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What is a Gas Insert?

What is a Gas Insert?

Many customers come into our store looking for a ” gas insert “. Three main types of products could fall into this category. This article will help differentiate these three options.

Direct Vent Gas Inserts

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Direct Vent Gas Inserts are complete fireplace units that slide into an existing masonry or prefabricated factory built fireplace. These inserts typically feature valve systems for simple ignition, remote controls, blowers, interior lighting, sealed ceramic glass windows and variable flame/ heat controls. Inserts also have several options to choose from. Including, decorative face plates, logs styles, and backgrounds.

The major benefit of direct vent gas inserts is the fact that the insert will pull outside air through a pipe lining the chimney and then exhausting outside through a second pipe in the chimney. The insert does not take any air from the home, it only provides heat.

Whereas, traditional open fireplaces can have efficiency ratings as low as 15% and can actually draw the heat from your furnace right out of your home, gas inserts can achieve efficiency ratings as high as 86%.

Direct vent inserts are the only true “inserts” in the fireplace industry. However, vent free gas logs and vented gas logs are also often called inserts.

Manufacturers of direct vent gas inserts include: Ambiance Fireplace, Fireplace Xtrordinair and Napoleon.

Gas Insert Diagram
How a direct vent insert works.

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A vent-free gas log system uses room air for combustion and delivers 99.9% of the available heat energy directly to the room. Vent-Free systems have an unmatched safety record, thanks in part to their clean-burning technology and their Oxygen Depletion Sensor, which instantly shuts off the valve if oxygen in the room drops to an unsafe level. Vent Free logs can be installed into a UL listed and approved vent free rated fireplace or in a fully functioning masonry fireplace or in some factory built prefabricated fireplaces, according to the manufacturers directions.

Vent-Free systems are limited to 40,000 Btu and must be operated as supplemental heating sources in conjunction with a central furnace that circulates air. Vent-free log sets are not designed to burn as a sole heat source.

Advantages of Vent Free Logs:

  • Unmatched efficiency – 99.9%
  • Offers the most installation versatility
  • Usually less expensive to buy and to install
  • Can operate with a remote or thermostat

Quality vent-free gas insert manufacturers include: American Hearth & Ambiance Fireplaces.

Vented Gas Logs

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Vented gas logs are the ideal product for people who are looking for the most realistic looking fire without the mess and hassle of burning wood. Vented gas logs are more realistic looking than vent free gas logs but are much less efficient. A majority of the heat vented gas logs product will go up the chimney similar to burning wood in an open fireplace.

Log placement is more flexible with vented gas logs where vent-free logs must be set up according to the manufacturer’s specific directions.

A second type of vented gas logs are Radiant Vented Gas Logs. Radiant vented gas logs provide the same realistic flame pattern as standard vented gas logs, but provide as much heat as vent-free gas logs into your home.

Vented Gas Log manufacturers include: Ambiance Fireplace, Best Fire, & Hargrove

Fill out our measurement chart & take pictures to show our salesmen your fireplace and they will help you determine what fireplace product is best suited for your home and needs.

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10 Ways To Make Your Fireplace More Comfortable

10 Ways To Make Your Fireplace More Comfortable

Winter weather is here!


Many people use a fireplace for both ambiance and warmth. Especially, since winter has finally reared its ugly head in Cleveland, Ohio. This past week we have seen below freezing and subzero temperatures and plenty of snow.

When the weather gets this cold, there is very little else I like to do than stay home and sit by my high efficiency wood burning fireplace insert. I’m sure I’m not alone. In light of that, here are several products from Country Stove and Patio that can make your home more comfortable for the remainder of winter 2016.

Here are some options to consider:


Heat Grate – The quickest way to turn your masonry fireplace into a larger heat source is a grate heater. A grate heater is for wood burning fireplaces only. It has a 90/125 CFM variable speed blower with a thermostatic on/off fan control so the unit will turn off and on by itself. A grate heater will send approximately 40,000 BTUs of heat back into your room instead of losing that heat through the chimney. 5 year warranty. 3 sizes available.

Fireplace Heat Grate

Fireplace Glass Doors – Did you know that when you aren’t burning a fire in your fireplace, you may be losing heat from your furnace up your chimney? Properly installed glass doors can reduce air flow through the fireplace opening up to 99%! Glass doors are even available with gasket seals to prevent cold air infiltration down the flue in tightly insulated homes. Many styles, colors, and designs are available to fit your home decor.

Fireplace Glass Doors

Fireplace Inserts – Fireplace inserts come in many shapes and sizes. They can be gas or wood fired, have fan systems and accent lights. These units are designed to heat up to 2,000 square feet and are a supurb secondary heat source in an emergency situation. Leading manufacturers include Lopi, Fireplace Xtrordinair, Mendota, and Ambiance Fireplace inserts.

Fireplace Gas Insert

Tool sets – Fireplace tools are a necessity for a safe burning experience. Tool sets come in many colors and designs. Typically the tools included in a tool set are a broom, a poker, a steel shovel, and a log grabber. These are important to have to stoke your fire, clean up any ash on your hearth and be able to move a burning log if it rolls towards the front of your fireplace.

Fireplace Tool Set

Fireplace Screen – We all love the crackle and pop of a real wood fire. Free standing and curtain screens are important to stop any sparks or embers from popping out of your fireplace and onto a combustible surface like carpet or wood flooring. They also act as a great barrier for children and pets.


Log Holder – Log holders add a decorative and practical aspect to your hearth. They allow for several pieces of wood to be in your house with easy access for when you want to add more wood to your fire. They are also decorative because they add the look and feel of a real fireplace.

Fireplace Log Holder

Fire Resistant Gloves Hands down, gloves are the most important tool for your fireplace, wood stove, or wood insert. They allow you to safely add more wood to your fire without burns or having to throw the wood in. They are also important in the case you need to move or remove a log in your fire.

Fireplace Gloves

Gas Logs – Gas logs come in two styles: vented or non-vented. Vented gas logs provide the ambiance of a traditional fireplace with the ease of turning a valve or hitting a button. Vent free provide ambiance and are a zonal heating option as well. Log styles and options vary.

Vent Free Gas Logs

Heat Champions – Heat Champions are a hybrid option between the beauty of glass doors and the heat of wood burning inserts. These units have unique features like optional stainless steel grill and standard pry-ceramic glass, 8 gauge steel faces, 50/200 CFM fans, thermostatic fan control, gasketed doors, and cabinet mesh doors.


Non Combustible Rug – All fireplaces, stoves and inserts need an area around and in front for spark protection. This means that if a spark does come out, it won’t cause a fire. The simplest way to increase the spark protected area is with a non-combustible hearth rug. Many colors, styles, designs and shapes are available.

Hearth Rug


There are many more options to make your fireplace provide more heat and nicer ambiance. Country Stove and Patio’s has been in business for 35 years and has trained and knowledgeable salesmen that can help you find the right solution for your home and our employed technicians and installation crews will make sure your fireplace runs efficiently and safely for many years.