Are you familiar with a gas fireplace? These are really useful for heating a room — especially when you don’t want to go through all the hassle of preparing wood to burn in a traditional fireplace. There are, however, some things to be aware of as you evaluate the different types of models —
At its simplest, a ventless gas fireplace consists of a gas burner, which is usually concealed by a decorative ceramic “log” that has been manufactured from a special material that can withstand high temperatures without igniting. Other features may be present, but this is the basic set up.
If you’re wondering whether your ventless gas fireplace can be installed in your home, the short answer to that question is yes, providing you have a safe area — such as an existing fireplace — where the unit can be installed. In general, as long as you have a functioning fireplace which has been properly maintained and kept clean, it can be used for your ventless gas fireplace.
An important consideration when installing your ventless gas fireplace is that the size of the unit must fit properly within your existing fireplace firebox — the ventless gas fireplace must be small enough to provide and least 6 inches of clearance from all surfaces. In some instances, your installation technician may need to attach a hood on top of your ventless gas fireplace, in order to reflect heat.
Properly installed, your ventless gas fireplace should not give you any major problems as you use it day by day. Of course, venting issues are not a concern with these types of gas fireplaces, and they are actually designed to be operated with your furnace damper completely closed off.
One of the nicest things about modern ventless gas entire places is they have easy to use ignition systems — some of these can be started with a match, while other types use a pilot light (which is constantly lit) — and some ventless gas fireplaces feature an electronic ignition system — some even include a remote control!
One thing you will need to think about as you plan your purchase of a ventless gas fireplace is the fuel source. While some homes may have an existing natural gas line near their furnace, others do not — and it may be prohibitively expensive to have a brand-new gas line installed just for the sake of your fireplace. In these cases, you may be able to purchase a ventless gas fireplace that operates using propane instead of natural gas.
Necessary Periodic Maintenance
While it is true that your ventless gas fireplace will normally provide trouble-free use most of the time, to keep it that way you’ll need to arrange for periodic maintenance. It would be a good idea to have your best zero clearance wood burning fireplace serviced by a trained professional to make sure that everything is working properly. I would also strongly recommend that you install a good-quality carbon monoxide detector near the location of your ventless gas fireplace, just to alert you in case there is an unhealthy buildup of carbon monoxide (which has no odor) in your room.
In closing, we can say that a ventless gas fireplace, properly installed, properly used, and properly maintained, will prove to be one of the most reliable heating devices in your home.
What About Gas Outdoor
There’s simply nothing more delightful than the chance to sit outside and enjoy the warmth and coziness of a fire, particularly a safe and clean fire such as a gas fire. It’s wonderful, simply wonderful, that today we have many good-quality, durable outdoor gas fireplaces that we can choose from —
One of the most delightful outdoor gas fireplaces I have never seen is manufactured by Coleman. The Coleman 5071-700 Ambient Firelight Propane outdoor gas fireplace combines the convenience of an outdoor gas fireplace with a table! This item is made with high temperature painted steel and a steel frame. Around the center of this outdoor gas fireplace is a granite table ring which is approximately 30 inches in diameter. And when you are not using this unit as an outdoor gas fireplace, you simply cover the fire pit hole with a matching granite centerpiece! Highly recommended!
Another interesting outdoor gas fireplace comes to us from Shinerich Industrial Limited. For just under $368, you can purchase one of their 28 inch stone gas fire pits. This is a very solid and substantial outdoor gas fireplace, and is equipped with a black steel fire bowl, has a genuine stone stand with a granite table top. Covering the burners of this outdoor gas fireplace is lava rock. The dimensions of this outdoor gas fireplace are 28″ x 28″ x 23.6″, and can be hooked up to a 20 pound propane gas tank for convenient use in just about any location outdoors.
From CharBroil we have a gas log outdoor fireplace. Priced at just under $250, this outdoor gas fireplace is constructed from heavy-duty steel that has been manufactured with a high temperature-resistant porcelain finish. This outdoor gas fireplace features realistic log flames and a push-button starter. One of the things I like most about this particular outdoor gas fireplace is that the propane tank is concealed from view, being located in the fireplace stand. It is much lighter than some other types of outdoor gas fireplaces.
You know the Weber company don’t you? They’re the people who make the barbecue grills — so they really know something about designing appliances for outdoor use. I want to call your attention to the Weber 27000 flame outdoor liquid propane gas fireplace. Normally priced at just under $650, this outdoor gas fireplace is made from heat resistant cast aluminum and is equipped with 3 removable weather shields. This outdoor gas fireplace features a post-button ignition system, stainless steel straight burner, and will be completely assembled once it has been delivered to your home.