While most people associate a fireplace with chimneys, a direct vent fireplace doesn’t actually need one. It can vent out horizontally through a sidewall instead, although it can also vent vertically through the roof. Its totally enclosed chamber is extremely efficient, as it draws in air for combustion from the outside and then also expels the gases to the outside. It has a porous front glass enclosure which allows radiant heat to enter a room while preventing the passage of fumes as well as ash, embers, and other combustible materials that may accidentally start a fire or cause a burn.
It is a great choice for those rooms where a traditional fireplace just isn’t feasible. Not only does it provide warmth and a cheerful atmosphere during cold winter nights, it also allows you to save space because you can position furniture directly on either side. It doesn’t require electricity, but your direct vent fireplace installation will need a natural gas or propane pipeline. You also need special types of logs specifically built for these fireplaces.
You should read up reviews to see which direct vent wood burning fireplace model works best for your home. Some of these models can look like traditional fireplaces, while other corner direct vent fireplace kits have a more modern look. You may want to go for a Heatilator direct vent fireplace, but the Lowe’s direct vent fireplace is also a good choice. But in general, one of the advantages of installing a direct vent fireplace is that they cost far less than installing a more traditional fireplace.