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Question DetailsAsked on 11/11/2017

How much would a handyman charge to install a recessed ventless fireplace 59" L x 271/2" W framed by stone tiles

Golden Valley Brick Marble Mosaic Tile to frame fireplace (from Floor and Décor)
Also, may need to extend an existing electric outlet and cable jack 8ft.

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Typical installation cost a thousand to two in stud framed (more in solid brick or concrete) walls.

But a couple of words to the wise - first, this is not a Handyman type job - should be done by a professional gas fireplace installer, because I would not trust a handyman to know the fire code regarding fireplace/heater clearances and insulation and such - a mistake there could set your house on fire. In addition, most handymen are not high quality tile layers - you want an expert for that too, to get a good looking product. Heating and A/C is the Search the List category for vendors to do this work - or a specialty fireplace place, though in both cases you may have some trouble finding one willing to do it if you already bought the fireplace yourself, because by doing so you took a good portion of their profit out of their mouth so they have less inventive to do the job for you.

A second thought - PLEASE do not use a ventless heater - not only are they potential deathtraps (several families die yearly in our state) because they vent the exhaust gases directly into the house so you are not only constantly breathing elevated levels of carbon dioxide and nitrous compounds, and the burnt odorant which several type of are suspected carcinogens,, but if the combustion process is incomplete you can get a lot of deadly carbon monoxide in the exhaust gases too - hence ventless units are illegal in many areas.

Also, they generate a lot of water vapor (a combustion product) on the order of as much as gallons per day with long-term use, which ends up in the house and can cause window condensation, "ghosting" on the walls as the moisture condenses on the drywall over the cooler studs and attracts dust. And even mold in severe cases, especially in "tight" houses or in very cold weather when the inside face of the walls are cold.

Also, the gas odorant and nitrous compounds it turns out can eventually stink up the entire house - more so than even an open wood burning fireplace.

The proper type to use to avoid putting in a flue to the roof would be a direct-vent unit - which pulls the combustion air from the outside (so it is not using heated indoor air for combustion), and direct vents the exhaust gases outside through a duct straight through the wall.

One other factor - unless this is a fireplace with forced air circulation around the outside of the firebox (into the room) an in-wall fireplace, while it does take up less floor space, will lose a lot of its heat into and through the wall - a free-standing one is more energy efficient.

And don't forget (especially if there will be small children in the house) you need protection in front against accidental person or combustible contact with the glass, because it gets VERY hot - enough to cause severe burns if leaned against by a child, and can potentailly cause a fire if a blanket or pilow or toy or such is left against it while it is on.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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