How Much Propane Will My New Fireplace Use?
When people consider converting their old, little-used wood fireplace into a propane fireplace, one question always comes up: how much propane would that new propane fireplace use?
As a general rule, a propane fireplace uses about one gallon of propane for each 100,000 BTU. So if you install a propane fireplace that is rated 50,000 BTU, you’ll be using about one gallon of propane for every two hours that it’s in use.
Think about the expense and work it would take operate your wood burning fireplace and you may discover that propane is a much better deal. Get rid of your wood fireplace and say goodbye to buying, hauling and storing wood, Bid farewell to getting up to put another log on the fire or waiting to make sure the wood fire is extinguished before you go to bed or leave the house. With a propane fireplace, you can control just about everything by remote control.
Propane Fireplace Benefits
Today’s propane hearths are available as freestanding stoves, built-in fireplaces, and sealed fireplace inserts that can be installed directly in your existing mantle. And they give you all the warmth and comfort of a wood fireplace without the drawbacks, and with some great benefits that you just can’t get from a wood-burning hearth.
- Convenience–A propane hearth gives you warmth and a beautiful glow whenever you want it. And most of today’s propane hearths come with thermostats. You’ll be able to control the heat and the flame intensity from the comfort of your sofa.
- Versatility–A propane fireplace or freestanding stove isn’t just pretty, it’s also a heat source that will keep your space warm even when the power is out.
- Health–You may think that wood smoke smells good, but it’s really not that good for you. Fine particles, also known as fine particulate matter, are the greatest health threat from a wood fire. These microscopic particles can create respiratory problems and other issues. You don’t get these health risks with propane.
- Environment–A wood-burning fireplace emits up to 4,000% more emissions than a propane-fueled fireplace.
The Efficiency Of Propane Fireplaces
Today’s propane fireplace inserts have efficiencies that can go well into the 80 % range. That’s so much more efficient than a wood fire. As much as 90 percent of the heat produced by a wood-burning fireplace goes straight up the chimney! Did you ever notice how cold a room becomes when a wood fire begins to burn out? It’s because all the heat in the room is being drawn out the chimney!
Once you get your new propane fireplace installed, count on your propane company
to keep you well-supplied so you can always keep your home fires burning.
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