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  1. #1
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    Who here works on gas fireplaces?

    I'm wondering if where I live is one of the gas fireplace capitals of the world. I do maintenance on about 1 gas fireplace for every 3 gas furnaces. Do any of you other techs work on many gas fireplaces?

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    Up here on the (liquid) Sunshine coast we've got alot of built in f/p's, inserts, and free standing units and they seem to be getting more popular every year. Prob. 1/2 of all RNC we do have a f/p. With our relatively mild climate a gas f/p is often enough for most of the fall/spring seasons.
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  3. #3
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    Here it gets pretty cold and gas fireplaces are mostly for looks. Mostly just people with expensive houses have them.

    By free standing units, do you mean gas (heating) stoves?

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    Yep, freestanding gas stoves. Just put in a Hampton H-15 the other day. Cute little unit, but all enamled cast iron and *%&*^ heavy!
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    Some of those freestanding gas stoves are not only really heavy but also hard to open up to service

    Mostly I service just frou-frou units. Pretty gas fireplaces. And there are a lot of them here.
    I believe in latent heat.

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    Cool wrong forum

    Should have posted in the Fireplaces forum


    BTW, gas direct vent stoves put out a lot of heat and are heater rated. Maybe the ones you service are undersized or oversized, high heat loss spaces in a cold climate.

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    Put out a lot of heat but not very efficient? Just the pilot light's gas costs about $15 per month, and they only dream of 80% efficiency? Well I am still working on the "correct forum" thing.
    I believe in latent heat.

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    Yes i didn't find the fireplaces forum until now. Thanks, hearthman.
    I believe in latent heat.

  9. #9
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    OY- alot of units around here that are >5yrs old are decorative, not heater rated, but still put out a fair ammount of heat. Like Hearthman said, the DV freestanding jobs really pump out the heat! Depending on the install they can be a real PITA to service, mostly removing the blowers for cleaning. Some you have to pull the back right off, and they are often against a wall with just the minimum clearance to combustables. A set of right angle screwdrivers are a requirement!
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