Fireplaces

We feature a full line of wood, gas, electric and full masonry fireplaces for every life style. Our product line includes fireplaces by Heatilator, Heat N Glo, Quadra Fire and Mason-Lite.

WOOD BURNING FIREPLACES

Wood burning fireplaces are just as the name implies. Several types of wood burning fireplaces are still used today, all of which burn wood, but with vastly different characteristics.

Traditional masonry style fireplaces are made of brick and block and require a masonry foundation to support the fireplace. These types of fireplaces are terribly inefficient and produce little heat relative to their cost. Today, masonry fireplaces should be constructed with outside air supply to aid in the combustion of the fuel. Cost range of the masonry fireplaces are about $4900-$15,000.

Most popular in today's construction is the pre-fabricated wood burning fireplaces. "Pre-fabs" as they are referred to, are composed of metal fireboxes and use metal chimney pipe for venting. These types of wood fireplaces use outside air to aid in the combustion process. Also, these fireplaces use a reflective type refractory brick to radiate the heat back into the room. In addition, some pre-fabs have the option to use a re-circulating fan which helps increase the efficiency of the units. These type of fireplaces are more efficient than the masonry style fireplaces and average anywhere from $500-$2500 in cost depending on style and length of pipe.

High efficiency wood burning fireplaces are pre-fabs, which have been refined to burn its fuel very efficiently and completely. These types of wood fireplaces use only outside air for combustion and use a re-circulating fan to push heat from the box into the room. These units also use a metal chimney but these chimneys are mostly made of higher-grade metals like stainless steel and are insulated. Range of costs varies greatly, but typically these systems will start at around $2000 and go as high as $5900.

DIRECT VENT FIREPLACES

Direct vent fireplaces are sealed gas only fireplaces that can be vented horizontally through a wall. These types of fireplaces can NEVER burn wood. Direct vents can be vented vertically if necessary. Direct vents utilize ONLY outside air for the combustion process. Efficiencies for direct vents usually range from 70 - 90%. Direct vent fireplaces use a two-pipe system in which one pipe is an exhaust and one pipe is a fresh air intake pipe, similar to a new furnace. Since the system uses only outside fresh air for combustion, no room air is removed from the house for the combustion process to take place. Although these fireplaces can be installed anywhere in the home, this system also is ideal for lower level or basement installs where home pressures are typically lower. Direct vent fireplaces are ideal forms of zone heating in additions, or rooms in the home which are inherently cold. The simple on/off switch or the thermostatically controlled switch provide instant reliable "zone type" heating in any room. Direct vent systems used for "zone" type heating can be a fraction of the cost of electric base board or forced air heat when installed in existing homes or additions.

GAS UP VENT FIREPLACES (B VENT)

Gas up-vent or natural draft fireplaces are gas only fireplaces which primarily use room air for the combustion process. These type of fireplaces use a B-vent type chimney and must be vented vertically. These fireplaces can be set up with outside air capabilities, however the majority of the air needed for combustion will come from the room. These type of fireplaces should not be confused with wood burning fireplaces which can burn gas logs. In most cases, these fireplaces have a solid glass front (no operable doors). There are benefits of B-vent type fireplaces, one is that they can be installed in areas of the home which require small clearances for the chimney. The chimney can be installed very "creatively" if need be. B-vent chimneys have much less restrictions when venting compared to wood. They can also be vented into a masonry chimney, even if your furnace and/or hot water heater is venting in it too. Since up-vent type fireplaces use mostly room air for combustion, they are inherently less efficient than direct vent fireplaces. Up vent fireplaces have typical efficiencies in the 50 - 60% area.


VENT FREE GAS APPLIANCES

Vent free gas appliances are either freestanding stoves or built in prefabricated fireplaces that do not require an external venting system. Vent free products have listed efficiencies as high as 99%. However the State of Wisconsin does not allow vent free appliances to be installed in homes built after 1980. Currently, homeowners should check with local building inspectors to see their policies on vent free products.

GAS LOGS

Gas logs are concrete, fiber or ceramic logs that are installed in woodburning fireplaces and operate using the gas line that is part of the home piping system. Gas logs are operated the same as burning wood, but gas logs do not burn up. The basic rules for burning gas logs are the same as wood. The damper must be in the open position, outside air (if applicable) should also be in the open position. Gas logs are also rated based on the BTU input of the burner. That BTU input will also determine the flame characteristics of your log and the amount of gas usage