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6 Top Gas Fireplace Insert Reviews – Heat Your Home the Right Way in 2018

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In this review, you’ll learn everything about the best gas fireplace inserts that will convert your fireplace into an efficient source of heat.

Last updateAugust 12, 2018
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Pascal Mugero
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6 Top Gas Fireplace Insert Reviews – Heat Your Home the Right Way in 2018

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Pros

Customizability, ease of use and installation

Cons

Fragile logs and components so be careful how you handle the pieces

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Pros

Burns both natural gas and liquid propane

Cons

Controls are hard to reach making it hard to operate when placed in most positions

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Best for the money
Sure Heat Vented Gas Log Set
4.5 / 5

Pros

Fits in all fireplaces measuring at least 28 x 15 x 21 inches

Cons

Low heat output that may need supplementation in the cold season or in large rooms

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Pros

Many remote control settings and options that operate the machine effectively

Cons

Some crucial parts of the kit are not included in the main unit

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3.5 / 5

A wide range of enhancement kits can be added to any of the ember bed choices and fronts

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Pascal Mugero
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Pascal Magero is a Civil Engineer by profession and a writer by passion. He combines these skills to come up with the most informative reviews about a wide range of products.

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General shopping guide

best gas fireplace insertsKeeping your house warm is usually one of the reasons your utility bills turn up so high at the end of every month. Therefore, it’s no surprise a lot of people are always seeking alternative sources of heat, that perhaps cost less and are more efficient. If you’re one of them, you’re in the right place.

In this in-depth review, you’ll learn all you need to know about the best gas fireplace inserts that will convert your already existing fireplace into a cheap and efficient source of heat. These gas fireplace units will definitely bring your utility costs down and even increase the overall value of your house in the market.

And, hey!

If you don’t have an existing fireplace, don’t feel limited! Some of these inserts can still be placed in corners and walls.

These fireplace inserts use gas instead of electricity or wood. They come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, making them the perfect option when looking for a way to heat small rooms in your home.

Ultimately...

If you decide you want to go with an electric fireplace for whatever reason, be sure to read our reviews of the best electric fireplaces.

Considerations

Buyer’s Guide

If this is the first time you’re considering to buy a gas fireplace, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind to ensure you end up with quality equipment that suits all your individual needs. For example, the size of the fireplace, how high your ceilings are, the climate of the environment you live in, etc.

What To Consider Before Buying Your Gas Fireplace Insert

First, there are direct vent and vent free gas fireplaces. It’s important to check with your local government whether direct vent fireplaces are allowed in your town/state before buying one.

Otherwise…

You may find yourself in some legal trouble.

No one wants that.

But, in some U.S. states, vent-free fireplaces are banned due to the accumulation of moisture in homes with tight seals.

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Direct vent gas fireplaces provide more venting options—typically, on the top and on the rear of the unit. This provides more options for installation. They also use air from outside for combustion. The exhaust air is directed outside the house, reducing the competition for oxygen.

On the other hand…

Vent free fireplaces are cheaper to maintain due to lower consumption rates. They’re also easy to install in rental homes or after doing renovations and make for a reliable source of heating due to the 99% efficiency.

The biggest question is…

The type of fuel you’re going to use. Namely natural gas or propane. If you’re in a residential area where there’s already a natural gas line, then this is a no-brainer. However, if you’re planning to make a portable or outdoor fireplace, setting up a propane tank anywhere within the compound will do the trick. Both are clean and cheap sources of energy and the best fireplace inserts can run on both.

Plus…

Some gas fireplaces come installed with battery backup systems that allow continued use even during power outages.

Additional expert tips

Lastly, you need to consider the cost of the fireplace as well as installation fees. Unless you really trust your hands with tools, it’s best to leave the installation of hearth products to a professional. They’ll do a quality job and also take care of the necessary inspections and approvals.

Now that we have some background information, let’s look at some of the best gas fireplace inserts you can buy in 2017.

A Complete Analysis Of Our Top 6 Gas Fireplace Inserts Selections

01

Duluth Forge Dual Fuel Vent Free Fireplace Insert

Duluth Forge Dual Fuel Vent Free Fireplace Insert

Appearance and Hardware

The Duluth Forge Vent Free inserts measures approximately 14 x 24 x 29 inches. It weighs only 47.6 pounds. It’s fitted with a removable metal mesh screen door and a realistic firebrick painted interior with fairly realistic logs. It also comes with a thermostat remote control and a burner.

However...

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Features and Performance

The Duluth Forge Vent Free insert comes with zero clearance which enables the owner to build a custom fireplace for their home. Choose to pair it with a face mantel or recess it directly onto a wall and you will be good to enjoy some warm times.

The fireplace insert is fitted with lots of features such as:

  • An oxygen depletion sensor with automatic shut off for safety
  • Battery assisted piezo ignition for quick lighting
  • Burns propane or natural gas to radiate 26,000 BTU of heat capable of heating 1,350 square feet of space.

The Duluth Forge is fairly easy to install, even for one person.

It does its job pretty well.

The flame is easily adjustable to make it more suited to a large or small room. The logs can also be easily glued back in case they are broken during shipment or at home.

The remote control system also works perfectly, and since it uses batteries and the insert runs on gas or liquid propane, you can still keep your loved ones warm even in case of an electricity outage. In case the batteries run out, then it is time to go manual.

Be careful with the logs!

Otherwise, they may fall apart and give you a hard time trying to put them back together. Also, using the remote control may be a little confusing so take your sweet time.


Pros
Customizability, ease of use and installation
Cons
Fragile logs and components so be careful how you handle the pieces

02

Pleasant Hearth Convertible Vent-Free Dual Fuel Fireplace

Pleasant Hearth Convertible Vent-Free Dual Fuel Fireplace

Appearance and Hardware

The Pleasant Hearth Convertible Vent-Free fireplace measures approximately 54 x 24 x 44 inches and weighs 140 pounds. It comes with a zero clearance design that makes it easy to install almost anywhere; whether in a corner or recessed on a wall. It comes in all black and made of metal, with the surround made of wood. The door is mesh so you can see the flames on the other side.

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Generally, the Pleasant Hearth Convertible Vent works great and heats up to 1,400 sq. ft. of room space quite nicely. It comes with some pretty interesting features such as:

  • Dual fuel technology with the options to switch between natural gas or liquid propane
  • Zero clearance design for easier wall or corner installation options
  • Electronic spark ignition system for easy lighting with a safety switch in case of overheating
  • Dual burner with thermostat for optimum flame and heat regulation

The Pleasant Hearth Convertible Vent comes with a two-year warranty.

Take note:

The external thermostat fan runs on electricity. This is in addition to the gas that heats the air. However, the thermostat fan does work perfectly.

The insert’s consumption is much less compared to burning coal or using electricity. It also looks great and the pieces are very well protected during shipping, so don’t worry about breakages--even for the wooden parts--when buying this item.


Pros
Burns both natural gas and liquid propane
Cons
Controls are hard to reach making it hard to operate when placed in most positions

03

Sure Heat Vented Gas Log Set

Sure Heat Vented Gas Log Set

Appearance and Hardware

The Sure Heat Vented Gas Log Set is an elegant insert fireplace that measures 12 x 18 x 16 inches and weighs only 46.4 pounds. It comes as a complete set including a U-shaped dual burner, a pan, a shale, glowing embers, and connection hardware.

For the logs, enjoy eight, hand-painted, highly-detailed refractory cement logs. Thanks to the realistic flame patterns and glowing embers, your neighbors won’t be able to tell whether they’re real wood or not!

Features and Performance

With such an attractive price, the deal does not get any better than this when it comes to the best gas fireplace inserts.

In fact...

Some of the gas fireplace inserts we looked at cost upwards of $4,000. The Sure Heat Vented Fireplace does a pretty good job warming a small room.

Some of the features we really liked about the Sure Heat Gas Log set are:

  • High-performance glowing embers radiate twice as bright as standard embers
  • It has eight hand-painted refractory cement logs that are incredibly detailed. Plus, they’re traditionally arranged on a tiered grate, creating a realistic look of a mature wood burning fire
  • Simple to operate and maintain without producing ash—another benefit of gas inserts over using real wood!
  • It has manually controlled valve system designed to work in a vented environment and comes ready to connect to your standard natural gas fuel supply
  • The U-shaped dual burner is pretty innovative. The flame pattern it produces makes it look like the flames are dancing.
  • The small and compact design can fit pretty much anywhere in your home

However, there are couple things you should know.

about this gas fireplace insert. First, the logs may emit some fumes the first few times they’re used. But these go away after the fourth or fifth use. You may also notice a whistle from the regulator on the flame bar when the gas is turned past a certain threshold. This goes away if you adjust the gas either up or down.

After buying the Sure Heat Vented Fireplace, it would be a good idea to buy a separate flexible hose pipe and ball valve. These will cost you between $20-30, but it’s money well spent considering the solid gas line that comes with the kit is easily kinked.

Unfortunately...

a lot of users have raised this issue.


Pros
Fits in all fireplaces measuring at least 28 x 15 x 21 inches
Cons
Low heat output that may need supplementation in the cold season or in large rooms

04

Napoleon Grandville VF Series GVF36-2N 37″ Vent Free Natural Gas Fireplace

Napoleon Grandville VF Series GVF36-2N 37″ Vent Free Natural Gas Fireplace

Appearance and Hardware

The Napoleon Grandville is a vent free fireplace insert that measures 39 x 15 x 35 inches and weighs in at 91 pounds. It runs on natural gas that’s fired up with a millivolt ignition system. This lights up the pan style burner and warms your home with the ambiance and comfort of a roaring wood fire. It’s also fitted with a safety screen to protect your family from open flames, as well as Phazer® logs and remote control capabilities.

Features and Performance

The Napoleon Grandville is designed to look attractive.

There’s no doubt about it.

Not to mention, it’s easy for anyone to use. Some of its most outstanding features are:

  • Burns natural gas to produce up to 30 000 BTU's--efficiently warming up 1660 sq. ft. of space.
  • Exclusive Phazer® glowing logs that form beautiful, dancing like flames to give it a natural fiery look
  • An oxygen depletion sensor with automatic shut off when oxygen levels drop too low
  • Battery assisted piezo ignition to ensure normal function even during blackouts
  • Millivolt remote control valve with built-in adjustable flame/heat control
  • Dual receptacle junction box
  • Double flame burner

All those features aside...

If you’re considering this model, take note :

There’s a louver kit, trim kit, and blower set sold separately. This information is easy to miss, so be sure to take it into consideration. The louvers help cover the space between the insert and the fireplace opening for a more professional and aesthetic look.

The remote control can set the fireplace at the ideal heat setting or you can set it to run at a particular temperature for a specific number of minutes. It’s made from durable materials and, after a good installation, you should not expect to make any replacements soon.


Pros
Many remote control settings and options that operate the machine effectively
Cons
Some crucial parts of the kit are not included in the main unit

05

Napoleon Vector 38 LV38N Direct Vent Gas Fireplace

Napoleon Vector 38 LV38N Direct Vent Gas Fireplace

Appearance and Hardware

The Napoleon Vector 38 measures approximately 53 x 58 x 20 inches. Although, with a shipping weight of 170 pounds, it’s one of the heavier models we considered.

That being said...

It has a sleek linear design and loads of options for customization, for those who want a more luxurious experience.

It comes with heat radiating ceramic glass and a CRYSTALINE™ clear ember bed featuring endless LED color options that illuminate from beneath the ember bed. It also comes with a 450 in² glass viewing area, FLAME™ porcelain reflective radiant panels, a safety screen, and an option to change the fronts to pick one that suits your décor.

Features and Performance

The Vector 38 has everything a gas fireplace insert has to offer and more if you’re willing to part with the money. For safety and maximum control, it is fitted with an external, easy to access main air adjustment control which allows the owner to control the fireplace while it is on. With the ability to radiate up to 30,000 BTU’s, this insert can easily warm over 1600 sq. ft. of space.

Additional features include:

  • An optional ambient-glow metal fiber for enhancing the glowing embers of the gas fire
  • An optional hot air distribution kit for optimum performance
  • Exclusive control of all aspects of the Napoleon Vector 38 using the Bluetooth® enabled eFIRE app that can be installed on your smartphone.
  • 450 in² glass viewing area and clean designs allows you to enjoy the radiant glow from the flames with the option of adding Beach Fire, Shore Fire, or Mineral Rock media enhancement kits to the clear ember beds to make them look even more graceful.

Propane users beware!

This model comes equipped for using it with natural gas. For propane users, you need to contact the distributors for a propane conversion kit. The ASIN number is W175-0424.


Pros
eFIRE app controller available to control the insert via Bluetooth
Cons
High shipping weight of 170 pounds

06

Natural Gas Vent-Free Fireplace Insert with Millivolt Control

Natural Gas Vent-Free Fireplace Insert with Millivolt Control

Appearance and Hardware

The Natural Gas Vent Free fireplace insert measures 35 (w) x 26.25 (h) x 17.25(d) inches and weighs 120 pounds. It runs on natural gas with the capability of producing 33,000 BTU’s. This fireplace insert comes in a traditional design with the interiors painted black. It comes with a dual burner and detailed ceramic fiber logs.

Features and Performance

We found the Natural Gas Vent Free Fireplace could warm spaces up to 1700 sq. ft. of space comfortably.

We thought that was sufficient.

This insert is best if you are on a low budget.

Lastly:

The inserts are designed to go inside an existing fireplace. Although it can be recessed on a wall.

Some of its most salient features include:

  • Integrated log grate
  • Dual burner with up to 33,000 BTU
  • Millivolt control that can be controlled by the optional remote control kit
  • 99.9% heating efficiency

Pros
High heating capabilities
Cons
Cannot run on liquid propane hence not an option without gas supply to your home

Conclusion

Having a quality gas fireplace in your home will definitely make your place warmer and cozier, without all the smoke, wood, and ash associated with traditional fireplaces. When it comes to the specifics, however, it all boils down to your needs and preferences. Consider how much space you have for installation, the budget you’re operating on, features of the various fireplaces, and any other factors that you may deem important to you.

Are you using a gas fireplace insert? Which one do you think is the best? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. And feel free to share a photo of your set up so others can get inspiration when they’re choosing the best gas fireplace insert for their home!

Stay Warm & Update Your House With A New Gas Fireplace Insert

Having a quality gas fireplace in your home will make your place warmer and cozier, without all the smoke, wood, and ash associated with traditional fireplaces.

When it comes to the specifics, however, it all boils down to your needs and preferences.

Consider how much space you have for installation, the budget you’re operating on, features of the various fireplaces, and any other factors important to you.

Here are our two top picks to bring closer to staying warm in style…

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Best products from range

Best of the best

Duluth Forge Dual Fuel Vent Free Fireplace Insert

We love this fireplace insert because of its amazing features like its battery assisted piezo ignition for quick lighting, remote control, zero clearance, easy install, and gorgeous looks. Not to mention it operates off natural gas or propane. Don’t pass this one up!

Best for the money

Sure Heat Vented Gas Log Set

This natural looking insert is one of the best bargains we found. If you want a traditional looking fireplace insert that won’t break the bank, don’t pass over the Sure Heat Vented Gas Logs.They look amazing, run on natural gas, and fit in most sizes of fireplaces.

Are you using a gas fireplace insert? Which one do you think is the best? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. And feel free to share a photo of your set up so others can get inspiration when they’re choosing the best gas fireplace insert for their home!

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