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Ventless Gas Fire Ball Fireplace Alternative to Wood Logs.

Having your own fireplace really gives off a nice touch to one’s home. It’s a wonderful place to relax during those cold nights and after a hard day’s work. However, not all homes are blessed to have their own fireplaces or are built with the foresight of an installed chimney or gas line. Not only is it quite expensive to build a fireplace hearth but a fireplace emitting real heat can be impractical in warm climates. As gas fireplaces become more popular and more versatile a custom designed fireplace can be installed with or without ventilation, with optional heat and even portable mantles.

ventless gas fireball fireplace alternative fire shape

ventless gas fireball fireplace alternative fire shape

There are two types of fireplaces, vented and non-vented. A vented fireplace is basically your idea of a traditional fireplace: a place where you create a fire, a working chimney, a vent through the roof, and the works. This type of fireplaces uses the oxygen from the outside to sustain the fire as well as eliminate unwanted gas or emissions like carbon monoxide. Non-vented fireplaces, however, use gas to breathe life to the fire, so no vents are need. One advantage of this is less carbon monoxide emission, however, the fire will use the inside air for sustainment.

What I want to really discuss here is about having a modern, hi-tech fireplace that you may want to consider. A traditional fireplace is not a fireplace without a log burning. With the development of gas or fire logs not too long ago, it is now possible to achieve that classic look and feel without the hassle of clean-ups afterwards. Aside from being ash-free, these gas logs don’t emit carbon monoxide, so they’re cleaner and safer as well.

One way of really making your modern fireplace classy is by using fire balls instead of logs. Fire balls are safe, since they are made with the same materials that are used on fire logs. Usually, fire balls come in sets. Since fire balls are of different colors and sizes, you can arrange them however you want to. You will only be limited by your own imagination.

If you want more variety, you can also use fire shapes. They are also made with the same materials as fire logs and fire balls do, but they come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Popular shapes include, but are not limited to, cones, cylinders, squares, and rectangles. As with fire balls, you can arrange them in any way you wish.

You can also combine fire balls and fire shapes to create a truly unique and individualized fireplace. One can also add fire glass to complete the effect. If you have a vented fireplace, the flames will come into contact directly with the fire logs, balls, or shapes. Carbon monoxide will be produced which will then be taken out through the flues or vents. Non-vented fireplaces, however, should have lesser contact between the flames and the fire balls or shapes. This will allow for less carbon build-up and lessen or prevent carbon monoxide from being produced in the first place.

unvented gas fireplace with fire balls that look like cannon balls

unvented gas fireplace with fire balls that look like cannon balls

Burning plates are needed to arrange fire balls and shapes. These are where you put the fire balls and shapes in arrangements where you want them to be. Burning plates also come in several sizes. Common ones are between 18 to 48 inches. Flames will come from under the plate which in turn will go through or around the fire balls and shapes. The lesser the contact between the flame and the fire balls and shapes, the lesser the carbon monoxide emission will be. You don’t need to worry about oxygen level in the room. Since gas fireplaces are normally non-vented, they are also furnished with a safety feature called an oxygen depletion sensor. If the oxygen level in the room falls under the safety level, an alarm will sound telling you to lower the flames. Gas fireplaces will always have a gas valve to adjust the flame and a thermocouple to monitor room temperature and pilot light.

When fire balls and shapes are used together for your gas fireplace, they can create a distinct and unique look. This can also serve as a good source of heat and light for your room. When not in use, it will just look like your ordinary fireplace. However, when turned on, the resulting complexity of the flames in conjunction with the fire balls and shapes is really a sight to behold.

Worried about your fire balls or shapes not matching to the overall design of the room? No problem, fire balls and shapes also come in different colors to match your taste. As mentioned earlier, you are only limited by your imagination and artistic sense.

So, if you planning to build your own gas fireplace and you are the type who mixes the old and the new, why not use fire balls and fire shapes to add that modern look to the fireplace of your dreams? You’ll definitely enjoy it and you will also have something for others to be envy about.

 

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Ventless gas fireplace design options are on fire!

ventless gas fireplace fireballs on stainless steel unvented burner

ventless gas fireplace fireballs on stainless steel unvented burner

Virtually ever household in America is built with a fireplace. Some households are built with traditional wood-burning fireplaces with an accompanying chimney, and others are built with gas fireplaces which use an outside ventilation system. A gas log fireplace provides the image, heat, and other characteristics of a traditional fireplace, but without the smoke and creosote build up. There are two types of gas log fireplaces: the first type requires outdoor ventilation, and the second requires a gas log burner set with special safety features for ventless gas fireplace usage. A ventless gas fireplace is designed with a special valve to control the flames, heat output and limit the release of carbon monoxide. Both fireplaces have different advantages.

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A ventless gas fireplace can be moved around the house easily. Gas fireplaces produce less sparks (negating the need for a fire screen or spark arresting curtain), do not cause creosote build up (which makes them very easy to maintain and clean compared to a wood burning fireplace) and are built to accommodate different décor because various logs, ship sets, decorative pine cones, rocks and shapes can always be added to affect the flame pattern and design of the log set. Also, gas fireplaces produce the same amount of warmth as a traditional fireplace controlled with the fire flue.

ventless glass fire gas fireplace with highly reflective crushed copper glass

ventless glass fire gas fireplace with highly reflective crushed copper glass

Each part of a gas fireplace has significance in protecting the customer and making realistic flames and logs.  Gas fireplace burners are designed based on the final flame pattern goal.  Some gas fireplace burners are made to produce larger flames burning tall and others are designed to spread the gas flame exhibiting less tall flames while accentuating bright burning embers below the logs.  Ventless gas fireplace burners have very specific port-holes for flames to minimize contact with ceramic logs.

All gas fireplaces should be used in conjunction with a thermocouple.  The thermocouple acts as a safety system to prevent the release of gas if the fire is not burning. In order for the gas valve to open the thermocouple must be hot from the pilot flame. If there is no pilot flame the fireplace will not light because the valve stays closed.  When lighting a standing pilot the valve is pressed in an held in an open position until the thermocouple is hot enough to produce a small magnetic charge which hold the valve open as long as continuous heat keeps the magnetic charge live.  If the flame blows out the thermocouple releases the magnetic charge and the valve closes to stop the flow of gas.

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The gas fireplace valve is controlled either manually like a barbecue grill or with a remote control that is designed like a hand-held transmitter, thermostatic control or a wall switch to control variable flame height and gas flow.  Vented gas logs and ventless gas fireplaces use different types of valves because vent free burners have a limited BTU output.  While the definition of a British Thermal Unit refers to actual heat, barbecue grills and gas log manufacturers use the term to refer to the amount of gas moving through the valve and burning.  Heat measurements based on fuel consumption are denotively measured

 

Lastly, the fireplace has special gas logs. These gas logs are made to resemble real wood logs of all kinds. Also, the gas logs will often cost less than traditional firewood. Lastly, the logs produce less smoke and only consume about 50,000 to 90,000 BTU/HR of gas, which costs about forty to eighty cents per hour. BTU stands for British thermal unit. A BTU is approximately the amount needed to heat one pound of water.

ventless gas fireplace fire rock alternative to wood burning fireplaces

ventless gas fireplace fire rock alternative to wood burning fireplaces

In conclusion, gas fireplaces are taking the place of traditional fireplaces for many reasons. The first is the fact that gas fireplaces do not require traditional firewood and can be lit with the touch of a button. Secondly, gas fireplaces are easy to move around when redesigning a room. Lastly, it costs next to nothing in terms of gas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ventless gas fireplace with split oak gas logs

ventless gas fireplace with split oak gas logs

ventless gas fireplace with birch ceramic gas log

ventless gas fireplace with birch ceramic gas log

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blue fire glass with stainless steel ventless gas fireplace burner
blue fire glass with stainless steel ventless gas fireplace burner