Many people are choosing to install traditional gas fireplaces in their homes, as an alternative to wood burning fireplaces. If wood appropriate for burning is difficult for you to find, or you don’t want to deal with the mess and ash of regular fireplaces, this may be a great option for your home.
It’s important to remember that the same safety considerations need to be maintained when you use a gas-burning fireplace. There is still an open fire inside your home, and proper care must be taken to ensure that everyone and everything inside your home is safe. Similarly, your gas fireplace will still use a chimney for the smoke to be released. A professional chimney sweep and inspector must periodically check your chimney for chemical deposits, as well as to asses any potential cracks and other damages to your chimney. Also, a qualified professional must clean your chimney regularly, to avoid any dangerous buildup. Gas fireplaces are often more convenient than wood fireplaces, but you must maintain your fireplace and chimney just as if you were using a wood burning fireplace.