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Help with power vent info please.

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  1. rosalita92

    rosalita92 New Member

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    We will have a gas log burning fireplace put in our new outdoor covered porch, because of roof lines we need to power vent
    to the side. Can someone recommend powervent manufacturers and/or specific power vents that could be used?

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Moved to the gas forum for a quicker response.
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    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Can you give us the specifics of the installation?
    What do you mean "because of the roof lines?"
    What unit are you installing? Is it a Direct Vent (DV) unit?
    Most DV units are tested for different venting configurations
    & don't require powerventers, but there ARE exceptions.
    Does your installation manual call for a powervent?
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    We desire to have a simple box lined with firebrick built and use Eiklor logs. Eiklor says we have to
    "vent" because BTU's create soot etc. Our architect was uncomfortable with the location of the vent if
    it went straight up (partly due to adjoining 2 story house) and partly due to code related to # of feet
    vent must be from roofline.
    Our other option is installing an outdoor box and outdoor unvented logs we think. Thanks
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    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Well, I'm not sure I really wanna touch this one, but...
    You say you want a "simple box lined with firebrick" built.
    What you MUST HAVE is an NFPA 211 certified wood-burning fireplace.
    It can be Zero-Clearance (ZC = factory-built) or it can be site-built masonry.
    Not totally familiar with the Eiklor product, but gas logs are designed for use in APPROVED
    solid fuel burning fireplaces. A "Simple Box" won't cut it, power vented or not.
    If you move, & the next homeowner wants the gas logs out & wants to burn wood,
    the fireplace HAS to meet the criteria of NFPA 211, for SAFETY REASONS.
    I think you want the least costly way out, but there really isn't one.
    Your architect needs to talk to some one with NFI certification
    before he can simply tell you what he wants to do.
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    pvent creates negative pressure in house. this in consideration of the logs leaking air should be taken into consideration
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    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Do I have to press one to get that in English?
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    What? You don't read pookinese? :)
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    Pook, I think this is going to be outdoors.
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    rosalita92 New Member

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    Yes, outdoors. We are not trying to cheap it, we just wanted something that looks nice, not looking for high heat.
    So it sounds like a wood burning box is necessary and it be vented.
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    if used infrequently i'd use ventless fireplace. If the porch is part of the building's envelope, the powervent will create negative pressure within the house & if the logs leak air at all, it'll be inefficiently drafty for the house
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