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How Do Gas Fireplaces Work?

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Gas fireplaces are energy-efficient alternatives to traditional fireplaces! 

Unlike traditional fireplaces that burn wood and other solid fuel, they save energy and do not pollute the environment. So, for all the environmentally-cautious peeps out there, these options serve as a great bet. 

Sure, you cannot roast marshmallows in a gas fireplace! But we can assure you that you will have a gala time watching the flames dance while enjoying its warmth during winters. In today’s guide, we will give you a brief round-up of what these variants of fireplaces are like and how to operate them. 

So, let’s quickly take a look!

 

Two Types Of Gas Fireplaces

 

1. Vented Gas Fireplace

These fireplaces come with vents that go directly through the walls. However, they can be placed away from the walls as well. The vented units do not draw air from the room where they are placed. Rather they draw air from outside, which is later used for combustion and then vented back right after use. 

So, rest assured you get to enjoy the best heating source without breathing in any of its by-products. 

 

2. Ventless Gas Fireplace

Ventless gas fireplaces are more like gas ranges that do not require any kind of vents to push the gas outside. As there is no vent, these fireplaces do make use of the air present in the room for combustion. And the best part is that the heat gets retained in the room and there’s no wastage of energy. 

 

Benefits Of Using A Gas Fireplace

 

1. Energy-Efficient And Easy To Use

Wondering why there’s a craze for gas fireplaces and why so many people are installing one in their homes? Well, for one, the thermostat is easy to operate, and you can adjust it according to your requirements. This is a great option if you are planning to heat up your home in an energy-efficient manner. 

If you have used a traditional burning stove, you would know how difficult it is to control the temperature. But advanced gas fireplaces even come with options that enable you to enhance the height and intensity of the flames. When you have so much control over the flames, nothing can stop you from feeling like a wizard!

In fact, the right gas fireplace can be a great addition to your already existing central heating system. Install it in a room, and you will be able to cut down on the energy bill significantly by not wasting too much energy on heating. 

 

2. Low Maintenance

You would already know how a traditional fireplace requires a chimney. And chimneys are not only costly but also require a load of maintenance as they need to be cleaned pretty regularly. 

Gas fireplaces, however, do not require a chimney to function. Instead, they make use of the vents to deposit the by-products out of your house. 

So, unlike chimneys which can get clogged up and cause health hazards, the gas alternatives completely negate this problem. You can further upgrade to a ventless gas-based fireplace that won’t come with any venting system. 

 

3. Availability Of Designs

Don’t believe anyone who tells you that the style choices are limited just because you are opting for a gas fireplace!

From old Victorian charm to modern and simplistic designs, gas fireplaces have a lot to offer. This is really helpful for those who have given a makeover to their current house and feel that their existing fireplace does not go well with the new aesthetic. 

In that case, you should definitely opt for a replacement!

 

How Exactly To Operate A Gas Fireplace?

 

When using a gas fireplace, remember that you need to provide it with a dedicated and constant supply of natural gas. This will be the source of fuel for the fireplace. 

However, for many modern units, you might require to connect them with an electronic ignition system. Standard pilot lights would not be of much use in this case. 

Once you are done connecting it with a fuel source, go ahead and start the pilot flame. For this, you will require an ignition system that includes a pilot, a spark ignitor and a thermophile. Once the arrangements are made, use the pilot flame to light the main burner flames. This is what produces the fireplace flame effects and generates heat. 

You can very well adjust the flame size and the heat levels by simply adjusting the controls on the device. And if you are planning to improve your fireplace experience, consider adding a range of faux fireplace mediums, such as logs and coals. 

Lastly, remember to feed oxygen to the flames; it is essential either to have an internal or an external supply of air. 

All said, it is best to keep the pilot flame on once the burner flames are put off (this is true for standing pilot light gas fireplaces). On the other hand, if you are using an ignition type of gas fireplace, we would recommend turning off the pilot whenever you turn off the fireplace. 

 

Final Words

 

With that, we have now reached the end of this brief informative guide!

We hope that you enjoyed going through it as much as we enjoyed compiling all the information for you. Using a gas fireplace is super convenient! And to start it, you simply have to push a button on the remote. The best part is that it can function even when the power is out as it does not run on electricity. 

Now, the advantages of using a gas fireplace are plenty. Just remember when planning to add one to your living space, you can always get in touch with the professionals who can help get the job done. 

We’ll be back with more articles such as this one. Until next time, fare thee well!

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