A Look at the 3 Primary Types of Gas Fireplaces

On a cold winter day or even a crisp autumn evening, there are few things more cozy and inviting than the gentle flicker of an open flame. However, the process of burning wood to get that appeal is not a clean or easy feat. With a gas fireplace, you can enjoy that comforting fire and heat with the touch of a button, which is far easier than gathering wood and attempting to build a fire. Take a look at three of the primary types of gas fireplaces. 

Gas Fireplace Inserts

Gas fireplace inserts are retrofitted inserts that are installed in an existing wood-burning fireplace. If you have a wood-burning fireplace that you do not like because burning wood is not convenient, a gas fireplace insert is a quick and easy way to make a change. Typically, all you need to make the change is the current measurements of the existing fireplace, including height, width, and depth. Take your measurements to a home improvement retailer and find an insert that will work in your existing fireplace. Of course, you will have to have a professional install a connecting gas line and a ventilation pipe. For more information, contact a company like Nordic Stove and Fireplace Center.

Gas Log Sets

Gas log sets are often designed to look like small wood-burning stoves with faux wooden logs inside that are visible through a tempered glass window. The beauty of gas log sets is they can be installed without installing a fireplace-like opening in the wall. However, that same benefit can be a disadvantage if you do not want a heat source that takes up your floor space because a gas log set is more like a freestanding heater. 

Built-In Gas Fireplace

A built-in gas fireplace is installed into a room where there isn't already a fireplace. These fireplaces can operate via natural gas or propane. To install one, you will have to run gas supply lines and a ventilation pipe from the fireplace to expel any fumes. While gas fireplace inserts can do a really good job of replacing a wood-burning fireplace, the built-in gas fireplace is usually going to provide the most finished-out and efficient appearance. 

Overall, if you enjoy the allure and ambiance of a flickering flame, it is not too difficult to find a gas fireplace option that will work for you and your home. Reach out to a home and garden retailer for more information about gas fireplace options.