Vented vs. Ventless Gas Fireplaces

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Fall and winter are coming up, check out your options for keeping warm inside your home and outdoors as well. Gas fireplaces are a great addition to any home, the looks and use bring a home together. There are two main types of fireplaces, vent-free and direct-vented.

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Vented Fireplaces For Outdoor Use

Vented fireplaces mean that the fireplace is vented either horizontally through the wall or vertically through the roof. This option is a little more labor intensive and can include the following; running ventilation through walls or ceilings, gas lines, electrical lines, and finishing interiors and/or exteriors of homes to complete the installation. So make sure you contact your local licensed professionals for installation.

Vented fireplace options:

  1. Vented wood fireplaces – vented vertically and a classic wood-burning fireplace, great if you want the feel of a natural fire. Also, somewhat easier installation process compared to gas.
  2. Fireplace inserts (used with existing chimneys) – vented through the roof using existing chimney. If you don’t want to constantly find wood and have the hassle of starting a fire this is a good alternative. Using what is already provided inserts are placed inside of the existing fireplace and offer a wide range of styles and looks for the fireplace. Use with either natural gas or propane requires a gas line, gas logs/fire glass, and burner set.
  3. Direct vented gas fireplace – can be vented through a wall or the roof. The most convenient and safest option for a fireplace. Requires a gas line, gas logs/fire glass, and burner set.
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Why Add A Vented Fireplace

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Adding a vented fireplace to your outdoor living space can offer several advantages, enhancing both the functionality and ambiance of your outdoor area. Here are some reasons why you might consider adding a vented fireplace:

  • A vented fireplace creates a warm and cozy atmosphere, making your outdoor space inviting, especially during cooler evenings.
  • It serves as a focal point, adding visual interest and a sense of elegance to your outdoor design
  • With a vented fireplace, you can extend the use of your outdoor space into colder months. It provides warmth, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors even during the fall and winter.
  • The fireplace becomes a natural gathering space for friends and family. It encourages socializing, storytelling, and creating memorable moments.
  • Outdoor features like a vented fireplace can enhance your home’s value. It’s an attractive addition that potential homebuyers may find appealing.
  • Vented fireplaces come in various designs, allowing you to choose one that complements your outdoor decor and personal style.
  • You can customize the fireplace with different materials, finishes, and accessories to match your overall design aesthetic.
  • Vented fireplaces are designed to expel smoke and emissions safely. Proper ventilation ensures a clean and enjoyable environment for everyone.
  • Many vented fireplaces use clean-burning fuel options, making them easier to maintain compared to traditional wood-burning fireplaces.
  • Vented fireplaces often offer the option of using gas or propane, providing convenience and control over the flame intensity.
  • Vented fireplaces allow you to control the heat output, providing flexibility based on the weather and your comfort preferences.

Before adding a vented fireplace, it’s important to consider local regulations, safety requirements, and the specific needs of your outdoor space. Professional installation and regular maintenance are essential to ensure optimal performance and safety.


Vent-Free Fireplaces For Outdoor Use

a diagram of a vent free fireplace and how it works

Vent-free fireplaces use air from the room to deliver as much heat as possible directly back into the room or outdoor space. These are convenient fireplaces that are less expensive and easier to install than a traditional fireplace, due to the fact there is no ventilation to run through the roof or walls. The great thing about these is that they can work well outside to add an ambiance to your outdoor living area.  

  • Vent-free fireplaces with electrical components such as a blower will usually need a 120-volt outlet for it to work. 
  • Natural gas or propane can be used, with some even coming with automatic ignitions (i.e. piezo or push-button spark igniter).
  • These are extremely useful if you don’t have access to electricity in the area where you want the fireplace.

What is the Difference Between Outdoor Vented and Ventless Gas Fireplaces?

With Fall and winter coming up, check out your options for keeping warm inside your home and outdoors as well. Fireplaces are a great addition to any home, the looks and use bring a home together. There are two main types of fireplaces, vent-free and direct-vented. When it comes to vent-free options for fireplaces, please look up your local county building codes before purchasing. Notably, many counties all have different guidelines when it comes to vent-free fireplaces. So, be sure to do your research!



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