Yes. You can have your fireplace in the middle of the room and enjoy its ambiance and warmth without the need for a pillar or wall to cover the flue pipes.
This is possible through a creative combination of technologies. In the modern world of fireplaces you no longer have to have a natural draft flue going straight up through the roof. By including a powered flue, the air is forced by a fan to move up, down, or horizontally within the pipes to exit on an outside vertical wall or above the roof.
Another important piece of flue technology is the balanced flue (also called a direct vent). Rather than the fireplace drawing air for combustion from the room, as has traditionally been the case, air for combustion is now brought in from outside the building, used in combustion and expelled back outside. This solution offers many benefits to architects and home owners.
There are no draughts, there is no need for additional ventilation to avoid negative pressure in the room, and the fireplace performance is not affected by other things such as extractor fans, open or closing doors etc.
By combining these technologies, flue pipes can run for metres without problem and in some cases even under floor. This obviously gives you much needed freedom in selecting a location for the fireplace and designing the look and feel of your room.
Escea’s DL850 indoor gas fireplace can be mounted in an island in the middle of the room. With this installation, additional flat space can be gained for a stunning art piece or floral display. Alternatively this island style is a practical solution to a room with expansive windows and views.
The Escea DL850 fireplace is only available in Australia and New Zealand. For flue specifications refer to technical documents available in the Manuals & Technical section.