A propane fireplace is a gas fireplace alternative to natural gas. Like their natural gas counterparts, a propane fireplace offers a lot of the same benefits. Propane is cleaner and more environmentally friendly than wood as a fuel for a fire, and a propane fireplace turns on and off easily with a switch or remote control.
While a traditional fireplace requires the damper to be open while in use, allowing large amounts of heat to escape, direct-vent gas inserts using propane have a sealed combustion chamber that reduces the amount of heat that is able to escape outside the home. If you choose a direct vent propane fireplace or fireplace insert, all of the combustion air will also come from outside the home, heating the house but leaving the air within it undisturbed.
Like other gas fireplaces, a propane fireplace offers all of the same safety and convenience benefits over a standard wood fireplace. You need not worry about leftover embers after the fire is out, and there is no hassle with chopping or buying wood, cleaning ashes, or sweeping chimneys. Installation of a propane fireplace is done by a professional, so once it is installed, it’s as easy as turning it on and off and enjoying a nice fire with your family. A propane fireplace can also be equipped with built-in dampers, smoke shelves, and heat circulating features to provide both radiant and convective heat. They can be equipped with a variety of options that include push-button ignition, remote control, variable heat controls and thermostats.
If you are looking for a gas fireplace and either not have access to natural gas or simply prefer not to use it, a propane fireplace is a great choice.