If you love the idea of a burning fireplace but don’t love the ash cleanup, gas fireplace inserts are a great option for you. Gas fireplaces are a convenient and appealing way to add the warmth of a fireplace to your home without the hassle of traditional woodburning fireplaces.
Available in either vented or ventless configurations, you’ll need to determine which choice is right for your space. Vented gas fireplace inserts will require a flue or ductwork for external venting, while vent-free fireplace inserts can be installed anywhere. Other decisions will include whether to buy a model that runs on natural gas or propane, or shop for a gas fireplace insert that is dual fuel—meaning it can operate with either fuel source.