Why do fireplaces have to be on noncombustible footings?

Answer There are two major reasons fireplace footings need to be noncombustible materials: building codes require it, and it minimizes the risk of a household fire due to fireplace heat generation.Buildin... Read More »

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Are gas fireplaces more efficient than electric fireplaces?

On One Hand: Electric Fireplaces Are Very EfficientElectric fireplaces are extremely efficient, converting more than 90 percent of their energy to heating. Unfortunately, electric fireplaces can't ... Read More »

Fuel Gel Fireplaces Compared to Electric Fireplaces?

Fuel gel fireplaces and electric fireplaces are both alternatives to the more common gas-powered fireplaces. They both use cleaner sources of energy to provide heat to homes, and they are both rela... Read More »

Do gas fireplaces need to have the flue open?

There are two main types of gas fireplaces, vented and ventless; the type you have will determine if you must open the flue. Ventless gas logs do not require an open flue because they emit very lit... Read More »

Do direct vent gas fireplaces have to be located on an outside wall?

Direct vent gas fireplaces can be installed on an interior or exterior wall as long as they are vented according to the manufacturer's specifications and safety standards. Direct vent fireplaces ve... Read More »