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Add Convenience With a New Gas Log Set

Are you thinking of adding a new fireplace to your home? Do you rarely use your older wood burning fireplace? Wood fireplaces are wonderful, but they do take a lot more work in regards to operation and upkeep. Oftentimes, the inconvenience of chopping wood and starting a wood fire deters homeowners from using their fireplace as much as they would like. But, what if we told you that you could have an authentic looking fire with the flip of a switch? At Old Smokey’s, we are very excited about the selection of gas log sets that we have available. Our gas log sets are easy to operate, easier to maintain, and are usually more economical than their wood-burning counterparts.

Gas Log Sets

A gas log set is an appliance that can either be installed in a new fireplace or be inserted in an already existing gas or wood burning fireplace. It consists of a gas burner and a set of ceramic logs. The burner produces large flames, similar to what you would get with a wood burning appliance, using either natural gas or propane. The fire resistant ceramic logs look like real wooden logs. The effect of the burner and the log set together is a genuine looking wood fire but without the wood.

Gas log sets mimic wood burning fireplace while producing a similar amount of heat. However, they aren’t incredibly efficient heat producers and therefore aren’t recommended for home heating needs. If you are looking for home heating options, check out some of the other appliances that we offer here at Old Smokey’s.

Convenience

Although gas log sets require similar ventilation as a wood burning fireplace, the ventilation system is usually easier to maintain. This is because the ceramic log don’t actually burn and only produces a small amount of gas byproduct from the natural gas or propane. Therefore, vent cleaning is easier due to the diminished creosote production. That being said, it is still important to have you vent inspected every year by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney sweep.

Gas log sets are much easier to operate than a wood fireplace. Instead of finding a wood source, hauling and stacking wood at home, all you need to do with a gas log set is flip a switch. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

If you want to add convenience and elegance to your home, call us at Old Smokey’s to get an estimate on a gas log set. You can call us at 800-876-6539 or schedule an appointment online here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Add a New Fireplace and Chimney System to Your Home

Have you thought about getting a fireplace for your home, but decided that it was just too big of a project? Tearing out a big piece of your home and waiting for a mason to construct a chimney system can seem daunting. However, did you know that there are other fireplace options available to you? In fact, most traditional masonry fireplaces and chimneys are not nearly as efficient and clean burning as newer prefabricated fireplaces. Our professionals at Old Smokey’s are experts at finding the right type of fireplace for your needs. We want to help you determine if a prefabricated fireplace is the right option for your home!

Location & Design

One of the benefits of a prefabricated fireplace is the ability to install it almost wherever you want it in your home. This is mainly because ventilation for prefabricated systems is much more flexible and efficient than masonry systems. Once you find a location for your fireplace, we can help build a wall and mantle around the appliance. Design options are nearly endless! If you want a more authentic look, there are a large number of brick or stone tile options which can imitate a real masonry fireplace. You’ll never know the difference!

Fuel Options

There are a number of fuel options available with prefabricated fireplaces. Although electric fireplace options are available, wood and gas fireplaces are the two most popular options. Gas fireplaces are generally easier to operate and maintain, but wood fireplaces can be cheaper to operate if the wood is readily available. Also, it’s hard to beat the feeling of having a real wood fire in your home.

Efficiency

The fireplaces we install are all EPA qualified. This means they emit at least 70 percent less gas than a traditional masonry fireplace. They also have fires that burn hotter and longer while producing less smoke. This is not only good for the environment, but it creates fewer maintenance issues for your fireplace. Prefabricated fireplaces are also designed to push warm air out into your home instead of up and out of your home like a traditional masonry fireplace. This means the heat you produce in your fireplace can actually supplement your home’s heating system, reducing your heating costs.

If you are looking for a way to add warmth and comfort to your home, look no further than Old Smokey’s. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technicians can help you find the perfect fireplace for your home. Call us today at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online to have a technician come to your home and discuss your fireplace options.

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