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I purchased a home with no fireplace, I intend on building one,if I puchase a liner, do i need to install a chimn. or flue? does it have to be vented at all, with a ventless gas logs?.I am a decent mason, would it be cheaper to lay firebrick, or purchase a liner? it would run on natural gas, already installed.as you know when opperating the ventless logs you shut the flue dn. anyway. I have been told by some who sell the logs, I dont need to vent, AND BY HOMEBUILDERS some say no vent, some don't know, and some say I need to vent, most say they save money by not building a chimn.

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Hello Edward, there are many different fireplace options, a Pre Fab fireplace system or conventional masonry wood burning fireplace, then install vented or non vented gas logs, z(ll vented gas logs will require the damper to be propped open 24/7 that will allow heat to escape or cold air to be drawn in when not in use) they also make a self contained unit called direct vent that can be installed almost any where one looks like a fireplace and one looks like a wood stove, no chimneys just out through a wall.
I would suggest you take a ride by your local wood stove stove and see what they have and the different options
hope this helps
James

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I am a chimney sweep with over 22 years of experience, CSIA certified and member of the NCSG, I can answer questions about smoky fire places, wood stoves, and heating units (boiler and furnace chimneys) do you need a relining? A cap? And much more

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