Looking at the range of vent-free appliances, you might wonder what the difference is between a vent-free fireplace and a vent-free firebox. Here we outline the similarities and differences of these products so you can determine the right one for your home.

Vent-free fireplaces and fireboxes both operate with the highly efficient vent-free supplemental system. This system does not require a chimney so it is very versatile. Both vent-free fireboxes and fireplaces can be installed in virtually any room of the home for supplemental heat and a warm glow. They eliminate the waste and hassle of burning wood by replacing it with vent-free log sets, which only need to be hooked up to a gas line. Because none of the heat created in the vent-free system is directly lost to the outdoors, your living space is heated with maximum efficiency.

The major difference between the vent-free fireplace and firebox is simply in what parts are provided. The vent-free firebox is designed for use with a separate vent-free log set. Its layered walls of steel, insulation, and masonry can fit into an existing standard fireplace to easily convert it to vent-free. Your choice of log set with burner is then installed in the unit. A different log set can be put in later if you decide to change the look.

The vent-free fireplace, on the other hand, contains the log set with burner all in one unit. It has the same elements as a firebox, but it is all factory-installed and housed in a stylish cabinet to complete the fireplace look. The downside is that if something breaks and the manufacturer doesn’t make the parts any longer, you might have to start over.

Both products have their advantages for the right situation. If you are building new construction or adding a fireplace, the vent-free fireplace provides the whole unit in one complete package. If you want to use the space of an old fireplace, or want the freedom to change the look of your log set, a firebox may be right for you. For example, we have traditional-looking, hand-painted ceramic log sets, Fireballs, Fireglitter, ceramic fiber cinders, volcanic rock and decorative glass embers.

Both the vent-free fireplace and the vent-free firebox can transform the look and feel of your living space. The vent-free fireplace and firebox can provide 99% efficient supplemental heat to your home. Vent-free appliances do not replace your primary source of heat, but they do allow you to turn down the thermostat and save money. Mr. Vent Free carries a variety of different fireplace and firebox units to suit your space. The choice is yours!