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I recently purchased a small 1960s home with a scant 1,000 sq. ft, so I must make every inch count. I've noticed the new media center fireplaces but all are electric. Since the area in which we live is subject to power outages, I need a ventless propan
Posted by Elite Deals - Chris M. on 24 October 2013 03:29 PM

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The primary reason gas fireplaces are not used in manufactured entertainment centers is due to clearances. The electric models produce a fraction of the BTU output and as a result, can be made into an entertainment center relatively easily. Gas models require several inches of room within an enclosure to cool properly and must have a small amount of non-combustible material around the face of the unit. Because of the fact that this is difficult to accomplish in prefab units, most enclosures must be custom made on site. As long as your contractor maintains proper clearances to combustibles, a custom unit could be built around a ventless fireplace.

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I recently purchased a small 1960s home with a scant 1,000 sq. ft, so I must make every inch count. I've noticed the new media center fireplaces but all are electric. Since the area in which we live is subject to power outages, I need a ventless propane gas fireplace but I have no wall space to put it. I could get my cabinetmaker to make a media center and include a place to house the fireplace, but since I have not seen any of the media center/fireplace combos in gas, I want to know if there is a valid reason. Your input will be greatly appreciated. The attached photos will give you an idea of what I need; however, the photos depict electric fireplaces.

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