Gas Fireplace Buying Guide

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GAS FIREPLACE BUYING GUIDE  

Fireplace Venting Techniques

Natural Draft/Vented

Direct Vent

Vent-Free/Unvented

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Existing masonry chimneys may need to be relined to ensure proper draft and prevent harmful condensation.

Can be vented vertically or horizontally so a conventional chimney is not needed, providing greater location flexibility.

Direct-vent uses two pipes (often one inside the other) to both draw the air needed for combustion and vents the gases outdoors.

Draw air from the inside of the home and burn so efficiently that there is no need for venting. They are the optimal choice as an additional heat source.

Vent-free units should not be installed in

bedrooms, bathrooms or other confined spaces, and are for occasional, attended and supplemental use only.

Fireplace Products

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Vented Gas Logs

Vented log sets offer the lowest initial cost and simplest installation—right into existing wood-burning fireplaces. Vented through the flue, much of the heat is lost up the chimney (as in wood fires), making them primarily a decorative product

Casual Furniture World is pleased to offer the Woodland Timbers Vented Product that is both decorative and offers supplemental heat

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Vent Free Gas Logs

Vent-free products draw air from the inside of the home and burn so efficiently and cleanly that there is no need for venting. Vent-free units should not be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or other confined spaces, and are for occasional, attended and supplemental use only. Vent-free units require meeting special clearances. Vent-Free units can be installed in most existing fireplaces. (the damper must remain open in pre-fabricated fireplaces)

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Direct Vent Units

Direct-vent products can be vented vertically or horizontally so a conventional chimney is not needed, providing greater location flexibility. Direct-vent uses two pipes (often one inside the other) to both draw outside air needed for combustion and vents the exhaust outdoors.

Direct Vent Units feature sealed combustion chambers that are ideal for those with Asthma or other respiratory concerns.

Freestanding Gas Stoves (Direct Vent and Vent-Free)

Freestanding gas stoves are self-contained units that resemble wood burning stoves. Gas stoves may take the place of an existing wood stove or may easily be installed as new unit in a variety of locations.  Low clearances to combustibles allows for great flexibility in choosing an installation location.

Gas Stoves are available in both Direct Vent and Vent Free Models.

How to Measure Your Existing Fireplace

Use this handy chart to measure your existing fireplace space. Fill out the form below and bring it into our showroom and we’ll help you choose the right gas appliance.

  1. Front Width    ___________________
  2. Back Width    ___________________
  3. Depth             ___________________
  4. Height            ___________________
  5. Gas Location

Left           Right         Rear        Floor

  1. Type of Gas

Natural    Liquid Propane (LP)

Mantel Clearance Measurements

Additional Measurements

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  1. Mantel Width ______________
  2. Distance to First Combustible
    (Wood etc) ________________
  3. Height of Mantel   __________

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  1. Width of Non-Combustible Material_____________
  2. Width of Wood Mantel Legs __________________
  3. Height of Wood to Mantle ____________________
  4. Height of Non-Combustible Material____________

Please Bring Any Photos of Your Existing Fireplace to Help Us Assist You Better!

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IMPORTANT Warranty & Installation Information

Proper installation by a licensed gas plumber is of utmost importance in assuring that your gas appliance is installed safely and functions properly.  It is the responsibility of the installing persons or company to file any warranty claims or handle any technical support with the manufacturer of the gas appliance.  Most manufacturers will require proof of a proper installation to process warranty claims.