burned up 100%, which is why no fumes are released into the home. Glass doors are used, however, just to be sure no fumes enter the home.
Unlike wood-burning fireplaces, gas fireplace systems do not have heavy-duty architectural and building requirements. A great advantage of gas fireplaces is that they can be installed along any internal or external wall. Many models can also be installed within a wall, with some providing a view from each side. The ambiance and warmth that these modern units bring to a home is invaluable. One thing to keep in mind is that some regions have requirements for how gas units are installed. For instance, they may not be allowed in bedrooms. Check your local laws before installing a gas fireplace.
Gas fireplaces are incredible efficient, with all of the gas fed into the heating unit being transferred into heat and the pleasant ambiance that only fire can create. You can easily zone heat with gas fireplaces, which means that you can cut off the central heating unit and use the fireplaces in whatever room you’re in. By zone heating, you can lower your utility bills in winter.
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