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  1. #1
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    Questions About new purchase and install...

    I am an HVAC-R owner in Chicago and have no experience with fireplace units. I am currently considering purchasing a new natural gas ventless log fireplace with a blower option. I would like to know where my money would be best spent for a unit as described. I have about 24" from the wall to work with. I do not need a t-stat or remote nor do I want it. If I can get units without these options that would be my first choice. Where are some good places to start looking (online) and what units should I place at the top of my list. I have NO experience with fireplaces and would love to hear some input from the pros.
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    I do not like ventless

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    Sorry Vent-Free fireplace are not legal in Wisconsin, no experience with any of the brands for me.

    Make sure you have some really good CO monitors / alarms.

    Also, you will need a pro to service the vent-free fireplace annually to keep it operating safely. I would consider purchasing from a local dealer who has an experienced service staff.

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    I am strongly considering a vented type out the roof now.
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    they are all beastly things to work on. lots of oddball t-couples and stuff. maybe lennox is my least not favorite? don't know who realy makes them

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    Exclamation best choice

    gas direct vent with IPI ignition with battery b/u.

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    What's the battery backup application for?
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    Cool battery powered fireplace?

    IPI requires 120vac line voltage. If you lose power, the Fp won't work unless you have a battery b/u. Many mfrs. have engineered systems running off 3-6vdc so you can run the Fp for a day or so off a few flashlight batteries until the power is restored. Having a heater rated backup heat source is a huge plus for gas DVs. Beats hooking up a car battery to an inverter, which won't work on some units unless it generates a sine waveform instead of the more common square wave.

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