The differences between a direct-vent fireplace and a gas insert can often be lost when shopping online. Which is understandable as they look nearly identical through a computer screen. Very often I have people looking for a new direct-vent gas fireplace, and they find themselves shopping for gas inserts.
The difference is in application. A gas insert converts that old drafty wood-burning fireplace into a modern and efficient gas-burning fireplace. Gas inserts are typically slid into an existing wood burning fireplace and chimney, relying on the existing fireproofing to ensure safe operation. Gas fireplaces require no existing firebox, or existing fireproofing to install. Most often used in new construction or when renovating an existing room without a fireplace.
You are often limited by the size of your existing fireplace when choosing an insert. They are manufactured in a wide range of sizes so you can find the best fit possible. Direct-vent fireplaces aren’t limited by the same size requirements, and are offered in many different shapes and sizes. When there are so many options it can be overwhelming. Our team has been designing, selling and installing fireplaces for almost 30 years. Give us a call and we would be happy to help you pick out the perfect fireplace for your next project.