Winter is here . Consumers are starting to use their gas fireplace. The calls are starting to come in with complaints about smells, soot, and respiratory issues.  The first question we ask, is your fireplace vented , direct vent , or vent-free?  The majority of consumers have no idea what type of fireplace they have. In our opinion, this is not good considering there are so many things that consumers should know about their fireplace.  Most issues and complaints come from those consumers that have vent-free products. As you can see above, just like we do every year, we start piling up vent-free fireplaces and gas log sets we tear out of consumers homes. Come by Fireplace Creations today and get the facts and truth about hearth products.    

Gallery of Ventfree Remodels

Google Dangers of Vent-Free

Why We Won't Sell Vent-free Products

For 27 years, we at Fireplace Creations have worked very hard to provide our customers with quality products and service after the sale. We also do not back down on our view of vent free products. Over the years, we have torn out hundreds and hundreds of vent free fireplaces and vent free gas logs and replaced them with our direct vent gas fireplaces and inserts.

Our website allows us to reach many different people in many areas. Because we encourage consumers to Google “Dangers of Vent Free”, we acquire more traffic from a wide range of consumers. We receive many calls and email from those inquiring about vent free products and their concerns with them.

Fall is our busy season and when it arrives in pours the calls and email. The subject matter of many of them are experiences or issues they may be facing with a vent free product that is in their home. These are some examples of those calls.

  • I have this fireplace. Last year every time we turned it on it smelled really bad, so we stopped using it.
  • I have a fireplace and when I turn it on the mantel gets so hot I’m afraid that it is going to burn my house down.
  • Last year my gas logs smoked up our house and we had to repaint this summer. What do we need to do?

When called or emailed about issues like these, our first response is always to ask is your fireplace vented, direct vented, or vent free. Ninety percent of consumers are not certain and want to know how they can know. To answer them we explain how to look up inside the fireplace to see if there is an opening or not. Most consumers with these issues find that they do have a vent free product.

This is concerning to us at Fireplace Creations. If a consumer doesn’t know what product they have, how do they know how the product is correctly used? In my opinion, vent free fireplaces and gas logs are sold with misinformation or NO information. When we show consumers what is in the owner’s manual for a vent free product, the normal response is that no one shared that information with them. In a few of the vent free products we have replaced, the consumers have shared with us that their builder said it was a lot cheaper and that is what everyone was doing now. They didn’t think it was right to not have a vent, but they followed the advice of the builder.

For those consumers who would like to do more research and know what you need to know about installing a vent free product in your home, we have compiled a list of the things that you will probably never hear.



Fact You May Want to Know About Vent-Free Fireplace

Research on Unvented Gas Fireplaces by the University of Illinois