Gas fireplaces have been around for a while now. They were developed as a replacement for traditional wood ones. As their name suggests, these fireplaces do away with the need for firewood. Instead, they need to be hooked up to a gas line for their fuel supply. You could connect this fireplace to the main gas line that supplies gas to your kitchen, or, if you don’t have one, you could have a separate gas tank installed for it. The commonly used gas in these fireplaces is propane gas.
However, you should know that your gas fireplace is not going to produce the familiar crackling and popping sounds that wood fireplaces are associated with. They are also not going to produce any smoke. For this reason, you might find them to be too different. That is actually one of the reasons why wood fireplaces are still popular. People are used to the visual and sound effects that a wood fireplace produces.
Even so, it could be a very wise decision to invest in a gas fireplace. There are many ways in which a gas fireplace is better than a wood one.
1. If you have ever used a wood fireplace, then you will have experienced the great difficulty in lugging the big logs of wood to your fireplace. This is certainly not the most convenient thing to do. Not only will you have to have a steady supply of firewood, but you will also have to have some place where you can store it, and protect it from moisture till they are used. With gas fireplaces, you don’t have any such problems. All you have to do is to turn on the knob and the fireplace gets ignited. You don’t have to haul anything; you don’t have to store anything.
2. The fact that these fireplaces don’t produce smoke is something that you have to really think about. This is a great advantage. Incompletely burnt wood can produce quite toxic fumes, which could be unhealthy to your health and the health of your pets. You will always need to make sure that there is proper ventilation in the house when you are using a traditional wood fireplace. With gas fireplaces, there is no such peril to be worried about.
3. Another reason why gas fireplaces are better than wood ones is because you don’t have many cleaning and maintenance needs. There is no ash left behind that you have to clean up the next day. There is no reason to hire a regular service person for a gas fireplace because there are no cleaning needs. Using them is just like using your kitchen gas stove-no residues left behind to clean up.
4. You will also find that gas fireplaces are much cheaper. To start with, there are no major installation costs. You don’t need to break up your room if you don’t want to. There are no cleaning and maintenance costs.
It is because of all these reasons that gas fireplaces have become so popular. People are preferring their convenience and low cost in comparison to the traditional types that are slowly paling out in comparison.