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are similar to traditional woodstoves, but so much cleaner and easier to use!
They can be vented several different ways. Most models are able to vent up two or three feet off the top of the stove and then out horizontally through the wall. A few are able to go directly horizontal out the wall. You can also vent them up through the roof and may also utilize parts of an existing woodstove chimney system. They can be finished in steel, cast iron, porcelain enamel, and soapstone and come in a variety of sizes. Most require a hearthpad be installed between the fireplace and combustible flooring.
are designed for installation in an existing masonry fireplace. They come with different sizes, colors and shapes of surrounds which blend them into the existing opening of your fireplace. Flexible venting is run through the chimney with a special adaptor and chimney cap added above the roof.
Built In Fireplaces
are for the built in look, without the necessity of a masonry chimney. Many brands now offer mantles or surrounds and mantles to complete the look, or you can design your own. Venting can be accomplished up through the roof, or up a short ways and then out horizontally. Some units offer ducting so that some of the heat can be moved to other areas of the home. So you can enjoy your romantic fire in the livingroom without overheating, yet that back bedroom is getting the heat it needs.
Things to consider when selecting a fireplace...
|Heat Output/Room Size
Before you select a fireplace, you must decide how much heat output you desire. Is this fireplace going to be your prime heat source or is it going to be heating a smaller room? Are you using it more for decor and atmosphere or for heat? Would you like to duct some of the heat to another location? The BTU rating of a fireplace tells you how much output it will have. You'll want to look at how low it can be turned down, as well as how high it can go. For heating small rooms or for 'more atmosphere than heat' situations, we'd recommend you select a fireplace that will turn down to 15,000 BTU's. You won't need anything larger than 25,000 BTU's or you will get too hot too quickly and not be able to enjoy the flames. You might also look for heat ducts and heatports that will allow some of excess heat to be piped elsewhere. For heating several rooms or an entire home, we'd recommend a minimum of 40,000 BTU's. Look for more powerful blowers (cfm ratings) to move the heat further distances down hallways, etc.
Be sure to measure up the area where you want to place your fireplace. You'll want to pay particular attention to the recommended 'clearances from combustibles'. Also be aware of where the venting will need to be located, as it cannot terminate too close to windows or doors or other exhausts or air intake areas. We can help you look at all of this information to be sure you're getting what you need. Bring us your ideas and measurements!
|Mode of Operation
Almost all units can be operated with a simple on-off switch - sometimes the switch is right on the front or top of the unit, or accessible through an access panel, or is located on the wall. All units can be hooked up to a wall thermostat for easily regulated heat. Most will also operate with programmable thermostats, allowing you to set different times or day or week to different temperatures. Almost all units are designed to operate with optional remote control units. Some remotes are simple on-off units. Some will display the temperature digitally. Some remotes even operate as a thermostat so that if you tell it to be 70 degrees F and then you take it with you to a back room, the fireplace will continue to run until that back room gets to 70 degrees. Some fireplaces allow the remote control to also control flame height and blower speeds. A few will allow you to push a 30-minute button or a 60-minute button and the fireplace will come on for just that length of time.
|Gas, Wood, or Pellet?|
Use the links below to view the many gas stoves, inserts and fireplaces that we can sell our Southeast Alaska customers. When you've picked out some models that you like, fill out our estimate request form and we can get you pricing and availability or answer other questions you might have. Or stop by your local Arrowhead LP Gas office for additional assistance.