A fireplace insert is an easy way to increase the efficiency of your existing fireplace while at the same time enhancing its visual appeal. Fireplace inserts arent intended for whole house heating, but will add supplemental, zoned heat to your home. Most older fireplaces are only 5-10% efficient. This inefficiency is the result of an open hearth that produces only slightly more warm air than it consumes.
Fireplace inserts can be vented through an existing chimney, direct vented, b-vented, or vent free. A b-vent unit draws air from inside the home, through ports in the firebox itself. A direct vent unit draws air through a pipe from outside the home, into a sealed firebox. Direct vent models are usually more efficient and safer for todays airtight homes, since they do not use inside air or cause a conflict with range foods and bathroom fans circulating the same air. B-vent units are generally less expensive to install, but are more sensitive to air flow inside the home.
This is one of the many Free Standing Fireplaces that holds a vent less design. This vent less design allows this fireplace to have no need for a chimney or gas line. It does not produce any odor while it is being operated. It has a full reservoir that depending on the flame size can actually burn up to 2.5 hours. This fireplace is mainly used outdoors because it is not recommended to be used in a room for heating purposes. Just like any other fireplace, there are dangers that need to be considered. However, there are many other fireplaces of this type that can be used indoors for the comfort and heating element that you would want.
Depending on the model purchased, the insert will either fit flush with the fireplace face brick or protrude onto the hearth. The protruding design is more efficient since it provides additional radiant heat from the exposed top and sides. The National Fire Protection Association requires that fireplace inserts be installed with a direct connection between the insert exhaust outlet and nearest section of flue liner. This allows smoke and gases faster passage and less time to condense in the flue and form hazardous creosote.
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