Gas inserts are the perfect option for renovators or a homeowner who wants radiant heat and warm air in their home and are just not getting that from their current wood burning fireplace. This option is retrofitted into an existing wood-burning fireplace so that the cavity is reused with the new gas-burning fireplace. Typically, installing a gas insert in this situation is your least expensive option for installing a gas fireplace in your home.
An insert will produce a lot of radiant heat by heating up the space between the two metal boxes and emitting heat from its firebox. They are much more efficient than wood-burning and some options will come vented or non-vented. Typically this is mid-range price-wise and you will need an already existing chimney to install one of these.
Zero-Clearance Gas Fireplaces:
There are two ways zero-clearances are usually installed. The first is during the framing process, where you or your architects plan ahead and install your zero-clearance fireplace during the homes framing stage. Next, you build the wall around it.
The second way zero-clearance gas fireplaces are commonly installed is in places where gas inserts cannot be done. Unlike gas inserts, zero-clearances are built into your wall and don't need an existing fireplace or chimney to be installed. So, we're able to use a portion of your wall to install the fireplace and vent horizontally, directly outside through an exterior opening in your wall. Vent-free gas fireplaces are also an option, which releases the safe exhaust into the room.
The great news is that both gas inserts and zero-clearance gas fireplace units do provide ample heat. However, generally a built-in zero-clearance fireplace will deliver more BTUs than a gas insert, but it will also be more expensive. In this case, you'll need to consider the size of the room you're heating up, which will influence how many BTUs you'll need. Click here to read our blog post, How Big Should Your Gas Fireplace Be?
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