Gas Stove Venting options
There are three venting methods for gas burning stoves.
- Vent Free
- Direct Vent
B- Vent gas stoves suck in fresh air from the home. Hot exhaust gases escape through a chimney.
Vent Free gas stoves and fireplaces have no external venting. Fresh air is sucked in from the room the stove is in. Hot exhaust gases , though minimal, are expelled back into the room.
Vent Free systems have been proven safe to use and are one of the least expensive gas burning options.
Here in Connecticut, with our harsh winters, we don't often recommend this type of stove.
We feel that these stoves are better suited for warmer climates where their use will be minimal.
We do recommended Vent Free stoves and fireplaces to people in Connecticut who want to who use their stoves occasionally for ambiance or for heating of a small area.
Direct Vent gas stoves suck in fresh air from a pipe running to the outside of the home. Hot exhaust gases get expelled through a second pipe running outside the home.
Direct venting stoves use either two small diameter pipes or a larger pipe(exhaust) with a smaller pipe(intake) inside of it. Vent pipes can be run discreetly through existing chimneys, ceilings, and even sidewalls.
We consider a direct vented stove to be the best choice for most homeowners.