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Everything You Need to Know About a Gas Fireplace

Everything You Need to Know About a Gas Fireplace

With time, our households have evolved, and fireplaces are no exception. During the colonial era, a majority of houses were built surrounding a chimney and hearth. The Victorian era saw a little coal-burning fireplace, for heating the houses. During the post-war era, a square-shaped hearth was used to supply heat to the living space. Nowadays, a gas fireplace is the trendy heating option to consider when constructing or renovating houses. Wood is alright, but isn’t it easy to get the fire burning with just a click?

Here is everything you need to know about a gas fireplace.

Kinds of Gas Fireplace

There are three main types of gas fireplaces available are built-ins, log sets, and inserts. Inserts and log sets operate by converting masonry to gas. On the flip side, a log set contains a grate and burner, and it makes the logs fit inside the fireplace while using the chimney for ventilation. On the other hand, inserts are self-contained which tend to slip inside the firebox. Inserts possess good venting and provide the same heating efficiency as a built-in. As far as built-ins are concerned they are free-standing structures that are enclosed with wall finishes and framing. Built-ins are by far the most versatile of all gas fireplaces and resemble a conventional fireplace from the old times.  

Ventilation Options

Most gas fireplaces can indeed be vented through the masonry chimneys or the new B-Vent chimneys. However, doing so, you will compromise the natural heating features of gas. A gas fireplace not only sends the fire’s heat up the chimney but also, the warm air in your room. On the flip side, the no-vent option is feasible to consider. The only problem is that a no-vent venting option is only possible if you have a vent free fireplace.

These systems are extremely efficient, for the remains inside. However, despite the efficiency, it tends to give off water vapors and carbon monoxide. Although most manufacturers advocate this technology, yet some homeowners claim that it compromises the indoor air quality.   

In the end, you are left with the direct venting option. It is undoubtedly the most successful and safe heating option. It takes air from the outside and feeds the gas fire with oxygen.


A majority of built-in gas fireplaces can be enclosed either with wooden framing or other construction materials. However, for some parts heat shield offsets might be required. Normally, ventilation ducts run from the top of the unit, through the closest outer wall, yet several other configurations are possible.

For a handy homeowner, a lot of the installation process is fairly doable. However, it is better to hire a professional to handle gas and electricity fixtures. The walls surrounding the unit can be finished using paint, trim or wood you name it.

If you want to install a gas fireplace on your property, Rite Temp is the place for you. To benefit from our services visit our website, or call now at 718-509-5848.