In checking the house for air leaks, I've discovered there's about a
one inch gap between the wood facing that surrounds our original
equipment vented gas fireplace and the metal frame surrounding the
glass doors, and a substantial amount of cold air is flowing through.
As the fireplace is gas,we already have to leave the flue damper open
and I'd really like to seal this leak up.
I've temporarily placed the kind of foam weatherstripping you use
around window a/c units to seal the gap, and if there's no safety
issue, I'll probably just leave it there. Does anyone have any thoughts
Thanks, and happy new year.
Well, I'm not sure exactly what a zero-clearance insert would look
like, but the wood molding that surrounds the firescreen is flush with
the metal frame at the bottom of the fireplace. The gap widens as you
go up, i.e. either the firescreen or the wood is not installed 100
A zero clearance unit allows combustible in direct contact with the unit.
Mine is basically a doubled walled unit with ceramic glass. The inside box
has an intact and exhaust duct going up the chimney. The outer chamber is
where it sucks in air from the house and heats it and sends it out into the
house. It is close to 90 percent efficient like a furnace. They are great.
There house air is never mixed with combustion process.