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Gas Fireplace Inserts: Upgrade Your Old Hearth

If your home has an existing masonry firebox that you don't get much use out of, upgrading it with a gas insert fireplace is an excellent way to refresh that space and get the most out of your home. These natural gas or propane fireplace inserts slot into the current opening, making them easy to install, and the convenience of a gas fire at your fingertips makes them simple to use as well. Adding a fireplace gas insert is a popular choice for anyone remodeling or renovating their home, and for good reason.

Because of their popularity, there are a huge number of manufacturers looking to capitalize by selling gas fire inserts. This can make finding a quality product a challenge. This is why Fireplaces Direct is the place to shop. We've combed the home hearth industry to select the most reputable brands, so every gas fireplace insert we sell is one you can rely on to provide excellent service for many years to come. To make your shopping experience simpler, we've provided some details and info below to keep in mind while browsing our selection.

Why Buy a Gas Fireplace Insert

Gas fireplace inserts offer a number of benefits to homeowners, particularly those who are undertaking a remodeling project. While each of our customers will have their own specific needs and wants for their hearth, we've noticed some common factors. People who buy a gas fireplace insert from Fireplaces Direct generally do so for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Convenience - Because they slide straight into the existing fireplace firebox, gas inserts are simple and quick to install, making them a popular choice for renovation projects. In addition, converting a wood fireplace to gas cuts down on the amount of work it takes to operate. Instead of having to build a log fire each time, you can simply turn a knob or even just push a button and have a gorgeous flame in seconds.
  • Versatility - Indoor gas fireplace inserts are designed to be used in nearly any existing hearth, as long as there's the right amount of space for them to fit. Because these prefabricated units include everything you need in one smart package, they can be used in almost any application provided you meet the manufacturer's requirements regarding space, clearance, ventilation and fuel supply.
  • Appearance - The final big selling point for gas inserts is how well they can improve the look of an old hearth, particularly when you buy one from a reputable manufacturer. Once installed, they offer a clean face and attractive presentation that's sure to impress. Many of our offerings can be customized with various decorative surrounds to suit varying tastes, as well.

What to Consider When Buying a Gas Fireplace Insert

Fireplaces Direct takes pride in presenting a selection of only the very best brands in the home hearth industry, but not every product we sell will work for every customer. Because we also pride ourselves on offering an exceptional customer experience, we want to help our customers find the product that will best suit their needs. If you're in the market for a gas fireplace insert, we recommend keeping the following factors in mind while shopping our site to ensure you find the right product for you:
  • Size - More than most fireplace types, gas inserts are restricted by size because they need to be able to fit into the existing hearth opening. Be sure to get accurate measurements of your fireplace's height, width and depth and compare them with the manufacturer's listed requirements for any gas fireplace insert you're considering purchasing.
  • Fuel Type - Our selection of inserts are generally available for both propane and natural gas, though there are some exceptions. Natural gas fireplace inserts are designed to connect to a home supply line from an energy company, while propane inserts for fireplaces are intended to connect to a private supply from an on-premises tank, generally speaking. We recommend working with a licensed gas plumber to answer any uncertainties regarding fuel type.
  • Price - Fireplaces Direct only sells the best quality brands on the market, which means our prices do tend toward the higher end. That said, we still carry a variety of products at different price points, so there's almost certainly something that will suit most budgets. It's important to remember that when you invest in a high quality item, you're going to save yourself money in the long run in comparison to buying a cheap product that will need to be replaced in a few years.
  • Features - With the array of models available on our site, there's almost certainly one or more that will have the feature set that meets your needs. Keep an eye out for benefits like electronic controls and remotes, ceramic log sets, refractory panels and ambient lighting. Gas fireplace inserts with blowers are a popular choice as well.
  • Ventilation - In terms of venting, gas inserts come in two varieties: vented gas fireplace inserts and vent-free inserts. Direct vent gas fireplace inserts require ventilation piping to be run up through the chimney to draw in fresh air and expel exhaust, while vent-free inserts do not.

    Vent-free inserts provide more heat, but they are not permitted in all localities. Be sure to check your local codes before purchasing a vent-free unit.
  • Design - In addition to the variety of looks available from our various brands, gas fireplace inserts are highly customizable from an appearance point of view. With an array of frame styles and decorative surrounds, it's easy to find an insert that suits your tastes and existing decor.