Question: I live in a 1935 2 story brick building in NC (4 units). I would like to put a fireplace in my condo- however- I live on the first floor. I have excellent access to the basement and side of the building- but very limited access through the unit above my home. I prefer a fireplace over a stove- and a wood burning unit. Any suggestions. Could I vent to the side of the building? If so- do I have run pipe up past the roof line? What about a bottom vented solution? I heard these now exist. Answer: Wood fireplaces are only up-vent- no bottom vent or rear vent. You can get gas and/or pellet units which are direct vent. ALL wood units do have to be vented all the way up the building. Take a look at some of the pellet stoves on HearthNet if you want to burn wood. Otherwise- a gas unit (lp or natural) will do.