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I am a homebuilder in Georgia. I have a client who has an open great room design with a full 2-story high ceiling, and an adjacent keeping/kitchen room with a 10' ceiling. My idea is to put this two-sided fireplace with bookshelves on both ends, so in
Posted by Elite Deals - Chris M. on 24 October 2013 03:49 PM

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There should be no problem at all with installing this unit in this sort of application. As long as the chimney system is installed correctly with the proper rise above the roof, you should have no issues. Standard exit height is 3' above the shingles. Your vent termination should also be 2' above anything within a 10' diameter. Following these criteria will ensure that the large open area of the great room does not compete with pressure in the chimney and cause drafting issues.

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I am a homebuilder in Georgia. I have a client who has an open great room design with a full 2-story high ceiling, and an adjacent keeping/kitchen room with a 10' ceiling. My idea is to put this two-sided fireplace with bookshelves on both ends, so in effect you will be able to walk around the entire fireplace structure between the two rooms. Is there any updraft/pressure problems with having a 2-sided design in the middle of a space like this, where one face of the fireplace will look into a 22'-high space, and the other face will look into a 10'-high space? Will ensuring the glass doors are always closed eliminate the possibility of cross-draft? Just trying to make sure we offer the client something safe as well as beautiful.

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