fire1A fireplace brings luxury and warmth to any home. When choosing a fireplace, the primary decision for homeowners is whether to go with a wood-burning or gas model. Gas fireplaces are a low-maintenance option that still offers the authentic feel of a wood-burning fire. If you prefer a gas model, explore the option of a B-Vent fireplace. It provides a cozy atmosphere and excellent heat all at a budget-friendly price. 

When purchasing and installing a fireplace, you should work with no less than the best. At Capo Artisan Series, we have more than 100 years of professional experience in the fireplace industry. We are the leading experts in modular fireplace kits, including gas and wood-burning models. Our company is the lead provider of these products for builders, developers, and homeowners. The modular fireplace kits come with rebar for the installation and 24 masonry pieces that form the unit. We can evaluate your fireplace needs to help determine the right style for your home.

If you already have a B-Vent fireplace, we can use your input:

  • When choosing a fireplace, what made you decide on a B-Vent model?
  • What are the benefits of having a gas-burning fireplace in your home?

Feel free to leave a comment below to help others with their fireplace decisions.

Three Kinds of Gas Fireplaces

In modern homes, fireplaces are an increasingly popular feature. Today, more than 37 million American homes have fireplaces, with approximately 900,000 new fireplaces added in new homes each year. The natural wood-burning fireplaces are a traditional choice when selecting a model. However, many people are now choosing the cost-effective and mess-free option of gas-burning fireplaces.
All gas fireplaces produce less air pollution and burn cleaner than wood fireplaces. When reviewing gas fireplace options, consumers have three primary choices:

B-Vent: Also known as a natural vent, the B-Vent pulls combustion air from the inside and vents it outside. It has a chimney with a double wall pipe that runs from the fireplace to the outside. Furthermore, homeowners have the option of buying fireboxes inside another box. This helps produce additional heat by circulating air around the room from within the firebox.

Direct vent: This type of vent brings combustion air from the outside and returns the exhaust back outside. This tightly-sealed system does not use any inside air and does not require a chimney. Capo Artisan Series is in the process of coming out with a direct vent unit soon.

Vent-free: With these models, the exhaust is vented into the room and they do not use a chimney. To help maintain healthy levels of oxygen in the room, most models come with an oxygen sensor. They can also be installed in almost any space, which is an added convenience.

The Benefits of a B-Vent Fireplace

When choosing the right fireplace for your living space, there are many factors to consider. This is the case with any buying decision. Luckily, there are numerous advantages to B-Vent fireplaces.

  • Complies with Local Ordinances and Regulations: A wood-burning fireplace emits more exhaust than gas fireplaces, causing more air pollution. As a result, some communities have banned construction of new wood-burning fireplaces to improve local air quality. Other areas have temporary bans on wood burning when air pollution risk is high. Installing a gas-burning model, like the B-Vent, can help homeowners keep these local rules and regulations.
  • Easy installation: The B-Vent has a chimney that is a lot smaller and made from different materials than a typical chimney. It is, therefore, easier to install because it does not need a large clearance for the chimney. This is often the reason why architects and homeowners choose B-Vents for remodeling projects.
  • Heat production: B-Vent models generate more heat than vent-free ones. This is due to the fact that they can contain a higher level of British Thermal Unit (BTU) logs. For this reason, many homeowners choose to install B-Vents for the extra warmth they provide on cold nights. However, B-Vents produce less heat than direct vent models. Therefore, they are a better option for small rooms since direct vent fireplaces can overpower a small area.
  • Large flames: If you want an authentic-looking flame in your gas fireplace, a B-Vent model is a great option. They pull in air from inside your home which creates large, visible flames. This will help give your living space a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Many homeowners also choose B-Vent fireplaces because they are cost-effective. If you are on a budget, but still want a realistic-looking fire with exceptional heat generation, a B-Vent unit is for you. Furthermore, a B-Vent fireplace is a great option if you live in an area with bans or limitations on wood burning. You will be able to enjoy a comfortable fire while still following local regulations.

The Low-Maintenance Way to Warm Your Home

fire2When you make the decision to buy a B-Vent gas fireplace, contact our professional team at Capo Artisan Series. The B-Vent models we provide have a standard ten-inch flue hole. This makes them a great option if you have a project with reduced framing requirements. We offer a 39″ 65,000 BTU model, a 44″ 65,000 BTU model, and a 49″ 80,000 BTU model. All of these models burn liquid propane or clean natural gas and are manufactured right here in the U.S.

Gas fireplaces allow you to easily maintain the amount of fuel you burn without dealing with the hassle of wood piles. You won’t need to bother with the mess and annoyance of hauling wood from outside. With a clean, efficient B-Vent gas fireplace, you can enjoy the ease and comfort of a cozy fire anywhere in your home.

Do you have a B-Vent fireplace in your home? We would love to hear from you:

  • How does your experience with a B-Vent compare to other types of fireplaces?
  • Do you have any advice for someone considering a gas fireplace?

Add your comments below. We look forward to your input.