How to Install a Vent Free Fireplace

What You'll Need
Natural Gas or Propane
Prepared Fireplace
Vent Free Fireplace

Installing a vent free fireplace is a great way to add a fireplace to any room even if you don't have access to a chimney. Vent free fireplaces can run on either propane or natural gas and can provide heat instantly without requiring time to warm up.

A vent free fireplace can be located virtually anywhere without needing any form of venting. These systems are also highly efficient forms of heating and will waste less heat than a traditional vented fireplace.

Step 1 - Choosing a Vent Free Fireplace

The first thing that you will need to do is spend time choosing the right vent free fireplace for your needs. Vent free fireplaces can sometimes increase humidity because they are not vented. This means that if you live in a humid area you might also need to install a dehumidifier.

If you are installing these vent free fireplaces in flats or apartments, first consult an expert to ensure that you can safely install these vent free fireplaces in the unit.

Step 2 - Hiring Contractors

When working with gas and propane it's important to hire a gas engineer to actually connect the fireplace for you. This is because working with gas can be very dangerous. A licensed plumber or HVAC engineer will be able to correctly connect the fireplace. They will also be able to commission the fireplace and ensure that everything is working as it should be.

Step 3 - Purchasing your Vent Free Fireplace

Once you have decided on the type of fireplace you require, you will be able to buy the right vent free fireplace for your needs. There are many different styles of fireplaces to suit a variety of room designs.

Some fireplaces can be plain while others can be much more sophisticated. You will also need to make sure that you are purchasing a fireplace which is large enough to provide plenty of heat to your room. Also consider the amount of space you have available and the type of mantelpiece you want to install.

Step 4 - Inspecting the Unit

Before fitting the fireplace, unpack everything and check the condition. Inventory all items and make sure you have everything. Check that the fireplace is in a good condition and not damaged in any way. Fireplaces are very expensive and it's essential they be in good condition.

Step 5 - Locating the Fireplace

Locate the fireplace and mount it on the hearth. Secure the fire to the hearth and the wall to ensure it is stable and won't move. It's also important that the hearth is large enough to provide enough protection. The hearth is made from a noncombustible material to prevent any potential danger.

Step 6 - Connecting the Gas

Once the fireplace is secured, the gas lines can then be connected to the gas fires inlet. A professional is recommended to help you do this.

Step 7 - Mantel Piece

Finish the job by installing the mantelpiece around your fireplace and secure it against the wall. Install any doors and logs to finish the look of your fireplace.