The Pros and Cons of Gas Fireplaces

Things to Consider When Converting to a Gas Fireplace

Fireplaces are a great way to add ambiance and a great source of heat to your space. If you have a wood-burning fireplace already and are considering converting it to gas there are lots of pros and cons to consider before making a decision. 

Pros of Gas Fireplaces

No Need for Firewood 

You can skip all that splitting and stacking of firewood that comes with wood-burning fireplaces. Gas fireplaces utilize faux logs or other fire features that keep all of the aesthetics of fires without the hassle. 

Great Heat Source

Unlike some electric fireplaces, gas fireplaces really give off genuine heat for your space. Many are also adjustable so that you can change the level of heat to accommodate your needs. 


Most gas fireplaces are simple to operate, often with just a simple flip of a switch or even remote control operated. You can want to have a fire, and then have one roaring just seconds later. 

Easy to Vent

When you opt for a gas option, your options for venting become greater. You don’t necessarily need a true chimney as you do with a traditional fireplace. Incorporate a fireplace in virtually any space with the versatility that is offered with gas fireplace options. 

Cons of Gas Fireplaces

Increased Cost 

When running gas, there are obvious costs associated with that. There is also an initial cost to run a gas line to wherever you are installing or converting your fireplace to get it up and running. 

Not as Authentic 

While they still offer ambiance, there won’t be the genuine scents and sounds associated with a wood-burning fire.


Whenever you are dealing with a gas line you want to make sure you take care of it and get it checked periodically to ensure everything is running properly. There could also be periodic maintenance costs throughout the life of your fireplace to consider.

How to Get Started

When you decide to either convert to gas or to install a new gas fireplace it is good to make a plan. When thinking through the details, placement, and features that are available to you, be sure to consult with a professional plumber to discuss running a gas line. When you have expert help with your installation, you can focus on enjoying your new fireplace and exercising fireplace safety.

Stephens Plumbing Accommodates All Fireplace Needs

Whether you require a repair, replacement, or installation, Stephens is here to help! Our technicians can install a gas line for your home fireplace so you can enjoy all their benefits. Also, while gas log fireplaces last a long time, we offer repairs and replacement services for the gas line as needed.