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How Much Propane Does a Fireplace Use?

Date: February 2, 2021

propane fireplace arizonaThinking about converting your old wood fireplace into a high-efficiency propane fireplace instead?

One question that homeowners will usually contemplate is this: how much propane will my new propane fireplace use? As a general rule, a propane fireplace uses about one gallon of propane for each 100,000 BTU. So if you install a propane fireplace that is rated 50,000 BTU, you’ll be using about one gallon of propane for every two hours that it’s in use.

To put this into perspective, think about the expense and all of the work you need to put into operating your wood burning fireplace. You’ll probably be delighted by how much easier and inexpensive it is to have propane fireplace in your Arizona home. With a fireplace that runs on propane gas, you’ll never have to get up and put another log on the fire or get stuck with the task of discarding ashes.

Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace To Propane

Today’s propane hearths are available as freestanding stoves, built-in fireplaces, and sealed fireplace inserts that can be installed directly in your existing mantle. And they give you all the warmth and comfort of a wood fireplace without the drawbacks, and with some great benefits that you just can’t get from a wood-burning hearth.

Whether or not you have an existing fireplace, you can enjoy the benefits of a propane hearth in your home with these advantages.

Convenience: A propane hearth gives you warmth and a beautiful glow whenever you want it. And most of today’s propane hearths come with thermostats and remote controls. You’ll be able to control the heat and the flame intensity from the comfort of your sofa.

Versatility: A propane fireplace or freestanding stove not only exudes charm, it’s also a heat source that will keep your living space warm even when the power is out.

Efficiency: A propane fireplace runs at around 80 percent efficiency. That makes it four to five times more efficient than a wood fireplace. That’s because as much as 90 percent of the heat produced by a wood-burning fireplace goes straight up the chimney! Did you ever notice how cold a room becomes when a wood fire begins to burn out? It’s because all the heat in the room is being drawn out the chimney!

Health impact: You may think that wood smoke smells good, but it’s really not that good for your body. Fine particles, also known as fine particulate matter, are the greatest health threat from a wood fire. These microscopic particles can create respiratory problems and other issues. You don’t get these health risks with propane.

Environmentally-friendly: When we say a propane fireplace is better for the environment, we mean it. A wood-burning fireplace emits up to 4,000% more emissions than a propane-fueled fireplace!

Innovations In Propane Fireplaces

Fireplace inserts with blowers: If you have an open-concept kitchen-living dining area, or any other large space to heat, the multispeed blowers push warm air to the far corners of a room, providing better and more even heating.

Masonry fireplace refinishing: With a propane fireplace insert, you can update the style of your existing fireplace without a lot of expense.

More realistic flames: Better gas burner technology means more realistic flames that flicker and dance, just like a wood fire.

Once you get your new propane fireplace installed, count on your propane provider to keep you well-supplied so you can always keep your home fires burning.

Don’t stop with fireplaces! Read more about all of the other benefits of propane.