How to Choose a Gas Fireplace Insert

More than 7 million homes in the U.S. include a gas fireplace installed either inside or in an outdoor living space. These are versatile products that come in a wide range of styles from sleek and modern, to rustic and cozy. If you’re considering adding one to your home, read this guide for choosing a gas fireplace insert that’s perfect for your space. 

What kind?

One of the first decisions you’ll want to make is what kind of fuel will power your gas fireplace insert Denver. There are models on the market that burn natural gas, and others that burn propane. Each type of gas is economical and easy to come by, and each also has slight advantages compared to the other. It’s best to speak with a knowledgeable dealer about the differences between the two.  

Where do you plan on putting it?

You’ll need to consider where the fireplace insert will go in your home pretty soon in the decision making process. If you’re simply changing out the insert on an existing fireplace set up, you’ll need to carefully measure the opening and let those dimensions guide your size choices. If the insert is going into a brand new space, you’ll have more flexibility.  

Insert venting

Another option you’ll have is if you plan on venting the fireplace through an already existing chimney system, plan to build a chimney system, or prefer to opt for a ventless fireplace. Most inserts are made from cast iron, steel, or some other type of suitable metal material that can withstand high temperatures well.   


Once you’ve chosen the insert that you like, you’ll need to prepare for the installation. It’s best, unless you have tons of experience working with gas, to leave this job up to the pros. Your local gas fireplace dealer will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to finding a professional for installation.