Fireplace FAQ

Question: Will a gas fireplace operate during a power failure?
Answer: Gas fireplaces with a standing pilot light will operate during a power failure because there is a continual gas supply.

Question: What are BTUs?
Answer: BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, a measurement that represents heat output. Typically 10,000 BTU can heat approximately 500 square feet.

Question: What is a direct-vent fireplace?
Answer: A direct-vent fireplace is a sealed combustion appliance where air is drawn from outside and all smoke and vapor is vented directly outside.

Question: What is the difference between B-Vent and Direct Vent?
Answer: A B-Vent fireplace draws air from inside the home through ports in the firebox itself. A Direct Vent unit draws air from outside through a pipe into a sealed firebox.

Question: What does the term 'zero clearance' mean?
Answer: Zero clearance is a general term that refers to all factory-built fireplaces that can be placed directly against combustible materials (walls, floor) without requiring a buffer zone.

Question: Can I replace my wood fireplace with a gas fireplace?
Answer: Yes, a direct-vent gas fireplace can replace a wood fireplace. You must also have access to a gas supply.

Question: What is the difference between inserts and gas logs?
Answer: An insert is a metal box that fits into the opening of a wood-burning fireplace to increase its efficiency and enhance its look. Gas log sets are hooked up to a gas line to reproduce the look of wood logs.

Question: What is the difference between natural gas and propane?
Answer: Natural gas is a lighter gas than propane. Liquid propane gas contains 2,500 BTUs per cubic foot, while natural gas contains 1000 BTUs per cubic foot. It takes twice as much natural gas to reach the same BTU rate as propane. Natural gas enters your home through a pipeline from a local supplier and propane is stored in a tank.

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