All Show One Wall – Custom Case Study
VGF has designed and installed many custom projects over the years, indoor, outdoor, large, and small. Here you’ll find a collection a few favourite projects, some straight-forward, some filled with challenges, and others that are just plain ‘ole fun. We put them together to form the Vancouver Gas Fireplaces Custom Case Studies.
One prevalent design trend over the last several years is the placement of TV screens over fire features. For many this would seem like a visual contradiction with flickering flames distracting from what is happening on the screen. The other issue, not so apparent, is the long term effect the heat from the fire feature might have on the screen.
The purpose of a screen above the fire feature is to create a focus wall for a living space. With wall-mounted large-screen entertainment centre units – a standard component of many construction projects – there is only so much wall space to go around.
The owner of the project shown requested a nine foot linear fire feature to go beneath an equally large screen. This was being installed into a 500 square foot room with an eight foot ceiling. Needless to say, we had serious concerns about heat issues.
VGF Custom Team’s challenge was to create an acceptable flame pattern using the minimum amount of BTU’s. To achieve this, our team designed an efficient manifold delivery system to ensure even gas delivery over the nine foot length.
This delivery system was developed using a balanced channel delivery system for combustion and dilution air taken directly from the exterior. The burner was set back into the body as far as possible, which, combined with the low height of the glass front, ensured a minimum amount of radiant heat would get into the room.
The feature was vented with a side wall power vent that was located within ten feet, thus making sure that a maximum amount of convective heat was efficiently removed.
In fabricating the body, we designed an extra layer of heat barrier material to make certain minimal heat would be radiated off the top off of the body up into the screen installation. We also had the contractor install insulation directly above the unit.
In the end a unique and visually dynamic feature wall was created that could be enjoyed in comfort.
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independent preliminary review by the Equipment Approvals Manager of the Gas Safety Authority of British Columbia and a subsequent field review and inspection by Independent Arms Length Government Inspectors.