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Vent free fireplace

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I am sure this has likely been covered in the future we plan to build a new house and I was wondering about a gas fireplace. I just want one for emergency power outages in the winter. I was wondering if a vent free fireplace would be okay for this since I have read article that they aren't that safe. So was wondering if I should go with a vent free or pay more and have a vented gas fireplace. Again all I would use it for is if power went out to keep the house warm. That is pretty rare for that to happen here unless we have an ice storm

I was wondering what other people experiences with a vent free fireplace was like. Like I said I read they aren't that safe on some sites and you need to keep the clean for them to work right.
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Another vote for NO on the vent free heater. There are many options for direct vented units and as mentioned some will continue to provide heat without power. Locate a local store where you can ask questions and see what is available.

I use a glass front wood stove connected to a masonry chimney as my backup. Today that chimney would cost more than the stove. But gas with direct venting should be reasonable.

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