The problem with tradition fireplaces that burn wood is that they end up sending a considerable amount of heat up the chimney—which is a pretty big waste. Direct vent gas fireplaces are different, however. These models use outdoor air for combustion, instead of inside air, and that creates a convection-type of heat distribution that’s more energy efficient and helps to keep homes warmer. And since they come in a variety of different models, there’s one for every type of home. Below are some of the ten best models currently available and what they have to offer to someone thinking about purchasing one of these fireplaces.
10. Napoleon GT8N Torch 16-Inch
This modern looking direct vent gas fireplace is unlike most other models currently available. Instead of being designed on a horizontal axis, it’s instead designed on a vertical axis. This design allows it to be easily used as the main design feature in bathrooms, offices, bedrooms, and hallways. It’s manufactured with heat-resistant glass and a porcelain reflective radiant panel that’s known as Mirro-Flame. Although this product doesn’t look like a traditional fireplace, it’s charm is that it’s such a unique product. Besides, who wouldn’t want what looks like a torch inside their home? Regardless, it’s sure to be a conversation starter for just about any home.
9. Majestic Quartz 32-Inch Fireplace
Anyone looking to give their home a more modern looking fireplace would be well off taking a look at this product. It has a nice modern design that should fit in with just about anyone’s decor, and it does it for a reasonable price. It can be purchased in either a top or rear vent model, and it can provide up to 21,000 BTU of heat using natural gas. It can be used as a primary fireplace in the home, or it can be used for supplemental heating as the homeowner sees fit and depending on the size of the home. It’s an easy-to-install and use product that can be used with an optional remote if desired
8. Napoleon Ascent Linear 36-Inch
This fireplace not only looks nice but it’s easy to install and comes with several different features. It can be purchased with either 4-inch or 7-inch coaxial venting, which is sold separately and is pre-wired for a wall switch. It has a stunning ember bed that’s made out of crystalline and has Topaz crushed glass blended into it. This unit is also equipped with the Proflame II electronic ignition system, which is a high-quality ignition system that lights quickly and is quite durable. And since this product has a high or low flame adjustment, it can produce anywhere from 10,500 BTU up to 16,000 BTU of heat.
7. Majestic Jade 42-Inch Fireplace
With a linear design that’s popular among modern fireplace models, this direct vent gas fireplace is sure to be an ice-breaker in any home. It has an IntelliFire ignition system that ignites the tendril of gas quickly and quite safely. It produces a continuous flame that provides up to 23,500 BTU of heat as it runs. This unit is approximately 33.68-inches high, 48-inches wide and 17.75-inches deep as well. Another thing worth mentioning about this fireplace is that it is almost 70% efficient and can heat up to 900 square feet of a home. It’s definitely a nice looking product that has a modern appeal to it, too.
6. Empire Comfort Systems Tahoe 42-Inch
It appears that the manufacturer of this fireplace has taken a number of things into consideration that allows this product to be pressed into service quicker. This 42-inch natural gas-powered fireplace is approximately 43.18-inches wide, 37.68-inches high and 17.75-inches deep. It can be vented out of the top or converted to be a rear vented model quite easily. It also comes with a number of accessories which make it an even better value. It comes with ceramic fiber logs, a blower, a burner, and a barrier screen. And since it can provide up to 20,000 BTU of heat, it’s ready to provide much-needed heat.
5. Napoleon Grandville 37-Inch Fireplace
With a beautiful design that that looks as nice as it feels, this natural gas fireplace can provide the homeowner with plenty of heat. It has a Millivolt Ignition System that lights up efficiently, and it can produce up to 30,000 BTUs of heat an hour. This unit is equipped with a number of modern features which make it extremely safe and simple to use, too. It can be turned on or off by flipping a switch, has a 50% heat adjustment that allows the operator to select just the right level of heat for comfort and it has an oxygen depletion sensor that can shut the pilot off.
4. Napoleon IR3-1SB Fireplace
A direct vent gas fireplace doesn’t always have to have a lot of complicated features to be a highly useful product. Sometimes it’s just enough for the fireplace to provide enough heat to heat up a home and do it in a convenient and safe manner. That’s precisely what this model attempts to do. It’s simple but powerful and provides up to 24,000 BTU of heat. It has an electronic ignition gas valve that doesn’t need to be wired into the electricity to work but instead works of battery power. This not only makes this unit safe to use but also means that it’s also easy to install.
3. Napoleon Ascent B46NTR 46-I
Of all of the gas fireplaces we’ve looked at up until now, this is the only one we’ve seen with the Phazer log set and ember bed. This feature makes it look like a real wood fire is burning in the box and it produces a fantastic effect. As cool as that effect is, however, it’s not the most noteworthy feature of this product. It’s equipped with other features which make it easy to install, use and maintain. It has a standing pilot and a pan-style burner. It also has a Millivolt ignition system that lights up quickly and efficiently. Finally, this product is also capable of producing up to 22,000 BTU of natural gas heat.
2. Empire Tahoe Deluxe 36-Inch
This Empire Tahoe fireplace may have the most appropriate name of all time. Sitting in front of it certainly makes a person feel like there at Lake Tahoe, nice and warm at a ski resort. It just gives that kind of impression. However, as quaint as it looks, that isn’t the only great thing about this product. This 36-inch fireplace is also capable of producing serious heat. It can produce up to 20,000 BTU of heat and has a listed efficiency rating of 83%. And since it has a compact design that’s only 16-inches, it won’t take up a whole lot of space and is easier to install.
1. Napoleon GX36NTR Ascent 35
Thanks to this 36-inch direct vent gas fireplace, it’s no longer complicated to enjoy nice, clean heat at home. This product can be vented either from the top or the back and uses a pan style burner that allows this fireplace to produce up to 26,000 BTU of heat. Although its blower kit does have to be purchased separately, this product does come with the Phazer log set and glowing ember bed. It also has a backup control system that allows it to be used even during emergencies and it has a 40% flame and heat adjustment. These features make it a pretty good direct vent system.