mid century modern fireplace

sheepdogs3November 22, 2008

House built in 1962. Fireplace has 3 open sides. Unattractive brick (opinion). I want to put in gas pipes, not logs and cover with rock or glass for a clean modern look. I would like to have it vent-free so I get most of the heat, and not have it go up the chimney.

IS THIS SAFE?? I've been told that unless I use vent-less logs (flame doesn't touch the logs-looks fake) then I will have to get the chimney cleaned and the flue must be open - meaning the heat goes up to the sky.

Can I get the look I want? Thanks Beth

How do I post photos of the fireplace on line??

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If you read the specifications for unvented gas logs, you'll find that they usually specify that the equipment not be used for heating, and often have limitations on how many minutes in an hour of continuous operation are recommended.

Unvented equiopment is, oh, 200 times or so as likely to injure people as vented equipment. It probably CAN be safe if all the recommendations for maintenance and safe operation are followed by everyone using the equipment, but I don't think I ever found anyone who ever read the lengthy list of warnings, much less followed them.

My recommendation is to install vented fireplace logs, or to spend the extra money to get a gas fireplace insert, which is what you should do if you want a reasonably safe and efficient source of gas heat from your wood fireplace.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 2:35PM
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