I moved into a house that has a switch operated glass-enclosed gas
fireplace that uses a real chimney (i.e. does not vent out the side of
the house). The last gas fireplace I owned had a flue (it was not
glass enclosed, you had to light it with a match), but I can't seem to
find the lever for this one. There are metal vents above and below
the glass enclosure that open down, but I don't see anything in there
that resembles a flue lever. Is it possible this one just doesn't
The reason I ask is because when it gets cold enough outside the area
around the fireplace becomes very drafty if the fire is not lit.
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0800 (PST), lagman wrote:
Gas fireplaces are forbidden, by most building codes, from having flue
Is this a direct vent system? If it is, and you're feeling drafts,
check to make sure the glass front is securely sealed, and that its
gasket is intact.
if it's completely glass sealed in the front, the flue has a damper in it
that opens when the rising hot air pushes it up. that damper may be stuck
open. however, if it's sealed, where are the drafts coming from?
the vents above and below are so that when the firebox heats, natural
convection will pull air from the bottom which exits out the top heated.
that air path should not be opened to the outside anywhere.
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If I put my hand above the glass enclosure I don't feel any cold air,
but if I put it below the enclosure I can feel the cold air. I see a
solid aluminum pipe going straight out the top of the fireplace and a
flexible hose running to the bottom of the fireplace.
Perhaps replace the gas fireplace with an electric logs one that will
fit the space. This doesn't require a vent and you can put in seals
to plug up air leaks. I think a suitable electric log one should run
from $400 to $800. That's a under $1000 for a permanent and good
My gas fireplace vents to the side, no flue. I don't ever light it,
so I stuffed insulation under the cover. No more drafts.
Occasionally, I have to stop birds from building nests near the outlet
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