Since the early times of cave dwellers, man has congregated on the perimeter of a fire. Cooking, heat and the social aspect of the activity all playing a part. Today, most modern homes have a form of central heating, but the popularity of the fire has not dwindled and more people than ever before are looking for wood burning stoves or the more modern electric and gas fireplace options.
Although many prefer the sound and authenticity of the real fire experience, there is a lot to be said the convenience and cleanliness that the gas fireplace offers. For minimal maintenance, a realistic heat source can warm the entire room.
Types of Gas Fireplace
There are different types of gas fireplace:
- Gas insert. This type can be fitted into a pre-existing fireplace.
- Built-ins. A gas fire that is installed onto a wall.
- Log sets. Gas burners that are added to existing fireplaces and deliver more on aesthetics than heat.
Whichever type of gas fire you decide upon, please be aware that this is not something that you should be attempting to do by yourself. You need to involve a professionally trained gas engineer.
This is a crucial requirement. Although you won’t experience the ash or smoke that a traditional fireplace produces, gas fires do emit carbon monoxide amongst other gases. Most gas fires will dispose of their excess gases through a pipe, chimney or flue to the outside.
However, it is now possible to install a vent free gas fireplace. They can be positioned anywhere as they do not require an outside wall. They will automatically shut off if the oxygen level of a room is detected to become too low.
Gas fireplaces make for a cosy addition to any home.