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Fireplace

Relax in a hurry . . .

It's a blustery, bitter cold evening. You've just sat down in your favorite chair after a hard day at work. You're tired, and the thought of carrying an arm-breaking load of wood to the house is a thing of the past. Now, you simply reach for the remote and with fingertip ease your natural gas fireplace is instantly ready to welcome you home. Sit back, relax and cozy up to the glowing warmth of a fire.

Love your natural gas fireplace...

  • Convenient & efficient - Natural gas fireplaces create a room-warming fire without having to haul wood. You can start, adjust, and snuff out fires with the touch of a remote control.

  • Clean & safe - Enjoy the appearance of a genuine wood fire without having to contend with soot and ashes. Plus, natural gas fireplaces do not have sparks or creosote chimney build-up that can cause fires. They're also equipped with safety shut-off valves, making them preferred by insurance companies.

  • Reliable & versatile - Natural gas fireplaces are easy to install almost anywhere. Units with heat exchangers offer the dependable warmth of a space heater, allowing you to heat your basement, additions and other rooms efficiently. Most models also feature both radiant and convection heat.

  • Smart choice for the environment - Natural gas fireplaces are better for the environment, since they eliminate the smoke, ashes, lingering embers, and particulate air pollutants associated with wood-burning fireplaces.

  • More warmth than a wood-burning fireplace - A standard wood-burning fireplace can actually remove more heat from a house than it produces. Cold outside air rushes in through cracks and leaks in the home to replace the air that exits up the chimney - even when the fireplace is not operating. A direct vent natural gas fireplace eliminates this problem with a direct, outside combustion air supply. You should also consider a natural gas fireplace for hard-to-heat areas or as a supplement to electric baseboard heating.

What to look for...the options are endless

Today's natural gas fireplaces come with many options. You may choose a traditional wood log look or the contemporary look of colored glass or crystals. Options such as color, panel shapes and finishes, choice of glass and LED accent lighting are a few of the choices providing you the flexibility to design a customized fireplace to suit any room in your home.

Operational options may include:

  • Thermostat control -  Automatically adjusts the fireplace's heat output to the temperature that you set manually or with a handheld remote.

  • Electronic ignition -  Eliminates the need for a pilot light.

  • Battery backup -  Ensures the fireplace will light during a power outage.

There is an impressive selection of natural gas fireplaces designed to meet your heating needs. Here are some of the options:

  • Direct vent fireplaces can be vented through an outside wall, eliminating the need for a chimney. Drawing their own outside air supply is an added bonus for tightly-sealed homes.

  • Gas fireplace inserts are designed for installation into an existing fireplace, letting you enjoy increased energy efficiency and the environmental benefits of natural gas.

  • Freestanding gas stoves are similar to traditional
    wood-burning stoves, but use gas fire logs. They also feature windows so you can enjoy the view of the fire. Some even have a cooking surface.

  • Space heaters are highly energy-efficient heating units, available in a variety of styles.

Visit your SaskEnergy Network Member for a selection of natural gas fireplaces. and convenient financing (OAC).

Count your savings with natural gas

Fireplace

Average
Use/Year

Natural Gas
Cost

Wood
Cost

Approx.
Annual
Savings

20,000 Btu 

100 hours

$13

$200

$187

30,000 Btu 

100 hours

$19

$200

$181

40,000 Btu 

100 hours

$26

$200

$174

Based on fuel rates as of November 1, 2017
Natural Gas $0.2311 per m3
Wood $200 per cord

Installation

When installing your new natural gas fireplace, it is essential that a qualified natural gas contractor do the work.

Click here for more information from the Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada or here for information on understanding the EnerGuide rating for natural gas fireplaces.

Safety

  • Installation and repair work should only be completed by a qualified natural gas contractor.

  • Do not store combustible items near your fireplace.

  • Install your fireplace away from heavy traffic areas.

  • Do not utilize if glass doors are cracked.

  • Adjustable safety gates can also be installed.

  • Be mindful of toddlers even when a fireplace is not in use. They may injure themselves on corners or surfaces. Consider installing a fire-resistant hearth guard.

 

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