Fireplace FAQs - 4 Key Areas

 


Article by: Harold Wagner

Venting What is the difference between direct vent, b vent, totally vented and ventless? A wood-burning fireplace is totally vented. For a complete explanation of these terms see our Venting page. Can I put a cabinet around direct vent, ventless or b-vent? Cabinets are boxes that extend about 18" from the wall. , Going Stainless Mantels are wood , A Guide to Tropical Wall Murals frames that only extend about 4" - 6" from the wall. , Swim Spas Make a Big Splash with Baby Boomers * B-vent cannot have a cabinet. A b-vent fireplace must be installed in the wall, , Going Stainless allowing all the piping to be hidden. You may then use a mantel. * Direct vents can have a cabinet if you vent piping out the back. * Vent-free can have a cabinet. Can I use vented gas , A Guide to Tropical Wall Murals logs in a stove? ...In a fireplace? ...In a coal burning fireplace? Vented gas , Home-Storage logs can only be used in a wood-burning fireplace. A coal-burning fireplace is too shallow. Vented gas , Mexican Artisans Promote the Use of Recycled Copper in the Fabrication of Their World Famous Copper logs are not recommended for a stove due to safety , How To Give Your Room A Face-Lift Inexpensively! concerns. I am remodeling my basement. , Why Hiring a Painting Contractor Makes Good Sense Should I go with direct vent or vent-free? Direct vent will give you great looks and a good amount of heat , Using Storage Under The Bed with little moisture. , Home Heating-Furnaces to Space Heaters, Inspections are Important Vent-free will give you lots of heat , The Benefits of Aluminum Flagpoles and good looks but the number one complaint about vent-free is it works too well, or puts off too much heat. , Mexican Artisans Promote the Use of Recycled Copper in the Fabrication of Their World Famous Copper If the vent-free is sized correctly to the room, , Copper Dormer Vents - Practical, Functional and Elegant you will not have a problem with heat , Storage And Organization - - Getting Started On The Right Track or moisture. , Plumbing What is a chase? A wooden , Septic System Design Secrets structure built around the vent pipe to protect it from the weather , The Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring - Things You Need to Know Before You Buy and to keep the flue gases venting properly. How energy , Transform Your Home with Decorative Country Lighting efficient is direct vent compared to b-vent? A b-vent fireplace is the least efficient venting option and can be vented horizontally or vertically. Direct venting is the most efficient; some are even "heater rated" and can be vented horizontally, vertically or both. Remote Controls What does remote ready mean? Does it come with a remote? Remote ready means that via the remote (wired or wireless) you can turn the unit on and off which requires a millivolt valve that creates millionths of volts of electricity , Prefabricated shower stalls come with their own watertight walls to control the valve. Remote ready units do not come with a remote because there are up to 20 different kinds of remotes. Can I use my wired wall , The Benefits Of A Hepa Air Filter switch or thermostat with variable high-lo logs or fireplace? No. You have to use the remote that is designed for the high-lo variable logs or fireplaces. What is a high-lo valve? Via the remote, you will be able to raise and lower the height of the flame. The remotes are adjustable as either on off or thermostatically controlled. Should I buy a remote ready vented logs set? No. Because you would have to always leave the damper completely open which means you'd lose $.60 of every heating dollar you put into the house. , You Get What You Pay for when it Comes to Above Ground Pools Therefore, when you want to turn it on, you have to open the damper. So most people just turn it on when they are opening the damper and find the remote unnecessary. Should I buy a remote ready with vent-free gas , Fly Killer Machine - the Mark of Hygiene logs? Yes. We suggest that you get a thermostatically controlled remote so that you can keep the room , Reglazing Bathtubs for a Whole New Experience at a comfortable temperature , Home-Storage and so you can turn the unit on and off. The longest lasting valve and remote are the units that vary the height of the flame. Conversion Questions Can I convert my vent-free natural , Unlocking Your Dungeon: How to Finish a Basement Without Finishing off Your Checkbook gas product , Ten Things You Need To Know Before Hiring A Remodeling Contractor to another fuel? No. By national code, you cannot convert any vent-free product. , Warmboard Versa Staple Up Can I convert my vented propane gas , How to change the mood and atmosphere in your home with lighting logs to natural, , Guide To Fireplace Cleaning or vice versa? Yes. You can convert natural , Outdoor Fireplaces and the Best Ways to FInd them to propane and propane to natural, , Pellet Stoves Offer Cheaper, Eco-Friendly, Home Heating but in most cases, you need to buy a new valve. Your manufacturer , Warmboard Versa Staple Up can provide conversion instructions. Piping, Dampers & Flue Questions piping How much can I close my damper with vented gas , Let The Professionals Clean Your House logs when in use? You cannot close your damper at all with vented gas , How to change the mood and atmosphere in your home with lighting logs while they are burning. How can I seal my damper with vent-free gas , A Guide to Tropical Wall Murals logs? We would recommend that you close the damper as tight as you can and get a Lock-Top damper that seals at the top of the chimney. , Changing Your Utilities' Suppliers With a direct vent insert, do I need to reline the chimney , How to Plan for a Kitchen Remodeling or Renovation Project ? No, you do not have to reline to wood , Solar Energy Systems for Pools burning specifications, but you must use the piping that is recommended by the manufacturer , Subtle Ways to Actually Rule Over Your Cat , which fits into the existing chimney. , How to change the mood and atmosphere in your home with lighting What are the different kinds of burner pans for vent-free gas , Spa Supply: Helping You Unwind At Home logs? There is sheet metal, , Corrugated Roofing Materials Used for Roofing Any Structure black pipe and stainless steel. The advantage of the sheet metal , Pool Maintenance Guide is that it is less expensive. Black pipe is heavier than sheet metal , Changing Your Utilities' Suppliers and costs a little more. The disadvantage of both is that they can rust through because they have very little rust protection. Stainless steel costs more, but will not corrode or burn through and it will last a lifetime. How high above the roof , Home Heating-Furnaces to Space Heaters, Inspections are Important should a chimney , Aluminum Awnings – An Economical Way To Cool Your Home extend? The minimum clearance for wood , How to change the mood and atmosphere in your home with lighting or b-vent is 3 feet above anything within 10 feet. For direct vent it is 18 inches above anything within 10 feet. With direct vent or wood , Why Hiring a Painting Contractor Makes Good Sense burning, what kind of piping do I use? You must use manufacturer-approved piping. Can different piping be used if I can't find the original manufacturer , Bring Out the Comforters for Back to School 's? No. If you use some else's piping and it creates a problem in your house; i.e., a fire , A Guide to Tropical Wall Murals or smoke damage, no insurance company will cover you. You will also void the warranty and inspectors will not approve it. If brick is cracked can I burn wood? If the crack is bigger than the tip , 10 Things to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen of a graphite pencil, we do not recommend that you burn wood. , Aluminum Awnings – An Economical Way To Cool Your Home Terms What is the difference between an insert and gas , Home Heating-Furnaces to Space Heaters, Inspections are Important logs? An insert is usually a large metal , Copper Dormer Vents - Practical, Functional and Elegant box that fits into the opening of a wood-burning fireplace to increase its efficiency and enhance its look. Gas , Mexican Artisans Promote the Use of Recycled Copper in the Fabrication of Their World Famous Copper log sets are made to be hooked up to a gas , Laminate Flooring - Should you Pick Glued Or Click? line to simulate the look of wood , Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) The Magic Do-Everything Stuff logs. What is an insert? Inserts are designed to enhance the operation and appearance of an existing wood , Warmboard Versa Staple Up burning fireplace, whether masonry or factory-built. Categorized primarily by the fuel burned for operation (natural gas, , Guide To Fireplace Cleaning propane, EPA certified wood, , The Benefits Of A Hepa Air Filter pellet and coal), a fireplace insert is installed into an existing wood , Copper Dormer Vents - Practical, Functional and Elegant burning fireplace. Fireplace inserts are made from cast iron or steel and have self-cleaning glass doors , Out Fireplaces and the Best Ways to FInd them that allow the dancing flames of the fire , Pool Maintenance Guide to be viewed while the insulated doors , Pool Maintenance Guide remain closed, making the fire , Unlocking Your Dungeon: How to Finish a Basement Without Finishing off Your Checkbook more efficient. Many manufacturers , A "Small Home" Primer also augment the operation of fireplace inserts by offering state-of-the-art features , A Guide to Tropical Wall Murals such as fans and thermostatic controls (depending on the fuel). What is the difference between an insert and a fireplace? An insert is designed to be placed into an existing masonry or factory built fireplace. A fireplace is either masonry (not zero clearance) or factory built (zero clearance) unit built for burning wood , How to Plan for a Kitchen Remodeling or Renovation Project or gas. , Little Giant Ladder Review - Is it Worth Buying? What is zero clearance? A zero clearance fireplace is a factory-built fireplace that is constructed so that it can be placed, safely, close to combustible material. What is the difference between natural , Spa Supply: Helping You Unwind At Home and propane gas? Natural , Using Storage Under The Bed gas , How to Plan for a Kitchen Remodeling or Renovation Project is a lighter gas , Bring Out the Comforters for Back to School and it takes twice as much of it to get the same BTU rating as propane gas. , Septic System Design Secrets Liquid propane gas , The Benefits Of A Hepa Air Filter contains 2,500 BTU's per cubic foot, natural , Unlocking Your Dungeon: How to Finish a Basement Without Finishing off Your Checkbook gas contains 1000 BTU's per cubic foot. In addition, natural , Using Storage Under The Bed gas comes into your home , The Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring - Things You Need to Know Before You Buy through a pipeline from a local , You Get What You Pay for when it Comes to Above Ground Pools supplier. Propane is stored in a tank. What are the two kinds of gas , Septic System Design Secrets logs? The two kinds of logs are vented and vent-free. Within these two types, there are three kinds of materials used to create the logs: molded refractory cement, extruded ceramic clay and molded ceramic fibers. In addition to the logs, each log set generally includes a grate and a burner system. Cement logs are best on vented units. Extruded logs are cheaper but look like spaghetti. Molded ceramic are more realistic and are best for vent-free.

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