A vent-free fireplace is the type of fireplace that does not require
a chimney. With the vent-free option, the heat produced stays in the
home. For this reason, this is an excellent choice for those looking
for heat and cost efficiency. One consideration is that some states
do not allow this type of fireplace, so be sure to check with your
local fireplace professional as well as your homeowner's insurance
Another name for the vent-free fireplace is the Oxygen Depletion
Sensor, otherwise known as ODS. The way this works is that when
oxygen levels drop, the ODS goes to work by cutting off the flame.
For safety purposes, this is an outstanding feature of the vent-free
fireplace. There are vent-free logs designed specifically for this
type of fireplace to provide the maximum benefit as well. These logs
produce a blue flame that while not as realistic as the yellow-flamed
vent log, still provide a nice appearance. With a vent-free fireplace,
the damper does not have to stay open whereas with a direct vent
fireplace it does.
However, the main difference is the amount of heat the fireplace
produces. If you want more heat for your home then the vent-free
fireplace is the right option. You will enjoy a thorough heat,
making every inch of your room cozy. In addition, the cost to run
a vent-free fireplace is minimal. For using the fireplace a couple
of hours, you will only pay a few cents.
You will find realistically designed logs, good enough to fool even
a professional. With a vent-free fireplace, you want to make sure
your home is well ventilated. In addition, if you live in a city
that sits above 4,500 feet, you could experience problems with the
pilot light burning out. This is caused by atmospheric pressure and
may lead you to a different type of fireplace. The vent-free
fireplace is the type you will find in bedrooms and bathrooms due
to the no chimney design. You will want to check with your builder
or fireplace professional since there are BTU limits for those rooms.
When you are ready for a wonderful fireplace, the direct-vent may be
the perfect choice.