With winter finally setting in and the holiday season upon us, many people are taking this opportunity to curl up next to the fireplace and enjoy its warmth with friends and family. Fireplaces are awesome and valuable additions to any home, and they can make the colder months in Maryland more enjoyable. A fireplace will also give you the opportunity to gather ‘round and share laughs, conversations, and memories. If you don’t have a fireplace, you might take this time to consider adding one to your home.

Are you looking into installing a fireplace in your home? Read on to discover five different things to consider before deciding on a fireplace. Remember, Callahan’s Gas & Appliance in Centreville is here to assist with all of your propane and fireplace needs. We can help you choose the right fireplace for your family, order the necessary equipment, install it, and get fuel to keep it lit. Use this post to learn more, and be sure to give us a call if you have any questions.

Fuel Source

When you begin to shop around for fireplaces, the first thing you want to consider is the type of fuel source you would like to use. Traditional fireplaces use wood, while many modern fireplaces utilize the convenience and cost savings of propane gas. You will want to choose which fuel source you want to use in your fireplace prior to making any other decisions about the fireplace.

The team at Callahan’s Gas & Appliance is admittedly biased toward choosing propane, but there are good reasons for that bias. Wood-burning fireplaces are often dirty, difficult to maintain, and sometimes require more work than they are worth. They produce sooty ash that can become a hazard if not properly managed. They require chopped wood, which you either need to buy from the store and keep stocked, or chop yourself. Worse yet, you have to work to maintain the fire and take steps to ensure that it does not get out of hand.

In contrast to wood fireplaces, propane fireplaces can be turned on at the flip of a switch. They burn consistently, which gives you the opportunity to kick back and relax instead of constantly monitoring the status of the fire. Moreover, their fuel is always on hand, especially if you use the Level Pay Plans from Callahan’s Gas & Appliance. Propane gas makes caring for and using a fireplace much easier for most people.


After considering what fuel source your fireplace will use, you will want to take some time to consider where you would like it to go. The expert team at Callahan’s Gas & Appliance can help you with this decision since we have been installing fireplaces in homes and businesses for years.

In many cases, homeowners want to install traditional fireplaces in family rooms and living rooms. These fireplaces make excellent gathering places, and they can invoke nostalgic feelings. If you want a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and a centerpiece in your home, consider installing a fireplace on a main wall in a large living space.

Businesses often install fireplaces near entrances and waiting rooms for clients and customers. Fireplaces such as these provide warmth and give your business a unique and memorable appearance.

You may also wish to install a fire pit outdoors to act as a gathering place. Propane is without a doubt the best fuel choice for outdoor fire pits, and our team can help you choose a safe spot to install a fire pit on your property.

Fireplace Design

The next thing to consider is the design of your fireplace. Will you use propane gas but opt for a traditional look by using faux wood? Will you want a modern design? What colors should your hearth and mantel be? Do you want brick surrounding the fireplace, or something else entirely?

These are all questions to ask yourself when looking for fireplaces. If you need help with any of these questions, then be sure to come to the Callahan’s Gas & Appliance showroom! Our friendly staff will help you narrow your options down.


Cost is a crucial factor when making any addition to a home, and a fireplace is no exception. Before installing a fireplace, you will want to consider the upfront and ongoing costs associated with installation and maintenance.

This consideration will be heavily influenced by the fuel you choose to use in your fireplace as well as the fireplace design. An intricate design using modern equipment will have a higher upfront cost than a simpler, more traditional fireplace. Furthermore, propane gas has lower ongoing costs than wooden fireplaces, especially once maintenance and the labor involved in securing fuel are considered.

Fireplace Safety

Fire is dangerous. Modern equipment has assisted us in mitigating the danger of fire, but you will still want to consider the safety of a fireplace during the installation process.

Propane is an extremely safe and effective fuel source to use in fireplaces. It requires less maintenance than wooden fireplaces. Wood-burning fireplaces force you to actively manage the fire, which can quickly cause issues, particularly when you are not used to keeping a safe fire. Propane allows a fireplace to burn consistently without the need for tending, while still providing heat to keep everyone cozy.

Fireplace design and location also involve safety considerations. Make sure your fireplace is in the safest place possible and that the proper ventilation systems are used. You will also want a design that is safe for children to be around.

Safety should be at the top of your mind when you install a fireplace, and at Callahan’s Gas & Appliance, we are well-versed in safety. Our expert staff can walk you through any safety concerns you have, and we will help you make the best decisions for your situation. Stop by our showroom to start choosing a fireplace for your home or business!

If you still have questions about adding a fireplace to your home or business, then please contact us! Our team will be happy to help clarify your options. We are excited to hear from you.