Direct vent gas insert

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Old 07-14-08, 08:41 PM
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Direct vent gas insert

I have an old wood-burning fireplace (brick lined, with a chinney) that I have just uncovered after removing the old gas fire, fitted by the previous homeowner. I would like to install a direct vent gas unit but I've been told by a local dealer that this would be near impossible and would mean huge expense to make it happen.
Would I be right in thinking that, space permitting, if I can punch through the exterior wall to run the vent, this shouldn't be too much of a problem?
 
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Old 07-15-08, 04:20 AM
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That question is best answered by the manufacturers installation instructions as different inserts have different installation instructions. I would think it could be done depending on the length of the horizontal vent required.

Another option is the inserts that vent with stainless steel chimney liners that are snaked through the existing chimney to the roof. These are more common to use in a existing wood burning fireplace.
 
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