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Old 02-16-2009, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Hey, there. We're looking to purchase a direct vent fireplace insert. Anyone have recommendations of where to buy? Did you have a good experience with an installer?

We want something that has a wide 'turn down' so that it won't heat up our living room too much when we want it for atmosphere, but so it is also capable of acting as a heat source when the electric grid is knocked out. Also want something of good efficiency.

(We bought from Fireplace Editions once before, but won't again.)

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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I'm not sure how D-vent is different from vented but we purchased a Peterson vented gas insert during their summer sale from Fire House Casual Living on Capital Blvd (N. Raleigh). They carry lots of top manufacturers and are very knowledgeable. They gave us a list of "preferred vendors" (gas plumbers) and we were very pleased. The unit wasn't as cheap as buying off the Internet, but we think we got a good deal of education from the sales staff and the gas plumber was a little expensive too (IMO) but he was very knowledgeable as well. So all in all we paid a little more, but we feel good about the quality of product and installation.

5301 J Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 235-0002
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I have got a direct vent fireplace, bulider installed, and it does not heat very well. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I have got a direct vent fireplace, bulider installed, and it does not heat very well. Any suggestions?
Does it have a fan in it to distribute warm air?
If not, can it be equipped with a fan?
Most units have a fan kit available that can be added for not a lot of money.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Does it have a fan in it to distribute warm air?
If not, can it be equipped with a fan?
Most units have a fan kit available that can be added for not a lot of money.
No, there is not a fan. It has a wall switch to turn it off/on. There is a place for the heat to come out at the top of the unit, but it just doesnt heat like you would think.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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No, there is not a fan. It has a wall switch to turn it off/on. There is a place for the heat to come out at the top of the unit, but it just doesnt heat like you would think.
Just relying on convection without a fan will probably produce disappointing results.

Most units will have an access panel that tilts open at the bottom.
In that area they usually have an electrical connection for a fan kit.
This moves air across the firebox and out the top, and usually makes a significant difference.
If you have the manual for the insert, it should tell you if your model has this functionality, and what model number fan kit your unit would require.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Just relying on convection without a fan will probably produce disappointing results.

Most units will have an access panel that tilts open at the bottom.
In that area they usually have an electrical connection for a fan kit.
This moves air across the firebox and out the top, and usually makes a significant difference.
If you have the manual for the insert, it should tell you if your model has this functionality, and what model number fan kit your unit would require.
I will check it out. Thanks you for your info and time. I appreciate it.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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These blowers typically come in two types:

One that will draw air in through vents below the firebox and return heated air to the room through vents above the firebox.

The second will collect heated air via convection and transfer that air via HVAC ducting to a standard air register that has a fan behind it.

Nice picture of the concepts here on page 3 - "heat transfer system"

http://www.heatilator.com/downloads/brochures/MAXUS.PDF

I mention this as option two will work even if the front of the fireplace doesn't have grills above and below the firebox.

Frank

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Old 01-06-2010, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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These blowers typically come in two types:

One that will draw air in through vents below the firebox and return heated air to the room through vents above the firebox.

Frank
This is apparently the one I have.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Our fireplace has a stove insert & it looks good, but takes a while to heat up, also cools fast after fire is out. I think the problem is mostly that the bulk of the stove is in the fireplace, only 6-8 inches protrudes, if that much. I think most of the radiant heat goes up the chimney. I hope to find an insert with about a foot of protrusion, the furtherest out that the hearth could handle. Would get far more radiant heat.
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