How to Determine If a Fireplace is a Natural Gas Or Propane?

When you’re in the market for a new fireplace, one of the first things to consider is what type of fuel it uses. This will help you determine how much you’ll spend, what kind of installation is required, and whether you need to consult a professional. 

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Natural Gas Vs Propane

In many areas, a majority of homes have access to natural gas, which can be used for heating or cooking. It is also a renewable source of energy and is a clean, environmentally friendly option. If you live in an area where the availability of natural gas is low, a propane fireplace may be a better choice for you. 

A propane fireplace has a tank on your property that supplies it with liquid propane. It can be located either inside your home or outside of your property, depending on the safety regulations that apply to this type of equipment. 

If you’re not sure what type of gas your fireplace is, it’s a good idea to contact a local gas company. They will be able to tell you for sure and provide you with the information you need. 

There are several ways to determine what fuel your fireplace is using, including inspecting its components and comparing them to similar models. This can be tricky since the components of a propane fireplace will differ from those of a natural gas fireplace. For example, a propane-fueled fireplace will have vermiculite in its pan instead of silica sand. 

A natural gas-fueled fireplace will also have a pilot light that remains lit at all times, rather than a match light that only comes on when you flick a switch. This pilot light can be controlled with a control knob or remote control but isn’t the easiest to use without a manual. 

The safest option for a gas fireplace is to have it installed as a direct-vent model. This type is most efficient in generating heat, which means that it has a sealed glass door to prevent air from entering the flames and enhance combustion. Its combustion system also vents the resulting air outside of the fireplace, which can reduce heat loss and improve indoor air quality. 

You’ll need a valve, ignitor, and control knob to operate your new fireplace. This is also a good time to have your fireplace professionally serviced and cleaned before you begin using it. 

When you’re ready to have a new fireplace installed, call the team at Ener-G Tech. Our experienced installers will work with you to ensure that you get the perfect fit for your home and budget. 

Once your fireplace is installed, you’ll need to choose the log set that works best for your system. There are two types of log sets that can be purchased for your gas fireplace: natural gas or liquid propane (LP). 

Regardless of the fuel type your fireplace is using, it’s important to remember that both of these systems can pose safety risks. They are both highly flammable, and they can cause explosions if they’re improperly used.