Fireplace options

Old 05-03-2021, 05:36 PM
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We installed a real fireplace, but the wife doesn’t want me burning wood, so we put a ventless gas log setup in it. It works well and adds quite a bit of heat. We also have the option of removing the gas logs and burning wood, if we ever need to do so. We have a 200 gallon propane tank that supplies the fireplace, the range and stovetop, and the rinnai water heater.
Old 05-03-2021, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
We have a wood stove and two gas fireplaces. The one in the great room is a DV sealed gas fireplace. The pilot light keeps is warm to the touch and also easier to light in the winter (the box gets cold over time). On low it’s 15,000 btu high is 40 or 45,000. Doesn’t use a lot of gas on low. We are on propane anyhow for cooking. Ours runs without power if the pilot is lit. It is a Mendota.

With a wood FP, even with a gas log set, you are adding a lot to the cost for build.

not a fan of unvented, even though they are supposed to be safe with sensors and detectors.
I bought a new house, and immediately installed a pair of Direct Vent natural gas fireplaces with remote controls. They were essentially self contained fireplaces (legally), and the temperature could be set on the remote control. All combustion was from outside air, and they didn't suck all the humidity out of the air like unvented gas logs.

Direct Vent is the only way to go. LP operate the same as Natural Gas, but they have different size jets in them. Mine were bought from Vancouver, and they were built by American Standard. I had no problem getting all the parts to self install my fireplaces with one being vented through the roof and the other being vented horizontally through a basement brick wall.

The Mendota mentioned above is a Cadillac unit too.
Old 05-03-2021, 07:29 PM
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We are a family owned fireplace store of 29 years. Stick with a direct vent unit. Avoid vent free. Hard to beat a Mendota or Fireplace Xtrordinair. PM me with any questions. Don't cheap out as fireplaces are extremely expensive to replace down the road.

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