Ventless Gas Fireplace Inserts & Other Vent Free Inserts
If you don't currently have a fireplace that works, one solution to a desire for a hearth is a ventless gas fireplace insert. These self-contained units don't require the installation of a chimney. Electric, propane, or natural gas, we have the correct vent free fireplace insert for them all! These systems are over 99% efficient and no heat will be lost while it is running. Find the right electric, natural gas, or propane ventless gas fireplace insert for you!
Do vent free fireplace inserts have a carbon monoxide sensor built into them?
While an oxygen depletion sensor is part of their standard construction, the units do not have a carbon monoxide system of any kind. It is recommended to install and maintain at least a couple of carbon monoxide detectors in any home that uses gas appliances.
What is required to use "wellhead" natural gas in a vent free fireplace insert?
There is technically nothing separate that is required to operate an appliance on wellhead gas, however every manufacturer that I know of advises against it. Lack of odorants, possible impurities, and variation in BTU content are all concerns. To ensure safe operation, it is best to use only city supplied or treated and stabilized gas.
Are there elevation restrictions? Can vent free be operated as a primary heat source?
Vent free appliances have an elevation restriction of 4,500 feet. Due to the lack of oxygen, they suffer from frequent pilot outages at any higher elevation.
These units must also only be used as a supplemental heat source. Because of oxygen depletion, the unit will eventually shut down if used as a primary heat source. I highly recommend the use of a direct vent appliance as a primary heat source and at higher elevations.
What makes a vent free fireplace "vent free"? Does it need a sensor? Does it need an automatic shut off valve?
Vent free fireplaces are completely self contained. By using a lower output burner system, they are able to be used with no exhaust vent. These units will also have an oxygen depletion sensor that will close the gas valve, should oxygen levels in the room reach unsafe levels. These units make excellent supplemental heat sources when installed in large areas with plenty of circulation.
What is a millivolt control? Does the pilot light stay on all the time with a natural gas fireplace? Can you manually turn your fireplace off and on? Do you have to have a remote control or a thermostat?
A millivolt system has a small flame that generates power for the unit's gas valve to operate. As a result, they do not require outside power to operate and can be used in the event of a power outage. The only thing that would be rendered inoperable would be the blower, if applicable. Because of the amount of power the fan needs to operate, it cannot be used during a power outage. With a millivolt system, yes, the pilot will stay lit all the time with natural gas (or propane). You can indeed manually turn it off and on with the control knob. You can even turn it all the way off (extinguishing the pilot) if you wish, but you will have to re-light the pilot every time you want to operate the fireplace. Otherwise, it will go from fully operational back down to just the pilot light. The knob will have three options - "OFF", "PILOT", and "ON", indicating these three options.
On almost all of our millivolt units, you can indeed purchase an optional hand-held remote control or a wall-mount thermostat. We also have hand-held remotes that feature thermostatic control.