Is there a heating fireplace unit that doesn't smoke with doors open

c mugler Posted By c mugler, Feb 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM

  1. c mugler

    c mugler
    New Member 2.

    Feb 17, 2013
    I live in California and am looking at units like the Montecito Estate or NZ6000 as I would like a fireplace capable of heating but my wife would like one that can be more like a traditional fireplace (at times) by operating with the doors open. Also weather is mild compared to Canada. Any recommendations on a unit that will fit both our needs. One dealer told me the high efficient units as I mentioned above really emit a lot of smoke with open door wood burning. Thanks
  2. webby3650

    Master of Fire 2.

    Sep 2, 2008
    They all should operate without smoking when the doors are opened. If smoke rolls out, there is something wrong with the chimney. Often, the house is too tight, or the chimney is too short. Most units supply outside air to the unit to help with the tight house problem.
  3. begreen

    Mooderator 2.
    Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Smoke rolling out can happen due to a too short chimney, bad chimney location, and negative pressure in the house. None of these problems are due to the fireplace.How tall will the chimney be on this fireplace?

    If you are going to the expense of a nice fireplace, look for EPA certified phase II models that use class A pipe for the chimney. You'll get a cleaner, more efficient heater and a warmer flue that will draft better.

    In the Napoleon line I would consider the NZ3000 instead for these reasons. The Lennox Montecito (or BIS Tradition), RSF Opel and Kozy Z42 are also worth checking out.

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