Upgrade Your Fireplace With a Gas Insert

Here in Montgomery County, MD, making the choice to upgrade your fireplace with a gas insert is an easy one for anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty and comfort of a real fire – without all the hassle that normally comes with it.

With gas inserts, you can avoid:

  • the time and expense associated with locating, cutting, and storing an ample supply of firewood
  • having to worry about cleaning up ash or resin that may mess up your home
  • accidental flying embers landing on your floor or on people in the space
  • having to battle inclement weather to bring in fresh firewood
  • having to start, maintain, and fully extinguish the fire

A gas insert will provide you with steady, even heat and can be operated with the simple push of a button. And because it runs on gas, it’s also more affordable than other types of fireplaces, making it ideal for anyone who wants to save money, while still enjoying the ambiance of a real flame. With its ease of use and affordability, a gas insert is an obvious choice when upgrading your fireplace.

How Do I Choose the Right Gas Insert for My Fireplace?

If you are considering adding a gas insert we would recommend calling our experts out to make sure the size is compatible and to consider what type of fuel you would like – natural gas, propane, or ventless. Then we can help you review design features, including the size and shape of the gas burners and log set, if applicable.

There are also additional features that might appeal to you such as remote controls or blowers that you can look at as well. Quality construction should be a top priority – we’d suggest steel or cast iron material, as well as double-layered insulated liners for added safety, insulation, and durability. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to choose a gas insert that’s perfect for your fireplace and enjoy all its benefits to the fullest.

What Are the Types of Gas Inserts on the Market?

Among the different types of gas inserts on the market today are:

Vented Gas Inserts

Vented gas inserts operate with natural gas or liquid propane, and channel fumes outside safely through a chimney or flue. These produce realistic flames and provide efficient heat, often operating up to 40% more efficiently than a standard open-flame fire.

A vented gas insert offers easy operation with a simple on/off switch and an adjustable thermostat to control the desired level of warmth. Maintenance is also minimal since there’s no smoke or ashes to clear away and it requires little effort to keep clean.

Ventless Gas Inserts

Ventless gas inserts are not vented to the outside and rely on catalytic converters to capture and eliminate burned gases from the burn process. They don’t need a chimney or piping, making them easier and more cost-effective to install, and most models also offer thermostats that allow you to adjust temperature levels according to your needs. Not only are they energy-efficient, but can be placed virtually anywhere in the home.

Direct Vent Gas Inserts

Direct vent gas inserts run off of natural gas or liquid propane and use outside air for combustion, eliminating any contaminates that may be released into the indoor environment. These systems can transform an inefficient traditional open-hearth wood-burning fireplace into a cozy source of heat that can also create a great atmosphere.

Operated with remote control capabilities and customizable features, it provides convenience, ease of use, and variable BTU output settings, so you can save energy when needed. Ultimately, a direct vent gas insert provides homeowners with modern features and energy efficiency at an affordable price.

B-Vent Gas Inserts

B-vent gas inserts are an excellent way to add warmth and style to a room. These stylish appliances provide efficient heat with both direct vent and natural vent options. Allowing you to customize the look of your fireplace without sacrificing efficiency, B-vent gas inserts are designed for use in existing masonry fireplaces with standard B-vent chimney flues.

The perfect way to increase energy efficiency while gaining aesthetic appeal, these inserts come in many types, from traditional log-style fires to sophisticated and contemporary designs. With tools like remote control operation and fuel type flexibility – such as clean-burning propane – there really isn’t a better option for bringing beauty and comfort into your home.

We’re Here to Help – Call With Questions

Regardless of the size or type of system you need, any new gas insert is sure to bring additional warmth and visual appeal to your home. Call us at 301-972-9158 or reach out online now to schedule an appointment. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)- certified chimney technicians would love to come out to make this dream a reality. We’re here for all of your installation-related needs.


Our installation techs know the ins and outs of installing a prefabricated fireplace to fit your  budget and tastes, so schedule with us now.