The advantages of a propane fireplace
Most of us love sitting in front of a warm fire on a cold night – something we humans have been doing for a long, long time (it’s kind of our specialty).
The only problem is that in our busy modern lives, most of us don’t have the time to gather wood, manage a fire, and clean up after ourselves on nights we do stoke some flames – and as a result, we often avoid doing something that brings us a lot of comfort and pleasure.
But thanks to propane, you don’t have to make such sacrifices.
Today’s propane hearths bring you the luxury of a wood fireplace without most of the drawbacks – and with some benefits that a wood fireplace could never provide. Consider the propane fireplace advantage in these areas:
- Convenience – Imagine having the beautiful, glowing warmth of a fireplace at your fingertips any time you want it – that’s what’s possible with propane. Most of today’s propane fireplaces are equipped with thermostats, too, so you control the flame intensity and heat output from the comfort of your chair. No more ashes, wood chips, wood piles, or embers to deal with – just turn on your propane hearth when you want a cozy fire, and turn it off when the evening’s done.
- Efficiency – When it comes to getting the most heating bang for your buck, propane once again wins hands down, operating at about 80 percent efficiency (compared to less than 20 percent – often as low as 10 percent – for a wood-burning fireplace).
- Cost – A freestanding propane fireplace or propane pot-bellied stove costs far less to install than a masonry fireplace – if installing one of the latter is even possible in your home. Once you have it installed, upkeep of a masonry fireplace becomes a big expense when you factor in paying for chimney liner replacements and fire code-required cleanings – and with the drop off in efficiency compared to a propane fireplace, you will also pay A LOT more to keep heat coming on a cold night.
- Versatility – A propane fireplace isn’t just an attractive centerpiece for your living room – it’s also a powerful, efficient, and outage-proof space heater. It’s so powerful, in fact, that you can turn down your thermostat a few degrees when it’s on, making it a kind of zone heating solution for your North Carolina home.
- Flexibility – Propane hearths are available three different forms – freestanding fireplaces and stoves, which require only a single vent line for exhaust; fireplace inserts, which are sealed combustion boxes installed within an existing mantel; and fireplace log sets, which are vented or vent-free devices that sit in place of the wood in your firebox. With that kind of flexibility, you can enjoy the benefits of a propane fireplace whether or not you have an existing fire feature.
- Health impact – Wood smoke may smell good, but it’s not good for you. The biggest health threat from smoke is from fine particles (also called fine particulate matter or PM2.5) – microscopic nasties that can wreak havoc on your respiratory system, cause heart attacks, and more. But don’t take our word for it; ask the Environmental Protection Agency. With propane, you avoid the dangers of PM2.5s.
- Environmental impact – Burning wood produces about 28 pounds of smog-producing particulate emissions (soot and ash) per MMBtus of heat output; propane produces less than one percent of that total. Trade wood for gas burning and you will be shrinking the carbon footprint of your NC home.
Whether you are looking for a propane fireplace or propane gas logs – or need reliable propane deliveries in our North Carolina service area to keep that fire roaring all winter long – LG Jordan Oil is here for you. Contact us today to learn more!