All you need to know about gas fireplaces

The only thing more ideal than a soothing fire on a cold, wintry night is a fireplace that needs no attention, requires minimal to no clean up and does not leave the other parts of the house cold. This is exactly what today’s gas fireplaces offer. Gone are the days of the anemic-blue flames and unconvincing logs. Current fireplace models are modernised and burn a lot more realistically, with orange-yellow flames and red embers that flicker and dance around ceramic hand painted logs modelled from the real thing.

Gas fireplaces are typically available in the following types:

Inserts: These are adequately designed for people who wish to retrofit a wood burning box with something that is a little more practical, convenient and efficient.

Built-ins: These types of gas fireplaces are intended for people who like to have a fireplace where one doesn’t exist and basic burners, log sets that lay in existing open fire places.

Both inserts and in-built gas fireplaces are quite reliable when it comes to heat production. They can fill a room with a combination of radiant heat and warm air. Log sets are typically for aesthetic value and not warmth.


  • Variable-flame height adjustments

This type of gas fireplace upgrade means you will be able to dial in just the right levels of heat, from a roaring flame to a whispering one. In most cases, a good unit will adjust down to 30% from full output.

  • Wall-thermostat controls

These controls will allow you to automatically adjust the fireplace’s heat output temperatures either manually or using a handheld remote.

  • Electron ignition

An electronic ignition means you won’t have to use a pilot light, allowing you to save money in terms of fuel costs.

  • LED accent lighting

This sort of lighting allows for more realistic flickering effects.

With the upgrades found in today’s fireplaces, you will be able to enjoy your home much better.