Nothing beats the feeling of a cozy fire on a chilly night. The peace you feel from watching those warm flames dance around is what makes fireplaces a popular add-on choice in homes today. You might be considering placing a gas fireplace on an interior wall. But is it even possible? More importantly, is it even safe?
Yes, installing a gas fireplace on an interior wall is possible. But before we start talking about gas insert and fireplace installation, let’s discuss the safety implications and feasibility of placing a gas fireplace on an interior wall.
Understanding Gas Fireplaces
Gas fireplaces continue to become a popular alternative to traditional wood burning fireplaces because of their convenience and ease of use. There are 3 types of gas fireplaces to consider when installing a fireplace on an interior wall and they are:
- Gas Logs: Also referred to as natural vent fireplaces. These appliances use a single exhaust pipe and draw air from the room, into the combustion chamber, and up through the chimney or vent pipe. The pipe must be installed to vent above the roof if no current chimney is already in place, so it may pose extensive installation costs. Because of the direct-vent fireplace that is mentioned below, these types of fireplaces are not a popular choice, due to installation costs
- Direct-vent: This type of fireplace utilizes a sealed combustion system to draw in fresh outside air while simultaneously exhausting harmful byproduct and combustion gases directly to the outside of your home. Since the front of the firebox is completely sealed off from the interior of your home and the combustion fumes can’t enter your home, this option is considered the safest and most efficient.
- Vent-free: One of the most popular options when adding a fireplace to your living space. Unlike direct-vent, a vent-free fireplace doesn’t need a chimney or exhaust vent to function. Because of this, most of the heat stays in your home, rather than escaping outside the venting system. The greater heat output makes this option an efficient way to heat your home.
Which option is best for you? Well it’s hard to say without talking to you first. That’s why we recommend you work with a licensed chimney technician to help you determine what’s possible and which option is best for your home heating needs.
What Factors Should I Consider Before Installing a Gas Fireplace on an Interior Wall?
Other than the different types of gas fireplaces, there are a few other things to consider before installing a gas fireplace in your home. Here are a few we recommend thinking about:
- Building codes and regulations: Did you know vent-free fireplaces aren’t even allowed in California or Massachusetts? Even though that doesn’t apply to our customers here in the Northern VA area, it’s worth mentioning so that you know the importance of looking into your local building codes to prevent any legal issues down the road.
- Permits and inspections: You will want to obtain any necessary permits before starting the installation process – and schedule inspections as required.
- Location and clearances: Where is the ideal location for your gas fireplace? Is it in close proximity to combustible materials? Is it going to be a safe distance from walls, furniture, and other objects?
- Structural considerations: How is the structural integrity of the interior wall you plan to put your gas fireplace on? Will it be able to support the weight of the fireplace and any additional components?
- Gas supply and line installation: Is a natural gas or propane supply available in your area? Only a licensed professional will be able to tell you if it’s possible to install a gas line in your home.
- Safety precautions: Carbon monoxide is always a risk when lighting fires in your home, so following installation guidelines provided by the manufacturer is a must, as is working with a professional every step of the way.
- Maintenance and cleaning: Even though gas fireplaces are considered low maintenance compared to wood-burning fireplaces, don’t mistake that as no maintenance. A gas fireplace still requires regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure it is in great working order.
- Warranty: Most gas fireplace appliances come with a warranty from the manufacturer. In order to ensure it remains valid, make sure your gas fireplace is installed and maintained properly.
As you can see, there are quite a few important factors to consider when looking into installing a gas fireplace on an interior wall. Always consult with a licensed professional before beginning the installation process.
Who Should I Call for Gas Fireplace Installation Services?
Speaking of licensed professionals, there isn’t a better company to call for all of your gas fireplace installation needs than Winston’s Chimney Services. We have over 40 years of experience in the industry and take great pride in providing only the best customer service to our community. Not to mention all of our incredible chimney technicians that can address all of your chimney and fireplace questions and concerns.
Give us a call today at 703-379-5006 or conveniently schedule an appointment online.