Vent-free gas fireplaces are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional wood fireplaces. Without the need for cut lumber, chimneys or the considerable work and cleaning associated with both, a vent-free fireplace is more efficient and flexible. Vent-free appliances burn on natural gas or propane and are built to realistically simulate traditional fires. In fact, they produce a real flame that is difficult to distinguish from a wood fire.

The term “vent-free” may give pause to some for fear of excessive fumes emanating from the gas burning appliance. Understandably, an unvented, open flame could be seen as a source of air pollution in your home. Vent-free fireplaces, however, are 99% efficient in their fuel consumption. They burn so cleanly that the amount of carbon monoxide produced is negligible. Because of this, there is no need to worry about the fumes.

For the first 6 hours of operation after your initial purchase, there may be an odor as your appliance burns off any excess gunk or oils from factory production. Dust from lack of use during the warmer months of the year may also smell as it burns off, but proper cleaning and inspections will minimize this.

In some cases, fumes may occur as the appliance burns air contaminated by recent painting, staining or cleaning fluids sprayed in the room. Additionally, if anyone in your household is an indoor smoker, then appliances may also smell when burning air already dirtied by cigarette smoke.

As with all other gas burning appliances in your home, any odor should be checked out by a technician as smell may indicates operation issues. It should be noted that severe allergy or asthma sufferers or those with a hyper-sensitive nose may be more apt to experience some fumes. Only an estimated 2-3% of the population will fall under this category.

Vent-free fireplaces are unmatched because they can be installed without a chimney. An existing fireplace can be adapted by purchasing vent free log sets. Indoor air pollution from these appliances is far less than the pollution from wood fireplaces. And its cheery flame will brighten and warm your home, with very little pollution or odor problems.