Rekindling the Fireplace: Making the Jump from Wood to Gas

fireplaceA crackling wood fireplace cozying up your wintry days is the final word in comfort. Still, these also come with high maintenance, which is what makes many people turn the more modern gas fireplaces. In fact, gas fireplaces are easy to ignite, require no wood hauling and sans ash troubles.

To replace a wood fireplace to that of gas, Uintah Fireplaces recommends following the guidelines below.

1. Know Your Options

When you convert your standard masonry type wood fireplace to gas, you have three options:

• A direct vent gas that best replicates the experience of a wood fireplace.
• Unvented gas logs that release air back into the room.
• Vented gas logs that are not as energy efficient because you need to leave the damper open.

Among the three, a direct vent gas fireplace is the best option as it is the most energy efficient, the safest, and offers you the most heat.

2. Some Considerations

When you contemplate installing a gas fireplace as a replacement to the wood one, consider the following factors:

• Is it legal (the unvented gas logs are illegal in many states)?
• Does it meet green building standards?
• Does it increase heat output and stop cold drafts?
• Does it solely use the air outside for combustion.
• Does it add moisture to your home?
• Can you install it in any room of the house?
• Can you use it even with asthma or allergy sufferers in the home?
• Does it have restrictions on the length of usage?

As it happens, the direct vent gas fireplace satisfies all these conditions.

3. Choose the Right Style

Finally, know that the gas fireplaces come in myriad of styles, sizes and designs based on the theme of the room and the space available.

Follow these simple guidelines and rest assured that a gas fireplace would rekindle your love for the rustic, cozy experience.

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