Vent free appliances generate heat, but can you cook food and warm beverages on them? The short answer is “no,” but read on to really understand why.

There is always a risk of fire when interacting with open flames in your home. It is never a good idea to cook food in a vent free stove and you might void your warranty.

So, no roasting wieners and marshmallows on an open flame, but what about boiling water or simmering soup on top of the stove? This is not advised either because vent free fireplaces and stoves are made to be safe supplements to other home heating systems. They will probably will not even get hot enough to boil water or simmer a soup. This fact is a testament to their level of in-home safety. Notice that in this photo, the model has placed his hand directly on the top of a vent free stove without wincing.

Although it is important to place a vent free stove a safe distance from any furniture or combustibles, the exterior of vent free fireplaces and stoves are typically not hot enough to cause physical harm.

Despite the fact that vent free stoves cannot be used to cook, their safety features and energy efficiency make them a desirable additionto any home. You are probably researching vent free fireplaces as a source of heat rather than a primary way to prepare food. Sure, it would be nice if it could perform both as a heater and a cooking stove, but the heating efficiency of a vent free fireplace cannot be beat. While regular kitchen gas stoves are usually 25-30% efficient, vent free gas fireplaces are 99% efficient. Furthermore, vent free gas fireplaces produce emissions well within nationally recognized safety standards comparable to a four-burner gas stove with all four burners lit.

Clearly, vent free fireplaces are still an efficient way to heat your home despite the fact that they cannot be used for culinary endeavors.