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Things To Consider
Today's hearth products are vented in three ways: natural draft, direct vent and vent-free.
- Natural Gas Vented - These appliances rely on the natural tendency of warm gases to rise through a vent. This venting allows removal of flue gases through the roof by using a relined masonry or metal chimney, or with a newly installed "B-vent." It is important to note that relining an existing masonry chimney is required for proper draft and to prevent condensation, which can be detrimental to the chimney.
- Direct Vent - These units can be vented horizontally or vertically and therefore do not require a conventional chimney. This provides quite a bit of flexibility for placing these units. Outside air needed for combustion is drawn in and flue gases are vented to the outside using one pipe. The distance these units can be located from the exterior of the building is limited so this must taken into consideration.
- Vent Free - These appliances draw air from the inside of the home and are designed to burn so efficiently that there is no need for venting.
Appliance Sizing - Maximum BTU input is a good gauge when sizing a heating appliance because it indicates how much fuel your appliance uses in one hour. Be sure to choose a product that provides enough heat and/or adjustment without heating you out of the room. Heating efficiency is also important since it determines how much of the energy will be transferred into heat for your home. Consult with a Fireplace Dealer or Installer to help you carefully choose the correct appliance size for maximum comfort and safety.
Ignition and Control Options - Several options are available for operating natural gas fireplace appliances. Available ignition systems include a standing pilot, push-button piezoelectric, wall switches, remote controls, and thermostat controls that provide the ultimate convenience.
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