Return to the Fireplaces Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Do gas fireplaces need blowers?

Posted by peacensunshine (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 6, 06 at 1:10

We are getting a new house built and installing blowers in the 2 gas fireplaces is 250$ each.

Do I need a blower? Why would I want one?


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Do gas fireplaces need blowers?

IMO, I would want the blower. The convective flow of hot air out of my current gas fireplace is pretty slow, so if I wanted to heat the room or house with it, it would be a pretty slow and inefficient process. Also, without a blower, the fireplace front/mantle gets DARN hot! Hot enough to discolor paint. As far as blowers go, you want the 'squirrel cage' type, not the 'axial' fan type, the squirrel cage blowers develop more pressure and move air more effectively, from personal experience with a lousy axial fan!

RE: Do gas fireplaces need blowers?

Some gas FP models come with a blower as standard equipment. You might look at other models & compare features & prices.

Also, if you want the FP to operate in a power outage, make sure it says it's capable of starting the unit & running w/o electricity (blower won't run, but you'll get radiant heat).

RE: Do gas fireplaces need blowers?

Most buyers of gas fireplaces prefer a blower. They add significantly to the heat output with most gas fireplaces. There are some exceptions to this.... such as in 'Valor' brand Radiant Gas fireplaces.

What I'd also be asking myself is what make and model are the fireplaces? Most spec home builders put in the cheapest, stripped down 'Plain Jane' fireplaces that they can get their hands on, and then vastly over charge for any accessories or upgrades.

I'd recommend that you educate yourself a little bit by visiting a few local Fireplace Specialty stores and asking lots of questions. Look and compare features. They are vast. I can guarantee you that your builder doesn't really have much of a clue about different fireplaces. That's not his job. His job is to build & sell you a house and then go do it all over again! Many of your better quality gas fireplaces come with a blower already installed from the factory.

Here is a link that might be useful: valor fireplaces

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Fireplaces Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here