Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does a fireplace cost?

A: The cost of a fireplace can vary depending on several factors. Generally, fireplace prices range from $2000 to $15,000. Additionally, it’s important to consider installation costs, which typically start at $1500.

Q: What about log set prices?

A: Log set prices also vary based on different features and designs. On average, log set prices range from $800 to $2500. Installation costs for log sets generally start at $350.

Q: How long does the fireplace installation process take?

A: The fireplace installation process typically spans over 3-5 days. Here’s a breakdown of the timeline:

  • Day 1: Install gas line.
  • Day 2: First county inspection.
  • Day 3: Install an electrical outlet in the fireplace (if necessary).
  • Day 4: Install fireplace or log set.
  • Day 5: Final county inspection.

Keep in mind that the timeline may vary based on specific circumstances or local regulations. 

Q: Can I convert a wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace?

A: Absolutely! Transforming your wood-burning fireplace into a gas fireplace is possible. Contact us today for a personalized quote and to discuss the options available for your specific fireplace.

Q: Can I add additional gas lines for new projects?

A: Yes, you can. Whether you’re considering new appliances, outdoor grills, or other gas-powered projects, adding additional gas lines is a viable option. If Natural Gas is unavailable, Liquid Propane serves as a convenient and safe alternative to bring gas into your home.

Q: What if I don’t have gas in my home currently?

A: In our service area, Washington Gas and Columbia Gas are the two primary providers, each serving different areas of the DMV region. However, it’s important to note that natural gas may not be available in all locations. If natural gas is not an option for you, liquid propane (LP) serves as a safe and convenient alternative. LP can be installed in any home, providing you with the flexibility to enjoy the benefits of gas appliances.

Q: What kind of fireplace should I install?

A: The choice of the fireplace largely depends on your preferences, style, and specific needs. Whether you prefer a traditional or a more contemporary and linear fireplace, there are two primary options: direct vent and vent-free.

  • Direct Vent: Ideal for those seeking a more traditional or contemporary look, direct vent fireplaces offer both aesthetic appeal and efficient heating. They draw air from outside for combustion and vent the exhaust outside.
  • Vent-Free: If you prioritize flexibility in installation and desire a fireplace that doesn’t require a venting system, vent-free options provide a versatile solution. They can be installed in various locations without the need for a chimney.

If you have a pre-fabricated wood-burning firebox, opting for a log set is a convenient choice to make sure you still enjoy a considerable amount of heat. 

Q: What’s the difference between a log set and an insert?

A: The distinction between a log set and an insert lies in their design and installation:

  • Log Set: A log set consists of a burner that generates flames and ceramic fiber or refractory concrete logs arranged on top of the burner. It is designed to be placed inside a pre-fabricated firebox or a wood-burning brick fireplace.
  • Insert: Both pre-fabricated fireplaces and wood-burning brick fireplaces can be upgraded with an insert. An insert is a fully contained unit enclosed in a sealed metal box with a glass front. It can either be integrated during the home’s construction or retrofitted into an existing wood-burning fireplace.

Q: What’s the difference between vented and vent-free fireplaces?

A: The distinction between vented and vent-free units lies in their design and how they manage air circulation:

  • Vented Unit: A vented fireplace draws fresh air from the exterior of your home and expels the combustion fumes, including carbon monoxide, through a vent. While this ensures safe indoor air quality, some of the heat produced is lost through the vent. 
  • Vent-Free Unit: In contrast, a vent-free fireplace is constructed differently to avoid emitting harmful gasses. It does not require fresh air from the exterior of your home. With a vent-free unit, all the heat produced stays within your home.

Q: What are my payment options?

A: For your convenience, NOVA Gas accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. We take a 50% deposit to initiate your project and add it to the schedule.

Q: Is a permit needed for my project?

A: Yes, in adherence to safety standards and compliance with state and county codes, a permit is typically required for most gas projects. The installation is carried out following regulations, guaranteeing the safety and well-being of your family and home. 

Q: Can I install a firepit?

A: Yes! Installing a firepit offers a versatile and cozy outdoor heating option. Whether you can bury a gas line in a traditional firepit or not, we have a solution for you. If the traditional installation is not feasible, consider a portable firepit. These convenient alternatives can run on a 20lb grill propane cylinder. It provides flexibility in placement and allows you to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a firepit almost anywhere on your property.

Q: What’s the difference between propane and natural gas?

A: The primary distinctions between propane and natural gas lie in their energy content, delivery methods, and availability:

  • Energy Content: Propane has a higher energy content per unit volume compared to natural gas. This means that propane, when burned, produces more heat, making it an efficient fuel for various applications.
  • Delivery Method: Natural gas is supplied through pipelines directly to a meter at the side of your home. In contrast, propane is stored and transported in pressurized tanks or cylinders. This portability makes propane more versatile and suitable for use in areas where natural gas pipelines are not available.

Q: Can I install a log set in a wood-burning insert?

A: Yes. Whether you opt for a vented or a vent-free unit, both can be installed in a wood-burning insert or a pre-existing fireplace.

Q: Do the flames on my stove need to be adjusted?

A: Yes, they do! To optimize the performance of your stove and prevent the burning of pots and pans, it’s crucial to adjust the flames. The flame on the lowest setting should just barely protrude around the cast iron cap on top of the burner. 

Q: What does a fireplace service include?

A: Our fireplace service includes preventative maintenance, involving a thorough cleaning and inspection of your appliance. This approach not only maintains the cleanliness of your fireplace but also guarantees safety and optimal functionality, especially in preparation for the cold season.

Q: Do you provide emergency services?

A: Yes, we do! Our team is equipped to handle emergency service requests. We guarantee prompt and efficient assistance when you need it most. Feel free to reach out to us in case of any urgent fireplace or gas-related issues.

Q: Can I install a generator?

A: Yes! We can run a gas line for your generator. Generators are a reliable solution to provide backup power during outages.

If you have additional questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us for personalized assistance! Call Kime Brittain at (703)-424-5467

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