Gas Fireplaces – A Modern Alternative

If you want a modern fireplace for your home, look no further than a gas fireplace from element4. Whether you are looking for sleek materials, such as brushed stainless, or a unique multi-sided unit for that special room, European Home offers a complete line of modern indoor and outdoor gas fireplaces. As the exclusive dealer for Element4 in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, All Seasons Fireplace can help you get the modern gas fireplace you’ve always dreamed of.

To help you understand the possibilities with gas fireplaces, we want to go over some features and specifications. All Seasons Fireplace offers three types of gas fireplaces: direct vent, vent free and B-vent. We will briefly cover the differences between these.

Direct Vent
These fireplaces are a sealed unit that requires a fixed glass front. Combustion air is pulled from a double-walled (coaxial) pipe, behind the glass. Vent runs can be vertical and/or horizontal. We recommend this type as it seems to work best in the St Paul climate.

European Home Direct Vent Gas Fireplace


Vent Free or Vent Less
This fireplace does not require a glass front. Combustion air comes from the room, and there is no vent run or flue pipe.  Most outdoor gas fireplaces are also considered Vent Free. With this type of gas fireplace, there are some restrictions:

  • Must be allowed in your area. Indoor vent free is allowed in most parts of the U.S. Some places where they are not allowed include California, New York City and Wisconsin and Minnesota.
  • Not allowed in bedrooms or bathrooms.
  • Room sizing chart must be followed
  • Without proper ventilation, this type of fireplace can result in excessive moisture in indoor air.

We are familiar with the code requirements in the Twin Cities, so we can help you know if the fireplace is approved for your area and what conditions must be met.

European Home Vent Free Fireplace


This type of fireplace does not require a glass door. B-vent fireplaces act like a wood burning fireplace where room air is drawn into the fireplace and up the chimney. This type is significantly less efficient than direct vent. Vent runs are vertical only. Gas logs and gas stones (pictured here) are considered B-vent because they use the masonry flue to vent gas fumes and they must be operated with the flue and fireplace doors open.

European Home B-Vent Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces from All Seasons Fireplace provide a modern look with a variety of configurations and sizes. The company is always reviewing trends to update and offer the latest styles. If you want a contemporary fireplace to be the centerpiece of your home, All Seasons Fireplace and Element4 gas fireplaces are sure to delight.

If you would like to learn more about gas fireplaces near St Paul, please call All Seasons Fireplace at 952-546-6162, visit our showroom in St. Louis Park or Contact Us.

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