How does a vent-free gas fireplace function?
This appliance operates using either natural gas or propane. Most of the models sold today do not require electricity to run. This makes them attractive backups in potential power outage situations.
We generally tend to feel a lot more at ease if we have a plan to provide food and warmth even during unforeseen circumstances- such as winter storms that knock out electricity, or an accidental power line cut, or whatever the case may be.
A vent free gas fireplace operates on fossil fuel and thus can be such a backup for your family.
Are there any drawbacks to owning such an appliance?
While many millions of units have been sold worldwide, and Americans are buying more of this type of gas heating appliance compared with other types, you still need to be aware of a couple of things.
First, not all local building departments allow these units. You’ll need to check on regulations in your area, and for your type of building to be certain it is a permissible option for you.
Secondly, although emissions are considered to meet national standards of safety, these appliances do put off combustible by-products, and if you are extremely sensitive to odors of petroleum, you might wish to consider another type of unit.
Take a look at a vented model or perhaps even an electrical model of fireplace.