Ventless gas logs

Old 10-21-02, 11:23 AM
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I recently moved into a house that has a non functioning brick firelplace. The "firebox measures 48"x48". The chimney vent is closed off with wood and insullation.

The salesperson at our local fireplace store, (who has an good reputation), told me I could probably install vent-free gas logs. I purchased the gas logs, without the usual firebox, with the understanding that I could return the logs if his installer said that it was an inappropriate installation.

The gas logs were installed by the installer who said everything was fine. IOW I have gas logs in a 48x48 inch fireplace opening and no functioning chimney.

I am now reading at one other websites that ventless gas logs are not safe without a zero clearance firebox. Which is true? Do I have a safety issue here? Is a carbon monoxide detector enough of a precaution? Should I turn the gas line off until I get an appropriate firebox, or should I just sit back and enjoy the fireplace?
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Was the installer licensed by the state or local authorities?

Ventless is OK, but I don't know all the rules/regulations.

We opted for vented gas logs since the chimney was still a working wodd burner.

The salesmen said with ventless, you were supposed to crack a window when in use. Right or wrong, I did not like the way that sounded. We got the vented because it looked more realistic than the ventless.

I would have a CO detector even without the gas fireplace, assuming you other gas appliances.
Old 10-21-02, 08:32 PM
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My friend has a set of the ventless. Dosn't use them much because it adds so much moister to the house.
Old 10-22-02, 03:44 AM
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I've got ventless gas logs. Adding some moisture is fine for dry winter homes. Mine is thermostaticly controlled and is only on for a few minutes before it cuts off. I love it. Takes the chill out of my over the garage family room.


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