If you are considering a vent-free fireplace for your home, you are probably wondering if a vent-free unit is really easier to operate and maintain than a traditional wood-burning fireplace. To compare, we’ll go through what both types of fireplace require.

The traditional wood-burning fireplace naturally requires more material. Dry, seasoned wood needs to be kept stocked outside, away from the house, and brought inside in small amounts. Kindling or fire-starters are used to build up the fire, and the fire is continually stoked as long as it is needed. Afterwards, cold ashes must be swept out of the fireplace. A professional chimney sweep should also inspect and clean a wood-burning fireplace and chimney a few times per year.

By contrast, a vent-free fireplace simply requires pressing a button to start the fire. No new logs are required after your first vent-free log set, which also means no ashes to clean out. The unit is hooked up to an existing gas line, so no electricity is required. Adjust the thermostat from a remote control, and simply switch it off when you are done. Some vent-free models even have timers that will get the fire going right when you need it. An annual inspection is the only professional maintenance needed for your vent-free fireplace.

But what if you already have a chimney fireplace? Isn’t it more work to install a new vent-free unit? The good news is that installation is easy, too. A traditional fireplace can be converted into a vent-free unit. You will need a vent-free log set and perhaps a firebox. Then, a professional will hook it up to the gas line. You can also purchase a vent-free fireplace that can be installed anywhere you want it in the home.

Traditional wood-burning fireplaces inevitably let some heat escape through the chimney, along with a good deal of particulate matter. Did you know that a wood-burning fireplace is one of the most inefficient sources of heat? Vent-free fireplaces use no chimney, so all of the heat circulates throughout the room safely. This allows for 99% efficiency. Vent-free fireplaces are excellent sources of supplemental heat in your home. You get all of the heat and ambiance of a wood-burning fire, without the mess and hassle.