07 Oct Direct Vent Fireplace Insert vs. Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
Although they both perform the same function essentially – to heat up a room – there is a difference between a direct vent gas fireplace and a direct vent fireplace insert. If you are uncertain about these terms and what the differences are between them, we attempt to explain below. At Kozy Heat, we offer an array of direct vent gas fireplaces and direct vent fireplace inserts for residential heating needs.
Let’s take a closer look at a gas fireplace and gas insert.
Direct Vent Fireplaces
A direct vent fireplace draws in the outside air for use in the combustion process. It does this by means of the outer chamber of a double vent pipe. The inside chamber of the pipe expels the fumes.
Some common direct vent gas fireplace features include:
- Usually larger than a direct vent fireplace insert and includes better insulation or air space surrounding the combustion chamber, keeping the outside cool – as such it can be surrounded by combustible material.
- Usually installed in a wall enclosed by standard wood framing.
- Consists of a coaxial direct vent system having a pipe inside of a pipe. These systems also have vent clearance requirements vertically and horizontally.
Direct Vent Fireplace Inserts
A gas insert is installed in an existing masonry, wood-burning fireplace. An insert is sometimes smaller in size than a gas fireplace. The firebox of the insert is about the same size as the insert itself. It has a minimal amount of air space or insulation. A direct vent fireplace insert can handle higher levels of heat than a gas fireplace, such as a direct vent linear gas fireplace. But since it is positioned inside of a non-combustible space, it can bear the heat without turning into a fire hazard.
Some common direct vent fireplace insert features include:
- The use of co-linear venting in which a standard gas insert includes two flexible liners extending down the masonry chimney. These liners are supported independently by caps attached to the insert. The purpose of the one liner is for intake and the other for exhaust.
Gas inserts minimize fire hazards and are highly efficient. They are generally safer for the home than a gas fireplace and they keep the indoor space warm and cozy. A fireplace professional can provide advice on the best option for your home, whether fireplace or fireplace insert.
To learn about what we offer in terms of direct vent linear gas fireplace models, other gas fireplace models, and direct vent fireplace insert units, give us a call today at 800.253.4904, leave us a message through our contact form, or find a fireplace dealer closest to you.