Chicago Gas Fireplace Company has years of experience with over 30 different brands of fireplaces. We have carefully selected each brand of fireplace that we sell based on several factors.
- Visual Appeal
In addition, we have come up with a diverse range of options with unique capabilities to suit each customer.
Not sure what type of fireplace you need… here is some basic information on different types of fireplaces….
Direct-Vent system uses two vent pipes. One draws air in from outdoors to support combustion. The other exhausts the by-products of combustion to the outside. The two vent pipes may be concentric (exhaust pipe within a larger diameter intake pipe) or co-linear (separate pipes of about the same size).
Combustion takes place inside a sealed chamber – with a glass front in the case of a fireplace. Room air circulates around the combustion chamber, often assisted by a blower, to heat the room.
A DV system is often installed along an outside wall to simplify the vent run, but can also be installed elsewhere in the home and vented through the roof.
Direct-Vent Fireplace Inserts are classified as zone heating appliances. Zone heating is inherently more efficient than your existing wood-burning fireplace or your central furnace. Unlike a central furnace, which wastes 20 to 30 percent of the heat energy through ductwork losses and sends much of the remaining heat to unoccupied rooms, zone heating creates and transmits the heat directly into the room. This lets you turn down your whole-house thermostat and use your fireplace insert to efficiently warm the room you use most.
VENT FREE FIREPLACE
A Vent-Free system uses room air for combustion and delivers 99.9% of the available heat energy directly to the room. Vent-Free systems have an unmatched safety record, thanks in part to their clean-burning technology and their Oxygen Depletion Sensor, which instantly shuts off the valve if oxygen in the room drops to and unsafe level. Because no venting is required, Vent-Free systems offer more installation options.
VENTED GAS LOGS
Vented gas logs, are typically installed for their realistic appearance, providing the flame and coals that most closely resemble a wood fire. Vented gas logs will produce heat, however, vented gas logs use more gas than do the vent free and have to be vented with a portion of the heat going up the chimney.
VENT FREE GAS LOGS
Vent Free gas logs, such as Empire Comfort Systems, Peterson, and Vantage Hearth, are designed and manufactured to be operated in a wood burning fireplace, in good working order, with the damper closed or in a manufactured Vent Free firebox. With the damper closed all of the heat being produced by the Vent Free logs stays in the room.