Gas Sealed Fireplace Hearth

Do all gas sealed fireplaces require hearths?
Attached is a photo of one where the carpet is right next to the fireplace.
Thanks,
Jessica Glickman

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No, they do not.

Hearths are to protect from burning embers for wood burning fireplaces. Since gas fireplaces do not have that problem they are not needed. They are often made for gas fireplaces however to make them look more like a wood burning appliance.

Thanks for the quick replies.
Jessica

Thanks Barry, good question. I’ve had the 18" rule drummed into my head, and I ran accross a sealed gas fireplace with only a 12" hearth.

Thx too for those who answered.

tom