6 Reasons to Install a Propane Fireplace Insert

March 28, 2022 –

Imagine this scenario:

You have a beautiful fireplace mantle but the fireplace itself doesn’t work well.

Or perhaps you’re tired of the hassles of a wood-burning fireplace but still want to enjoy the warmth of a glowing fire this winter.

In either scenario, you’re a perfect candidate for a propane fireplace insert.

Liquid propane fireplace inserts are heating appliances that are professionally installed inside your old fireplace surround to replace either its wood-burning section or an older gas unit.

There are many benefits to using a propane gas fireplace insert, including:

Saving on renovating costs: Renovating can involve costly and inconvenient structural work. Gas inserts for fireplaces are sized to fit your existing fireplace housing, so no rebuild is needed.

Lower bills

A new propane fireplace insert is more insulated and more highly efficient than your old wood fireplace –especially if it was a wood-burning model. When your heating system is more efficient, your electricity bill gets smaller. Gas furnaces, on average, are about 30 percent more efficient than wood-burning models.

Greater safety

An open fire is inherently dangerous, even in a fireplace. Burning wood stacked too high can tumble into the room, and logs can throw sparks from popping wood onto people or pets. If there is a downdraft or a blockage in the chimney, smoke can back up and flow into the room. These problems are eliminated with a fireplace insert.

Greater convenience

With a fireplace insert, there’s no gathering wood and kindling, no splinters, and no stoking. You can have an evening in front of the fire at just the flip of a switch on your remote control from your recliner in the comfort of your living room.

Less environmental impact

Less fuel needed means less environmental impact. Propane also burns cleaner than wood, so there are fewer carbon emissions with a propane fireplace insert.

Greater aesthetic value

A stylish fireplace insert can dress up even a plain brick mantle and façade, giving the room a nice facelift with a minimal investment. Gas logs, cast-iron designs: the aesthetic options are endless.

Just imagine how much a fireplace insert could enhance your home. Contact Paraco today to set up a FREE consultation to help you find a match for your flue, chimney lining, décor, and budget!


  1. Derek McDoogle on November 21, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I found it interesting when you said that a new propane fireplace insert is more insulated and more efficient than your old fireplace–especially if it was a wood-burning model. My dad told me that he would like to have a cozier home so that he could invite his friends and family. I will suggest to him to install a fireplace so that we can turn it on when we gather together.

    • Isousa on November 21, 2019 at 11:08 am

      Hi Derek! Thank you for your nice comment! Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other questions! 1-800-647-4427 | contactus@paracogas.com

  2. Linda Ramey and Jim Ramey on July 25, 2020 at 3:17 am

    We have a wood fireplace. This winter we had a chimney fire and our liner is cracked. We had a buckstove insert. Our buckstove has a top opening and we have been told we need a back opening to hook to a round chimney insert. We don’t have any outside ash removal and no regular gas available. We will have to have a propane tank located outside the chimney and the line inserted into the fireplace with the insert. We have no idea cost and we have insurance. We do not have any idea.

  3. Alice Carroll on November 9, 2020 at 1:40 am

    It’s interesting to know that using a propane gas fireplace can provide good insulation as well. One of the things that I’d like to address this year is the fact that my hands and feet get very cold during the winter to the point that they turn pale. Having more efficient options to keep myself warm will be a good way to not have anything bad happen to me during extremely cold days.

  4. Dale L Gardner on December 7, 2020 at 7:58 am

    We have a propane insert in our fireplace. Since it was here when we purchased the house, I have no idea if it is vented or ventless since it was here when we purchased the home. I just ordered a new insert for the fireplace since the insert we currently have does not have a thermostat. Since I will now know I have a ventless insert, would it be safe for me to seal the flue closed on the chimney to avoid loss of heat?

    • Isousa on December 7, 2020 at 10:33 am

      Hi Dale! Vent-free units do not require flue access. The flue can be sealed in accordance with the local code.

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