Looking for an alternate way to get an easy to use fireplace in your home? Are you sick of buying gas logs for wood burning fireplaces? There’s a really awesome alternative out there that’s easy to use and sometimes doesn’t even require a vent. We did the research to help find you the best gas fireplaces around. Before we get into our best gas fireplace insert reviews, here’s what you need to know about gas fireplaces before you start shopping.
Vent-free: Most of these are vent-free so, unlike a traditional wood burning fireplace, you don’t need to worry about a chimney or anything. That said, there are some that need venting or are meant to be outside.
Natural Gas: These gas stoves run on either natural gas or propane. Most of these fireplaces use either one as a fuel source. If they don’t come equipped for natural gas, there’s often an adapter that you can use.
BTUs: BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. It sounds like it’s something used in the UK, but it’s not. Technically, one BTU is how long it takes to heat up 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit.
Heat Area: This is how large of a space the fireplace can adequately heat. You’ll notice that one of our picks doesn’t have an area listed; that’s because it’s an outdoor fireplace. Outdoors, there are no walls to hold in heat.
Warranty: The warranties vary on these from 1 year to a lifetime. If you’re going to be installing your gas fireplace by recessing it into your wall, it might be a good idea to make sure it’s covered under warranty for a while.
Size: Measurements vary so much from item to item. Some of these are very long and thin, others are square, and a few are even free standing like a wood stove. Make sure you pick the right size for your space.
Now that you know a little more about the main features to look out for we can jump into our gas fireplace reviews. Here’s the deal: we put out top pick and budget pick right at the top of the list. If you’re short on time, start there. It’ll give you a general idea of what’s available. After that, continue reading to find out more about the other 8 amazing products that round out our list. Ok, let’s get started!