Useful information

The Most Frequently Asked Question:

 "Which is better, gas or wood?"  
So much depends on personal preference!

  -- Let's address some of the pros and cons of the different types of fireplaces: 

         (then you can make an informed decision)
                            

GAS:

 Pros:                                                                                    Cons:

  •  Cleaner than wood                                              --  Doesn't create the same smell                                                                                                                                         and sound as a wood fireplace
  •  Easier than wood  - just flip a switch              --  Can't tend to the fire
  •  More flexibility in installation
  •  More control over heat output and flame height
  •  Can be used to supplement the furnace to heat home
  • and reduce heating bills

GAS DIRECT VENT

 Pros:                                                                                       Cons:

  • Can be installed virturally anywhere                    --  No "direct" access to the flames due   in the house                                                                                                    to sealed combustion fireplace
  • Air-tight construction eliminates air quality
    concerns in home
  • Maintains indoor air quality
  • Many direct vent products are efficient enough
    to be listed as furnances
  • Eliminates the need for a chimney and chase
    - less expensive installation 
  • More flexibility in installation such asunder windows
    or as a room divider  
  • Instant ambiance with the touch of a button
  • More authentic look due to sealed  combustion chamber,
    allows for flame-out-of-logs 
  • 100% of combustion air comes from outside the home
  • 100% of the exhaust is expelled outside  the home -  
  • direct vents do not interfere with indoor air quality - doesn't use already heated   ​room air for combustion air 


GAS B-VENT / TOP VENT

  Pros:                                                                                    Cons:

  • Ease and on convenience of gas fireplaces     --  Potential back-draft of combustion                                                                                                                                gases depending on home's indoor air pressure                                                                                                   --  Uses already heated room air as combustion air                                                                                                   --  Less efficient than direct vent units  

GAS UNVENTED ("nonvented") / ROOM-VENTED

  Pros:                                                                                Cons:

  • Less involved installation                                      --  Air quality issues/health concerns
  • Potential to be installed in many                        --  Typical sizing quidelines for an      
  • places, BUT must follow room sizing                      average fireplace size (30,000       
  •  requirements (typical unvented fireplace              BTU's) require a 96' x 20' room     
  •  requires 96' x 20' room)                                             size -or 1,920 sq ft to safely accommodate unvented                                                                                              product
  • Very efficient in burning of gas, but                     --  Illegal in many states and               
  • uses heated room air for combustion                      municipalities --  A typical (unvented) natural gas                                                                                                      stove or fireplace releases a                                                                                             gallon of water vapor every 2 to                                                                                                                                 3 hours of operation- potentially causing mildew issues                                                                                        --  May require more service to                                                                                                                                             ensure dust, pet hair, and other                                                                                                                                       chemicals are not interfering                                                                                                                                           with the unit                                                                                                                                                                   --  For safety reasons cannot be run                                                                                                                                    for extended periods of time                                                                                                                                      --  Requires permanent fixed                                                                                                                                                opening to the outside for proper                                                                                                                                  room ventilation