All the Benefits of a Wood Fireplace With None of The Mess
Do you love the look and feel that comes with a fireplace but don’t want to deal with any of the work or mess? Then direct vent gas fireplaces are exactly what you are looking for. Thanks to the way their venting is set up you do not need a chimney to install a direct vent Fireplace. If you already have a masonry fireplace and chimney the you should check out a gas fireplace insert. Gas inserts are designed to go slide into your existing fireplace with no other construction necessary.
Direct vent gas fireplaces have come a long way both in terms of their overall appearance and their efficiency. Gone are the days of that fake looking gas fireplace you can spot from a mile away. Manufacturers have really made significant improvements in making the logs and flames so realistic that you really have to stop and look before you would even expect that it is not real fire. The fact that there is no mess like ashes and wood chips around the fireplace is probably more of a giveaway than the appearance of the flame.
What Are Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces and How Do They Work?
Direct vent gas fireplaces are called direct vent because they draw in their combustion air and vent their exhaust to the outside. They do this with a “coaxial” vent pipe. This is a smaller (usually 4″) exhaust pipe inside a larger (usually 7″) fresh air pipe. The fact that the fresh air is being drawn around the exhaust pipe helps keep the pipe cooler and reduces the clearance to combustible materials.
In the picture you can see how the warm air inside your home stays where you want it………. inside your home! This is how direct vent fireplaces have achieved their high efficiency ratings.
Although usually an optional accessory a blower can really help distribute the heated air into the room. This allows the fireplace to heat up the space you want much faster than if it did not have a blower.
Most gas fireplaces have the ability to run without electricity. Some units will require a battery backup these are what we call “Electronic Ignition” or “IPI”. Other units don’t require a form of power to work and these are called “Millivolt Units” or “Standing Pilot”.
Gas fireplaces are designed to be built around so when the job is complete then the look would resemble a traditional fireplace. Keep this in mind when budgeting for your fireplace because you will have some additional construction costs in addition to the fireplace and installation. If you are on a tight budget then you may want to consider a direct vent gas stove instead of a fireplace. When installing a stove there is typically little to no construction costs other than the stove and the venting.
Direct Vent Fireplaces Reviews – Which Brand Is The Best?
With all of the different brands available how can be sure you’re getting a safe, reliable fireplace that that is going to give you years of enjoyment? If you have friends or relatives that have a gas fireplace talk to them. Make sure you ask if they are happy with the fireplace also ask them if there is anything you should look out for when you are choosing yours. You’re more likely to get an honest review than from a salesman or a website.
Know What Fireplace Options You Want
Doing some research beforehand and knowing what available options you want will save you time and aggravation when it comes time to go shopping for your new fireplace. Here is a list of some of the more common choices available to you:
- Room Air or Distribution Blower
- Remote Control System
- Interior Brick Panels
- Interior Porcelain Enamel Panels
- Choice Between Logs, Rocks or Crushed Glass
- Decorative Fronts or Doors