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Upgrade Your Winter with a Propane Fire Feature (Part 1 of 2)

Posted: September 13, 2017

Living room fireplace

Who doesn’t love sitting in front of a fire on a cold January night in Massachusetts?

The answer to that question is “all the people who hate the hassle of chopping wood and sweeping ashes.”

But what if you could the warm glow of a fire without the hassles? You can – thanks to the power of clean, green propane.

Types of propane hearths

Propane hearths fall into two broad categories: propane fireplaces and cast iron stoves (devices are installed where a blank wall used to be) and propane fireplace inserts and log sets (appliances that you add to an existing wood-burning fireplace structure).

In this first of a two-part post, we’ll focus on fireplaces and stoves; we’ll return to log sets and inserts in our next post.

Propane fireplaces: Considerations for an installation

If you choose to add a new propane-powered fireplace or cast stove in your Massachusetts home, you’ll need to know:

  1. How you’re going to vent it – There are three common ways to vent your fireplace or stove: direct, natural, and vent-free. The option that is most logical and safe will depend on your home, the code requirements where you live, and your budget.
  2. How much room you have – Larger propane fireplaces typically produce more heat. You’ll need to know how much space you can spare for your propane fireplace – along with how much heat you’ll need to warm the room (also known as the room’s heating load).
  3. What you want it to look like – Today’s propane fireplaces are available with trim and design options ranging from modern to classic.

Our experts can help you answer all these questions and more.

Looking to add a propane fireplace to your Massachusetts home? We can help! Contact us today for a FREE estimate on great propane fireplace options from Rinnai and Empire – and stay tuned for our next post on propane fireplace inserts and log sets.