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    Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces

    Direct vent gas fireplaces are very popular because they allow you to have a vented gas fireplace without a masonry chimney. Instead of requiring custom-built structures, these gas appliances use special double-wall pipe and can be vented horizontally through a wall or vertically through a roof. This allows them to be very flexible in terms of placement and much easier to install than traditional wood fireplaces. You'll also find that most direct vent fireplaces feature a high efficiency rating, thanks to glass doors that radiate heat while preventing warm room air from being lost up the flue.
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    Chris
    from Missoula, MT asked:
    July 13, 2017
    Do I have to buy a barrier screen?
    1 Answer
    Commencing on January 1, 2015, new legislation went into effect that requires all glass fronted hearth appliances that exceed a 172 degree glass surface temperature to have a safety barrier screen as a standard feature. Many manufacturers redesigned their appliances ahead of this date to include a barrier screen as standard, while others made the screen a required add on. To stay in compliance while still giving our customers a choice, we do not require the purchase of a separate barrier screen in cases where the manufacturer does not make it a standard feature. However, the screen will always be presented as a purchase option and is highly recommended. An example of a unit with the screen listed as a configuration option is the Empire Tahoe Deluxe. As you will see, the screen is listed under the first configuration step for this unit. It is important to note that almost all hearth appliances allow removal of the screen after purchase, if the customer so desires.
    eFireplaceStore
    on July 13, 2017

    Kevin
    from Snow Camp, NC asked:
    March 22, 2018
    We have a new Cape (single story, unfinished walk up attic, with a 10/12 roof pitch). We would like to install a see through gas fireplace on the first floor that would have a floor to ceiling wall and we would be able to walk around either end of the fireplace (it will not be attached to an outside wall). I like the idea of a direct vent fireplace, but have a few questions. 1) What is the size of the vent required? 2) Does the vent need to run vertical, or can it have bends in it? 3) Can it be vented through an eave soffit or does it need to be vented through the roof? 4) If vented through the roof, what height does the top of the vent need to be? 5) Can installation be completed by a DIY-er, or should it be left to a professional?
    1 Answer
    1-Most units take either a 4"/7" or a 5"/8" vent pipe. 2-It can have bends in it to avoid rafters, studs and to get to an ideal locate for roof penetration as well. The amount of horizontal run does depend greatly on the unit and the amount of vertical it is run as well. 3- It can vent either way or vent on the horizontal on the side wall of the home. I can help you design the best venting option for the unit and your needs for you. 4- This varies on the unit as well. In general it can be between 12" and 24" 5- That really depends on the Home Owners skill set. A lot of the framing and finishing of the unit can be done by a DIYer with good wood working and hand tool skills. The gas connect though should be handled by a profession gas tech or plumber (again depending on the DIYers skill set)
    Owen O.
    on March 22, 2018

    D
    from Henderson, NV asked:
    December 28, 2017
    can you use fire glass in a direct vent fireplace?
    1 Answer
    Direct Vent units have specific media rated for their use, so you will have to find a model that offers glass media for its burner.
    Kelsey C.
    on December 28, 2017

    Greg C
    from Horse Cave, KY asked:
    December 28, 2017
    Can i convert a direct vent free standing Napolean fireplace to vent free
    1 Answer
    No, that can not be done.
    Owen
    on December 28, 2017

    Diane F
    from Spotsylvania, VA asked:
    November 28, 2017
    I have a Superior Direct Vent model DR 600CMP. The blower is very noisy. Can I use the fireplace without the blower and if I do, will it provide heat to the room?
    1 Answer
    You can indeed use your fireplace without the blower and still have heat radiate from the glass front.
    Brennan W.
    on November 29, 2017

    Craig
    from Windsor, CA asked:
    November 2, 2017
    Which units do not need any batteries for remotes used as receivers for the fireplace?
    1 Answer
    All of our units that have receivers will need batteries.
    Brennan W.
    on November 2, 2017

    Helen
    from Farwell, TX asked:
    May 10, 2017
    Can these gas fireplaces be used with or be converted to be used with propane?
    1 Answer
    Most all direct vent gas fireplaces may indeed be converted to a different gas type.
    Will M.
    on May 10, 2017

    John
    from Stillwater, NY asked:
    March 26, 2017
    What would make my vented gas fireplace smoke up my siding?
    1 Answer
    Having a dirty flame could cause sooting to appear on your siding. This would be the case if your burner flame currently has any black tipping and would be rectified with a proper cleaning, which typically involves removing the front glass and any logs and media to vacuum the burner pan. Of course, this may also be the result of a vinyl siding shield not being used. If this is the case, the vinyl siding will be damaged from excessive heat.
    Will M.
    on March 27, 2017

    Jeff
    from Elgin, IL asked:
    January 19, 2017
    I want to purchase and install a Direct Vent fireplace in my soon to be built game room in my basement. 20' X 40' are the dimensions of the room where the fireplace will be located. How many BTUs should I be looking at for the fireplace to adequately heat that size of a room?
    1 Answer
    You will want to use a unit with around 28,000 BTUs.
    Brennan W.
    on January 20, 2017

    Michael Lulkin
    from Greenwich, CT asked:
    November 2, 2016
    I am looking to add a fireplace to a new location in my home. I want to place my large TV above the fireplace, in an alcove to prevent direct heat from hitting the TV. I do not want to TV up extremely high on the wall, and it is important that the TV and fireplace look balanced. I am looking for a long, rectangular fireplace (mirroring the shape of the TV).
    1 Answer
    Brennan W.
    on November 2, 2016

    Brad
    from Pillager, MN asked:
    October 12, 2016
    I'm looking for a low-priced, propane, approximately 36 inches wide, fireplace with a blower. Do you have any recommendations?
    1 Answer
    I would first suggest the Empire Tahoe Deluxe Direct Vent Propane Fireplace - 36", as it is within the builder line of products by Empire. This unit does allow for a heat circulating blower to be installed as an accessory, seen here. Additionally, Superior offers their line of Merit Series fireplaces, such as the DRT2035, which also has a blower accessory available for it.
    Chris C.
    on October 13, 2016

    Dennis
    from Carterville, IL asked:
    October 1, 2016
    Does the DVD 36 fp30p vent out at the top?
    1 Answer
    This unit can be vented vertically or horizontally. The flue collar will be reversible and can easily be configured to suit the application.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 3, 2016

    Craig
    from TN asked:
    March 31, 2015
    What does direct vent mean?
    1 Answer
    Direct vent means that the unit has a closed glass front, and the venting for the unit is double walled. The inner pipe exhausts flue gases while the outer pipe draws in air for combustion.
    Brennan W.
    on March 31, 2015

    Craig
    from TN asked:
    March 17, 2014
    Can I do a basement install with a direct vent LP gas log fireplace?
    1 Answer
    Yes, a direct vent fireplace can indeed be installed in a basement. If you are horizontally terminating the venting system, the horizontal termination cap will need to be at least 12" above grade (perhaps more per your local code or the manufacturer). We have snorkel termination caps available to help achieve this clearance, if needed for your application. Please let us know if there is a specific model that you have questions about and we can provide more specific information.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on March 17, 2014

    Ramona
    from San Antonio, TX asked:
    November 3, 2012
    Is there a direct vent fireplace that can burn wood as well?
    1 Answer
    No. All direct vent fireplaces can only be used to burn natural gas or propane.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on November 5, 2012



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