How to Compare Gas Fires

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How to Compare Gas Fires
Gas fireplaces and fire pits are all different. (fireplace image by Michael Shake from

Gas fires are used in a variety of locations that range from a home fireplace to small outdoor fire pits. The common material for the fires is the use of gas to burn rather than the use of fire logs. Though the fires have a common burning element, there are factors to consider before purchasing a gas burning fire.

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    Determine the location of the fire. There are two basic types of gas fire options available on the market: fireplaces for indoor use or outdoor fire pits. The location of the fire determines whether to look at fire pits or fire places.

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    Compare costs. There are two up front costs and then there are long term costs to consider. Up front costs include the cost of installation and the cost of the gas fire itself. The outdoor gas fires are typically less expensive for both installation costs and the fire pit itself because they are smaller and are not made into part of a wall. Fireplaces can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to purchase and install. The long term costs include the cost of the gas. There are two basic fuel options for gas fires: propane or natural gas. The cost of gas will differ for locations, but is a long term price consideration when comparing costs.

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    Consider safety hazards. Gas fires come either vented or unvented. While the unvented gas fires are regulated, there is a higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from the unvented fires if something goes wrong than the vented fires, which allow the gas to escape.

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    Read reviews on the products. Always compare the reviews when comparing different gas fires. Reviews give information that ranges from problems with the gas fire to customer satisfaction when using the fire. It also gives information about the heat production of the gas fire.

  5. 5

    Look at the appearance of the fire. Gas fires are real fires that use gas to burn rather than wood, so the actual fire appearance is similar for any fire. The appearance of the fire pit or fireplace ranges widely from the stainless steel look to more traditional appearances. Compare the aesthetics of the fireplace or pit.

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    Purchase the gas fire that best suits personal needs for location, costs and safety as well as personal preferences for appearance.

Tips and warnings

  • Fireplace inserts for gas fires can make the gas fire warmer.

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