Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces — November 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Gas Fireplace 101

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We stumbled upon this very informative article by Bob Villa.  This is a great read that provides a ton of up-to-date information on the hearth business. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Fireplaces are highly demanded amenities, just after outdoor patios, decks and porches, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)”
  • Gas fireplaces are one of the hottest hearth products on the market today, outselling wood and pellet varieties by more than half”
  • “The nice thing about gas is that you have immediate ignition and complete control over the heat output of the appliance. With wood, a certain amount of time is required to light the fire, turn that energy into heat and then get that heat into a room.”-Mike Ruppa, President of Empire Distributing
  • Even though natural gas/propane are non-renewable resources, gas fireplaces emit less by-products than wood burning.
  • Inserts are HIGHLY efficient, they will lower your home-heating costs even if you never use them because they prevent drafting.
  • To ensure top performance, a gas fireplace needs servicing once a year by a pro who inspects the burner, fan, venting, pilot light and thermostat, and even cleans the glass.*
*We only service units we have installed ourselves. We suggest visiting your manufacturer’s website to view the nearest dealers in your area.
For further information on gas and wood burning fireplaces, visit our showroom or give us a call.

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