Fireplaces without Chimneys
Many of the new electric fireplaces and ventless gas fireplace models are wonderfully designed and avoid the need and cost of chimneys. They can be moved around a home like a piece of furniture. Because of their portability, they also make a nice option for people who rent.
Some of the new electric fireplaces look very authentic. Many electric models are infrared fireplaces that provide comfortable and efficient heating. And as with many ventless gas fireplace models, it is difficult to tell the difference between them and real wood-burning fireplaces.
Ventless gas fireplace
A ventless gas fireplace provides little heat but tends to look more authentic because they use gas canisters that produce real flames.
Like with most things, portable fireplaces have advantages and disadvantages. My motivation for writing this book was because I discover them being used unsafely and I’ve had clients that became sick from improper use of portable fireplaces. Ventless fireplace reviews are largely unhelpful because they do not take health issues into consideration.
This book contains photographs showing you the different model options and will explain their advantages and disadvantages. It also shows you photos of some of the consequences of improper use and will make you aware of potential safety and health issues.
If you are looking into wood-burning stoves, gas fireplace inserts, or wood-burning fireplaces, I encourage you to read How to Buy and Safely Use Woodstoves and Safe and Healthy Fireplaces. These books go in depth on both of these topics but are written in an understandable way for homeowners. They are both available here at IndoorAir.com.
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Table of Contents
Chimney-free fireplaces—the good and bad
Ventless fuel fireplaces
Where you should and should not use them
Health issues with ventless fuel fireplaces
Property damage from microscopic soot
First-generation electric fireplaces
Electrical wiring concerns
Modern electric fireplaces
Break-in period and toxic fumes
Possible abandoned chimneys
Chimney top sealing
Ash door bottom sealing
Firebox damper sealing
Chimney-free fireplaces as a heat source
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