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Fireplace Models

Natural Gas Log Sets
Provide the most realistic hearth fire and lowest initial equipment costs
Natural gas log sets are the simplest and most popular natural gas hearth product.  They are designed to be installed within an existing wood burning fireplace using the existing flue.  Vented log sets work like wood burning fireplaces in that they draw air from the room for combustion while venting by-products up the chimney.  Like wood fires, much of the heat generated is lost up the chimney, making these primarily a decorative product.

Natural Gas Fireplace Inserts

Upgrade an existing fireplace to an efficient source of supplemental heat
Natural gas fireplace inserts are self-contained units designed to be installed within an existing fireplace opening.  They can provide more heat than natural gas log sets as a result of controlled combustion and ventilation.  An existing chimney can be used if an approved flue liner is installed.  Natural gas fireplace inserts with blowers and/or passages behind the firebox for heat exchange provide the best heating capability.

Factory-Built Natural Gas Fireplaces

The flexible choice for remodeling or when building a new home
Factory-built natural gas fireplaces are the ideal choice when there is not an existing fireplace, or for any room where adding a traditional, conventional chimney is impractical.  They are structurally similar to wood burning fireplaces, but are complete units that include gas logs.  Factory-built natural gas fireplaces are available in a variety of configurations including see through and corner models, as well as peninsula units with three open sides.  Some use innovative direct vent configurations rather than a standard chimney, providing flexibility in locating these units within the home.

Sealed-combustion direct-vent fireplace
The sealed-combustion direct-vent fireplace is an environmentally-friendly option because it is so efficient and promotes improved indoor air quality. The sealed-combustion direct-vent fireplace operates completely independent of any home heating/cooling system.  Combustion air used to generate the fireplace flame is drawn from the outside directly to the unit.  And, the fireplace flumes or byproducts of the combustion cycle are also vented to the outside directly.   Therefore, conditioned household air is not used to feed the combustion cycle.  And, the sealed-combustion direct-vent fireplace prevents the byproducts of the combustion cycle from entering the rooms in the house.

Freestanding Natural Gas Stoves
The warmth and ambiance of a wood stove with the convenience of natural gas
Freestanding natural gas stoves are self-contained units that resemble old-fashioned wood burning stoves.  They can take the place of an existing wood stove if a special flue liner or natural gas vent is inserted in the chimney.  Natural gas stoves are available in both contemporary and traditional styles, in an array of colors, and most have a fire-viewing area.  Natural gas stoves can contribute significant heat to the room or the entire house.

Vent-free Natural Gas Hearth Products
A highly efficient and economical source of supplemental heat
Vent-free natural gas fireplaces, inserts, stoves or log sets are ideal for providing supplemental heat because nearly all of the heat produced is delivered to the room.  These units are well suited for large rooms in existing homes or for new additions that may benefit from an additional heat source.  Vent-free units should not be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or other confined spaces, and are only for occasional, attended and supplemental use.  Because vent-free natural gas hearth products are certified as vent-free space heaters, they are required to have an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) for added safety.  Some models are available with a built-in catalyst to further reduce emission of combustion products from the air before they enter the room.  While no venting is necessary for these products, Laclede Gas Company recommends that consumers strictly adhere to the manufacturer.s operating instructions.

Considerations:

  1. There are a variety of natural gas fireplace products available, giving you more choices than ever.  To help you choose the best product for your home and family, you may want to consider these items when you begin to shop.
  2. Look for fireplace models that are design-certified by a nationally recognized laboratory that tests to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.
  3. Get a free estimate and compare the total cost of the fireplace models you are considering.  This includes the price of the fireplace product, desired accessories, installation cost as well as operating and maintenance costs. 
  4. Choose a reliable dealer that you can trust to provide the greatest overall value . not just the lowest price.   Ask the dealers if they install and service their products.  If not, ask if they will arrange for a professional installer to do so.
  5. Use a licensed installer who will provide you with a copy of all necessary permits to ensure your fireplace is installed correctly and in compliance with local codes and regulations.  Your installer should arrange for inspection by the county or city that issued the installation permit for the work. 
  6. Request a review of how to operate the product and recommended service requirements after installation is complete.
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