Do you own a traditional fireplace, but find yourself never actually using it? We fully understand. And you’re not alone! Many wood-burning fireplaces in the Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina area are often left unused due to the effort that comes with starting a wood fire altogether. A question we are often asked by our customers is if it is possible to install gas logs in their existing fireplace.
The answer is yes! You absolutely can. And what’s better? Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane offers a wide range of gas logs which will not only enhance the look of your fireplace but make it easy and convenient to use! You’ll enjoy a cozy fire with just the push of a button for years to come.
While it is possible to install gas logs in an existing fireplace, you should firstly consider the differences between wood and gas logs. We’ve compiled some of the main differences between the two for your convenience:
Much like wood logs, gas logs come with both advantages and downsides that should be considered before deciding what the best option is for you.
Did you know that propane-powered fireplace inserts are far more environmentally friendly than wood-burning fireplaces? That’s right! The EPA estimates that gas fireplaces emit nearly 99% fewer particles than their wood-burning counterparts.
Alongside that, their energy efficiency is also something to note. A traditional wood-burning, open-masonry fireplace is inefficient for heating a room, with efficiencies as low as 10%—or even worse if that room is poorly insulated. In this case, the chimney brings cold air into the home by drafting it through gaps in the insulation.
With that level of inefficiency, what’s the point of even lighting a fire to begin with?
However, a propane fireplace proves to be far more efficient. A one-pipe vent fireplace provides a 50% efficiency rating while the two-pipe vent model has efficiency ratings of around 70%. However, if a direct-vent gas fireplace is installed, it can produce a 90% efficiency rating! That means nearly every dollar you put into the operation of your unit is being effectively utilized to keep your home warm and comfy.
Here at Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane, we offer many propane heating services, including installing gas logs in existing fireplaces. Our expert team can install an array of top, name-brand logs such as those from Empire and Rinnai!
When the temperature drops, nothing appeals more than a cozy fire. Contact us to learn more about our gas log installation services and available selection for your home, today!