If you’re looking to create a cozy and atmospheric mood in your home, a ventless gas fireplace is a great way to achieve this.
While many people love watching a roaring fire, feel captured by the beauty of the flames, and enjoy the warmth offered on cold winter nights, the ash, smoke and constant effort it takes to keep the fire going can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Gas fires offer atmosphere without the hassle and offer a range of different fuel choices. As a result, many people are choosing to have a gas fireplace installed.
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When your gas fireplace, you can choose from either a vented or ventless gas fireplace option. You will get to decide what is right for your space. If you choose to install a vented fireplace, you will need a flue but a vent free fireplace can be installed anywhere in your home.
Should you choose a ventless fireplace insert, your home will be warmer, as some of the heat is lost through the chimney of a vented fireplace. You will need to monitor the amount of carbon monoxide present within a room, however. Most vent free gas fireplaces do come with a built in monitor.
Once you’ve chosen to have a vent free fireplace installed in your home, you can decide whether to fuel your fireplace using propane, gas or both!
Some important questions:
Heart fuelled by your love of the fireplace but burning with curiosity? Here are some frequently asked questions about ventless fireplaces.
Does a ventless gas fireplace smell?
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A ventless gas stove will burn gas logs, so there will be some odour. However, this odour will go up the flue. Unless you have a fireplace which drafts poorly, you won’t have any odour in your home due to a ventless fireplace.
Why are ventless gas fireplaces safe?
A gas ventless fireplace relies on propane or gas for combustion, and very low levels of gas or propane are emitted into a room.
What is the difference between gas and propane?
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Are you interested in installing a ventless gas fireplace? What about a propane ventless fireplace? Natural gas fireplaces are most common in urban areas, where gas can be piped directly to your home. Gas fireplaces are therefore easier to use and have the additional benefit of being more cost friendly than propane. However, in rural areas, propane fireplaces often dominate because there is no regular supply of municipal gas.
How does a ventless fireplace work?
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Ventless fireplaces use gas or propane to light up ceramic logs. Sometimes known as vent free or unvented fireplaces, they are a popular choice for homeowners who wish to stay warm in winter.
Gas is supplied through fuel pipes into tiny crevices within these ceramic logs. Each fireplace has a control box which regulates the amount of gas sent to the logs. A striker button is used to create a flame. This flame causes the gas to ignite, lighting up the logs and creating an ambient touch to your living room.
With ventless fireplaces, the ceramic logs have specific locations where the gas can enter, creating a set pattern for the flames to burn. The ventless fireplace logs fit together in a set and secure pattern. With vented fireplaces, gas is given more freedom and will therefore create a far more random and natural pattern.
Once a spark has been ignited and a flame burns, the gas will start to combust. With a vented fireplace, combustion sends heat and fumes up towards the chimney. However, with a ventless fireplace, gasses travel into the room from the top of the fireplace, while oxygen enters into the fireplace through the bottom of the stove.
What are the pros and cons of a ventless gas fireplace?
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- A ventless fireplace doesn’t need a flute or chimney. This means it can be placed in any area of your home. It is therefore a more flexible choice.
- A ventless gas stove will save you chimney space.
- As heat from combustion does not escape through the chimney, vent free fireplaces create more warmth.
- A vent free fireplace is super easy to maintain. It won’t produce the ash or debris of a wood burning stove.
- A ventless fireplace creates secondary warmth within your home. However, because it does not have a flute or chimney, it does impact on air quality. Your fireplace will therefore turn off at 40 000 BTUS.
- A ventless fireplace has a set pattern for log burning, and therefore looks less authentic than a vented or wood burning fireplace.
- A no vent fireplace will omit combustion into your room, which may impact on your air quality.
- While a vent free gas fireplace emits a great deal of warmth, this warmth does not radiate from the fireplace. Instead, it leaves the fireplace almost immediately. This is different from a wood burning fireplace, where the logs themselves radiate heat.
The difference between vented and vent free log fireplaces
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- An unvented fireplace and a vented fireplace will have a different log pattern and these cannot be exchanged. A vented gas fireplace is similar to a wood burning fireplace. Both have a chimney where fumes escape. A vented fireplace operates with the damper fully open and flames create a random pattern along ceramic logs.
- Vented gas fireplaces are therefore often chosen for their authenticity. However, they use far more fuel than a gas vent free fireplace. They also create less warmth, because much of the heat escapes through the chimney.
- A chimney less fireplace has a set of ceramic logs which are created for use in a gas firebox or wood burning fireplace which has the damper closed. With the damper closed, heat cannot escape through the chimney and stays within the room.
- A gas fireplace without chimney uses between half and two thirds of the gas of a vented fireplace. In addition, heat stays within the room. This makes a gas fireplace a cost effective choice.
- An indoor ventless fireplace has logs which must be set up according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This is because they have a set structure and flames cannot simply play randomly over the logs. These logs will be extremely efficient but may not be as realistic in appearance as logs in a vented stove.
- Although an excellent source of warmth, there are set limits on the amount of heat logs within a ventless fireplace can burn. Current limits are set at 40,000 BTU.
- You can use vent free gas fireplace logs within a wood burning stove, as long as the damper remains closed. As hot air rises, heat will travel to the top of the stove and then out into the room. It’s vital to keep combustible items away from the top of your fireplace and close surrounds for safety reasons. If you have a wooden mantle close to your fireplace, a protective hood may give you additional security.
Safety Tips for vent free gas fireplaces
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Although a gas fireplace is low cost and largely maintenance free, there are some important guides to follow to ensure safety:
- Follow manufacturer instructions while operating your chimneyless fireplace. This will ensure all elements work as intended.
- Keep to the same safety rules you would use around an open fireplace. Don’t leave your children unattended around your fireplace. Keep flammable items away from the flames and surrounding areas. Remember that your stove may heat up and burn you. Take care when touching the stove.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near to your fireplace in case of emergencies. Keep it in good operating condition and ensure you know how to use it should you need to.
- Ensure that your logs are positioned according to manufacturer’s instructions. This will assist you to achieve the best results.
- Keep your logs well maintained and free from dust or debris.
- If you are using a ventless fireplace, it is important to monitor the levels of carbon monoxide or oxygen within a room. Ensure your monitors are checked regularly and repairs are made if the need arises.
- If you notice strong odours or unfamiliar sounds coming from your fireplace, turn it off immediately and schedule a check up with a professional technician.
- Have your fireplace checked regularly to ensure that it is working in optimum condition.
The Best Ventless Gas Fireplaces
Napoleon Grandville VF Series 37″ Vent Free Natural Gas Fireplace
Our top choice of gas vent free fireplace, this is an attractive and very efficient option. This fireplace will warm up your room quickly because its lack of chimney means all the heat goes out into your room. It has a great monitor to ensure the air in your living room remains high quality. If high levels of carbon monoxide are sensed, the fireplace will immediately shut down, ensuring you remain safe at all times.
You’ll find this vent free gas fireplace extremely easy to operate, thanks to the easy ignition system. Once the fireplace has been sparked, it will heat up to 30,000 BTU with ease. You can adjust the temperature by 50%, making this a great fireplace to use even while the weather is transitory.
This fireplace comes with safety screen and logs. Should you wish to use a remote control or louver or trim kits, you will need to buy these separately, however. All in all, this is a great vent free gas fireplace which will keep you warm throughout the year.
Duluth Forge Dual Fuel Fireplace Insert
Some ventless fireplaces use gas, while ventless propane fireplaces are often used in rural areas. However, the Duluth Forge Dual Fuel Fireplace insert makes use of both propane and gas, heating your room up to 26,000BTU. The choice is yours when it comes to the fuel you use, and this fireplace offers easy ignition, so that you can generate warmth quickly and easily.
This fireplace comes with remote control for easy temperature adjustment, and a blower to increase the warmth distribution in your home. You can easily change your fuel choice from gas to propane and if you are unsure which choice you’ll make, you can leave your options open. A great choice of none vented gas fireplace.
Peterson Real-Fyre 18-inch Live-Oak Log Set
If you already have a natural gas stove, these logs make a great choice. This log set has a natural wooden finish and are reinforced with steel rods to offer strength and durability. Able to heat up or cool down quickly, they will make a great addition to your home during cold winter nights. These logs are low maintenance, and do not create ash or residue. They are for designed for interior use only.
Moda Flame 10 Piece Large Ceramic Wood Set of Fireplace Logs
This log set contains ten logs, sized between 10 and 15 inches. They can be used with a range of different fuels, including gas, propane and gel, making them great for your vent free fireplace. These logs can be used as a standalone entity, or as a compliment to any logs you may already have. They have a natural appearance and heat up quickly, making them great for cold winter nights. They are easy to use and maintenance free as they do not create ash or residue.
Regal Flame 6 PC 22″ Ceramic Wood Large Gas Fireplace Logs
This great log set has 6 different logs, ranging between 22 and 10 inches long. They work with a range of different fuels, including gas, gel and propane. Logs have a natural appearance and can be used to add ambience to your fireplace. They are capable of enduring very high temperatures but cool down quickly.
Regal Flame 8 Piece Set of Ceramic Wood Medium Gas Fireplace Logs LogsFor All
This is a great set of logs to add to your fireplace. They come in small sizes, ranging from 8 to 14 inches long and work with a range of different fuels, including propane, gas and gel. These logs give a great natural appearance and are strong and durable, being able to handle extreme temperature transitions. Add them to your fireplace to create a great atmosphere on cool winter nights.
Regal Flame 9 Piece Petite Set of Ceramic Wood Gas Fireplace Logs LogsFor All Types
If you have a no chimney fireplace and are looking for a great set of logs to add atmosphere, this set is made from ceramics and gives a natural appearance. The logs come in a set of nine, with the sizes ranging between 4 and 9 inches in length. This log set can heat up to 1000 Celsius without sustaining any damage. They make a great addition to your fireplace as they remain clean and ash free at all times. Their quick cooling time makes them a safe choice for your home during winter months.
Regal Flame 10 Piece Set of Ceramic Wood Large Gas Fireplace Logs
Another great set of quality ceramic logs from Regal Flame; this set comes in a group of 10. They have been designed to be both light weight and sturdy. Designed to have a natural appearance, they will add an earthy element to your fireplace. Log sizes range between 10 and 15 inches, and can be used in conjunction with other decorative log sets to add a warm ambience to winter months. You can use these logs with a range of different materials, including gel, propane and gas.
Ending thoughts on having a ventless gas fireplace
If you are looking for a great home fireplace which will keep you toasty and warm during cold months, a ventless gas fireplace is a great option. Whether you select to use gas or propane in your fireplace, we have shared some options to assist you in making the right choice.
We have given you some tips on how to ensure you get just what you need when it comes to your fireplace. Our selection of fireplace logs enables you to add ambiance to your home, choosing from a range of different shapes and sizes. These logs will heat quickly, keeping you warm during cold winter months. They will also cool down quickly, ensuring your safety.
Using a ventless gas fireplace in combination with a range of attractive ceramic logs means that you can stay warm and cozy without the high maintenance, ash, and smoke that come with a wood burning fireplace. You’ll also save on fuel costs. What better way to ensure you stay toasty and warm this winter?
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