Gas fireplaces are easily the best-selling of hearth appliances, outselling wood-burning models three to one. Industry veteran James Cleland explains how to choose a gas fireplace and identifies the most useful features and accessories. In addition, he gives information on sizing, accessories, and maintenance, and he provides tips for installing both atmospherically vented and direct-vent models. A comprehensive sidebar covers the problems with vent-free models and explains why you shouldn’t use one in modern homes. Photo panels of available models provide design inspiration, and a comprehensive illustration explains how these gas appliances operate.
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