The advantages of a Propane fireplace
There is no better feeling than sitting around a fireplace during those chilly winter months. Earlier the only choice one had was to have a wooden fireplace. Yes, the crackling of the flames was a lovely sound , but there were so many disadvantages in having a wooden fireplace. You had to get fresh firewood on a daily basis and sometimes even chop it up yourself. Then cleaning up after the fire has died down was a tedious and painstaking process. Fortunately, today there are many different fuel sources other than a traditional wood fireplace. A propane fireplace is a great alternative.
Fuelled by propane which is easily available all over the country , the propane fireplace is relatively easy to install. If you already have a fireplace, you just need an insert to convert it into a propane fireplace.The other alternatives are to buy a free standing one or a wall unit.
A propane fireplace is also very easy to start up unlike traditional wood fireplaces. Most units come with an electric starter to fire up the propane. It also has an alternate manual start up in case there is a power failure. Remote controls are also available with these fireplaces. You could use them to adjust the size of the flame.
The heating efficiency of a propane fireplace is much higher than the traditional wood. It is estimated that there is nearly 90% efficiency of heating while a wood fireplace has hardly 28% heating efficiency.
Propane Fireplace inserts
If you already have a traditional fireplace and would like to convert it to using propane, a propane insert is an ideal solution. You just have to slide this insert into the same opening as the wood fireplace. You will need to connect a gas line to supply the fuel. Additionally you need to have two tubes going up the chimney. One of them brings in the fresh air which is needed for the combustion, while the other tube drives the exhaust outside.
Wall Unit Propane Fireplaces
This is a choice if you do not already have a fireplace in your home. Here an opening is cut into a wall and the unit is placed inside. You will need to connect a gas line to supply the propane. It would be a good idea to place a mantel around the unit, to give it a stylish look.
Freestanding propane fireplaces
As the name suggests these units are free standing. They can be placed wherever convenient. The only requirement is that they need a gas connection. These units more often than not do not have vents as in a traditional fireplace. The advantage of a vent less propane fireplace is that there is no need of a chimney. This is a huge saving on costs.
It is important that a ventless propane fireplace is installed by a person or company who has experience with ventless fireplaces. The fact is that these fireplaces emit Carbon Monoxide, and could cause poisoning if not installed efficiently by an authorized person.
If you like the idea of seeing wood burning as in a traditional fireplace, you don't have to worry. There are gas logs available in the market .These logs when they burn give you nearly the same feeling as wooden logs. In addition they are as warm and the plus point is they are completely hassle free as compared to traditional wood.
A disadvantage of a propane fireplace is they are more difficult to install than a traditional wood fireplace. The cost of propane could also vary from place too place. And the chances of propane prices rising are not remote.
Outside these two factors there is really no reason why you should not install a propane fireplace. Just make sure that you engage the services of a professional company to do the installation. We have been in the business of installing different ranges of propane fireplaces. We would be happy to talk with you about your needs.