Fireplaces add comfort and warmth to any space in your home. They pull you in with their cozy invitation that gathers friends and family together.
There are different types of fireplaces which burn a few different types of fuel, the most popular being natural gas, liquid petroleum (propane), and wood. Below are information and pictures of the different types of fireplaces.
Direct-vent (DV) fireplaces are the most efficient and newest type of fireplaces. DVs are unique because they are a sealed system and only use intake air from outside of the home. DVs allow a new home to be sealed up tightly, which means your home will keep the heat inside.
Depending on the fireplace manufacturer, the vent on DV fireplaces can travel horizontally or vertically. With the help of a power vent (a fan attached in the line of the vent), these fireplace vents can travel great distances. In some cases, DVs can even travel in a downward slope, depending on the fireplace. Because of these features, many of these DV fireplaces have the ability to be placed in many different locations inside the house with zero clearance to the finished wall material; meaning it will be flush with the interior wall. Most of these are considered modern fireplaces because they are so sleek and have options for media inside the fire box, e.g. not just artificial wood, but shapes, glass, and even metal sculptures.
PRICES FOR DV FIREPLACES
Fireplace inspection: $75-100
Cleaning and inspection: $150-200 for most factory-built, traditional fireplaces
Linear fireplace cleaning and inspection: $200-275, depending on size and type
These fireplaces are a bit more efficient than wood-burning fireplaces. B-vents use the air from inside the home to feed the combustion. B-vent fireplaces are unique because the vent pipe can only go straight up, vertically. B-vents have a sensor to detect if there is a problem with the chimney system (high limit switch/sensor) and if the chimney is working properly. If the chimney is not working properly, the electronic system will shut itself off automatically.
B-vent fireplaces have fixed gas logs that cannot be adjusted without causing problems to the system that will produce excess soot and hot spots, which will eventually cause more serious problems down the road.
Some of these fireplaces have glass doors, and others do not. The glass fronts are not sealed but act as a barrier. Some doors are fixed in place, and others can be opened and closed. Opening and closing the doors is permissible, depending on the fireplace manufacturer.