6 Easy-To-Follow Steps In Installing An Indoor Ventless Fireplace


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Get Cozy With An Indoor Ventless Fireplace

To enhance the mood of a room in your home, you may consider installing an indoor ventless fireplace. It is fuel efficient and virtually no maintenance is needed. Gas and electric vent-free fireplaces are known for adding a cozy atmosphere to a room rather than as a an ideal source of heat, although they still generate some warmth somehow. If you want this effect, try installing the fireplace yourself. The task is rather easy, especially for do-it-yourself nuts, as long as the hearth can accommodate the prefabricated fireplace. The following are easy-to-follow steps of installing it.

How To Install An Indoor Ventless Fireplace

Step 1. Deciding On The Position and Design
As you roll up your sleeves for the task, pick a spot where you want to install the fireplace and mull over the position of the hearth and its design. You can opt to locate it in the middle of the dominant wall or on a corner, depending on the layout of your room. Decide on the design and be sure to match it with the current theme of the room. If you opt for a traditional ambiance, you can position the hearth lower to the ground. In contrast, placing the fireplace higher on the wall would suit a more contemporary design.Step 2. Measuring Hearth Dimensions and Building a Model
To give you a glimpse of how the fireplace would appear once installed, put together a replica using the dimensions of the fireplace that you will be installing. It would be great to do it before you buy the fireplace. This will also help you decide whether or not to elevate the hearth above the floor. You can then put your decision into action and proceed constructing this part. Measure the dimensions and then cut the needed parts using plywood. 

Step 3. Constructing the Hearth
Put together the hearth according to the style you have decided on. Make sure that the opening of the interior firebox corresponds to the dimensions of the vent-free unit you have purchased, making an allowance of ½ to 1 inch. Usually, the ventless unit will cover this, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you are positioning the indoor ventless fireplace on a corner, the hearth you will  be making will entail a top and three sides. Attach glue blocks down the inside margins to put the structure together. Then fasten the attachment by nailing together using a pneumatic nail gun. To bolster the assembly, you have to cut two corners. Fasten these to the inside corners using wood glue and nails.

Step 4. Hearth Installation
Before fixing the assembled hearth into position, give it a test fit by placing it against the wall. If you have to, see if it fits nicely by positioning it against the wall. If the baseboards get in the way and disallows the hearth from being positioned securely against the wall, then you have to make cut-outs for them.

Step 5. Connecting To The Power Supply

Smoothly glide the firebox midway into the opening of the hearth. Tug the gas or electric line through the side of the firebox and plug it to the power source. Then glide the unit completely into the opening of the hearth. See to it that it is properly aligned.Step 6. Decorating The Hearth 

Border the hearth with wood, marble, slate or tile molding, or other materials that match your selected design. Make certain that the finishing does not block the vents on the front side of the firebox.

Step 7. Arranging The Fireplace Logs
Round up fireplace logs according to the arrangement directed by the manufacturer’s manual to allow sufficient air to flow around the logs and to distribute the flames evenly in the firebox. This ensures that your ventless fireplace runs without a hitch.

You are then ready to cozy up in your room with the ambiance and warmth generated by your newly installed indoor ventless fireplace.


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