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New designs in ventless gas fireplace alternatives

Updated on November 22, 2010

ventless gas fireplace with ceramic log

ventless gas fireplace logs with a single burner.  because of the limited BTU's a single burner is made for flame height rather than a wider spread of flame with glowing embers.
ventless gas fireplace logs with a single burner. because of the limited BTU's a single burner is made for flame height rather than a wider spread of flame with glowing embers. | Source
This is a ventless gas fireplace double burner.  The visual difference is huge!  Note the glowing embers that mark the second burner moving diagonally.  Flames are not as tall as a single burner but there is more flame and light.
This is a ventless gas fireplace double burner. The visual difference is huge! Note the glowing embers that mark the second burner moving diagonally. Flames are not as tall as a single burner but there is more flame and light. | Source

Fireplace design ideas for the D-I-Y home owner.

gas fireplaces are more convenient and simpler to enjoy.

With the advent of safe, new, clean technology and beautifully detailed designs traditional wood-burning fireplaces are losing market share to fireplaces that use propane or natural gas or even ethanol alcohol.  Gas fireplaces do not produce smoke, fires do not have to be built, kindling, oil and/or incendiary materials are not necessary and a perfectly roaring fire or a slower romantic smolder are available at the push of a button.  Generally a gas fireplace is very convenient because the flame is totally controlled and very safe indoors.

Gas fireplaces come in many shapes and sizes.  Direct vent, b-vent and vented gas fireplaces all need some version of a chimney to expel hazardous fumes generated by burning fuels.  Ventless gas fireplaces are designed to be safe indoors with little or no ventilation.  Ventless gas fireplace safety features include an oxygen depletion sensor to continuously check oxygen levels in the room.  A thermocouple uses magnets to hold the gas valve open with a millivolt charge caused by the heat from the pilot flame.  If the pilot is extinguished the thermocouple cools and gas is unable to flow through the fireplace valve within seconds.  The stacking of the ventless gas fireplace logs is very important to unvented gas fireplace safety because gas can create carbon monoxide.  The black marks on the walls or on logs or any solid object is proof of carbon created when gas flames touch solid objects.  Gas logs stack around the larger flames to avoid the gas flames altogether to maximize the fame pattern and burning time without endangering the oxygen in the room.  Most states have rules regarding the amount of gas flowing though the vent-free gas fireplace valve.  Ventless gas fireplace valves are limited at forty-thousand BTU’s to ensure minimal carbon created and minimal oxygen consumed by the flames.

ventless gas fireplace fireballs

gas fireplace fire balls that look like old fashioned cannon balls on fire.
gas fireplace fire balls that look like old fashioned cannon balls on fire.
varying sizes of fire balls together in a pan burner fireplace.
varying sizes of fire balls together in a pan burner fireplace.
cs burner with different sizes of fire ball in natural color for fireplace flame.
cs burner with different sizes of fire ball in natural color for fireplace flame.
ventless gas fireplace fireballs stacked like a pyramid with flames licking through.
ventless gas fireplace fireballs stacked like a pyramid with flames licking through.
beige fireballs on a stainless steel burner in a ventless gas fireplace.
beige fireballs on a stainless steel burner in a ventless gas fireplace.

When gas fireplaces first became available they were often used if the cost of a wood burning fireplace, flue repair or more convenient gas fireplace price was prohibitive.  Ventless gas fireplace burners were the runners’-up.  Today the ventless gas fireplace has a lot of design options and realistic flame to compete with any other fireplace design.  Ventless gas fireplaces are still available with a traditional, rustic appearance that is designed to mmic the wood burning fireplace but ventless gas fireplaces have also evolved beyond the wood fire.  Although gas fireplaces are useful because they are convenient, burn perfectly every time and are easy to use, ventless gas fireplaces take convenience to the next level by also becoming very easy to install.  A ventless fireplace can be installed wth nothing other than a fire box and a gas line.  No chimney, chase, flue or vent is necessary.

ventless gas fireplace fire shapes

ventless gas fireplace fire shapes with sand pan burner
ventless gas fireplace fire shapes with sand pan burner
stainless steel ventless gas fireplace burner with fire shapes burning.
stainless steel ventless gas fireplace burner with fire shapes burning.
burner for ventless gas fireplace with fire shapes to fit in holes in the black burner.  valve is completely hidden in the side of the burner for easy use without harming the vision of the fire effect.
burner for ventless gas fireplace with fire shapes to fit in holes in the black burner. valve is completely hidden in the side of the burner for easy use without harming the vision of the fire effect.

Gas log fireplaces offer a traditional look of actual wooden logs with steel reinforced, hand-painted, ceramic made to mimic the appearance of aged oak, charred, oak, birch and hundreds of variations of wood log.  One manufacturer that has been creating gas fireplaces through the decades is Rasmussen. In addition to their vented gas fireplaces the company has moved into ventless gas fireplaces that incorporate a contemporary vision with modern aesthetics.  The Alterna vent free fireplace incorporates alternatives to traditional gas logs with ventless gas fireballs, fire shapes,  fire stones and the highly reflective glitter fire utilizing crushed fir glass piled high on a stainless steel of black ventless gas fireplace burner. The vent-free chassis is designed with easy-to-use controls marking the reason we started using gas in fireplaces to begin with. 

rh peterson ventless gas fireplace

rh peterson realfyre ventless gas fireplace burner has two levels.  a higher burner for flame patterns above and within the ceramic logs and lower slope burner for glowing embers that pulsate with heat.
rh peterson realfyre ventless gas fireplace burner has two levels. a higher burner for flame patterns above and within the ceramic logs and lower slope burner for glowing embers that pulsate with heat.
rh peterson realfyre ventless gas fireplace manual low profile valve.
rh peterson realfyre ventless gas fireplace manual low profile valve.

Another gas fireplace manufacturer that has ventured into alternative ventless gas fireplaces is RH Peterson. The company now offers ventless gas fireplaces that eliminate the need for a chimney and can thus blend into any modern home with ease. RH Peterson offers several models in their RealFyre series such as Charred Age Split, Charred Frontier, Evening Fyre Charred, Evening Fyre Split 18 and other gas log models to suit existing themes of houses or even designs for people that are designing new fireplaces. The company has alternative designs such as Fyre Gems and Fyre Glass that offer reflective glass marbles instead of traditional wood logs.  

Empire ventless gas fireplace ceramic logs.

empire aged oak ventless gas fireplace logs with unvented slope burner that can also be used in a vented gas fireplace.
empire aged oak ventless gas fireplace logs with unvented slope burner that can also be used in a vented gas fireplace.
empire comfort vent-free gas fireplace burner is used for both vented and ventless gas fireplace applications.  this gas log set is the ponderossa wit thirteen logs.
empire comfort vent-free gas fireplace burner is used for both vented and ventless gas fireplace applications. this gas log set is the ponderossa wit thirteen logs.
super sassafras by empire, white mountain is one of the most popular ventless gas fireplaces with logs.
super sassafras by empire, white mountain is one of the most popular ventless gas fireplaces with logs.

Empire Comfort, White Mountain Home and Hearth has released a very interesting line of alternative gas fireplace models that are bentless. These log sets are compatible with their Empire Comfort System vented and vent free slope glaze burners. The log sizes vary from 16 to 30 inches and offer a very realistic look to any fireplace. Their White Mountain Hearth Range includes the Flint Hill Log Set, Whiskey River Log Set, and Select/Super Log Sets that provide a look of Charred Oak, Ponderosa or Sassafras. These surreal-looking logs can enhance the look of any fireplace while easily blending in with the existing look of any home. All these companies have managed to merge form with function and buyers are sure to enjoy warm moments in style that matches with the look of their homes. 

alternative ventless gas fireplaces without logs.

ethanol fireplace pans are new and coming but still prohibitively expensive.  it is however comforting to place a clean burning fireplace indoors that is free of ventilation and gas lines.  the only close approximation is the gel fireplaces that are
ethanol fireplace pans are new and coming but still prohibitively expensive. it is however comforting to place a clean burning fireplace indoors that is free of ventilation and gas lines. the only close approximation is the gel fireplaces that are
copper glitter fire ventless gas fireplace with highly reflective crushed glass.  very beautiful with a stainless steel unvented burner and hidden control valves.
copper glitter fire ventless gas fireplace with highly reflective crushed glass. very beautiful with a stainless steel unvented burner and hidden control valves.
ventless gas fire glass fireplace with blue glass.
ventless gas fire glass fireplace with blue glass.

In keeping up with the green theme select manufacturers have replaced propane and natural gas with alcohol fuel such as ethanol. Ethanol is the result of fermentation or is produced as a by-product during refining of petroleum. Ethanol burns with a clear blue flame and the lack of any pollutants during burning is slowly making it popular as fuel for powering motor vehicles. These fireplaces do not require a chimney and freestanding fireplaces also do away with mantles.  

Traditional fireplace designs in alcohol fireplaces are also available that can be installed in walls and since there is no plumbing or wired electricity required they can be installed very quickly too. These ethanol fireplaces sport electronic sensors and remote controls to adjust the size of the flame. However, some form of ventilation is usually required in some models to provide oxygen and disperse the small amount of carbon dioxide produced while a few companies offer vent free models. Concealed ethanol troughs with burners ensure that the flame burns in a safe and consistent manner. This environmentally friendly form of fireplace too is slowly gaining ground due to its ease of installation and operation. Ethanol too is usually available in one quart bottles that last for around 3 hours.   

People living in cold climates are now spoilt for choice as traditional, gas, electric, and now alcohol fireplaces offer varied choice in models and finishes to choose from. Users can choose fireplaces based on their needs and the existing or proposed look of the room or homes before they make an informed choice.

ventless gas fireplace with birch logs

empire home and hearth ventless gas fireplace birch logs
empire home and hearth ventless gas fireplace birch logs

ventless gas fireplace alternatives with fireball fireplace burners and media.

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      khader 

      3 years ago

      Hello ...

      Showing possible send Berner gas measuring 80 cm, 100 cm 120 cm 140 cm

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      anemometers 

      7 years ago from Anemometer Installation Areas

      I like traditional ones too but I will have to use the new designs because it is not possible to make a real fire where I am. Great hub! It must of taken a while to put together!

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      sbyholm 

      7 years ago from Finland

      I like the traditional ones with logs :)

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