Gas stoves, gas fireplaces, and gas fireplace inserts are designed to look like they're wood burning fireplaces and stoves; modern design advancements have created simulated logs and flames that can’t be distinguished from the real thing! Gas stoves, gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts are not only pretty to look at - they can also provide an increased sense of heating security since they don’t need electricity to operate. You might not have to abandon your home the next time the power goes out during a winter storm or hurricane.
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Direct Vented gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts and gas stoves offer a convenient option — No chimney is needed, just a hole through the wall behind or right above the gas fireplace, gas fireplace insert or gas stove. This gives quite a bit of installation flexibility, such as locating the unit below a window. This direct vent pipe is really two pipes, one inside the other. The outer wall pulls in air from outside to be used in burning the gas fuel, while the inner pipe then returns the flue exhaust back outside. This “sealed” system is very safe and efficient because no air from inside the home is being used for combustion. The installation finishes and options are many. A freestanding gas stove might only need a rigid pad underneath, while a built-in gas fireplace may be finished with many various combinations of ceramic tile, marble and mantle treatments.
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Top Vented gas fireplaces, gas inserts for firelaces and gas stoves are designed to vent through the roof, similar to the way wood stoves and wood fireplaces do. This chimney can be an existing masonry or metal chimney, or a newly installed B-Vent (special aluminum gas pipe). Most units require a 4” to 8” diameter or 5" to 8" diameter piping to properly vent the leftover combustion products. When installing one of these units into an existing larger chimney, the chimney should be sized properly by lining it with an approved flexible connector equal in size to the exhaust pipe of the gas fireplace, gas fireplace insert or gas stove.
Ventless (Vent Free) gas fireplace inserts, vent free gas logs inserts and ventless gas stoves have become very popular in the last few years. No chimney or vent is needed so the installation costs are minimal. The units are “zero clearance” (right against a wall) or close clearance (a few inches away) allowing a great flexibility in the placement. These ventless gas fireplace inserts, gas log inserts, and gas stoves pass all current safety and emission standards. They are equipped with an ODS (oxygen depletion sensor) pilot light system that has been almost flawless in it’s safety record, even with millions of these appliances installed.
Proper usage and sizing of these ventless appliance are very important. They are not designed to be used to heat an area for longer than six hours. Many hearth experts, and even some of the ventless manufacturers state that these units are for occasional, attended and supplementary use. Being an open fire (no glass), it is probably prudent to use your ventless gas fireplace insert, vent free gas log set insert or ventless gas stove only when you are in the room with it. These ventless appliances operate at high efficiency, and are available in sizes from 10,000 to 40,000 BTU/Hr output.
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