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The annual costs associated with running a gas fireplace, insert or stove depends on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the size of the unit, the area that you are heating, type of gas used and the cost of gas in your area.  Once you have looked at these factors, you can get a better idea of how much a gas fireplace will cost you annually. Let’s start with the installation first.


On average it costs between $2,000 and $4,000 to install a gas fireplace.  If you do not have an existing gas line to your house, it may cost even more.  Some local gas companies might be willing to cover the cost of line installation to get your business.

Choosing a one-stop shop for your gas fireplace and installation, such as Ed’s Woodshed in Pittsburgh, is a wise decision for homeowners that want their costs packaged together into one price.  Ed’s Woodshed, a premier retailer and installer of gas fireplaces and gas inserts in Pittsburgh, can also install all necessary gas lines, inside or outside of your home.

Factors Affecting Annual Costs

Once you have decided to go with a gas fireplace or gas insert, you can begin to evaluate the costs associated with its annual usage.
  • Size of your Home/Area to Heat – The size of your home, or area you plan to heat, will impact your annual costs associated with a gas fireplace or gas insert.  The larger the area, the longer you will have to run the unit to maintain your desired temperature.
  • Fireplace Usage – Usage is the biggest single factor affecting annual cost.  You need to consider how you will use the fireplace and how often?  Will it be the sole source of heat or a supplemental source? Gas fireplaces use between 7,000 and 16,000 BTUs and are around 70-90% efficient at converting energy to heat.
  • Weather Conditions – Environmental factors, such as altitude, wind and weather conditions, will affect your annual gas consumption.  If the outside temperatures are consistently cold, then your gas fireplace will have to work harder and longer to keep your house warm.
  • Cost of Gas in your Area – When it comes to gas pricing, it varies greatly from region to region all over the United States.  Therefore, it is important that you research local gas service providers to get an idea of the price of gas in your area.

Quality Gas Fireplaces and Inserts in Pittsburgh

Ed’s Woodshed, located in Bridgeville, PA, is your “one-stop shop” for gas fireplaces and gas inserts in Pittsburgh.  As a full-service provider, Ed’s Woodshed has been providing and servicing quality fireplaces for more than 35 years. If you are looking for assistance with your gas fireplace purchase and installation, call Ed’s Woodshed at 412-257-0492.
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