fire1A fireplace can add warmth and comfort to any home. Most homeowners believe that the primary decision they need to make when selecting a fireplace is choosing whether to go with a wood burning model or a gas model. Those who choose gas fireplaces are often looking for a low-maintenance alternative and are attracted to aesthetic value of having an in-home fire. Homeowners who prefer a gas model should consider a b vent fireplace, which provides a mix of ambiance and heat production at a cost-effective price.

When buying a fireplace, it is important to work with the experts. At Mason Lite, we have more than 100 years of professional experience in the fireplace industry and are a leading provider of modular fireplace kits, including gas and wood burning models, to homeowners, developers, and builders. Modular fireplace kits include 24 Masonry pieces that form the unit, as well as rebar for the installation. We can help you assess your home environment and your fireplace needs to determine the right fireplace style for you.

If you already have a fireplace, your experience can help our customers choose the right model for them.

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  • What are the advantages to having a gas fireplace in your home?

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Types of Gas Fireplaces

Fireplaces are very popular features in modern homes. Today, more than 37 million American homes have fireplaces, with approximately 900,000 new fireplaces added in new homes each year. Although the natural crackle of a wood burning fireplaces have enduring appeal, many people are opting for the convenience and cost-savings offered by natural gas fireplaces.
All gas fireplaces burn cleaner and produce less air pollution than wood fireplaces. When reviewing gas fireplace options, consumers have three primary choices:

B vent: This approach, also called natural vent, pulls air from indoors for combustion and vents it outside. It features a chimney with a double wall pipe which runs from the fireplace to outside of the home. Homeowners can purchase fire boxes inside another box. This approach circulates air from within the firebox around the room for additional heat production.

Direct vent: This approach draws combustion air from outside and returns exhaust outside. This tightly-sealed system eliminates use of any inside air. This type of fireplace does not require a chimney. Mason-Lite is in the process of coming out with their first Direct Vent unit soon.

Vent-free: These fireplaces also do not use a chimney, but do vent exhaust into the room. Homeowners can easily locate them in almost any space. Most of these models come equipped with an oxygen sensor to help maintain healthy levels of oxygen in the room.

Advantages of a B Vent Fireplace

As with any buying decision, picking out the right model fireplace for any living environment means weighing many factors. There are several distinct advantages to a b vent fireplace.

  • Complies with Local Ordinances and Regulations: Wood burning fireplaces produce more exhaust, which results in more air pollution, than their gas counterparts. As a result, some communities have banned construction of new wood burning fireplaces to improve local air quality. Other locales may designate temporary bans on wood burning during periods when air pollution risk his high. Choosing a gas-burning fireplace, such as a b vent, can help homeowners stay compliant with these vital local regulations.
  • Easy installation: The b vent does not have a traditional chimney, but rather a vent that is much smaller and a different material. As a result, this type of fireplace does not need as large of clearances for its chimney, which makes it much easier to install. Often, homeowners and architects choose b vents for remodeling projects due to their ease of installation.
  • Heat production: B vents can produce more heat than vent-free models. This is because they can accommodate a higher level of British Thermal Unit (BTU) log. As a result, many homeowners select b vents to create cozy corners in their home and add comforting warmth on chilly winter evenings. In general, b vents do produce less heat than direct vent models. This makes b vents an optimum choice for small rooms, since the energy output of a direct vent fireplace can overwhelm a small space.
  • Large flames: If you desire a realistic-looking flame, a b vent may be a good choice for you. Because they draw in air from inside your home, they can produce large, visible flames. This helps create comforting ambiance in your rooms.

In addition, many homeowners choose b vents because they are a cost-effective fireplace option. If you are looking for a realistic-look fire and a reasonable heat source, but want to keep expenses in check, a b vent may be the best choice for you. If you live in an area with a ban or limitations on wood burning, a b vent gas model may allow you to enjoy an in-home fire and comply with local codes.

Warm Your Home with a New Fireplace

fire2When you are ready to buy your new b vent gas fireplace, you should consult with the expert team at Mason Lite. Our b vent models offer a standard 10-inch flue hole. This makes them a great choice for any project with reduced framing requirements. We carry a 39-inch 65,000 BTU model, a 44-inch 65,000 BTU model, and a 49-inch 80,000 BTU models, all of which burn clean natural gas or liquid propane. All of our fireplace products are 100% made in the USA.

With a gas fireplace, you can easily manage the amount of fuel you burn and do not need to have a cumbersome wood pile in your yard. In addition, you do not need to worry about the mess and inconvenience involved in hauling wood from outdoors into your home. With a clean, efficient b vent gas fireplace, you can enjoy a cozy fire at any time, in almost any room.

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