Do you have a gas fireplace in your home? A gas fireplace gives the luxury of lighting a fire at the click of a button. Dating all the way back to 1895, gas fireplaces still serve as a staple in our homes today.
Whether you have a gas fireplace or you’re thinking of getting one installed, this quick guide will serve you with everything you need to know.
What are the Types of Gas Fireplaces?
While gas fireplaces have the same basic concept in terms of function, they are not all created equal in terms of installation.
The different types of gas fireplaces include:
- Log set: These gas fireplaces come with a stack of ceramic logs that look like wood. The gas burner is placed in the firebox to look like real burning logs.
- Insert: This type sits inside a metal box that is designed to fit your existing masonry fireplace.
- Built-in: A built-in gas fireplace also sits inside a metal box but it comes with its own free-standing construction. It typically doesn’t require to go inside an existing fireplace.
Although ceramic wood is the most popular and common option for gas fireplaces, log alternatives include gas, coal, and stone.
Once you select the type of gas fireplace you want for your home, another major consideration is cost.
How Much Does a Gas Fireplace Cost?
The cost of a gas fireplace depends on the type you are getting for your home. It also depends if the fireplace has a vent or if it’s vent-free.
As a general range, you can expect to pay anywhere between $500 to $5,000 installed for a standard unit. However, Angie’s List notates that the cost can be as high as $5,500 if you are converting a traditional fireplace to a gas fireplace. This is because a new gas line needs to be installed, which increases the price due to additional labor.
After your new gas fireplace is installed, it’s important to know how to maintain it for both safety and aesthetic purposes.
How to Care for a Gas Fireplace
One of the benefits of a gas fireplace is that there is not much of a mess to deal with. Since the wood isn’t real, there is no ash to bother with or clean up.
However, gas fireplaces require at-home maintenance such as:
- Cleaning the glass to prevent fogging. If you don’t clean the glass, you may be permanently unable to see through it and enjoy the ambiance of your fire.
- Once the glass is clean, check for chips or cracks.
- Make sure the ceramic logs are not deteriorating and crumbling.
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