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Gas Fireplace Installation
If you are considering installing a gas fireplace and are a skilled person when it comes to home repair, installing a gas fireplace may be something you could handle. However, the majority of people, even if a little handy, are not skilled enough to complete this installation. Check with your local fireplace or home improvement store to locate qualified installers that are bonded and insured. A direct vent fireplace allows fireplace installation to be done in any room of your home since no chimney is needed.

A gas fireplace installation has three primary components. The first is the gas piping into the home, the second is installation of both fireplace, and flue system, and the third, is that electric wiring will need to be installed for the switch, plug, and thermostat.

The size of the gas pipe is determined by size and location of the actual fireplace. This piping is often done in a threaded black metal gas pipe that is approved. For safety purposes, a shutoff valve is also required and is specified by your building code. You can also find codes and specifications from the manufacturer that will help guide you to the type and size of the hearth you will need as well as clearances between the fireplace and combustible materials located behind and on the sides of the fireplace.

In most cases, a gas fireplace cannot be vented into an existing masonry chimney or use woodstove flue pipes. Therefore, you will need to determine the type and size flue piping required for your specific fireplace. All of this will depend on the shape of the fireplace and the location that you are putting the fireplace in. You may have to make some adjustments in order to get the proper venting. Be careful not to cut into any areas of the wall of house that you might regreat later. The venting is one of the most important things since it controls where the smoke will go.

Another piping option is to use copper, which is a great option that is flexible yet durable. This type of piping is very helpful when it comes to retrofitting installations and eliminates messy cutting and threading of steel pipe. An advantage of copper piping is that it is easier and faster to install and requires no special fitting or techniques for joining. Additionally, unlike steel pipe, copper is interchangeable and easy to find.

The switch, the plug, and the thermostat may be easy to install depending on the type of firepalce that you have chosen to purchase. Generally, these items are part of a semi complex electrical installation. Some fireplaces have easy to read and follow instructions that can help you to get this done efficiently. The switch will be used to turn the fireplace on and off. It can also be set up to a wall unit or even a remote control. A key element of installing the fireplace is to make sure that you have the proper wiring in the location so that it can be connected to the fireplace. If the location that you have selected does not include wiring, you may need to run some in.

Many fireplaces can be set up to have controls that can be used to make the fire hotter or cooler. These controls can also help to change the color and type of the flame for gas fireplaces. If you are setting this up with a remote unit, make sure the wires and the romote unit are compatable.

Just remember, regardless of where you live, you will have to obtain a mechanical permit for gas piping and a permit for the installation of the fireplace and flue, which is an important part of the process and should not be overlooked. Not only are these permits required by law but also your homeowner's insurance company. Before you delve into the process of a gas fireplace installation, check with your local building department to make sure you have all the information needed.

If you do happen to run into any troubles along the way during your fireplace installation, there are a number of trained professionals that you can turn to. Many professionals have has years of experience with the type of installation that you are attempting and might be able to save you time and headaches.

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