|On these pages we try to give you some knowlege
of the different gas fireplace applications to try and help you with
your decision on which fits your need. Please feel free to contact
us anytime for more information or assistance.
When someone is talking about a vented option, they usually
mean a Vented Gas Log System. Using this option gives the most realistic
looking fire with some heat. Since the damper needs to be open the
entire way when burning a Vented Gas Log, there is the concern of heat
being lost up the chimney. However, many of our customers have found
that they receive enough heat off of the gas log burner even with the damper
open to give a nice comfortable warmth. Venting we feel is really
the best option, however, if you want more heat and are ok with a little
less of a realistic look then see the Vent Free
Option. Most of our customers that purchase vented log systems,
purchase fireplace doors to combat any
VENT FREE OPTIONS
We at MBC have lowered the amount of Vent
Free options that we provide our customers. The reason is due
to our experience over the past 9 years of installation & service.
Although Vent Free is a good option for those who have no way to vent and
need warmth, or want the look of a fireplace, it is not an option that
we always recommend.
As we explain to all our customers, you need to be safe & treat
the Vent Free product with some guidelines. We recommend only burning
a Vent Free product for no more that 4 hours at a time. If you decide
to burn it longer, we recommend you either open a window slightly or open
your damper a crack. Many of our customers that purchase Vent Free
logs found that having their damper cracked open slightly is enough to
eliminate any odors that may be and to help bring in some air from outside.
There is PLENTY of heat from a Vent Free burner to ensure that even if
your damper is slightly open, you will get warmth.
Please be aware there is always a slight odor with Vent Free.
Some people that are sensitive to odors such as paint, glues or have asthma,
sometimes find that they can not tolerate the Vent Free Log system.
Used with caution, and understanding that a vent free product puts moisture
in the air, uses your homes air for combustion, and can have a slight odor,
a vent free product may be the choice for you.
DIRECT VENT OPTIONS
Direct Vent is a sealed combustion
unit – stove or fireplace. The unit uses a vent pipe that has an
interior core which carries the combustion out of the home, and the exterior
core allows outside air in to fuel the fire and cool the combustion down.
The benefits are numerous, the unit can be installed in customers homes
that want a fireplace but do not have one. They also provide an excellent
source of supplemental heat.
We recommend that if you are purchasing a Direct Vent unit, also spend
the extra money to get a thermostatically
controlled remote. The remote can be set for a certain temperature
and the unit will then cycle on and off in adjustment to that temperature.
With all the options out there now, its easy to find a direct vent that
looks more realistic and meets your style.
WHAT IS A GAS/PROPANE INSERT?? That question comes to
us all the time. A gas fireplace insert – is a way to make a masonry
fireplace more effiecient. It works much like the direct vent, it
is sealed combustion that is installed into a existing masonry fireplace,
the co-linear vents go up the chimney and terminate at the chimney.
A woodburning inserts into a masonry fireplaces sounds kind
of redundant….but it's not. An insert for wood helps to make the
masonry fireplace more efficient when you would rather burn wood.
The insert is installed into the existing fireplace and again vents are
used to line the existing chimney. This allows proper heat flow and
constant control of the flame.
The worksheets we’ve attached to our website, can be viewed
and printed to give you an idea of information & measurements required
to figure out which fireplace or stove option best suits your needs.
SOLUTIONS WORKSHEET 1 – for inserts, stoves, direct vents.
SOLUTIONS WORKSHEET 2 – for diagram drawing & placement.
CUSTOMER QUALIFICATIONS – for information on structural questions.