There are two types of Fireplaces on the market. Traditional or a Direct-Vent. There is a certain beauty to a traditional style fireplace. They are generally constructed out of Brick and mortar, which allow you to burn gas, wood or pellets and expel heat out the front into a space and move the products of combustion up through a chimney. This does, however, come with some limits. We are forced to utilize brick to create the fireplace and above. This will impede what we are able to place above the fireplace. Direct-Vent fireplaces offer a sealed area and closed combustion which isolates those products and sending them directly out of your home, also moving a majority of the heat above the fireplace and behind your wall. By comparison, the heat off the front of a Direct Vent fireplace is significantly lower and affords us many luxuries to adorn our wall the way we want, though the heat still exists.
Flare allows you the freedom and ability to mount a TV or Artwork above your fireplace using our Cool Touch Wall Technology. We pride ourselves on limiting the design of spaces only by one’s imagination and offering a component that warms as efficiently as it captivates. How can we do it?
Flare are high efficient and high heat producing units that are controlled with the implementation of Heat Releases. Your Cool Touch Wall is realized with the proper size implementation of Heat Releases. For the most up-to-date sizing requirements please always ensure you refer to our Installation Manual’s Clearances Section.
When your design is harnessing the power of the sun, we need to ensure your wall has the ability to breath. Your Heat Release will probably present itself to you in one of three forms; Classic Register, Drop Wall or Shadow Line. Below are some examples of each and some creative ways you can layer them into your design.
Classic Register Examples: Can be implemented on sides, front, or behind into adjacent room to ensure a low profile if size requirement is met or exceeded when possible.
Classic Registers are easily sourced from local retailers or hardware/home improvement stores. Please note, Register opening can also be implemented and left open. Custom registers are also available local or to order using a quick internet search of Custom HVAC Registers.
Drop wall implementation is achieved when the wall housing the fireplace is left completely open above the unit (confirm compliance with local codes.) For this implementation, a Fire-stop is recommended at the ceiling above the fireplace around the Flue, which is circled in both pictures above (left exposed to boost visual aesthetic.)
Shadow Line Implementation Examples: Can be implemented on sides, front, or behind into adjacent room to ensure a low profile if size requirement is met or exceeded when possible.
Shadow Lines are achieved when we bring the fire-rated board and finishing material of the fireplace wall all but 1-2 inches up from the ceiling, stop, and finish back leaving a barely noticeable shadow channel across the wall for hot air to flow out of. This can also be implemented into an adjacent room behind the unit, assuming a fire-stop is created at the top of the cavity above the fireplaces. Additional illustrations of all types are shown below.
Through stringent testing and quality control inspections, Flare Engineers have worked hard to bring you the most efficient, heat producing unit possible. This was done with the vision of allowing individuals the ability to create their perfect space. As important as it is to ensure that every design is safe, we have found a way to not compromise on it’s beauty. If you have any additional questions on possible implementations, feel free to reach out to our Support Center, or consult your local codes. Thanks for finding your Flare.