F.A.Q.'S

    I have a wood burning fireplace; can I convert it to gas?

  • Yes! Heritage Fireplace has both energy efficient inserts and decorative gas logs designed for both masonry and factory-built wood burning fireplaces.

  • I want to purchase a gas burning fireplace. Could you explain the difference between Direct Vent and Up Vent (B Vent) gas fireplaces?

    • Direct Vent models have a sealed firebox and glass front that draws 100% outside air needed to fuel the fire. Heritage’s direct vent fireplaces can be vented either vertically or horizontally using rigid or flexible pipe. The heated air is forced out through the heat exchange (typically the upper louvers) into your home.

    • Up vent models are atmospherically vented with double-wall metal B-vent pipe. B-vent is vented vertically to the outside, but it does not draw outside air for combustion.

  • Can I regulate the heat output from a gas fireplace to maintain a comfortable room temperature?

    • Yes! In fact, Heritage’s fireplaces offer you three different ways to regulate the temperature. All direct vent fireplaces can operate with a thermostat control. Because some gas fireplaces are tested and comply with wall furnace standards, you can set the desired room temperature using a thermostat and the fireplace will automatically turn on or off according to the desired temperature.

    • All of Heritage’s gas fireplaces come standard with a built-in hi/lo knob on the gas valve that enables you to very the fireplace’s heat output by 20% to 50%. Because you are varying the incoming gas, your flame height will naturally increase on the high setting and decrease on the low setting.

  • I have heard your fireplaces will operate without electricity. Why will my gas fireplace continue to operate during a power outage when my furnace will not?

    • Fireplaces are manufactured with a pilot system, either milivolt standing pilot or electronic ignition (IPI). Standing pilots do not require electricity to generate power whereas your furnace uses an electronic ignition. The IPI electronic ignition systems feature a battery back-up to provide the spark to the pilot. Therefore, a direct vent fireplace is an excellent secondary heat and light source. Fan kits do require 110v current to operate but the fireplaces are tested to run 24 hours a day without the fan on.

  • I am limited on space in my living room. Do you have any installation suggestions?

    • Absolutely! Direct vent gas fireplaces can be installed in virtually any room; bedroom, bathroom and even mobile homes or between rooms with ease. In addition, by installing the fireplace in a corner, less space is utilized.

  • I am currently using liquid propane (LP) for fuel. However, natural gas will become available soon. Should I wait to purchase the fireplace or can it be converted between gas fuels?

    • There is no reason to wait to buy a gas fireplace since most be easily, and quickly converted between fuels. There are only a couple products that cannot be converted and Heritage will gladly point these out when you select your fireplace.

  • What does the fireplace term zero clearance mean?

    • Zero clearance simple means “0” inches are required between the fireplace and combustible materials (wood studs, etc.). Therefore, framing dimensions are dramatically minimized – allowing the fireplace to be placed right up against interior or exterior walls. Because there are no restrictions on clearance requirements needed on the unit itself, it can be placed right up to an interior or exterior wall for a tight fit. However, ¼” space is recommended for expansion.

  • Can I install my own fireplace?

    • You do have that ability. However, most vendors offer their generous warranties only when the fireplace is installed by trained, licensed professionals. When Heritage installs the fireplace for you, our experience and efficiency save you time.

  • The place I want to put my fireplace does not allow the fireplace flue to be vented through the roof. Any suggestions?

    • Absolutely! All direct vent models are installation friendly with the option of vertical or horizontal terminations. Therefore, if you cannot vent up, vent horizontally through an outside wall.

  • What is a flue?

    • A flue is another name for the fireplace chimney or venting system.

  • Do you have a corner fireplace?

    • Almost all fireplaces can be installed in a corner.

  • What is the difference between steady state efficiency and AFUE?

    • Steady State: An efficiency rating is testing only the efficiency of the fireplace when it is burning.

    • AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency): Both the on cycle and the off cycle are calculated in this rating. By including this typical 24-hour day rating, a more accurate yearly operational cost can be estimated.

  • How much does it cost annually to operate a gas fireplace?

    • Natural gas prices do vary based on your provider and your area. However, finding your average cost per therm (100,000 BTU’s) on your gas bill, and your fireplaces gas input, you can calculate your monthly average cost.

    • For LP gas users, there are 91,500 BTU’s in one gallon of propane. By dividing 91,500 by the amount of fireplace BTU’s, you can figure the hours of burn time and multiply this by the cost per gallon of LP.

  • Does the cost of the fireplace include everything I’ll need for the installation?

    • Heritage tries to include all of the fireplace components you will need for a complete job. There are many options available for each fireplace model so we ask you several questions before calculating your price. Then there are other considerations that are needed; rough framing, gas lines, finish materials (stone, tile, mantels, etc) and labor must all be accounted for in order to provide a “final” price. Heritage can provide as much or as little of the services you require.

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