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While most people enjoy the warmth and charm of a wood-burning fire, the mess and maintenance of a woodstove are considerably less appealing. Gas stoves, however, allow you to enjoy all of the benefits of an open flame without all of the hassles. They can also help lower your energy bills and, thanks to a huge range of styles, colors, and finishes, make an interior design splash in any room. In this buying guide you'll learn more about gas stoves, including the major types, popular design features, and how much they cost to install.
Gas Stove Options
When shopping for a gas stove, keep the following considerations in mind to find the product that best suits your needs:
Top Vent vs. Direct Vent vs. Vent-Free
In most cases, homeowners choose to vent a gas stove either through an existing chimney or B-vent aluminum gas pipe (top-vented) or through the wall behind or the ceiling above the stove (direct vent). A third option, however, is the vent-free stove, which, as the name implies, requires no venting. Despite a lack of ventilation, these stoves are generally safe with proper sizing and installation and the use of carbon monoxide detectors. But because some states have outlawed ventless gas stoves, you should check with local officials to make sure that you can legally install one.
The most popular fuel for a gas stove is natural gas, while propane is commonly used in areas where there is limited access to gas. Most stoves are compatible with either type of fuel, and some can even be converted (that is, gas to propane or propane to gas) with a conversion kit.
Gas stove size can be determined by evaluating two factors: the size of the room (or rooms) that need to be heated, and how warm you want those rooms to get. Smaller stoves not much more powerful than a space heater can take the chill out of a room, while large units can effectively warm an entire floor.
Due to fire concerns, a gas stove must be installed a minimum distance away from drapes, doors, and other combustible objects. In addition, if you're installing a top-vented gas stove, you may be limited by accessibility to the chimney when it comes to choosing a location for the unit. Ventless and direct-vent gas stoves, on the other hand, as long as they are placed in a safe location, have more installation flexibility.
Gas Stove Average Costs
The actual cost of a gas stove depends on the type and size of the unit, the local market, the complexity of the installation, and other factors.
- A ventless gas stove might cost anywhere from $250 to $2,500.
- Top vent and direct vent stoves cost $600 to $6,000 or more.
- Gas stove installation cost runs $250 to $500 for a simple job and $500 to $1,000 for a more complex project. Fancy, customized surround work could push installation costs to $2,500 to $5,000 and up.
- Annual gas stove maintenance costs, including a yearly chimney cleaning and inspection, might be $100 to $300 or more.
- Other costs include (or may include): annual fuel costs, adding or upgrading a chimney, and adding a gas line.