A fireplace is a structure traditionally used for heating and cooking. It not only contains fire for heating a home, but adds comfort and flair to a household as it can be the central decorative feature of the house. While many people love the genuine wood burning fireplace, a lot of modern houses have natural gas fireplaces for a variety of reasons.
Among the reasons people are now choosing natural gas fireplaces are fuel cost, installation cost and placement, health benefits, and safety. Gas prices today are relatively less expensive compared to the cost of wood. Compared to the cost of electric power, natural gas is still way cheaper. In terms of the expenses for installation, you only purchase the fireplace kit, have it installed and bingo! You do not even need a chimney, which is often expensive. A natural gas or propane gas fireplace can be installed in any part of your house and because there is no smoke or soot coming from natural gas, there is no air pollution inside your house. You do not have to worry about asthma, allergy or any symptoms related to exposure to smoke or soot.
A natural gas fireplace is equipped with gas or carbon monoxide detector and has less risk of fire. Compared to using regular fireplaces, you are more secure. The following tips will help you put up a natural gas fireplace in your house.
- Know that there are various local codes for gas fireplaces. It is important to have an experienced, knowledgeable professional do the fireplace installation for you. A licensed installer must obtain a building permit, a mechanical permit and other requirements to comply with the local codes and regulations. Minus proper permits and inspection by a qualified service person, the warranty of your fireplace and your homeowner’s insurance may be jeopardized.
- Get the necessary tools and supplies in order: the installation kit, fireplace manual, saw, hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, screws, tape measure, electric drill, framing square, and safety glasses as well as gloves.
- Prepare the space for your natural gas fireplace. Clear the room of any furniture or items that are in the way or may get damaged while installing your fireplace. A location where there is already an electric outlet and which is away from heavy traffic areas would be better.
- Construct the frame for the fireplace, allowing room for vent installation. Measure the exact position and dimensions. If you choose masonry, prepare the foundation and make sure that it is a level surface which will support the added weight above the fireplace.
- Nail the flanges securely and insert the fireplace into the frame.
- Install the gas line and all electrical components. Always follow instructions included with the kit for gas line connections.
- Set up the ventilation system. Follow the manufacturer’s guide for venting installation.
- Attach the fireplace to flooring and framing securely.
- Install logs, grilles or gate respectively. Avoid covering the burner's port holes with logs. If you have a child in the house, it is important to childproof your fireplace.
- Before lighting your fireplace, read the manufacturer’s manual again for your own safety. Make sure to follow every step correctly to avoid fire or explosion.
You can choose from a number of styles and prices depending on your household needs. To benefit more from a natural gas fireplace, it would be wise to know the appropriate accessories such as gas heaters, flame log lighter, generators, burners, remote control, and a lot more.