How Do Ventless Fireplaces Work?

Whether you’re an experienced fireplace buyer or this is your first time browsing the market, it never takes long to realize that appearance is only one of many factors that make a fireplace right for your home. From fuel type to venting, there’s a lot that goes on behind the walls, so let’s venture back to explore your options and learn how it all works. We’ll start with ventless fireplaces, also known as vent-free or unvented fireplaces, which are a popular alternative to fireplaces that require a chimney or venting system.

Ventless fireplaces operate by burning gas or liquid propane to produce heat and flames. Instead of venting the exhaust gases outside like a traditional fireplace, ventless fireplaces use a specialized burner system and ceramic logs or stones to produce a more complete combustion of the fuel. This lowers emissions and eliminates the need for venting systems altogether.

While ventless fireplaces do have lower emissions, it's important to note that they still produce some carbon dioxide and water vapor emissions, which can increase the humidity levels in your home. For this reason, it's important to ensure that there will be proper ventilation in the room you’d like to install your ventless fireplace in.

We love that ventless fireplaces are a convenient and cost-effective option for our customers who want to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a fireplace without the need for a chimney or venting system. Just be sure to carefully consider the potential emissions and ventilation requirements before making your purchase.

**Revisions completed by Megan E. Smith (05/19/2023)