200 Industrial Drive
Huntsville, AL 35811
Are they dangerous?
This is one of the biggest myths of gas fireplaces. Gas fireplaces are not dangerous in the least! In fact, they can actually be safer than conventional wood burning fireplaces when it comes to carbon, smoke, and fine particulates that are released into the air. There are a number of safety precautions built directly into gas fireplaces that come standard. The first is the the fact that gas fireplaces burn 100% of the fuel they are fed. Most gas fireplaces have a safety back-up that is a sensor that detects if any gas is being leaked into the home. If it detects any at all, it immediately triggers a “clamp-down” on the gas fireplace, stopping all gas from being fed to the fire. Thus, no gas can ever leak into your home.
Are they expensive to run?
In the long run, gas fireplaces are not expensive to run. They are much like using a gas stove top, in that they are incredibly efficient. All of the gas that is fed into their system is transferred into heat and ambiance. Compared to conventional wood burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces have a number of advantages. They don’t require any storage for fuel- they use fuel pulled directly from the main gas line. As well, they are much more efficient in providing heat. Since the heat does not escape up the chimney or is absorbed uselessly into the hearth, gas fireplaces are much more efficient in transforming their fuel into radiant, and convective heat.
What type of gas do they use?
This question comes up quite a bit and is actually pretty simple. Gas fireplaces use whatever kind of gas is normally used and lined into the home. This can be either natural gas or propane. There is no need to use a special kind of gas. When purchasing a gas fireplace and log system, however, be sure to check if the logs you are purchasing have a special requirement. While most log units can work with either natural gas or propane, there are still some that require one or the other.
Are unvented fireplaces bad?
The short answer: Yes. Unvented fireplaces are not healthy. Sure, they are 100% efficient and cost less upfront, but the benefits do not outweigh the problems.
How often should I clean out my fireplace and have my chimney swept?
If you burn wood it is recommended to have your chimney and fireplace system checked once a year. You can tell if it is time for a cleaning by looking up inside the throat of the fireplace, if there is more than 1/4 inch of soot, it needs to be cleaned. If it is shiny, you have glazed creosote and should schedule a cleaning immediately, as it could cause a flue fire.
What should I bring with me to your showroom?
Pictures and measurements. And more pictures and measurements. Download and fill out this form and then bring it in to our store if you have an existing fireplace that you want to put an insert in.