Get a Jumpstart on Next Season’s Fireplace Installation


Whether you’re a homeowner, builder, designer, or architect, Ortal can help you prepare for your next modern fireplace installation and anticipate challenges along the way to help you avoid costly and time-consuming setbacks.

 We’ve compiled a list of things to consider as you plan your next gas fireplace installation project.

  • Decide on a fireplace model and size: If you’re building a home from the ground up, the sky is the limit in terms of which fireplace you choose. If you’re modifying an existing space to accommodate a new fireplace or replacing an existing hearth, you may have space and other restrictions. Do your homework in advance to ensure your fireplace of choice will fit the space and meet building codes. Ortal’s impressive collection includes front-facing, stand alone, corner fireplace models, and more. With over 80 standard models, our product line can fit virtually any space—large or small.
  • Determine gas type and supply line: Determine whether your fireplace will use propane or natural gas; Ortal fireplaces can accommodate either fuel type.
  • Assess fireplace location and venting requirements: Ensure there is adequate space to vent the fireplace. Ortal’s direct-vent fireplaces are highly efficient and use a convenient co-axial system, taking combustion air from the outside and expelling exhaust outside, without affecting the air quality inside your home. For even more design flexibility, Ortal’s Power Vent System can circulate air up to 90 feet away from the fireplace, making once-forbidden spaces—like apartments or upstairs rooms—more fireplace friendly!
  • Determine location for access panel and power: An access panel is recommended for easy servicing of the gas valve. The panel should be a minimum size of 10” x 10”. For power vents, a 12” x 12” panel is recommended.
  • Include Heat Release and Air Intake: The heat release acts as an air return to the room and is required for all models. Air intakes are required for double glass models. The air intake can be a grille or louver, or an opening on the underside of the chase. See the Architect & Builder’s Guide for details on sizing requirements.
  • Review platform height, clearances, and final wall finish. Wall finish materials should be reviewed with your dealer to ensure that clearances and materials conform to ORTAL clearance requirements. All combustible framing in the chase area must be completely covered with 5/8” Type X drywall or its equivalent.

This is a very general overview—please refer to Ortal’s professional manuals for step-by-step instructions.

Additional considerations include planning for:

  • Firebox clearances
  • Heat release/air intake
  • Interior access panel for gas valve and maintenance
  • Interior power outlet (certain models)
  • Building and framing materials

Our professional manuals provide all the detail fireplace builders and contractors need to plan for the installation of an Ortal modern fireplace. And, Ortal provides start-to-finish project support.


Ortal’s Promise: Exceptional Service Every Step of the Way

There’s no substitute for good planning. Assessing the space and mapping out construction requirements in advance will help you ensure your project goes smoothly. If issues emerge during planning or installation, Ortal is here to help. We’re committed to exceptional service—it’s why we provide support throughout the fireplace selection and installation process. And, our extensive catalog of more than 80 standard models in a variety of sizes makes planning your next fireplace installation even easier.

Explore the many different fireplace styles we offer and get ready to transform your interior or exterior space with a beautiful, modern hearth by Ortal.

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