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Gas Inserts vs. Gas Fireplaces

If you’ve decided that traditional, wood-burning fireplaces aren’t the best option for you, there’s a good chance you’re exploring gas or other non-traditional options. Gas inserts are likely the most popular gas option due to their versatility, but have you heard of gas fireplaces? Let’s take a look at both of these options to help you decide which would be the best fit for your home.

Gas Inserts

Gas inserts add a modern and convenient flare to an already existing fireplace and chimney. They use natural gas or propane to turn a fire on with the switch of a button. Some models and options even have on/off functionality for when you lose power, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice heat just because you lost power. 


  • Easy, convenient on/off. 
  • Maintains the look and feel of a fireplace – can mix traditional and modern while still having a real fire. 
  • Low maintenance and upkeep.
  • Can help save on electric bills by adding a supplementary heating source.


  • Not for someone without an existing fireplace.
  • Can be expensive to initially install if you don’t have an existing natural gas or propane line. 

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Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces provide a solution if your home doesn’t have an existing fireplace. They can be installed almost anywhere you’d like as long as an exit can be installed to an exterior wall. These fireplaces come in vented or vent-free solutions, but you should consult a professional to determine the best option for your home. Similar to gas inserts, some models support non-electric on/off to accommodate you even if you lose power.


  • Easy, convenient on/off. (like the gas inserts)
  • Provides a real fire output option, but more modern of a look. You can choose from a variety of styles and sizes to match your look, without being limited by existing fireplaces look, feel, and even location.
  • Low maintenance and upkeep. (like the gas inserts)
  • Can choose which room you want it installed in.
  • Can help save on electric bills by adding a supplementary heating source. (like the gas inserts)

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  • Probably not the option for you if you already have an existing fireplace.
  • Can be expensive to install.

Both options provide convenience while maintaining real fire charm. Depending on your home, style preferences, and budget, you can find a solution that works for your home whether that is a gas insert or gas fireplace. 

Ready to Install a New Insert or Fireplace?

The chimney experts at Twin City Fireplace can help if you're in or around the Minneapolis, MN area. Twin City will come out to see your home and help determine the best approach for your situation and budget. We can even help with questions if you’re still on the fence between a gas insert versus a gas fireplace. If you’re in Edina, you can reach us at 952-941-2685; if you’re in Woodbury, you can reach us at 651-204-0112.