Make a cozy fire without the firewood

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If you've been thinking about how nice it would be to have the warmth and ambience of a fireplace but without all the hassles associated with cutting, storing and hauling firewood, it might be time to consider the benefits of installing a gas fireplace. Freestanding and built-in gas fireplaces are available in a surprising number of sizes, styles and colors. They are powered by natural gas and if you don't have that available most can be easily converted to burn propane. If you currently have a wood-burning fireplace, in many cases a gas unit can be retrofitted into the old fireplace without extensive changes to the hearth and other masonry. The first step in the process is to find something you like. Given the wide variety available, your best bet is to visit at least two showrooms and see the fireplaces in person. Check out the fit and finish of each one, as well as the overall style and available colors and options. One of the features that really adds to the appeal of a gas firepla...