Direct Vent but "Not a source of heat"

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saminbc

New Member
Nov 18, 2021
2
British Columbia, CA
We recently bought a townhouse which was built in 1995. It has two fireplaces.

One of them is a B-Vent I want to replace (since it is a) "for decorative purposes only" and b) because it draws in cold air from outside and keeps that side of the house very cold).

The other fireplace has a closed box and vents sideways outside the wall. However the label underneath the fire box says "Not a Source of Heat"

Is this possible? If I want heat from it, do I need to replace it? I thought Direct Vent fireplaces were to give you heat.

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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
90,455
South Puget Sound, WA
There are appliances on the market that are designed for the light show and not for heating. Just for show, not for go.
 

Lennox65

New Member
Jan 29, 2021
71
New Hampshire
We recently bought a townhouse which was built in 1995. It has two fireplaces.

One of them is a B-Vent I want to replace (since it is a) "for decorative purposes only" and b) because it draws in cold air from outside and keeps that side of the house very cold).

The other fireplace has a closed box and vents sideways outside the wall. However the label underneath the fire box says "Not a Source of Heat"

Is this possible? If I want heat from it, do I need to replace it? I thought Direct Vent fireplaces were to give you heat.

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"Vented Decorative Gas Appliance" is just a technical designation to distinguish these fireplaces from actual heaters. You will get heat from it, although it looks like it is a small BTU fireplace.