Fireplaces, Inserts, Or Stoves – What’s Best For Your Home?

If you’re looking for a new way to heat your home, you may be confused, and not sure which heating unit is going to be the best for your needs. Well, we’re here to help.

In this handy guide, we’ll go over the primary differences between fireplaces, gas and propane inserts, and stoves – and discuss which option may be the best for your home heating needs. Read on, and get the help that you need!

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We offer a wide variety of fireplaces. There are two primary types of fireplaces available – wood-burning and gas-powered.

Wood-burning fireplaces are the oldest and most traditional form of a fireplace. They are very inexpensive to operate if you have access to hardwood on your property, but they can be quite messy and require a lot of maintenance.

Gas-powered fireplaces usually use either propane or natural gas to create a clean, beautiful flame without requiring the use of wood or any other physical fuel source. Because gas-powered fireplaces can be turned on with the flick of a switch, and require less maintenance than wood-burning fireplaces, they are very popular among today’s homeowners.

Gas Inserts

Gas inserts are used to replace an existing masonry fireplace. Usually built out of an all-metal body, they fit inside your existing fireplace, and use a venting system that either utilizes your chimney, or vents directly outside your home.

This allows you to replace an outdated wood-burning fireplace with a brand-new propane fireplace – without requiring the costly overhaul and repair of the masonry itself.

Some gas inserts can even be placed in areas of the home where there is no fireplace at all – making them a great, cost-effective way to add a fireplace to a home that lacks one.

Because they use clean propane and utilize a highly-reflective all-metal body, gas inserts usually are more effective at heating rooms than traditional fireplaces and use less fuel than traditional gas fireplaces.


Stoves are free-standing heating units that can be installed just about anywhere in your home, as long as a suitable venting system can be built. Again, there are two primary types of stoves in use today.

Wood-fired stoves use hardwood as their primary energy source. Usually built from cast-iron, wood-fired stoves are incredibly durable and long-lasting, and can produce huge volumes of heat. However, it can be hard to control their heat output, and they require constant cleaning of ash, wood debris, and other material, so they are quite messy and high-maintenance.

Gas stoves use propane or natural gas to provide a powerful flame and are usually quite similar in size and style to wood-fired stoves. This makes them a great alternative if you do not want to deal with the ashes and other debris that are common in wood-fired stoves. They also can be turned off and on immediately at the flick of a switch, so you do not have to spend time making a fire, or putting it out.

Use This Guide To See What’s Best For Your Home – And Make The Right Buying Decision!

Whether you’re thinking about one of our propane products, or you’re more drawn to the classic style and rustic appeal of a wood-fired fireplace or stove, you’re sure to be able to pick the right product for your needs with this simple guide.

So give it another read, think about the advantages and disadvantages of fireplaces, inserts, and stoves – and pick the right unit for your particular needs!