As recently as a few short years ago, only a limited selection of wood-burning and gas fireplaces and stoves were available.
Today, you can choose from literally hundreds of sizes and models, with something to fit every decor and budget. Practical Systems heating contractors can assist you in choosing the right fireplace for your Minneapolis/St. Paul home. We specialize in installation of gas fireplaces.
If you already have a brick or stone fireplace, or a factory-built fireplace, and you want to convert it to gas, then the most cost-effective solution is an insert. If you are remodeling a part of your home that never had any kind of built-in structure, then you need a Direct Vent fireplace that does not require an existing opening or chimney.
The Difference Between B Vent or Direct Vent
These terms refer to how a gas appliance takes in the air it needs to burn gas. A B vent unit draws air from inside the home, through ports in the firebox itself. A Direct Vent unit draws air through a pipe from outside the home, into a sealed firebox. Direct Vent models are usually more efficient and safer for today’s airtight homes, since they do not use inside air or cause a conflict with range hoods and bathroom fans circulating the same air. B vent units are generally less expensive to install, but are more sensitive to air flow inside the home.