fiberglow vent free 300x300A propane fireplace can keep you cozy in the winter. But there’s more to it than just deciding to buy one. You also need to decide which kind is best for you. Here are some questions you’ll want to ask yourself before you settle on a fireplace.

Do I have an existing fireplace?
If you’re replacing an existing wood-burning fireplace, you’ll want to stick with an insert. It slips in where your existing fireplace was. No fireplace? No problem. A stand-alone unit can give you the look and warmth of a traditional fireplace, no chimney required.

Is this unit safe?
Laurie Reeves, writer for syndicated wire service Demand Media, recommends a few steps to make sure your unit is safe before you buy. First, make sure you have all the required fittings and piping to connect the fireplace to the propane fuel source. Then, confirm the unit has met the national gas safety standards. There should be an Underwriter’s Laboratory gas-fired mark noting that. Then, check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure no issues have been reported with the model you are considering.

How much space do you want to heat?
The size of the room you’re heating will determine how efficient your fireplace will need to be. The higher the rating, the more heat it will provide. So larger rooms will require a higher-rated unit.

Does it have the features I want?
Some units feature adjustable temperature and flame heights. Others have a fan to help spread the heat around the room. When it comes to design, you have even more options. You can choose a model with or without fake logs for an authentic look. You can start the fire with a switch, or light a pilot light. Look for features and designs that fit your needs.

Need propane for your new propane fireplace? Contact Lakes Gas.

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