Usher in the gas fireplace inserts for the amount of warmth without the mess associated with the usual fireplace. A fireplace insert is a device which you can simply put in an already installed fireplace and it gives you almost the same amount of warmth. What is more is that these also have crackling flames for replicating the effect of a conventional fireplace.
Prices of Gas Fireplace Inserts
There is no concrete price range as these are available in a number of styles and capacity in British Thermal Units. The smaller ones put out around 20,000 BTU, while the medium-sized inserts give around 15,000 to 30,000 BTU, good enough to heat an average sized room. The larger ones, releasing around 40,000 BTU, are appropriate for a large room. So depending on these factors, their prices will be estimated.
Generally, inserts of gas logs, resembling real wood but made of non-flammable materials, run up to about $300 to $550 in case of vented gas logs which require a working chimney. On the other hand, ventless/unvented gas logs not requiring a working chimney or pipes cost around $350 to $600. The installation cost is around $200 - $350.
Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
This type can also be used for converting a proper fireplace to a gas type. These inserts are expensive, in the range of $1,500 to $3,000 or even more. The installation will further add to the costs, between $650 to $1,000 or more depending on the type installed.
Ventless Gas Fireplaces
As the name suggests, these fireplaces do not need vents. Expect to pay nothing less than $500 to $1,600 plus the installation charges.
Apart from these, you can also opt for a top vented or B-vent fireplace, having a gas log which is set within a cast-iron heat exchanger or steel. These are then vented by way of a chimney with a two pipe system. This one is in the range of $1,400 to $3,000. Again, these can vary as per your individual requirements. The cost of natural inserts can fluctuate as per the availability of the energy source and its prices.
Other Factors and Costs
To compare prices, first you will need to examine your house and decide the heating requirements. Depending on that, you will have to be careful while choosing the fireplace inserts for your home. You will need to shortlist a couple of brands and products and compare the prices. Which one gives you the best value for money with good features is basically what you need to check out. You can check if some of them are remote ready so that they do not need to be manually operated, and if they will work even when there is a power failure. You will also basically need to determine how many BTU's will be required to heat up your room. Also consider if you want ceramic logs for realistic flames on a gas burner and a heat exchanger for better efficiency. There is also this consideration if you want fireplace logs.
At the end of the day, the price will totally depend on your individual circumstances and room heating requirements. In addition to exploring resources online for prices, the best way would be to actually go and inquire about them.