Which Chimney Vent System Is Right For You?

This may seem like an obvious fact, but if you have a fireplace in your home, you’ll need to have some type of venting system attached to it. This ensures your family stays safer, and it lowers the risk of dangerous fumes entering your home. If you’ve recently had a new appliance installed or if you are having troubles with your current venting system, then it may be time to consider your options.

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, our sweeps are trained and certified to help you out. Let’s work through your options together, then find the solution that works best for your home. Give us a call today!

Direct Vent

Direct vent is the most common type of venting system. It works like a chimney, venting the fumes from your fire up and out of the house through the roof or back wall. These setups are known for working efficiently and offering good heat output into the home. Many homeowners feel more comfortable with these, rather than a vent-free option, because they know there’s a much lower risk of carbon monoxide exposure.

Keep in mind, though, that these types of fireplaces need to have a glass door or panel installed in order to work properly inside of the home. If this isn’t the style you’re hoping for, another option may need to be considered. Fortunately, most love glass doors, as they ensure added protection for small children and pets inside of the home. We can help you work through your options, so give us a call right away!


Vent-free systems are for those with a less traditional set-up. If you want a fireplace, but found the prospect impossible because you don’t have a flue or chimney, we may be able to offer solutions with a vent-free appliance. They offer many benefits, which include being inexpensive, very simple to use, strong heat output, and burning very efficiently and cleanly.

This may sound ideal, but it’s important to keep some drawbacks in mind, too. Many worry these units are less safe and, technically, the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide and other gases increases with them. That being said, vent-free appliances have come a long way over the years, and most are designed to shut off automatically if oxygen levels become too low. Just be sure to have it regularly inspected, just like any other fireplace!

Natural Draft

Natural draft occurs in a more traditional fireplace setup. It uses air from the interior of the home, then sends it up and out through the chimney. If you already have a chimney in your home, this may be the best choice for you. We can also incorporate a new unit with an existing chimney.

No matter your setup, it’s vital to have things regularly checked over and inspected. Our sweeps are standing by ready to serve you! Call today to schedule an appointment!