Gas Fireplace Installation Guidelines
Gas fireplace installation is not a difficult task, but some things should be kept in mind in order for the process to go smoothly. Consider the following guidelines in order to properly install a gas fireplace in your home.
Finding the most appropriate and functional place for your fireplace is essential. Place blocks and boxes in several positions around your room to see where it would fit best. Also, make sure that the potential walls you'd like to place your fireplace in are all outer and not inner walls. Walls that are close to the outside of your home will allow for proper venting of the fireplace.
Choose a Platform and Surround
If you are installing the fireplace into a newly constructed area or in an existing fireplace, you’ll need to build a platform on which it can rest. This platform is best made from plywood, although it is not your only option. Once the fireplace is installed, be sure to choose a surround. Some homeowners use wood for a traditional look and others prefers stone, brick or decorative metal for a more modern look.
A direct vent gas fireplace does not need a chimney to vent the heat and gases. You can use special fireplace piping to connect the fireplace to the outside for proper venting. When installing the venting, be sure to cut a hole near the gas fireplace, which is a little larger than the diameter of the venting pipe.