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Gas Vs Wood-Burning Inserts

Noticing that you are spending more money on your home heating costs this winter? Are looking for ways to increase the heating efficiency in your home? If so, you may want to consider upgrading your old masonry fireplace with a new fireplace insert! At The Hearth & Patio Shoppe, we offer a wide variety of fireplace inserts with different fuel type options; including gas and wood-burning models from trusted national brands like Regency Fireplace Products. With so many choices available, finding the right insert for your home can be a challenge. We would like to tell you more about the pros and cons of both gas and wood-burning fireplace inserts. This can help you to decide the best type of insert for you!

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Want a fireplace that is easy and convenient to use? If you answered yes, a gas insert is a great choice. You can start a fire from your couch with a remote control! In addition, you will not have a list of daily and weekly maintenance tasks to do – like you do with a wood-burning fireplace. The Hearth & Patio Shoppe can show you different options in types of gas inserts that have up to 99 percent energy efficiency ratings. This provides you with more clean and warm heat for less money! Having said this, if you’re interested in more of a sensory type of fireplace experience then you may prefer a wood-burning insert.


Can’t live without the sights, scents, and sounds of a wood-burning fireplace, but still want to improve the energy efficiency in your home? The Hearth & Patio Shoppe can help you find the right insert for you. New wood-burning technology allows manufacturers like Regency to make better fireplace inserts. These inserts burn wood longer and cleaner, giving them a much higher energy efficiency ratings than a traditional masonry fireplace! You will save money on firewood with one of these inserts. Not to mention, get more heat into your home with a model that is equipped with a fan that blows heat into the room. However, if you would rather not deal with chores like bringing in wood from outside and removing fireplace ash, you may prefer a gas fireplace insert.

Considering upgrading your old masonry fireplace this winter? Contact us at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe today. Better yet, come visit our beautiful showroom to see the options of a new energy efficient fireplace insert for your home!

Update the Look of Your Fireplace with a Set of Gas Logs

Have you been wanting to make a change in the look of your fireplace? If so, you could be overwhelmed at the available options! Would you prefer a simple and economical option? Then you may want to consider installing a set of gas logs in your old fireplace. This hearth heating appliance has come a long way from its early beginnings. Thanks to newer technology, a set of gas logs can look extremely realistic and provide a cozy amount of heat to your home. If you live in the Opelika and Auburn areas, The Hearth & Patio Shoppe would like to invite you to our showroom. This is where you will find a wide selection of gas log sets! We carry both types of gas logs: vented and vent-free. In order to choose the right set of gas logs for your home, you need to know the differences between these two types. We would like to tell you more about how each type works to help you decide which type is the best for your home.

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The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) calls vented gas logs “yellow flame logs.” This is because of the color of the fires produced by this type. Often mistaken for a wood fire, these fires look very attractive and realistic. You need to connect a set of vented gas logs to a chimney or other type of venting system. Also, this type of gas log generates soot and carbon when used. So, you will need to have your chimney professionally swept every year to remove the deposits left behind by the soot and carbon. Although you do get a realistic fire from a vented set of gas logs, you will not get a whole lot of heat from it.


If you are looking for more heat output, you may want to consider a vent-free set of gas logs. Also known as “blue flame logs,” this type does not produce a realistic-looking fire. However, it does burn hotter and cleaner than a vented set of gas logs. You do not need a chimney for this type of gas logs, but you can install a set of vent-free gas logs in a wood-burning fireplace with the damper closed. Additionally, you also have the option of adding a new fireplace to any room in your home with this type of gas log in a separate firebox cabinet without a chimney. You may have heard that this type is unsafe because of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning when a vent-free set of gas logs has been burning for prolonged periods. On the contrary, if you follow the instructions in your owner’s manual, this type of gas log is very safe to use in your home!

Considering updating the look of your fireplace? Contact us today at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe. We’re here to help you learn more about the options you have from our wide selection of gas logs!