Installing A Natural Gas Fireplace

Copper Tube and Direct Venting Give You Choices

Direct venting allows fireplaces to be installed in
virtually any room - even in high-rise buildings
- since a chimney is not needed.

Copper gas supply is easily connected to the fireplace.

Direct Venting

Canadians are discovering that there is nothing cozier than a natural gas fireplace in their homes and leisure properties. What makes them
the ideal addition to any home or country property is their flexibility. If there is an existing chimney, a fireplace insert is the answer. Even
without a chimney, direct venting makes it easy to have a natural gas fireplace in virtually any room, even in high-rise condominiums. Because
of this flexibility and ease of installation, many families are enjoying several natural gas fireplaces in their homes-in a bathroom, bedroom or kitchen.

Direct venting does not require a chimney

Exterior of a direct vent is small
and unobtrusive.


With soft temper copper tube (Type G/GAS or Type L), a contractor can use a coil of small diameter copper tube, and easily bend it around
ducts and other obstructions, connecting it to an existing gas line. This ease of bending and small tube size is especially important in retrofit installations.

Why Copper?

The time-consuming and messy cutting and threading of steel pipe is eliminated.
Flexible copper gas tube has several advantages over threaded steel pipe and CSST. Copper is easier and faster to install than threaded steel pipe, and unlike CSST, no special fittings or joining techniques are required. Copper tube and flare fittings supplied by different manufacturers
are completely interchangeable and readily available-which is not the case with CSST systems.

Copper Improves a Residence

Operating a natural gas fireplace is easy, and many come with an optional wall thermostat or remote control. The natural, flickering flames
have all the look and feel of a wood fireplace, and can help supplement the heating of a home. Natural gas fireplaces are usually very energy efficient, and are generally much less expensive to operate than wood or electric fireplaces.

Basement Plan 1 - Branch Runs

Basement Plan 2 - Manifold With Individual Runs

Main Floor Plan

Lightweight Type G/GAS coppper tube is easily
installed between joists.

Additional Information

The CCBDA publishes an installer manual, Publication No. 14E, Copper Natural Gas Systems, as well as Publication No. 35, The Real
Cost Story…Natural Gas Installed Cost Comparison
, and No. 37, Installing a Natural Gas Barbecue. Available free of charge, they
are guides for professionals involved in the design and installation of natural gas systems. They are also available on the Association's
website at For further information or literature contact the Association toll-free at 1-877-640-0946.

Copper Makes it Affordable

Copper has the lowest installed cost of any material used to install natural gas fireplaces, according to a survey of gas installation contractors. Even though the material cost of copper is higher than steel pipe for a comparable system, copper's ease of installation and lower labour cost, results in the lowest overall installed cost. Compared with CSST, copper's material costs are significantly lower, again resulting in the lowest overall installed cost.