Factory-Built/ Zero-Clearance Fireplace Q's?

theboneskesDecember 19, 2010

When we built our home about a year ago we had them put in a zero clearance fireplace... here is a pic similar to ours:

http://www.fireplaceservicecenter.com/new%20photos/Wood/Element%20Wood%20Burning%20Fireplace.JPG

I would like to get something like a heatilator...but they are ugly, and my fireplace isnt very big. It is 16" deep x 17" tall x 22" wide in back and 29" wide in front(tapered)... Is there an alternative or do you know someone who custom builds one? Or can my firplace be removed and someone has a retrofit or new fireplace to go in place of it. It works great for some heat but ALOT of heat goes up the chimmney...which would be nice to heat with sometimes or when we have a power outage!

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fandlil

You should consider a direct vent system. They are available as inserts for existing fireplaces or as fireplaces (to install where there is none or to replace a fireplace). If you are unfamiliar with direct vent, do a search in this forum to find out about them.

Direct vent gas inserts are available in different sizes. They are essentially fireboxes inserted into existing fireboxes. So you can figure out if a particular system will fit your fireplace.

If you do a google or bing search of direct vent gas inserts, the addresses of websites of various manufacturers will appear. So you can do you preliminary shopping on the Internet. Be aware that direct vent systems are costly and a bit complicated to install. So you need to shop around and make sure you have a really competent installer.

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