Introduction: Natural gas and propane stoves (and fireplace inserts) have become very popular in the last few years because they’re very convenient and economical to operate. Additionally, they don’t require electricity and can still operate off a wall thermostat. The best gas stoves now have unbelievable realism in the way the flames look and the logs glow while maintaining high efficiency.
Saving Money and Efficiency: Different gas stoves and inserts do have small differences in efficiency, but they all provide a significant efficiency and cost saving advantage over central gas heating. The savings come from the fact that unlike central heating, gas stoves do not have “duct” heat losses. Instead, they put the heat directly into living space. Central heating duct losses can be as large as 25 to 40%. Additionally, gas stoves are zone heaters and do waste energy by overheating unoccupied living space.