The Benefits of Gas Fireplace Stoves
by Eric Morris
If you are looking for a unique, decorative heat source for your home, you might want to consider a gas fireplace stove. Gas fireplace stoves are free-standing units that can be used in most any room of your house. With their old-fashioned shape and styling, they add a bit of country charm to any décor. If rustic isn’t your style, that’s okay, too–these stoves are also available in contemporary or traditional looks. Gas stoves are available in any color and can match any decorating scheme.
Aside from their looks, gas fireplace stoves have practical advantages, as well. For instance, they help you save money on your electric bill. Since they are fully gas-powered, they can still operate even if you lose your electricity do to a power outage.
Gas fireplace stoves are available in different venting options: direct vent, natural vent, or vent free. To a certain degree, your choice will be dictated by your home. For example, direct vent stoves can be used when you do not have an existing chimney. According to the Vermont Castings website, “The sealed combustion units draw outside air in without using a chimney or flue. You can install these units in almost any room in your house.”
If you do have a chimney, you should use a natural vent gas fireplace stove. They will vent directly through the existing chimney.
Vent free stoves do not require a chimney, but they also use no venting. This means that some of the burnt gas will circulate in your home. Before purchasing a vent free stove, check local and state ordinances to find out if they are legal in your area. If you do decide to buy a vent free model, follow installation and use instructions carefully.