10-07-2012 05:42 PM
I have a non vented fireplace that I'm wanting to put in our new home. My problem is my husband does not want ventless! We have a chimney so it could be vented. Is it possible to make changes to the non vented fireplace to make it vented? Thank you
10-08-2012 11:24 AM
Your best resource to this question would be the manufacturer of the unit you own. In all honesty I think it would probably be less expensive to buy a vented or direct vent unit than to try to convert a non-vented model. Again your best bet is to contact the manufacturer of the unit.
On the side note… vented fireplaces typically require a double wall exhaust pipes...they use inner pipe to exhaust an outer to bring in the intake -combustion air to the unit. Your existing chimney may need to be re-lined with the b-vent or double wall pipe in order for vented model to be installed.
Some people are more sensitive to non-vented fireplaces than others... non-vented fireplaces “vent" to the interior of the house releasing fumes and very small amounts of carbon monoxide... in defense of your husband
If your house is what we call in trades "tight house" (well insulated) you may want to consider keeping a near window open an inch or two or cutting in a permanent louver in the outside wall of your house.
Hope this helps,
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