Above: Some of the ventfree fireplaces we tore out and replaced with DirectVent Gas Fireplaces during the 2015 burn season.
Durning the 2015 burn season we also pulled out 27 ventfree log sets & 6 vented log sets from existing masonry fireplaces & changed them to energy efficient gas inserts. - no smell, no soot, no moisture like when using a ventfree fireplace.
THERE ARE 3 TYPES OF GAS FIREPLACES ON THE MARKET
Vented - Beautiful to look at, HIGHER BTUH, most all heat goes up the chimney.
Ventfree - creates a lot of heat, all fumes & by products come into the room being heated . Efficiency of a ventfree In the development of sizing for all ventfree products study shows the efficiency to be at 90.4% because approximately 9.6 % is the latent heat of WATER VAPOR. YOUR HOME BECOMES YOUR CHIMNEY (Dangers of Vent Free)
Directvent - all combustion air comes from out side your home. All fumes & by products vent out side . Beautiful Flames, Some direct vents gas fireplaces & inserts are 78+ on efficiency . You do not have to make provisions for proper combustion & ventilation air or open a window 1" or 2" like is required when using a VENTFREE.
Contact Perry for any questions at (662) 869-2619 or read on below the following video.
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.
FROM LOG TO INSERT
Above: Vent free gas logs removed from masonry fireplace & beautifully converted to a energy efficient direct vent gas insert. No more smell, soot or water on windows in the home. (below).
Another example (below) of why consumers hate there ventfree fireplace &want it removed from there home.. White contaminants gets all over the house & windows. Consumers are starting to realize there breathing in this contaminant & it can’t be good for 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.
Do not install any vent free product until all provisions for proper combustion and ventilation air are made.
Do not use any vent free product for the sole source of heating. Vent free products should be used as supplement heat only. Most manufacturers recommend no more than 2 to 4 hours of usage per day.
When using a vent free product, open a window a couple of inches.
Sizing of a vent free product is critical. The development of sizing guidelines for all vent free supplement products by the Department of Energy (DOE) states: There are 3 types of house construction that have to be considered; loose, average, or tight construction. Cycling and continuous operation are considered as well. The DOE divides the US into 5 regions and we are in region 3.
Example of loose house construction
425 sq. ` with 8` ceiling = 3,400 ft.3 (cubic ft.)
*For the cycling operation, the DOE states that 11,560 BTUh is all that should be allowed in this area.
*For continuous operation, the DOE states that 9,180 BTUh is all that should be allowed in this area.
By following the DOE guidelines, if this were an average or tight construction scenario you may not want to install a vent free product.
Do not install a vent free product in a bedroom or a bathroom. This rule applies to the majority of vent free products. You may use 6,000 BTU in a bathroom and 10,000 BTU in a bedroom. However, you have to be careful in these areas once you close the doors. This now becomes a “confined air space” which has another set of rules. Very rarely these rules are shared with the consumers.
All vent free products create water in the area being heated. One thousand BTUh produces 1 ounce of water. This means a 30,000 BTUh vent free product will create 30 ounces of water per hour when being operated. That totals 720 ounces per day or 5.6 gallons. If the fireplace has no vent, where does all of the water go?
Do not operate a ceiling fan in a room where a vent free product is being operated. The air movement can alter the flame which causes soot and poor combustion. If the fireplace is not vented, where does all of the soot go?
Do not operate a vent free fireplace or gas log with logs, embers, or volcanic rock out of position. This is also a cause of soot and poor combustion. If the fireplace has no vent, where does all of the soot go?
Do not install a vent free product into a confined air space or unusually tight construction. Do not close doors to bedrooms or bathrooms if operating a vent free product in them. It then becomes a confined air space no matter if you follow the 6,000 and 10,000 BTU scenarios. It is not a good idea to use vent free in a foam insulated house.
Do not install a vent free log into a setting where solid fuel could not be burned or a UL 127 listing is not on the prefab firebox. This means no site built dummy firebox fireplace. There are no exceptions.
Do not install a vent free log set in a prefab fireplace that has not been tested and approved for a vent free log. The reason is once the damper is closed the firebox could over heat and cause a fire. There are thousands of prefabs in existing homes that are not listed for vent free logs.
Do not install a vent free product into a setting where all minimum clearances and heights to combustibles are not met. This is considered a fire hazard when clearances are not met.
Do not install a vent free log set that is too large for the fireplace. This limits the air flow which causes poor combustion and soot. If the fireplace is not vented, where does all the soot go?
Do not install a vent free product in an area that can be affected by drafts caused by kitchen exhaust fans, ceiling fans, returned air registers, or furnace, air conditioners, windows and doors. This can cause poor combustion , soot, possible higher CO levels and damage to walls ceilings and furniture. If the fireplace is not vented, where does all of the soot go?
Poor quality of gas can make a vent free product burn very dirty. This can cause large amounts of soot. If the fireplace is not vented, where does all of the soot go?
There are many products used in the home today such as candles, incense, oils, and many scented products. When these products are burned in the vent free appliance area, it can produce unpleasant odors, smoke, soot, and sometimes toxic fumes. It is recommended that one not use a scented product while a vent free product is being operated.
While reading this list you have been questioned several times about what damage and problems a consumer can encounter while using a vent free product. Fumes, water, soot, chalky white substance, and a yellow gooey substance (as reported by some) are some issues that can be encountered as a result of using a vent free product. Because there is no vent, these things will get all over the house. You will have to repaint to fix problems caused by soot. You and your family and friends will be breathing in these bi-products of a vent free product.
FACT: Your home becomes your vent
I know there will be those reading this that will not agree and could possibly be upset by these things. Vent free fireplaces are cheap and produce a lot of heat. In my personal opinion, the rest of the story is downhill. We at Fireplace Creations have torn out and replaced hundreds and hundreds of vent free products over the years. Vent free products are bad for your health, homes, and families.
All of the information listed above is found in the Owner’s Manual Installation Guide and The Development of Sizing Guidelines Research Division of AGA for Vent Free Products. It doesn’t matter what I, the builder, installer, or sales person says. The installer’s manuals and owner’s manuals ALWAYS override what we say.
Hopefully, this will be informative and helpful for you. That way you won’t make the statement we have heard time after time, while doing estimates for tearing out and replacing their vent free products,
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