A Few Advantages of Gas Fireplaces

There is nothing more relaxing than sitting around a warm fire on a cold evening. Unfortunately, though, indoor fireplaces are few and far between, and those that do exist require a great deal of maintenance. Thankfully, though, homeowners now have a better option: install a gas fireplace in the home and get all of the advantages of a wood fire without any of the hassles.

Ease of Operation

It can be extremely difficult to get a wood fire started even in a well-designed fireplace, but homeowners with gas fire logs don’t have that problem. The gas line can simply be opened up, then a match can be held to the fireplace beneath the logs to instantly produce a perfect fire. Unlike wood stoves and fireplaces, which require a good deal of finesse, gas fireplaces allow easy use by just about anyone.

Plenty of Warmth

Once these gas fireplaces are in operation, they provide nearly as much warmth as their traditional counterparts. In fact, they are nearly indistinguishable from wood fires, since they typically feature ceramic logs on top of a steel grate that looks just like the ones found in normal fireplaces. Since the gas itself is usually distributed through a layer of specialized sand that features glowing embers, there’s just about no way to tell the difference without knowing that the unit is run on gas.

No Chopping Wood

One of the biggest hassles for homeowners who want to make frequent use of their traditional fireplaces is procuring and chopping enough wood. Gas fireplaces require hardly any labor at all, and no trips outside in the cold for more fuel unless the gas tank runs out. That means less mess and less hassle.

Lower Cost

The operating costs of gas fireplaces simply don’t come close to the cost of wood and routine chimney maintenance. In fact, most gas fireplaces pay for themselves within 1-2 years in material savings alone. That statistic doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that traditional fireplaces require extremely specialized care and maintenance, which can also cost a bundle.

Less Dangerous

Traditional fireplaces produce a good deal of creosote, which can build up on the inside of the chimney and eventually cause fires if it is not removed periodically. Gas burning fireplaces, on the other hand, produce next to no messy and dangerous by-products. That means no dumping ashes and no paying exorbitant sums of money to chimney cleaners or masonry specialists to remove creosote and other kinds of buildup.

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