Propane Hearths: Beauty and Convenience (Part 1 of 2)

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So many people forego the simple pleasures of a home hearth because they just don’t want to deal with the time consuming hassles of wood fire setup and cleanup – or the expense of installing a full-on masonry fireplace.

But what if you could get the benefits of a fire feature without those hassles?

You can – thanks to the power of propane.

Propane Hearth Basics

Propane hearth installations fall into two basic categories: standalone devices whose installation requires construction (propane fireplaces and cast iron stoves) and devices that you add to an existing wood-burning fireplace (propane fireplace inserts and log sets). In this first of a two-part post, we’ll focus on the former group; we’ll return to log sets and inserts in Part Two.

Propane Fireplace Consideration

If you choose to add a new propane-powered fireplace or cast stove in your Connecticut home, you’ll have to answer three basic questions:

  1. How should it be vented? – There are three basic ways to vent your fireplace or stove: direct venting (a sealed box that vents directly outdoors), natural (venting relies on a natural draft aided by a door that opens) and vent-free. The one that is safest and most practical for you will depend on your home, local code requirements, and your budget.
  2. How much space do I have? – Where gas fireplaces are concerned, size and power usually go together. You’ll need to know how much space you can spare for a fireplace, along with how much heat you’ll need to keep the room warm.
  3. What do I want it to look like? – There are many finishes and trim features and options for your fireplace – from simple modern to more classic designs.

Stay tuned for our next post on propane fireplace inserts and log sets!

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