Gas Heating Stoves
Fireplaces with Gas heating stovesadd an attractive and clean heating and decorative option. Gas fireplaces stoves create less pollution and are cleaner to operate than wood. Before starting your project, choose the type of fireplace or gas stove you want – either vent free, direct vent or insert. Gas heating stoves and gas fireplaces are easy to install in new construction, or in remodeling jobs. Ease of installation, improved efficiency and clean burning has made gas fireplaces and gas stoves a popular choice.
The days of a tall chimney through the roof for a fireplace or gas stove are gone with the newer models. There are several options to choose. Some models are vent free, meaning that no chimney or vent needs to be cut into a wall or ceiling.
Vent free fireplaces and gas heating stoves have several advantages and disadvantages that a homeowner should weigh before purchase. Vent free fireplaces and gas heating stoves completely burn gas and release water vapor and carbon dioxide. All of the heat of the fire is released into the room, resulting in very high efficiency of heating. There is no chimney for heat to escape. While manufacturers may claim that this option is very safe, some building codes may have fresh air requirements that may cancel out the efficiency boost the vent free models possess.
Direct vent or sealed combustion fireplaces or stoves are growing in popularity for both retrofits and new installations. In this model, a hole is cut through the wall to allow a double walled pipe to pass through. Air for burning the fuel is drawn from outside and exhaust fumes are vented to the outside. This type of fireplace does not take air from the room for combustion, greatly improving the efficiency of the fireplace or gas stove as a heat source. Also, as burned gasses are vented to the outside, many building codes are more lenient on fresh air requirements for rooms with this type of heat source.
Inserts are an inexpensive option that is also easy to install. Some models are designed to fit into a brick hearth, converting a wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace. Inserts are also designed for wood framed surrounds and mantles, avoiding the weight of brick and mortar.
Energy is increasing in price. Gas heating stoves and fireplaces have also increased in efficiency. Most gas fireplaces and gas stoves are more efficient than wood open-hearth fires. Gas stoves and fireplaces that are direct vent or vent free have efficiencies in the 80 to 90 percent range.
Some communities, in response to the winter haze caused by wood burning fireplace smoke, have mandated the use of alternative fireplace or stove fuels. Natural gas or propane produces water vapor and carbon dioxide when they are properly tuned. They do not produce soot, creosote, or ash pollution. Starting a fire is as easy as pushing a button on a remote on some models, rather than carrying in split wood. Gas flames do not produce soot, creosote, or ash.
Gas fireplaces and gas stoves offer an easy to install and attractive option for home remodels and new home construction.