gas fireplaces

Old 12-27-02, 06:47 PM
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i am interrested in installing a gas fireplace into my home. problem is there is no gas in my neighborhood only oil. iwas wondering:
1. how difficult/expensive of a job it would be to have a gas tank installed?
2. Any brand recommendations
3. what would be involved in the installation?
Old 12-27-02, 06:58 PM
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In your case, it is adviseable to call for some advice, you really need someone to look at what you have and where you intend to place the fireplace. I cannot advise on gas tanks and again this would be another issue to ask.

NOTE: You'll need to get a permit to install one and based upon what you mentioned, it would be adviseable to get a fireplace installation company to get some ideas as to how and where and the costs to do it. They can advise on brands. Visit your local fireplace and hearth store for a hands on look. Installations will vary on brand and on-site conditions.

The permit is essential in the event you have a fire. Your insurance company will not pay a dime if it was not done to code and in some cases not installed by a licensed installer. Your local building officials may also insist on a licensed installer as well.

Hope this helps!
Old 12-27-02, 09:30 PM
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There are three kinds of dedicated gas fireplaces. All can be purchased in Liquid Propane configerations.
Direct Vent - which means you can vent it out the side wall or through the roof. Most Direct Vent fireplaces are rated as room heaters.

B-Vent or Natural Draft - Uses standard B-vent pipe (same as on your hot water heater). These units must vent through the roof and are not heater rated.

Vent Free - Does not require any venting but is subject to approval at the local build department. There are reoprts of headaces associated with these.

I would go the Direct Vent route if possible. Better heat and more design flexibilty.



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