Have Your New Gas Insert or Fireplace Installed By Our Experienced & Certified Pros

Upgrading your fireplace is a great way to increase your home’s value and boost enjoyment during your time spent at home. And with the convenience and ease of use that modern gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts afford, upgrading with gas is always a good choice.

Of course, fuel type isn’t the only consideration when picking a new appliance. There are sizing, efficiency, and style considerations to think about, too, along with a budget to consider, and the most important question of all – who’s going to do the installation?

It’s a lot to think about, but we’re here to help. We can help you navigate this process, then ensure your new system is installed correctly and regularly maintained throughout it all.

Why Trust Installation to Winston’s Chimney Service?

The team here at Winston’s Chimney Service is certified with the National Fireplace Institute (NFI) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), which means you can be confident we’ll do an amazing job with your new gas fireplace or insert installation. Our crew has been extensively trained in getting the job done correctly, and we know exactly what to do and what not to do to ensure a safe and successful install.

We’ve put in all types of gas systems, all from a wide range of brands, so no matter where you bought your insert or fireplace from, you can trust we’ll do the installation perfectly. We’ll follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter and consider every little detail – so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

And once the installation is complete, we’ll test the unit and make sure every component is working as it should, from the main burner to the blower. We’ll even go over the operation information with you and answer any questions you may have about the process.

Not sure where to start? We can help with your purchase decision. With inserts and fireplaces, size matters, and we can make sure you know exactly what the dimensions need to be for your new fireplace or insert – so that shopping is a bit easier. We can even recommend brands and BTUs based on your personal needs and preferences.

Finally, we have a Master Gas Fitter on staff, so if you’re running gas to the fireplace for the first time, we can take care of that setup for you as well.

What Are the Types of Gas Fireplaces Winston’s Chimney Installs?

So, you’ve decided – a new gas system would make a great addition to your household. Now, what are your options in terms of which type of system would be best suited to your needs?

Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces

These systems offer a convenient and stylish way to add warmth and ambiance to a living space. These popular appliances can be easily installed almost anywhere, requiring only a portion of the ventilation that a wood-burning fireplace would. This makes direct vent fireplaces ideal for installations during home renovations or remodeling since they require minimal disruption to existing structures. 

Offering superior energy efficiency, these fireplace models also often provide more heat than a standard open fireplace – with less fuel usage too. 

Direct vents come with a variety of control options, ranging from manual to electronic and even remote-operated systems. This allows users to customize the operation of their fireplaces down to the exact level of intensity desired.

Vent-Free Gas Fireplaces

Like with direct vent options, vent-free gas systems are a convenient and easy-to-install source of heat for your home. They require no venting, making them great for spaces where it is difficult or impossible to build a chimney due to spacing or budget restrictions.

Vent-free gas fireplaces produce anywhere from 8,000 – 30,000 BTUs per hour and are relatively inexpensive when compared to other heating systems. However, be aware that all vent-free gas fireplaces must meet safety standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Additionally, some areas have laws restricting the use of vent-free appliances or completely prohibiting them from being used within your home. Make sure you are working with a company that knows the local building codes before investing in a vent-free gas fireplace.

Natural Gas Fireplaces

These options are quickly growing in popularity due to their ease of use and heightened sense of ambiance. Natural gas is delivered through a piping system, eliminating the need for manual refueling or ashes to clean up. This can be an excellent option for those looking for an extra touch of warmth in a living room, but who don’t want the hassle of a traditional wood-burning fireplace. 

Natural gas can also be ignited with the flip of a switch and controlled remotely, creating a cozy atmosphere without having to worry about logs that need to be replenished throughout the night.

Propane Gas Fireplaces

There’s no denying propane gas fireplaces offer a great way to add style and warmth to your home. And not only do they provide cozy comfort, but they run on an efficient and cost-effective fuel. 

With a wide range of styles and sizes available, you can find propane fireplaces suitable for many rooms of the house – from the living room to the patio. Moreover, with minimal installation requirements and a variety of venting options, propane gas fireplaces are easy to install. And while they may require some maintenance or adjustments during their lifetime, propane fireplaces are typically durable and long-lasting.

Ultimately, these unique features make propane gas fireplaces a great choice for homeowners looking for charm and convenience in their homes.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

Want to add a cozy atmosphere into your home without the effort of building a traditional wood-burning fire? These inserts are designed to fit inside an existing masonry or prefabricated firebox and burn natural gas or propane. This can provide instant warmth with minimal effort – no more hauling in wood, stacking it, and then babysitting the fire while it burns.

As an added bonus, the modern inserts come in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs to fit any aesthetic. From traditional looks to contemporary style, there’s something that’ll look perfect in your home. Plus, with gas fireplace inserts you don’t have to worry about creosote buildup that causes chimney fires. 

Ready to schedule services? Book your appointment with us today.

What Are the Benefits of Adding a Gas Appliance?

Some of the biggest benefits of gas systems include:

  • Easy Controls:  The ability to control how much heat your home heating appliance produces is one of the major benefits of utilizing gas inserts and fireplaces. With a few clicks of a remote, you can determine exactly how much heat you need, providing comfort controlled to the exact degree. Whether you’re looking to warm up a chilly main room or keep your space cozy during the winter months, these systems provide efficient heat distribution at a price that’s easy on your wallet. 
  • Versatility: From fast-ignition versions that produce quick and intense heat to carefully controlled flames, these systems are sure to impress with their versatility. In addition, you can choose from a wide range of styles, sizes, and designs in today’s market.
  • Convenience: Adding a gas fireplace to your home can be a sizable investment, but is often worth the up-front cost for homeowners looking for an easier way to add the ambiance that only a fireplace can bring – without having to haul wood or build up fires in the process. With just a flip of a switch or turn of a knob, you’ll be good to go.
  • High Efficiency: Modern gas fireplaces are much more energy-efficient than traditional fireplaces, and some models even have the capability to supplement your existing heating & cooling system. While there are up-front costs associated with purchasing and installing one, if you’re looking for a simpler way to stay warmer without drastically raising your energy bill, a gas fireplace or natural gas stove may be worth trying out.

Quick Note: The Downsides to Ventless Fireplaces

While we do install vent-free options, we feel it’s important to note that there are some serious downsides to consider with these models.

  • Poor Air Quality: The first downside with ventless fireplaces is their effect on indoor air quality. During the combustion of the gas, byproducts are released into the room – including carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Air exchanges are important for this very reason. Ventless fireplaces have oxygen depletion sensors (ODS) for safety, but it is important to have a well-ventilated space and avoid flame impingement to avoid potential hazards.
  • More Moisture: Water vapor is a byproduct of combustion with ventless fireplaces. This water vapor can accumulate on walls and windows, potentially leading to issues with mold and mildew growth in your home. Proper ventilation is a must to minimize this problem and reduce health risks.


  • Safety Risks: While ventless fireplaces have safety features built into them, some people are apprehensive about using them without external venting. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions and guidelines, and install a carbon monoxide detector in the room. Do not operate ceiling fans that might whirl around the flame causing flame impingement.
  • Heating Issues: Ventless fireplaces are efficient at providing heat close to the unit, but they may not be the most effective solution for large spaces or open floor plans. The heat generated will concentrate around the fireplace and rise towards the ceiling, leading to temperature differences in other parts of the room.

Can You Install a Gas Fireplace on an Interior Wall?

Yes, you can. In fact, installing a gas fireplace on an interior wall can be a great addition to your home, adding warmth and extra style to any room.

Whether wall-mounted, built into the wall, or as a gas stove, these fireplaces and stoves typically run on either natural gas or propane, both of which require professional installation due to the safety concerns involved with working with gas lines. So the first thing that will need to be figured out is running the gas line to the unit.

Once that part is tackled, depending on your needs and available space, different design options are available such as single-sided units or two-sided models that project outward into the living space. You can also give a custom look to the gas fireplace by installing floor-to-ceiling decorative tilework around it or incorporating decorative mantel pieces.

To sum up, installing a gas fireplace on an interior wall is something that absolutely can be done – and it’s sure to add charm and comfort, while providing year-long enjoyment in your home.

Can You Install a Gas Fireplace on an Exterior Wall?

Installing a gas fireplace on an exterior wall is indeed possible, though there are many considerations to take before proceeding with the project.

Before beginning, it is essential to check local building codes and fire safety regulations, as non-compliance can not only cost penalties but might also create a hazard in the home.

In addition, a tech who is CSIA-certified and NFI gas-certified must do the installation. Why? In order to ensure code compliance, as well as proper venting and gas line installation, trusting someone who has the education and training to back this service is a must. This is to protect your family from any incorrect fittings or issues that may come up later on down the line.

Ready to get this job done? Give our qualified sweeps a call now.

Can a Gas Fireplace Be Added to an Existing Home?

Of course. Adding a gas fireplace to your existing home can be a great way to increase the aesthetic value and comfort of your living space.

That said, while it’s possible to add a gas fireplace to almost any home, it’s important to check local regulations before any installation work begins. Gas fireplaces may require venting through an outside wall or roof and are often zoned, meaning they must be approved by your local zoning department before installation.

You should also consider your energy needs and budget, as there are several available styles and sizes to choose from.

Winston’s Chimney Service install crews are both CSIA- and NFI- certified, so no matter what type of gas fireplace you choose in the end, we can make sure it meets all necessary safety requirements and is functioning properly before you put it to use.

Will Adding a Gas Fireplace Increase My Home’s Value?

Adding a gas fireplace to your home can be an exciting upgrade, and potentially a great investment. Many homebuyers have a fireplace on their wish list, and a gas system can be especially appealing due to all of the great benefits they’re known to offer.

All that said, if you’re looking to boost your home’s value with the addition of this amenity, it’s important to consider that its impact on your home’s appraisal value may depend on local property values, real estate market conditions, and several other variables. Be sure to do your research prior to purchase and installation to ensure you’re making the most informed decision possible – and to get the most potential value out of the upgrade.

Furthermore, factoring in upkeep costs and how often you plan to use the fireplace are a couple more things you’ll want to consider before taking this step. That way, if you want to enjoy the gas fireplace for several years before you sell the property, you’ll get good value for the decision.

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What Is the Cost to Install a Gas Fireplace or Insert?

Installing a gas fireplace or insert can be a significant investment, but most consider it well worth the cost down the road.

Giving a clear-cut cost estimate, though, can be difficult. Depending on a few factors, such as the type of fireplace that you choose and the complexity of labor involved in installing it, prices can vary drastically. The best way to figure out a ballpark price for gas fireplaces is to do some research and consult with an expert. 

Ask yourself the following questions when looking at style and model options:

  • What size do you like or need for your space?
  • Do you want something that looks like a traditional fireplace?
  • Would something more modern be a better fit for your home?
  • Is a gas stove an appealing option?

These are all things that will affect the cost of the gas appliance – and this doesn’t even include installation. An expert can also come out to see the number of fuel lines that need to be run (if any), evaluate any venting requirements, and determine whether or not a chimney liner is needed. Again, all of these things can impact your final price point.

Only when all these variables are considered can anyone really give you an estimate of the cost. Fortunately for homeowners here in the Northern VA area, we’d be happy to help.

How much does it cost to install a gas system into an existing masonry fireplace? 

Installing a gas fireplace in an existing wood-burning masonry fireplace is a great way to update your home and switch to a more convenient fuel type. That said, the exact cost of installation will depend on the complexity of the work and whether any additional materials need to be bought.

Prices for gas fireplaces have swung so much in the last few years that it’s hard to give out ballpark figures, so we’d recommend having someone help you with sizing, style, updates, and more, so you can get a better idea of the overall price. We can also give you installation pricing at the same time, so you have the whole picture and not just the unit pricing. 

With careful consideration and professional guidance, you can make an informed decision on how best to proceed with your new or remodeled gas fireplace, where your wood-burning fireplace once was.

Can I Install a Gas Fireplace Insert Myself?

Installing a gas fireplace insert can be a tricky task, so when we are asked if someone can do it themselves, we highly recommend against it. Our gas technicians are NFI-certified to work around gas appliances and it is suggested that only those with this type of certification complete the installation process.

The truth is, while it may seem like something you could easily do yourself, there are many potential risks and safety concerns to consider when installing a gas fireplace insert. It’s important to double-check that the venting process is done correctly, as even the smallest mistake can lead to serious health hazards, such as carbon monoxide poisoning.

Additionally, local codes may require permits or third-party inspections when installing a gas fireplace insert in order to ensure compliance with safety standards. Ultimately, attempting to install a gas fireplace insert without professional assistance may end up causing more harm than good, so it’s better to err on the side of caution and leave this job in the hands of an experienced pro at Winston’s Chimney Service.

How Much Does a Gas Fireplace Increase Energy Bills?

Investing in a gas fireplace for your home can provide warmth and comfort during the cooler months of the year. And although convenience is a key benefit, it’s important to consider how much it might impact your monthly gas bill.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy or clear answer. The amount that your gas bill increases will depend on the type of fireplace, its efficiency rating, the number of hours you use it, and many other factors. For example, if you opt for a direct-vent model that doesn’t draw combustion air from inside your home, you could save money on lost heat from open-air fireplaces. However, even with this model, the cost of running a gas fireplace will affect your monthly heating expenses.

All that said, gas systems can still be more cost-effective than traditional wood-burning fireplaces or electric models. It’s recommended to take all these factors into account when deciding if installing a gas fireplace is right for you financially.

Do You Need a Chimney for a Direct Vent Gas Fireplace?

With a direct-vent gas fireplace, you can enjoy the look and warmth of a cozy fire without all the hassle typically involved with wood-burning systems. And, unlike traditional wood-burning fireplaces, direct-vent gas fireplaces do not require the installation of a chimney since they are sealed combustion systems.

These systems are engineered to pull all their combustion air from the outside, so no additional heat from the house is needed for operation. The air only escapes up through a variety of exhaust options including vertical, horizontal, and b-vent configurations.

This makes installation more flexible and straightforward too. All you need to do is place your furniture and decor around your new direct vent gas fireplace, sit back, and enjoy the cozy warmth of your new home feature.

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Are Gas Fireplace Inserts Worth the Money?

Gas fireplace inserts can be a great way to add a cozy atmosphere to your home without all the hassles of a traditional wood-burning fireplace. Not only do gas fireplace inserts require little to no maintenance, their natural gas and propane fuel sources provide a more budget-friendly option than logs or pellets.

However, the most significant benefit is that, with a direct-vent design, these units are incredibly efficient in delivering enhanced warmth and air quality – which is certainly worth the expense of installation.

Additionally, compared to traditional fireplaces, installing gas fireplace inserts is significantly less expensive and easier to achieve. Ultimately, if you’re looking for an attractive, low-cost option for heating your home and creating an inviting ambiance this winter season, considering investing in a quality gas fireplace insert may be well worth every penny.

We’re Certified, Experienced & Put Your Safety First

If you’re looking for a company to help you with any gas hearth-related installations including gas fireplaces, inserts, and fire pits, look no further than Winston’s Chimney Service. Call 703-379-5006 today or schedule an appointment through our website.

Don’t wait to reach out. When you work with us, you can be confident in your fireplace installation and your certified installers. We’re here to wow you.


We provide complete gas services that include gas insert and fireplace troubleshooting and service. You can count on us to take care of what you need.

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109