What is a natural gas fireplace ?
A natural gas fireplace is a type of gas fireplace that is fueled by natural gas. A natural gas can be one of three types: a natural gas fireplace insert (see fireplace inserts for more information), a free-standing natural gas fireplace that is vented through an existing chimney, through newly-installed venting, or out the wall directly adjacent or behind the fireplace.
In general a natural gas fireplace provides the benefit of being clean-burning and convenient. A natural gas fireplace can be turned on and off with the push of a button, and some models can be controlled by a remote control. Another benefit is that a natural gas fireplace operated without power, and can be relied upon to keep your family warm during a power outage. They are also very useful for heating out-of-the-way areas of your house using the free-standing options that use venting. Above all, a natural gas fireplace is a very efficient alternative to other types, running for only a few cents per hour and providing much more heat than a wood burning fireplace. On average, a natural gas fireplace will cost less than 60% what a wood or electric fireplace will cost to heat the same room.
As always, consult the owner’s manual of your natural gas fireplace and ensure that proper safety measures are taken. With the instant on and off feature of a natural gas fireplace, you can operate it with less worry about an accident. You should still keep children and pets clear of hot surfaces and make sure that there is a fire extinguisher somewhere nearby in case it is needed.