Direct Vent Fireplaces

“Direct vent” or “direct gas” fireplaces are some of the most popular and efficient heating appliances on the market. These fireplaces don’t need a chimney, which means you don’t have to worry about having your chimney inspected or swept. You also won’t be hauling logs or shoveling ash with this type of fireplace, although you will get to enjoy the glow of a real fire.

People tend to love direct gas fireplaces for a variety of reasons, including that they eliminate the production of fumes and combustible materials like embers or ash. This makes them a great source of heat that ensures clean and safe indoor air quality. Traditional fireplaces vent through a chimney, but a direct vent fireplace can vent out a sidewall or up to the roof. A completely enclosed chamber draws in air for combustion from the outside of your home and also expels gases to the outside, making the direct gas fireplace highly efficient. In the meantime, the front glass enclosure is porous, which lets radiant heat into the room.

A direct gas fireplace is an ideal solution in rooms where a traditional fireplace is not practical or possible. For instance, since heat is only radiated out of the front glass, direct gas fireplaces can save room in small spaces because furniture can be positioned on either side of the fireplace—or the unit can be set into the wall.

Ace Chimney Sweeps is happy to help you find the direct gas product that fits with your budget and your home heating needs. At our Ace Hearth and Home Showroom, you can view all of our favorite direct gas fireplace brands, including industry leaders Napoleon Quality Fireplaces, Regency Fireplace Products, Vermont Castings, and Pacific Energy Stoves.

What’s The Difference Between A Direct Vent Fireplace And A Ventless Fireplace?

Direct vent gas stoves, fireplaces, and inserts eliminate the need for a conventional chimney setup. These appliances draw in air from outdoors and use a pipe venting system to exhaust outdoors—usually through the roof or wall of the house. These units come with sealed glass doors in order to maintain proper combustion efficiency and indoor air quality. Meanwhile, vent-free or unvented gas appliances do not require an outside venting system to operate. They draw combustion air from inside the room and are designed to burn up to 99.9% efficiently, eliminating the need for outside exhaust.

Have questions? Schedule an appointment online, come visit us at Ace Hearth and Home at 804 E. Pulaski Highway in Elkton, MD, or call us at (800) 685-4078.


Heating with a gas appliance is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Ask us for details about installing one in your home today.

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