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If you are going to install one of these on your own, be sure to get a carbon monoxide alarm and mount it near the fireplace.
Great product! But should be noted that you had to remove existing baseboard.....
Hey Ron, this is a way cool addition to any house, especially the kitchen, as you the said the family gathers there, and in my house, there's somebody always going in and out the back sliding door, and that heater addition can make a wonderful difference. Just out of curiosity, being that the unit is tucked into a corner and is small, are there options for venting or even gas if there's conduit or plumbing in your way?
Depending on how old your house is, a new owner can ask for permits to see what looks like new additions to the house. When you don't have the permits you can opt out to, "Sorry, came this way", and hope it doesn't go any farther past that. Another words the new owner takes it as is. Don't get me wrong, I do my own work, as general contractors just flat charges too much.
Do you recommend insulating the top of a firebox in a free standing ventless gas fireplace?
In most situations, you would want to have a separate circuit and it's a fairly simple thing to do, but some areas may require you to use an electrician and most areas will require you to get a permit and have the project inspected.
The type of valve that was used in the video is pretty much a standard valve, with the addition of a remote 'key' to turn it on and off. Do a search for a Dante valve, and you can see what they look like... They are available as an in-line valve or a right angle valve, depending on your particular situation and installation needs.
They are very commonly used for gas fireplaces as an easy way to turn on and off the gas flow to the appliance, and not have an unsightly red knob showing up in the living space.
I realize this is an older question, but this information may help someone in the future..
If your on natural gas, either contact the local gas company for a list of qualified installers or contact your local plumbing supply house (where local plumbers go), or maybe the contractors desk manager at your local home center (Home Depot, Lowes etc..). Most of the above have lists of local contractors that can help.
The same applies to an area that is supplied by propane, although some propane companies require you to use their services to install any equipment that uses their propane, so "they" are sure it's done right.
Another thing to take into consideration is to think about where the thermostat for the home heating system is located in relation to the (any) new heater. IF the unit puts out enough heat, the home system will not call for heat, risking water lines in colder parts of the home.
Mobile homes in particular are at risk here, as they usually use the heat runs to keep the water lines warm enough from freezing. No heat to the main heating system, no heat to the water lines.. = frozen pipes... If need be, relocate the thermostat to a colder part of the home, which is a fairly easy part of the overall project.
Most areas require you to get a permit to insure a proper install on any gas appliance. Do NOT skip this step as if something were to happen, and it was determined to be the fault of an improper installation, your insurance company 'could' deny coverage. It's NOT worth the risk to save a few dollars.. and if money is 'that tight', then hold off until you do have enough available for the entire project to be done right.
Hope this helps some....
Cutting through a block wall was depends on a few variables, but it's usually done by marking out the area to be removed, then drilling a series of holes with a masonry bit, then using cold chisels to knock out the the center section as well as cleaning up the edge by knocking off the 'ribs' that were left by the series of holes you drilled.
LOVE THIS! It would be perfect in my home!
I'm definite going to install one in the fishing lodge and maybe one in the hunting cabin also. They already have the propane service.
love it and wish I had one in my kitchen, it is freezing out there with no insulation open on all 3 sides to the cold weather in the winter.
Ron, you should lay off those donuts. LOL
Hanging them is fairly simple. It's just like hanging a piece of artwork except you have to enforce it to support the weight. Installing a recessed fireplace that's flush requires some cutting. There's a great guide at the site below and there's also an official guide from Dimplex included.
Make sure you read thoroughly if its your first time installing one.
Still an awesome project!
We put one in our remodeled bedroom. I am neither a licensed electrician, carpenter or plumber (for the gas lines.) I googled every step and did the entire installation on my own. The only step I may have overlooked was something called permits, but if anything, that made me be twice as careful plus I got to buy some cool toys (I mean required tools) with the savings. In the bedroom remodel we added a ceiling fan so we skipped buying accessory fan for the stove. We also converted it from natural gas to propane. We use maybe 100 gallons of propane a year and it is the only source of heat in our large master bedroom. Can you tell we love it?
I've had a ventless gas fireplace in my basement for 5 years. Didn't have an option to vent. I've had no problems whatsoever.
I am so impressed! Great idea, much to think about. Thanks!
I like this idea but what about propane? Can it have the same just incase power goes out? I did look up and saw some kind of bottles of gas, maybe not a heat source. Not sure, not a fix it person. Wish I was though.
There was nothing said about hooking up the electrical part of this installation to the house wiring. Did this also require an electrician? Does it need a separate circuit to the electrical box?
This is an appealing project. I think Ron wisely let the installation crew do the work; it's obviously not a one-person job putting the fireplace in. Also, I believe in many jurisdictions you must be certified to install gas lines. You need to know all the local requirements and have a meter to check for leaks to be safe. You also have to pull a permit with your local city building inspector's office any time you cut into the structure (the installer normally pulls one before beginning work). The city inspector comes out within a few days to insure the job was done to code.
what the heck kind of comment is that, the point was to show how it was done not to display a convincing shift of work hands.
How was the shut-off valve hooked up?
Great Project! I may want to install one of these at my rehab-ed duck lodge on the Chesapeake Bay. Thanks Ron for your great ideas. Keep them coming.
Very Very Cool Ron
Ron,This is a great idea and excellent video. Definately one of your best yet. We built a new home in MO and had two fireplaces installed. Neither of them work because the builder said he couldn't find anyone to install the gas line. Now we're stuck with two very expensive decorator pieces. Any ideas? Thanks.
Did thi sinstallation meet code for distance between the vent and nearby doors/windows? No mention of code restriction for vent location was mentioned in the video.
maybe you can get an idea of cost at the website he went on
The big question: how much did the entire project cost (material and labor)?
tHIS IS A GREAT PROJECT...
enjoyed watching this project. My only problem is with the electrician. he wires unit black, white, green. this is total opposite of how to wire anything. always treat every circuit as live and follow proper safety proceedures. wire green, white, black, and disconnect black, white, green.
Very informative Ron. I have installed fireplaces an this was done a well planed order. The fireplace adds so much to any room. The flexible gas lines are a real blessing. Stay warm and one dounut is for Santa Claus, Merry Christmas to all.
Russ Henry Verona NY
16,000 btu's awesome Ron, by the by one doughnut per episode!
Love that we can opt out of the ads! I know you could have done this project yourself, Ron.
Nice one, Ron.For those of you who did not see it, the first part of the video showed on the computer where you can get them.
I would love to have one od these, where do you get them, Lowe's?