With the nights growing longer and chillier, an increasing number of customers are reaching out to us seeking guidance on incorporating a propane gas fireplace. Not only do these fireplaces provide excellent supplementary heat, but they also add a touch of elegance to any space!
When considering a propane fireplace, one of the frequently asked questions pertains to how long gas logs can be run. The answer is that it depends on the model. Generally speaking, it is good to err on the side of caution. Don’t run your propane gas fireplace for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time. And never run your fireplace all day or all night long.
Parker Gas offers expert installation and service of gas logs and other hearth products so you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of a gas fireplace in your Eastern North Carolina home.
Not all propane gas fireplaces are alike, and neither are gas logs. Our experts will help you choose the right ones for your home, taking in several factors, including:
Type of fireplace: There are two kinds of propane gas fireplaces, direct-vent and vent-free.
Vented propane gas fireplaces produce a wide, lifelike flame that closely resembles the warmth of a wood-burning fire. However, they do necessitate an open chimney flue or damper, which can lead to reduced heat retention. If your primary focus is on creating a cozy and visually appealing atmosphere rather than maximizing heat output, this option might be the ideal choice for you.
You can transform your traditional fireplace into a hassle-free propane hearth with a gas log insert. Utilizing the existing chimney, this setup efficiently vents combustion gases upward and outward. Plus, similar to a direct-vented system, you have the freedom to run it for as long as you desire.
If your primary objective is space heating, a vent-free propane gas fireplace could be the perfect option. By closing the chimney flue, you enhance energy efficiency. Although the flame may not possess the same level of realism or visual appeal, it still provides excellent heating. To maintain a consistent warmth, a thermostat is utilized to regulate the temperature in vent-free log sets. However, due to the lack of ventilation for the minimal fumes, it is not advisable to run the gas logs continuously for more than a few hours at a time.
It is also important to note that due to the exhaust, vent-free fireplaces should not be used in bedrooms or enclosed areas such as bathrooms. Some communities may prohibit installation of vent-free fireplaces, so check your local codes before making your decision.
Size of fireplace: Fireplaces come in different sizes, and the gas logs need to fit properly not only for scale and aesthetic appeal, but to allow safe clearance between the logs and the sides, back, and front of the fireplace.
Your style: One of the great things about propane gas fireplaces is that you can choose the fireplace that matches the style of your home. The same holds true for gas logs, which are made to accurately mimic real woods ranging from oak to birch to driftwood.
Get the convenience and comfort of a gas fireplace with gas logs and hearth products from Parker Gas! Contact us today to get started.