You need less care for a gas fireplace compared to a traditional wood-burning fireplace. In fact, all you need is to make sure that systems such as ignition switches, pilot lights and ventilation are operating flawlessly. Moreover, one may need to clean up the soot generated by a gas log fireplace, but this is far less than the residue produced by a conventional wood-burning fireplace. It’s recommendable to have the furnace inspected and maintained periodically by a certified technician.
Propane vs. Natural Gas
You can set a gas log fireplace to either use natural gas or propane. You can also pipe the gas into the kitchen to fuel other gas appliances such as a gas cooker. Propane gas might be the only option in interior places where there is insufficient supply of municipal gas while natural gas is a popular option in the urban and suburban areas. Natural gas is more convenient than propane because homeowners can pipe it to their homes directly, and they don’t need to fill tanks. Moreover, natural gas is more affordable and available than propane.
The amount of money needed to install a new gas log fireplace or upgrade a traditional hearth depends on many factors. For example, the installation of a new gas log is less costly than upgrading a conventional furnace. You can either insert a cast iron or steel inside a traditional chimney and hearth or convert it into a gas log fireplace. These inserts contain a pipe system for ventilation and gas logs, and their cost can be far less than installing a new gas log fireplace.
Gas log fireplaces can heat up even a large room or all the entire homestead. In fact, most of them come with adjustable settings, so homeowners don’t have to operate them at all the time. Gas log fireplaces have an advantage over wood, as they can control temperature almost instantaneously. Moreover, burning wood to the temperature you desire can take a lot of time, and the fire needs constant attention, which is not the case with a gas fireplace.