We bought and are remodeling a log home. The prior owner did not have a fireplace put in, and we wish to add one. It must go on an interior wall (the windows are too close to put a fireplace between them on the exterior wall). Any ideas? Gas? a zero-clearance wood? We are at a loss. Thanks for any comments.
In my other place we have a beautiful Valor fireplace that I put in for my wife (she loved this). These are NG or LP. They are direct vent, so you need to put them on an outside wall....but they are smaller fireplaces and fit in a lot of different spots. I would check them out and see if they will work for you? We got the presidential model with the Sheffield surround. They also heat well, and have remote controls etc. Great for power outages too.
In this place I got a great deal on a small "Hearthstone" LP freestanding fireplace (again direct vent), and another great product, cast iron and stone...I have yet to hook this one up.
I believe both companies offer "B vent" type fireplaces, which you would have to install a small metal chimney and vent through the roof , and they use oxygen from inside the home.
I personally do not like "non venting" fireplaces.
Hi Brian: In 2000, we put in an Acucraft (www.acucraft.com) zero clearance fire place in a spec home. The homeowners just love it since it is a wood burning fireplace, uses air outside the house to fuel the flames and has a blower on it to circulate the heat. You can also open the glass doors if you want more of a real fireplace look, but it is extremely efficient with the doors closed. The zero clearance allows installation without a foundation like a real fireplace and you can frame around the unit and cover the "flue" with artificial stone. Here is a photo of the one that we installed. Have fun in your new log home and enjoy the times spent around your fireplace.
Thats very nice! I like real wood fireplaces the best.
Thanks for the replies. I am leaning towards a fireplace xtrodinaire 864.