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Environmentally-Friendly Gas Appliances

Many homeowners are choosing gas appliances over wood-burning for the following reasons:

  • Environmentally-responsible: Gas typically burns much cleaner than wood, making it the environmentally-friendly choice. Because they produce no soot, smoke, ash, or carbon dioxide (which is a big contributor to global warming), you can enjoy your fireplace or insert without the guilt and mess.
  • Simple, Quick, and Less Invasive: Gas fireplaces or inserts typically don’t require much construction or even a working chimney, as they do not produce smoke or other pollutants. They come vented or vent-less and can be flipped on and off with a simple switch. This feature makes them a much more convenient option than wood-burning appliances.
  • No Storage Needed: Because gas-burning appliances have a direct fuel line, you won’t need a place to store your fuel. This means less clutter, less hauling, and less mess.
  • Utility-free: Many gas fireplaces and inserts can function safely independent of utilities. This feature makes them just as useful as wood-burning appliances during a power outage.
  • Temperature and Flame Control: Gas fireplace and inserts offer heat and a beautiful fire at the touch of a button. Most also allow you to set and control the temperature and flame to meet your needs. Need more heat output? Less? A bigger flame? Smaller? With a gas appliance, you’ve got options at your fingertips.
  • Beautiful, Realistic Flame: In the past, gas appliances couldn’t compete with the beautiful flame of a wood-burning appliance. Now, that is no longer the case. Many gas logs are made from a real, wood log cast and are incredibly realistic-looking. The flames of modern gas fireplaces and inserts offer the look and feel of a traditional, wood fire without the mess or byproducts.

There are, however, some things to consider with an oil fireplace or insert. One disadvantage to using gas as a fuel is that prices change almost constantly. While it may be economical one day, the next day you may be wishing you could afford to eat and use your fireplace.

Another disadvantage is that gas appliances produce carbon monoxide, which if not properly vented or removed from the home, can seriously harm you and your family. This can especially be a problem with vent-less appliances, in which the fumes do not have a chimney vent to escape through. Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to brain and organ damage, respiratory problems, and even death. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is virtually undetectable and can do serious damage before you even realize you have a problem. That’s why it is wise to invest in a carbon monoxide detector, especially if you are using a vent-less gas appliance.

When a Chief Chimney Sweep comes to your home to service your gas appliance, we always check to make sure that your vent is working properly (if you have a vented system), and that there are no obstructions that may render it ineffective. We will also check the pilot light and fuel line to ensure that everything is working properly and safely. With Chief Chimney Services, Inc., you can be confident that your gas appliance is free of leaks and that your family and wallet are protected.

To have your gas appliance serviced, give Chief Chimney Services, Inc. a call today or click here to schedule an appointment online!


Removing creosote from a chimney is a tough job, but chimney sweeping by the trained technicians at Chief Chimney Services will take care of it with no mess and no fuss.

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Wow! A mother-daughter team, the most pleasant and professional of any chimney service I have encountered. Called in advance, showed up on time, explained everything in detail, was thorough and clean. In a profession full of questionable practices, this was a great experience and I would recommend Diane and Lauren without hesitation. ~ Zev Asch, East Northport, NY
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