future fireplace

Old 11-30-02, 09:25 AM
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future fireplace

I am in the begining stages of my basement finish and would like some opinions. I would like a gas fireplace in the future family room (18x25). It is a walkout with cement block ledge where I would like the fireplace. I am thinking with a normal fireplace, after I build the surround, it will stick out too far. My choice would be a free standing in the corner.
My wife is concerned about safety and kids with this type. Any thoughts?
Any btu recommendations for this room size?
Old 11-30-02, 10:08 PM
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A fireplace can be a real safety issue and the only way to virtually eliminate problems is to be supervising them. A free standing wood burning fireplace can be more dangerous when it comes to children. Gas fireplaces are safer and more convenient than wood but each has their own preference. The issue of having it in a corner or on a main wall will take up space, regardless. The other issue is your venting and this will determine your best location. As you review the attached links, review the specifications and installation procedures so you know what you are getting into.

Also bear in mind that this will require a permit to install. You may have to hire a licensed installer as per code.

The other issue, is this fireplace for providing supplemental heat or is it more for looks? Consider your options regarding this.

13,648 BTU/Hour required to heat a 3600 cubic foot room [8 high x 18 wide x 25 long] with 20 sq. feet of Doors, 40 sq. feet of Windows



Hope this helps!

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