Can I Replace My Existing Fireplace with Propane Logs?
Converting to a Propane Hearth is Quick and Easy!
Here in the northeastern United States, entertaining guests during the winter season is commonly done in front of a warm, toasty fire. However, with an old-fashioned fireplace comes the hassle and the mess of logs and embers, plus the worry about making sure the fire’s gone out before you head to bed. What if there was an option that eliminates all that work?
Customers are always surprised to find out how easy it is to convert an existing wood-burning hearth to a gas fireplace. And they’re even more pleasantly surprised by all the realistic looks and styles of logs available to use in an existing fireplace that’s been converted to gas.
Is It Complicated to Convert to Propane?
It’s super easy to convert a wood-burning fireplace to propane! Thanks to direct vent and ventless technologies, it’s easy to add a fireplace almost anywhere, even without a chimney—especially if you already use propane in your home.
The simplest option, vented gas logs, will give you the same look as a wood fire, but because the damper stays open, most of the heat produced is lost—much like with a wood fire. To ramp up the heating ability, you’ll want to choose a ventless or direct vent gas insert.
Ventless or Direct Vent: What’s the Best Option?
- Ventless models have a regulator that produces a fine gas-air mix that allows the gas to burn cleanly, and reduces the fumes associated with traditional gas fireplaces.
- With direct venting, a single dual-chambered pipe is installed directly through a wall to the outdoors. The pipe simultaneously draws air for the fire from the outdoors, while it expels the fire’s combustion byproducts to the outside.
What Are Gas Logs Made Of?
The gas logs in a gas fireplace are made from cement, ceramic or ceramic fiber blends that are carefully crafted and painted to look just like real wood logs. You can even specify a species of wood! Those realistic-looking logs are fitted with small pipes that release gas, a lot like the burners on your stove.
Gas logs are made to withstand high heat, and should last for years to come, depending on how much you use your gas fireplace.
The Benefits of a Propane Fireplace
Propane-fueled fireplaces add ambiance—but they also provide efficient supplemental heat without the mess, smoke, and ash of a wood-burning fireplace. And a gas hearth is viewed as a far safer option. After all, you eliminate the need for playing with matches and waiting for tricky kindling to catch—you can turn on and adjust the flame with a wall switch or even a remote control and turn it off when you are done. No waiting for embers to burn out or worrying that they will flare up again.
Warm Up Your Home with Help from Casey Energy!
Nothing beats the cozy charm and ambiance of a fireplace. Let the team at Casey Energy show you how easy and affordable converting to a gas fireplace can be!
Have an older propane fireplace? We can update and upgrade your propane fireplace, too. We service and install everything we sell, and we stand by our work. Contact us for more information today.