Most people have questions when it comes to fireplaces. Listed below
are some of the most common questions asked:
- Can a wood burning fireplace be converted to gas?
The answer is yes and is actually quite popular due to both efficiency and convenience. Natural gas is inexpensive and burns much cleaner than that of a wood burning fireplace. Just be sure you have a professional complete the installation for safety reasons.
- Does a fireplace increase the value of a home?
Fireplaces do add value although the exact amount depends on the part of the country where you live. The Hearth Product Association conducted a study that shows a fireplace hearth remains the most preferred amenity for a home and in some cases, could produce a 130% return on your investment when you decide to sell.
- How much heat do fireplaces really produce?
A gas fireplace will give off more heat than wood burning if you have the right type of glass to absorb and distribute heat after the fire is out. A fire that puts out 21,000 BTU has an efficiency of approximately 70%, which is enough to heat a 1,000 square foot area easily. For wood burning fireplaces, certain woods burn hotter, including fruitwood and oak. Just remember, the harder the wood, the hotter the burn. If you plan to use your fireplace as your primary heat source, you should definitely have a thermostat installed.
- What is the cost to heat a gas fireplace?
The answer is dependent on the amount of time you will use your fireplace. An average cost of a thermostat for 100,000 BTUs runs .50. If you calculate that, to operate a 12,500 BTU fireplace for one full hour, you would use approximately .12. When you weigh out the difference between gas and wood burning fireplaces, using natural gas can provide you with as much as a 75% savings.