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With a variety of options available to suit just about any budget or design preference, gas fireplaces have become increasingly popular choices as modern heating sources. But what is a gas fireplace and are they dangerous?
A gas fireplace burns natural gas instead of firewood. Gas fireplaces come vented or ventless with several variations and choices to consider. A truly vented gas fireplace requires a chimney and a flue to allow off-gases to escape while air is drawn in from the room. Direct-vent gas fireplaces allow for the off-gases to be expelled and fresh air to be drawn in from outside the home through a coaxial vent in the wall or roof. A ventless gas fireplace draws air from the room and returns the off-gases back into the room. Additionally, gas fireplaces come in three different build categories: a fireplace insert, gas logs, or a built-in unit, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
There are a lot of options available when it comes to gas fireplaces. Knowing a few things before you make your decision will help you get the best results without wasting your budget: