When we bought our home, one of the selling points was a really beautiful wood burning fireplace in the living room.
It didn’t take long for us to figure out that building a fire is a great deal of work.
It causes sparks, soot, fumes, smoke and creates issues with creosote in the chimney. Unwilling to deal with all the drawbacks of a wood burning option, I started looking into possible conversion to natural gas. I learned that it’s possible to install an insert and create a much more usable heater. Sold through a dealer, the inserts have met strenuous safety standards and includes automatic shut off settings if there’s a problem. The model also features a blower fan that spreads the heat throughout the downstairs of the house. We don’t need to sit right up close to keep warm. With a cordless remote, we’re able to turn the heater on or off and adjust temperature and fan speed without even getting up off the couch. As soon as it starts up, the natural gas fireplace provides immediate heat. It’s clean burning, quiet and yet very realistic looking. The ceramic logs are crafted to appear authentic and embers glow around them to simulate real fire. We enjoy the ambience, charm and warmth of the fireplace without any of the hassles. Since the installation, I’ve noticed a definite improvement in the comfort of the house as well as a savings on my monthly energy bills. I am thrilled that the fireplace is finally serving a purpose. It creates such a lovely focal point and it was such a shame to never put it to use.