14 Jan Fireplace Options
Now that the dead of winter is upon us, you may find yourself wishing you had your own fireplace to cozy up to. Not to worry; Gas Plus now has a wide variety of fireplaces to choose from, so you’re always welcome to stop into our showroom and warm up. But before you make a purchase, it’s important to understand what different types of fireplaces are available to make sure you’ve got the right fit for your home. Keep reading for a handy guide on the different types of fireplaces available at Gas Plus, and what makes them special.
If you want a cleaner, more traditional appearance without a lot of extra work, you definitely want a gas-burning fireplace. Although wood-burning fireplaces look beautiful, there’s a lot of preparation, clean up and maintenance needed, whereas gas burning fireplaces are easy to run and maintain. For gas-burning fireplaces, you can choose between a direct vent built-in, or a vent-less built-in option which does not require a chimney or the installation of a vent. Along with providing absolute comfort at the touch of a button, a gas fireplace achieves some of the highest heater rating efficiencies on the market.
Looking for a major style and comfort upgrade to your drafty, inefficient masonry or zero-clearance fireplaces? Gas inserts are the perfect option. They’re energy efficient, cost-effective, and provide the perfect amount of heat for your space. Best of all, with many styles to choose from, gas inserts can make a gorgeous decorative addition to virtually any room.
If you want your heat to spread quickly and effectively, then take a look at our gas stove options. These units are designed to provide you absolute comfort and control at the touch of your fingertips. They are the perfect blend of traditional old-world charm and high-tech heating performance; spreading heat throughout your home quickly without losing any through masonry or chimneys. With one of our gas stoves, you can rest assured that you will enjoy reliable performance and phenomenal heat year after year.
If you want genuine old-world comfort, you can’t beat the look and feel of a real wood-burning stove. The quintessential wood-burning stove has always been crafted from cast iron for good reason. They are timeless, traditional, efficient and cozy, giving you incredible bang for your heating buck. Naturally, you’ll need to stock wood to keep the heat on, but for many that is a small price to pay for the comfort you receive.
Gas Plus also offers beautiful and unique wall hung stove options. These distinctive stoves are more like modern sculptures with a natural wood-burning fire, creating a cozy environment and a striking conversation piece.
For the best blend of old and new, wood burning inserts will give your home incredible warmth and comfort in a gorgeous modern package. The natural, vivid texture of the cast iron surface makes for a rustic, yet elegant appearance that sparkles in the light of the burning wood. Blend the traditional appearance of a wood-burning fire with modern style and design, and you’ll find yourself soaking in warmth and plenty of compliments from everyone who visits your home.
So, which should you choose?
Overall, it’s relatively easy to add a fireplace, insert or stove to any home, but the important thing is making sure it fits your needs first, and wants second.
For efficiency, a gas fireplace will always win over a wood burning fireplace. That’s because gas fireplaces burn more cleanly and produce fewer polluting emissions. Gas fireplaces are also easier to maintain; you have no ashes or soot in the chimney as you do with a wood burning fireplace. Additionally, wood-burning fireplaces can also draw warm air from inside a room up and out the chimney, further lessening heating efficiency. Wood-burning fireplaces require annual cleaning to make sure the chimney does not have excess creosote, a natural by-product of burning wood, which can create chimney fires. Plus, a wood burning fireplace needs wood – that means more expense in buying wood or extra physical effort in chopping wood. By comparison, a gas fireplace is relatively maintenance free.
When comparing a gas fireplace to an electric fireplace, electric is the cleanest. Electric fireplaces are the only ones that do not release pollutants into the air. They are also cool to the touch, making them preferable in homes with small children and animals for safety. Electric fireplaces require little maintenance and all the heat they produce is kept in the home. Depending on the cost of your electricity, these fireplaces can be one of the least expensive to run.
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a fireplace, which is why you’re always welcome to visit the showroom at Gas Plus. We have plenty of working models and styles on display, and our experts can assist you in making the choice that is right for your lifestyle. We can also provide on-site inspections of your home to determine if your desired model is the right fit, before you buy.