How to Decorate a Fireplace For Your Personal Style
June 2, 2021 | Fireplaces
How to Decorate a Fireplace For Your Personal Style
The fireplace is a special component of a household. The primary purpose for the fireplace will depend on personal preferences, but the most common reasons for having a fireplace in a space are to provide warmth, act as a focal point and add ambience to a room.
Even if heat is the primary purpose, it’s important to be able to bring in a fireplace that matches your personal style, and complements the decor of the space. There are a number of ways to style a fireplace, through the choice of fireplace itself, the installation of it and the decor surrounding it. Let’s delve deeper into these options.
Choosing a Fireplace That Matches Your Style
Once you have a selection of fireplaces that are able to be installed in your space, you can look at the personalization options that come with most fireplaces. We specialize in gas fireplaces at VGF which offer the most customization options. You can often choose to customize:
- The fireplace liner (plain black, stacked stone, herringbone etc.)
- The fireplace media (rocks, logs, stones, glass)
- The fireplace trim (size and color)
If your style is Victorian, you may choose a traditional log set, with a rounded arch trim and a stacked stone liner.
If you are going for a modern but natural look, you may choose a driftwood log set, a thin trim and a herringbone liner.
If you have a luxury space in mind, you might not have a log set, but elegant fire glass, a stainless steel trim and a polished black liner.
These are just some of the many customization options you can make when you purchase your fireplace. Some electric fireplaces possess similar customization options, but keep in mind that an electric fireplace doesn’t produce real flames, so the main goal with electric options will be creating the best illusion of a flame. You can still find a range of liners and media to decorate your fireplace with.
Whether a gas or electric fireplace, the customization choices you make can make a profound impact on the final look and are a great way to personalize the fireplace to your style.
Styling Options for Installation
Now that you’ve picked the perfect fireplace, and personalized to your liking, it will be time to install. This is where the possibilities skyrocket and your creative energy can be harnessed. Working with the right mix of professionals will guarantee you success here. A designer can help you with positionality, materials and colors, a contractor can do the framing and installation and your sales professional will advise on what is safe and possible. Always consult the installation manual to check clearances.
Some important design decisions here are the material that you will build around the fireplace with (stone, tile, brick), the paint color, whether or not to add a mantel and a hearth and where exactly the fireplace will go in the house. There are so many textures and colors that can be combined to create a unique fireplace look, so be thoughtful and don’t limit your creativity here. Here are some examples to get you inspired!
Next comes the fun part that requires a little less commitment. Whilst the choice of fireplace and framing is a higher-stakes, longer-term decision, accessorizing around your fireplace can evolve with your tastes.
Matching Your Fireplace With Your Decor
Depending on the fireplace and the clearances required, you may be able to hang a tv or some art above it. This is up to your design preferences but consider whether you want this option from the start of your project. An alternative to having a TV or art above the fireplace is to decorate your mantel.
Some people love to change the look of their mantel with the seasons, especially for significant holidays such as Christmas or Halloween. Others will simply rotate out accessories such as photos/art, books and candles. For the cooler months, put an emphasis on cozy fabrics and cooler and more neutral colors. For the hotter months, bring in warmer and brighter colors and some plants.
You can also surround your fireplace with cozy accessories, like poufs, rugs, blanket boxes or ladders, as long as you are respecting the fireplace clearances to avoid any fire hazards. You might like to put a plant or two nearby, or perhaps the fireplace is a statement on it’s own, and the area stays uncrowded. Find some more ideas here!
Time to Start Planning Your Fireplace Design
The fireplace is an important feature that can make a powerful visual statement in a space. Your design possibilities are endless as you decide which customizations to make to the fireplace itself, what materials, colors and textures will be used to frame the fireplace and which decor items you will furnish the surrounding area with. Consult with your local fireplace dealer who will guide you towards suitable fireplaces for your needs before making any major decisions.
Making the design choices that best represent you and align to your style will have you taking great pride in your dwelling. Your home is your sanctuary where you should feel most at ease. Here at Vancouver Gas Fireplaces, we can help make this your reality with a modern, efficient and stylish fireplace, sure to make a splash in your home. We look forward to discussing your fireplace needs.
Our showroom is located at 235 West 7th Ave, Vancouver BC V5Y 1L9. Showroom hours are from Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm.
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Different Types of Gas Fireplaces & Our Favourite Brands
April 21, 2021 | Fireplaces
Different Types of Gas Fireplaces & Our Favourite BrandsThere are many reasons you may decide upon a gas fireplace. You can avoid the mess and labor required of maintaining a wood-burning fireplace, run a safe and clean burn, save money on bills, ensure heat in a power-outage and heat your space efficiently. Not all gas fireplaces are created equal, and it’s important to know what to prioritize when beginning your search for a gas fireplace and be informed about what different brands can offer. To help you out, we’ve outlined what we love most about some of our favourite brands. First, here’s a primer on how zero clearance gas fireplaces work. The Bentley 48 gas fireplace by Marquis
Gas Fireplace vs. InsertWhen most people speak of a gas fireplace, they are referring to a zero clearance gas fireplace, which is a prefabricated firebox that will be installed into an area where there is no existing fireplace. Otherwise, they mean a gas insert, which is installed into an existing masonry fireplace. For this blog we will discuss zero-clearance gas fireplaces, which means that the fireplace can be installed with almost no distance between the fireplace and combustible materials. As opposed to traditional fireplaces, zero clearance means a chimney and a hearth is not required. Gas Insert Diagram (credit - Fireplace Xtrordinair) Gas fireplaces are perfect for new constructions or for people who want to add a fireplace into a space. Thanks to direct-venting, there’s no need to have an existing chimney to be able to install a fireplace. Gas inserts are typically for home renovations or people who want to bring modernity and efficiency to their traditional fireplace. Old masonry fireplaces combust by taking inside air and losing it up the chimney - a highly inefficient heating mechanism. The Q1 Gas Insert by Enviro
VentingMost modern fireplaces use direct venting. Rather than taking air from the room, a direct vent system uses two pipes -one brings in air from inside through one pipe, the other releases combustion fumes back outside. This dual system keeps a steady distribution of air, minimising heat loss. No heat is lost into the room as the fireplace or insert is sealed with a glass front. You don’t need to vent upwards, so there is no need for a chimney. You can either use an existing chimney or vent straight out horizontally through a wall. Diagram of a direct vent system (credit - Fireplace Xtrordinair) B-Venting was the system used in older condos and homes. It is inefficient as it takes air from the inside of your home (whether it is heated or not), to ignite the flame and combusts via a single pipe, losing heat up the chimney and requiring replacement air to come from outside of the home as a result. If there is existing b-venting in place, there are a few options to continue using the existing venting. A small handful of gas fireplaces that are set up for b-venting are produced today, and there are also inserts that can adapt to this venting style. One company that does this well, the first of our favourite brands, is Valor Fireplaces. The H3 gas fireplace by Valor can be adapted to b-venting
Valor FireplacesValor, also known as Miles Industries is a superb manufacturer of fireplaces, located locally in North Vancouver, BC. They specialize in gas fireplaces, offering a range of sizes, styles and capabilities. In addition to their gas fireplaces, they have an impressive line of gas inserts, and a couple of gas stoves. Many of their fireplaces can be equipped with HeatShift technology, which is a system that redirects heat away from the wall and enables you to hang art or a tv above the fireplace without worrying about damage. Another standout option with Valor is their B-Vent adaptor kit for enabling installation in an older, B-Vented system. Valor builds stylish fireplaces and inserts for the modern home, allowing you to customize the appearance of the fireplace to suit your styling. You can choose different fireplace media (logs and rocks), liners (the back panel of the fireplace) and trims (the front of the fireplace).
Shop Valor Fireplaces
|Example of customization options - Valor G3.5 Insert|
|Birch Logs, Reflective Glass Liner, Craftsman Pewter front and Backing Plate.||Pebble Beach Driftwood, Fluted Black liner, and Edgemont front Brushed Nickel with a 3-sided Black trim.|
Fireplace XtrordinairIf you’re looking for a high quality, high powered and efficient gas fireplace, FireplaceX is sure to have a suitable option. Based out of Washington, USA, Fireplace Xtrordinair is one of the fireplace lines underneath Travis Industries. The innovative GreenSmart® system is included in all of FPX’s deluxe fireplaces and inserts and allows you to adjust the flame height, accent lighting, thermostat and fan speed. You can switch the pilot mode or turn the rear burner off to lower gas usage when heat is not the priority. Just as high quality but more budget-friendly is their Probuilder line, featuring traditional clean face gas fireplaces and linear gas fireplaces. Pairing well with their linear fireplaces (but can be used in most) is their CoolSmart TV wall kit, which allows you to safely mount a TV above the fireplace. As the largest privately owned hearth manufacturer in North America they can be trusted for their innovation and expertise in building smart and efficient fireplaces.
Shop Fireplace XtrordinairThe Probuilder 72 Linear Deluxe Gas Fireplace by Fireplace Xtrordinair
EnviroStarted on Vancouver Island in ‘89, Enviro also known as Sherwood industries has grown to become a trusted manufacturer of gas fireplaces, inserts and stoves. With a range of stoves, inserts and fireplaces you can find the perfect unit for your space. They heat areas from 1100 sq ft. to 2300 sq ft.. All of Enviro’s fireplaces have customizable liners, trims and burner media to match the aesthetic of your space to your fireplace. The C and G series fireplaces are able to be installed outdoors as well. Whether you are after a modern or more traditional look, Enviro has plenty of options of the highest standard.
Shop Enviro fireplacesThe C34 Gas Fireplace by Enviro
MarquisBased out of Winnipeg, Marquis fireplaces are crafted entirely in Canada. Whilst the brands listed above also dabble in wood, pellet or electric products, Marquis exclusively manufactures gas fireplaces and has a wide selection of products. As well as quality traditional and linear gas fireplace and inserts, they produce a number of multi-sided fireplaces as well as a few stoves, a specific outdoor fireplace and a firebowl. Their impressive selection will offer solutions for a number of projects, from a straightforward condo changeout, to a major renovation or a luxury design.
Shop Marquis FireplacesThe Enclave multi-sided gas fireplace by Marquis
How to ChooseAcquiring awareness of high quality manufacturers is an excellent way to prepare for your fireplace search. These top manufacturers only deal to high quality fireplace retailers, so you can use their dealer locators to find your nearest one and explore further. Beyond knowing about the best brands, finding the right gas fireplace for you will mean looking at a myriad of factors such as venting, costs, available add-ons, liner/media/trim options, efficiency ratings, local by-laws, automation settings and the list goes on. These factors often vary more within the product lines of a single manufacturer than between manufacturers, so it will come down to looking at the viable options for your space. A fireplace is a big purchase, so the decision can take some time and you want to be educated on the best options. You’re now familiar with some superb brands, so don't hesitate to start the conversation with a service-oriented retailer to delve deeper into the specific options for your space. The Probuilder 36 Clean Face by Fireplace Xtrordinair Contact Vancouver Gas Fireplaces today to find the fireplace that exceeds your expectations.
Pros and Cons of Mounting Your TV Over Your Fireplace
March 10, 2021 | Fireplaces
Pros and Cons of Mounting Your TV Over Your FireplaceA hotly debated topic in the fireplace, construction and design industries is whether or not a TV has a place above the fireplace. With strong arguments and adamant opinions on both sides, it is ultimately up to your design preferences, your comfort and what both your space and fireplace can facilitate. Here’s a brief pros and cons list, but pros to one will be cons to another, so it isn’t quite that simple. We elaborate on these points below.
Pros to Putting TV Above Fireplace
- Enhance the fireplace as the gathering point for family
- The look might suit your design
- With the right fireplace and installation, it can be done safely
- Integrate tradition with modern times
- Great for spaces where no alternative location for TV
- Creates a multi-functional space
- Create the ultimate comfort zone for nights where you want to relax with your favourite show or a sports match
Cons to Putting TV Above Fireplace
- TV has to be at least the specified clearance higher than your fireplace, perhaps too high, neck strain and less quality display when viewed from angle
- Dampens more authentic sitting room look
- TV takes away from the fireplace and becomes the reason to gather
- Not aesthetically pleasing, plastic TV can clash with design elements of mantel and hearth
- Potential damage to TV - TV's have a maximum heat tolerance and fireplaces get HOT
- Heat and electronics don’t mix
- Heat damage may void tv warranty (even placing tv above can void warranty)
- Complicated and potentially visible cables
- Smoke build up on TV (wood fireplaces)
Does the TV add or detract from this linear gas fireplace by FireplaceX?
The FireplaceFor some perspective, most TV’s heat tolerances sit at around 100°F. Higher temperatures will damage the TV and often void the warranty. A gas fireplace can produce wall temperatures between 180°F and 380°F, which clearly doesn’t agree with the presence of a television. Heat and electronics certainly don’t mix, and back in the day having any electronics near the fireplace was a bad idea. Luckily, there are plenty of fireplace manufacturers today who produce heat management systems, to redirect heat away from the wall and allow you to mount a TV there. Some examples are Valor HeatShift™, FireplaceX CoolSmart TV Wall™ Kit.
Design PreferencesWhilst the original purpose of a fireplace was practical, in modern times, there are plenty of alternative ways to provide heat to a space. Nowadays, a major reason for installing a fireplace is aesthetics. Many designers and homeowners alike, are vehemently against the TV being above the fireplace because they frankly can’t stand the look. A fireplace is often intended to be stately, imposing and a focal point. In the eyes of some, the presence of a TV simply doesn’t belong, detracting from the beauty of the fireplace. On the other hand, the fireplace may be a distraction whilst trying to watch TV, creating a sensory overload. Others who are partial to the ultra-modern look, highly rate the appearance of a TV above the fireplace. Why not combine the old and the new? To them, the fireplace does not distract, but enhances the viewing experience, providing ambience and enhancing the comfort of an already relaxing activity. The fireplace or the TV often serve as the focal point in a space, so why not have both? Another point to add here is that some may not have the choice of putting a TV elsewhere. For smaller homes, or laneway and basement suites, creating multi-functional spaces is essential. In this more traditionally styled living room, this Valor fireplace is the sole focal point
Comfort is KeyComfort is a major consideration of those who contemplate this choice. An appropriate TV height is typically eye level with the center or bottom third of the TV. By nature of being above the fireplace, the TV has to be higher than the height of the fireplace plus the clearance required. This can result in having to look up to view the screen which can cause neck strain and headaches. It can also distort the visuals creating a subpar viewing experience. Whilst this is a dealbreaker for many, there are ways around this. The higher the height of the fireplace and the larger the clearances, the higher the TV has to be, so to mitigate this problem, you can opt for a fireplace that is not very high, and has minimal clearances. A linear model is a popular choice of fireplace with a low height. As for low clearances, an electric won't produce much heat and will have low or no minimum clearance. A gas fireplace with effective heat distribution will have lower clearances than one without. You can also consider a tilting tv mount to angle it down, and if you have reclining chairs, that will decrease the need to strain upwards. A TV above the fireplace must be mounted higher than the fireplace plus clearance distances
The VerdictTo leave you with some final words of wisdom, if you are determined to have your TV above the fireplace:
- Choose a gas fireplace with efficient heat management to keep the wall cool
- Favor linear models to bring the height down
- Opt for an electric model if heat is not so important
- Install a mantel to block heat
- Factor the installation of both TV and fireplace from the outset
- Check TV warranty for mention of fireplace
- Discuss with an electrician positioning of cables
- Consider a tilting TV mount
How to Make a Room Cozy for Winter
January 18, 2021 | Fireplaces
How to Make a Room Cozy for WinterNothing evokes a sense of coziness like a roaring fireplace. When it comes to snuggling up, the fireplace is most definitely the vital ingredient your space needs to thrive, but it can’t do all the heavy-lifting. Tying in thoughtful design elements and cozy touches, especially in the winter time can allow your home to truly serve as the sanctuary you need it to be.
LightingFirstly, you’ll want to incorporate some ambient lighting. Your fireplace is key in this step, and as a bonus, most gas fireplaces allow you to control the look of the flame and accent lighting to some degree. Electric fireplaces offer even more flexibility, allowing you to customize the entire look of the flame! Spread this warm lighting throughout the space with candles, lamps or other lighting features.
Plush FactorYou can also make the space visually inviting by adding soft accessories like throw pillows, blankets and a plush rug. Changing up the textures here can add excitement and enhance the snug factor. Think woolly blankets and fuzzy pillows. You’ll be snug as a bug!
Natural MaterialsAdding timber brings a rustic feel and warmth to the space. Popular in minimalist and scandi design, you can incorporate timber through various elements such as furniture, planters, floating shelves, ornaments or the fireplace mantel itself. We love the look of a hutch to store firewood, adding that cottage chic whilst serving as a practical means of storing your wood. Even if you don’t have a wood fireplace, there are so many creative ways to incorporate this design element, it might be worth pursuing purely for the aesthetic.
Looks Aren't EverythingNow, it’s not just about looking cozy but feeling cozy, which means involving all the senses. Your eye can be pleased with the gorgeous decor and warm hues, but what about how you physically feel? Your textured accessories will allow you to feel comfort through the soft fabrics, cuddling up to a blanket and nestling your feet against a soft rug. The closer you sit to the fireplace the more cocooned by it’s warmth you will be. Fireplaces can vary in radiant heat - wood and gas offering the strongest heat with gas having the bonus of being adjustable and more efficient. Electric fireplaces give off less heat so can suit a space that either needs less heat or has an alternative primary heating source.
All the SensesSo how about the other three senses? If you have a traditional wood burning fireplace or stove, let your ears be mellowed to it’s inviting crackle. Play some chill or soothing music to bring the relaxation. Add some enticing scents to the space to satisfy the nose. You can choose scented candles that double as ambient lighting, burn incense or simmer some oranges on the stove and envelop the space in a sweet aroma. As for taste, well the options are endless. Indulge in some freshly baked goods, soothing soups or a winter cocktail.
All SetIncorporating even a few of the tips above, will set you up to cherish your restful winter abode. There are so many options to make a space look cozy, and remembering thoughtful touches to do with sound, smell, touch and taste can make a big difference. After all, cozy is a state of mind. Instead of letting the cold get you down, take the initiative to make your home your haven, and enjoy winter for all it brings. Time to turn on the fireplace and put your feet up. In the market for your dream fireplace? Contact Vancouver Gas Fireplaces today.
The Top 5 Fireplace Safety Tips For Your Home This Holiday
November 19, 2020 | Fireplaces
The Top 5 Fireplace Safety Tips For Your Home This HolidayIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! Despite the tumult of this pandemic-ridden year, people are getting as festive as ever. We have seen decorations go up earlier as people reach out for moments of joy amidst hard times. The fireplace is the star of the show in any room, but especially when we are talking themed decor. It's delightful to see everyone’s creativity unleashed for their holiday mantel makeovers. We wanted to remind fireplace owners of the importance of safety when it comes to decorating. Read on for 5 of our best tips.
Keep Decorations Above the MantelDon’t hang anything over the opening, even on a fireplace with a screen or glass. This includes stockings, plastic greenery, and signage. We know it’s tempting - you may have been inspired by something you saw on Pinterest! But many of the mantels that feature this kind of decor are for non-working fireplaces. Lucky you aren’t missing out here, you have a mesmerizing flame that will keep everyone warm and captivated. Best to hang those stockings a wee bit higher. Safety first.
Refer to Your ManualConsult your installation manual for clearances. If you purchased your fireplace from us our product pages feature a link to the respective installation manual. If not, head to the manufacturer websites who should have all the information you need.
Trees and Fires Don't MixBy now we should be familiar with distancing. Your Christmas tree should be at least three feet away from your fireplace. Plastic or living, we don’t want that thing to ignite! That’s a sure-fire way to ruin Christmas. If you have cheeky young ones or pets with a knack for knocking things, you might want to add a foot or two of distance.
Firewood OnlyDon’t throw anything other than fire wood in your wood-burning fireplace. This is a common mistake people make. This can do serious damage through releasing toxic fumes, risking a fire and damaging a chimney. Wrapping paper and cardboard boxes should not be burnt. Pieces could fly out and cause damage. Recycle those materials instead.
Yearly CheckupsGeneral fireplace maintenance to check that everything is in working order is an essential part of fireplace safety. Click here for a quick guide on yearly fireplace maintenance.
Need a Fireplace?If you’re still hesitating on getting an existing fireplace replaced or thinking of installing a new unit, get in touch with us now. We naturally get extremely busy this time of year. There is still time to put the pieces together for a perfect christmas filled with nostalgic joys. Be quick though, time is ticking and we are even busier than usual. This time of year signifies positivity to so many, whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else. Whatever you celebrate, we hope this time can bring joy and rest. To the decorators out there, go nuts! But be safe. And if you have a fireplace from VGF that you’ve decorated, we would love to share a pic on our social channels. Email your photo to email@example.com. Happy decorating!
Fall for These Fireplace Options
October 22, 2020 | Fireplaces
Keep Warm Indoors with a Traditional FireplaceThis is always our #1 recommendation. Everyone loves a fireplace! Whether a traditional wood-burning, an efficient gas-fueled or a modern electric, a fireplace can make a mesmerizing statement that radiates beauty and nostalgia. There are so many options to make a fireplace work in your space. No matter your style, venting requirements, heating preferences or budget, our experts at Vancouver Gas Fireplaces can find you the ideal fireplace. From nights in with the family to holiday gatherings, fireplaces bring people together and are a timeless backdrop for memory making. It surely is a purchase you will treasure for years.
|FireplaceX Probuilder 42 Clean Face A direct-vent zero clearance gas fireplace is a top choice for efficiency and style||Jotul F500 Oslo Wood Stove For smaller spaces or those with limited venting - how about a wood stove?|
Make an Outdoor Space Shine with an Outdoor FireplaceSince lockdowns were implemented in March, people have made more use of their outdoor areas than ever. We've seen sheds turned into offices, gardens blooming and patios being renovated. Having a separate space to the home has been especially appreciated by work from home folks and families who all of a sudden have more bodies than space at home! While restaurant capacities are limited and gatherings restricted, the need for functional outdoor spaces remains. You shouldn’t be relegated to staying inside your house just because it’s getting cooler! There are many outdoor fireplace options, including fireplaces that are compatible for both indoor and outdoor installation like the Valor “L1” Gas Fireplace and the Amantii “Tru-View XL” Electric Fireplace.
Superior 4300 Outdoor Gas Fireplace
Make a bold statement with an outdoor fireplace
Gather Around a Fire TableMaybe you won’t be taking that vacation this year, but you can give your own backyard a resort-like feel with a fire table! Many of the fire tables and firepits we offer can be fuelled by propane (LP) or a natural gas (NG) line. Moments spent at home with your nearest and dearest will be memories held close, so make them even more special with an impressive outdoor feature. A perfect backdrop for entertaining your social bubble and enjoying a glass. Don't wait for your others though, put on your comfiest fluffy sweater and slip on some uggs, there's always time to sip on a warm beverage by the fire.
Outdoor Great Room Providence Fire Table
Don't let the fall chill stop you from enjoying the outdoors
Don't Wait to get StartedThere is still plenty of time to get your fireplace project completed before the real cold sets in, but the industry is busier than ever. You don't want to go another winter, especially this winter, not equipped to hunker down. Now is the time. Contact us today and heat up your home this fall.
Double Rebates with FortisBC!
October 7, 2020 | Fireplaces
FortisBC double rebates of $600FortisBC have implemented increased rebates to promote energy efficiency and help home-owners in these difficult COVID-19 times. They are offering double rebates of $600, which is excellent news for those in the market! A natural gas fireplace is a superb option for providing both style and warmth to a living space. We are proud to supply many high-efficiency EnerChoice® models that are eligible for the standard FortisBC $300 rebate - view the full list here. This rebate has now increased to $600 on eligible EnerChoice® models. FortisBC are only offering double rebates for a limited time, so don't hesitate to jump on this offer!
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How to save with FortisBCTo access the increased rebate, apply for a promo code with FortisBC by December 31. The installation must take place and the invoice must be dated between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Apply for the rebate with FortisBC using your promo code, within six months of the invoice date. Browse our FortisBC rebate page for more information and to view eligible models that Vancouver Gas Fireplaces offer. Be sure to cross-reference with the FortisBC website for full eligibility requirements and terms & conditions.
Start your fireplace project nowWe can't think of a better way to hunker down for winter than with a new efficient gas fireplace or insert. With much more time than usual spent at home this year, it's the perfect time to finally get that fireplace installed! Make the most of the FortisBC double rebate offer and get your gas fireplace project underway.
Home Offices – Making Home, Work
August 14, 2020 | Fireplaces
Work from Home is Here to StayWorking from home pleases many, reclaiming money and time previously spent on commutes and lunches. Others feel unsettled by the lack of distinction between home and work. Whichever the case, working from home is not fleeting. Whilst the pandemic endures, outcomes remain uncertain and the need to alter lifestyles continues. COVID-19 has enforced the shift to flexible work arrangements that began with an increased demand for work-life balance. [caption id="attachment_3549" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Workers are Adapting to the Reality of Work From Home[/caption]
Shift in Demand for Home OfficesPeople are recognising that these changes will be lasting, and permanent for some workers. Many are upgrading their home office setups by decorating, renovating and adding basement suites or building laneway homes. Condos with extra bedrooms, large balconies or dens are under demand in Vancouver as home office spaces are prioritised. People are reimagining what home means to them, and making use of spaces previously unused. [caption id="attachment_1283" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Reinvent Rooms into Home Offices[/caption]
Reinventing HomeThere are a myriad of approaches to incorporating work into the home. One option is converting bedrooms, basements or sheds to home offices. Another is the clear separation of work zones from relax zones. Adding cozy touches to living spaces can ensure full relaxation when off the clock. You don’t have to ask us twice what the ultimate touch of cozy is! There is no greater sense of comfort than being fireside. When the sun fades and the rain begins, this effect will amplify. Whether it's to build a new suite, upgrade a home office or cozy up a living space, ask us which fireplace will suit yours or your clients’ needs best. [caption id="attachment_5827" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A Quality Fireplace Could Transform Your Down Time[/caption]
VGF Can HelpWhilst disconcerted by these hard times, people are adapting to their newfound situations by taking control of their residences. With home becoming the main dwelling, the need to ensure it is a place of both function and refuge is vital. We would love to help you strike this balance through our many fireplace options. Tell us about how you or your clients are adapting to work from home via the form or give us a call at 604-732-3470.
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Celebrating 2020 Earth Day & 2020 Wood Stove Compliance!
April 22, 2020 | Fireplaces
2020 Compliance: Did you know that the wood burning fireplace industry has been doing its best to reduce carbon emissions? Wood stoves are a perfect example.[caption id="attachment_7348" align="alignleft" width="242"] Blaze King Chinook 20 uses catalytic damper for long, efficient burns.[/caption] Most of the products that Vancouver Gas Fireplaces represent today have gone through extensive re-engineering to become 2020 Compliant. [caption id="attachment_7351" align="alignright" width="150"] Popular Worldwide, the Jotul 602 is burning more efficiently than ever![/caption] Stoves must now emit 2 grams or less of particulates per hour, which is good news for our environment and offers such an efficient burn, that you will be using much less wood than older model stoves. [caption id="attachment_7349" align="alignright" width="234"] Pacific Energy Neo 1.6, re-burning wood gases, with colour enamel options.[/caption] Stove models are slowly coming back on line after rigorous re-engineering and re-testing. We are expecting more to be certified, manufactured and released by June of this year and so we are updating our web site as we go along. Some excellent small cabin wood stove products that are 2020 compliant and available now are shown in this blog. If need a new wood burning stove contact us. We can supply the stove and chimney components that you will need. May 15th is the new compliance deadline for wood stoves, but we thought we would celebrate this major industry change today. Happy Earth Day!
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|Valor LX2 2200 The first multi-sided from Valor since the L1 see-thru, the LX2 2200 is available as bay, right corner, or left corner. The unit comes standard with the Valor HeatShift System, and has an optional rough-in kit to help contractors with rough-in framing.|
|Jotul GF 305 A Free standing gas fireplace with a modern design, the 305 features a unique look which could fit in nicely with 1930’s art deco decor, or today’s minimalist look.|
|Blaze King Clarity 26 Adorned with our own custom inset, our showroom Clarity 26 free standing fireplace features a contemporary look, with the capacity to heat up to 1,500 sq.ft, for a lower price point than comparable units.|
|Kennedy Electric The Kennedy series of electric fireplaces feature a bright LED lighting effect, with a crystal media bed. All units come with multiple colour options.|
|FireplaceX ProBuilder 72 The ProBuilder line is available in three sizes, all linear. These fireplaces are great for homeowner’s or contractors wanting the modern linear look, but don’t need some of the frills attached to luxury fireplaces.|
|Marquis Enclave This is a linear multi-sided unit with approximately 48” of fire viewing area. Media options include five styles of driftwood, glass, and river rocks.|
|Stuv B95C Get an up close look at Stuv’s double burner technology when you check out our showroom corner unit. This unit comes with some of the more contemporary log sets available in the fireplace market.|
Product Feature: Stuv 30 Compact H Wood Stove
August 2, 2018 | Fireplaces
- Open door – the least efficient option will allow the full fire viewing experience, including: sight, sound, and smell.
- Glass door – Keep the glass door closed to get a full view of the flames, but keep the flames protected.
- Slow burner – for maximum efficiency, you can fully close the unit and let the fire burn safely over-night.
Add a Multi-sided Fireplace to your Open Floor Plan
July 19, 2018 | Fireplaces
- Island The Island style fireplace features 4 sides on unobstructed fire viewing area, making it an excellent focal point of any room. It can be used to separate a formal dining and formal seating area – but still keep your space one harmonious flow. The DaVinci is the only Island style fireplace we currently carry. But with features like power-venting and Cool Touch glass, the DaVinci will be an excellent fireplace for commercial settings and restaurants.
- Peninsula/Pier If you like the look of an Island, but don’t have enough space for foot traffic on both sides, consider a peninsula or pier fireplace. You can enjoy 3 sides of fire viewing, and as an added bonus, have a little extra wall space for shelving or décor.
|Bell Fires Room Divider||Marquis Atrium||DaVinci|
- See-thru Warm two rooms at once with a see-thru fireplace. The more popular rooms families love the see-thru fireplace for are dining room/living room, formal living room/family room, and kitchen/formal dining room.
|Valor L1 2-sided||Bell Fires Derby Tunel|
- Single-sided Of course there’s still always the classic single-sided fireplace. If you are still lacking wall-space, and don’t have the budget for a see-thru, add a single-sided fireplace to one room and use the other side for your much needed shelving, decoration spots, or even a place to hang your TV.
Gas Fireplace Inspections
June 28, 2018 | Fireplaces
Getting your Gas Fireplace InspectedPermits and inspections are required when installing any gas appliance. There are 2 types of inspections:
Fireplace Framing InspectionZero clearance fireplaces, installed in new construction and most renovations, need a Framing Inspection. The inspection will occur after the installation and framing of the fireplace, but before any wall board is installed. The inspector will want to be able to see the fireplace, venting, and framing. Types of fireplaces that need a Framing Inspection: Direct Vent Zero Clearance B Vent Zero Clearance
Final InspectionIf you had a gas fireplace inserted into a wood fireplace, you only need the final inspection. Gas stoves will also only need the final because the venting is completely exposed. Types of fireplaces only requiring a Final Inspection: Fireplace Inserts Gas Log Sets Free Standing If you required a Framing Inspection, a Final is required after you have closed your walls and tiled/finished your fireplace. Who Applies for my Permit? When Vancouver Gas Fireplaces books your installation, we will apply for the gas permit which is issued within hours. Our administrative team can schedule your inspections. Or, if you prefer we will provide you with all the information required to book them yourself. Where do you get the Permit from? Either your municipality, or Technical Safety BC. Technical Safety BC has jurisdiction in most municipalities and for all large gas systems, such as condo or townhouse developments. What is required from Me (the Homeowner)? When we book any inspection please arrange for someone to be on site to grant access to the inspector. The installation manual should be with the fireplace so the inspector can reference it. Our sales team will explain what type of inspection you will need. Our administrative team is on top of scheduling inspections, so you don’t need to worry. We think it’s nice to have a guide for homeowner’s. Please call us if you have any additional questions or concerns with getting your fireplace inspected.
Indoor Wood Fireplaces in Metro Vancouver
May 17, 2018 | Fireplaces
Patio Heaters in Vancouver
April 26, 2018 | Fireplaces
Condo & Townhouse Fireplaces
April 12, 2018 | Fireplaces
- Valor Fireplaces have recently re-introduced the B vent adaptor. Many strata developments built pre 2000 have fireplaces that use B vent, which were not as efficient as they are now, as opposed to the more balanced, or direct vent. This has made options somewhat limited for replacing your fireplace.
- As an added bonus: Condo and townhouse owners are now eligible to receive up to $300 in rebates from FortisBC for a new fireplace.
Modern H5 with HeatShift Kit
Gas and Charcoal BBQ’s
March 29, 2018 | Fireplaces
Product Feature: ProBuilder 72
March 15, 2018 | Fireplaces
Standing Pilot or IPI Fireplaces
February 22, 2018 | Fireplaces
Set the Mood with an Electric Fireplace
February 1, 2018 | Fireplaces
- Easier installation
- Great for condos
- Can help set the mood
2017 Year in Review
January 18, 2018 | Fireplaces
What’s In Our Showroom?
November 30, 2017 | Fireplaces
WoodContact Us page for location and showroom hours.
Decorations and Fireplace Safety
November 16, 2017 | Fireplaces
- Don’t hang anything over the opening. Even on a fireplace with a screen, or glass. This includes: stockings, plastic greenery, and signage.
- Consult your installation manual for clearances. Keep your decorations on, or above the mantel. Not draping over.
- Your Christmas tree should be at least 3 feet away from your fireplace. Further if you have any rambunctious pets or toddlers that live for knocking things over.
- Don’t throw anything other than wood in your wood-burning fireplace. Some of us are lucky not to have had accidents doing this in our childhood. But wrapping paper and cardboard boxes should not be burnt. Pieces could fly out and cause damage. Recycle those materials instead.
Why Choose a Gas Stove
November 2, 2017 | Fireplaces
- Less heat loss up the chimney. Gas stoves can be more efficient than a direct vent zero clearance fireplace because the body is exposed, rather than hidden in a wall. With a gas stove, any heat radiating from the body will flow into your home.
- Less construction. Direct vent fireplaces require an open wall with framing and a rough in inspection, you might not want to do that in the winter months. A gas stove does not require any open walls, only access through the roof, or the side wall, which can be made and patched up same day.
- More options for installation. You’re not as limited on where you choose to install a gas stove. Which means you can target high traffic areas of your home.
- Space – if you’re worried about space, gas stoves come in different sizes; our smallest unit will heat up to 950 sq.ft.
- Clearances to combustibles – like any fireplace, you’ll need to be aware of any combustibles near your stove. This includes: furniture, curtains, and carpet – carpeted areas will require a hearthpad.
Product Feature: Jotul GF 305
October 18, 2017 | Fireplaces
Product Feature: FireplaceX 42 Apex Wood Fireplace
September 28, 2017 | Fireplaces
- Bypass damper for easy startup fires and smoke-free reloading
- Easy to use single air control, artfully hidden in the face design
- Perforated air wash for super clean glass
- Unibody construction and heavy gauge steel firebox lined with kiln dried firebrick
High Efficiency Fireplace Inserts
September 14, 2017 | Fireplaces
Product Feature: Travis 42 Pro Builder
August 31, 2017 | Fireplaces
Finishing Your Fireplace
August 10, 2017 | Fireplaces
|Town & Country TC54||FireplaceX 4237|
Planning your Outdoor Space for an Electric Fireplace
July 20, 2017 | Fireplaces
- Provides ambiance Whether you’re planning a romantic night on the patio, or having a themed party, an electric fireplace comes with LED lighting colour options, to help you set the mood.
- Easier installation Electric fireplaces don’t need venting, gas line, or non-combustible framing.
- Power source Your fireplace will need to be located close to a power outlet.
- Weatherproofing You need to protect your electric fireplace from the elements - especially in rainy Vancouver. A stainless steel cover is available for purchase and is required with the warranty.
Technical Terms: Pilot Lights
July 6, 2017 | Fireplaces
June 22, 2017 | Fireplaces
Types of Venting for Wood Stoves
June 8, 2017 | Fireplaces
- Through an existing chimney
- you can have your stove inside, or just in front of an existing masonry fireplace and use the chimney to vent
- Through an existing chimney
- Directly out the exterior wall and up
- you can choose to leave the venting exposed or enclosed
- your wood stove must be close to an outside wall to do this
- Directly out the exterior wall and up
- Straight up from the wood stove and out through the roof
- there are multiple flashings available for all roofing types
- Straight up from the wood stove and out through the roof
Image from ICC-RSFWood stoves need to be vented upwards, with termination extending two feet beyond the roof line. Talk to us to see how we can help you add a wood stove to your home. See our list of wood stoves.
May 25, 2017 | Fireplaces
|Gyrofocus in Norway Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion (Dovrefjell National Park)|
|Gyrofocus in USA Guggenheim Museum, New York (1998)|
|Meijifocus in Wales In a dragon's eye that looks out over the sea|
|Filiofocus in Switzerland view on Leman Lake|
|Agorafocus 630 in Sweden Dreaming near the Baltic Sea|
Update on City of Vancouver Gas Restriction
May 11, 2017 | Fireplaces
- The new policy applies to any property that needs to be re-zoned
- you can replace your current gas or wood fireplace
- you can add a gas fireplace to your new build, as long as it wasn’t re-zoned after May 1st, 2017
- This zoning policy only applies to those living within Vancouver city limits
- New housing developments
- Businesses; restaurants in particular
Heat your Outdoors Effectively with Bromic.
April 20, 2017 | Fireplaces
Planning your Outdoors with VGF
March 30, 2017 | Fireplaces
Why Choose Vancouver Gas Fireplaces? Building Trades Edition
March 16, 2017 | Fireplaces
The Valor Legend G3 comes with a variety of designs options to suit your clients style.We recognize that metro Vancouver has a unique style, so we make sure our products can be versatile and fit in with modern, traditional, and transitional décor.
The FireplaceX 430 with contemporary driftwood log set and traditional brick liner.Sign up to our newsletter to receive news about products and developments in the fireplace industry.
Product Feature : Stuv 30 Compact
February 16, 2017 | Fireplaces
- Clean contemporary look. Most people enjoy the overall ambience of a wood fire - but Metro Vancouver homes tend to be more on the contemporary side, and an old-fashioned wood stove doesn’t fit in with modern décor.
- Advanced technology for a wood stove. The stove features a combustion air intake from under the unit, which passes through the combustion chamber, and is vented out through the side of the unit. The hot air is circulated through the room by natural convection.
- Multi functional. With the 30 Compacts’ 3 door design, you can choose what function you want from your fire. 1. Leave the door and glass open for a less functional heater, but see and smell the fire. 2. Leave the door open, but glass closed for a more functional heater and see the fire. 3. Or, close the door and the glass for a slow burn, which optimises performance.
February 2, 2017 | Fireplaces
- Unique venting system, their fireplaces aren’t true zero clearance, they require specific clearances. See the manual for details.
- Double burner technology for added depth – turn one burner off and maintain 85% efficiency.
- Safety system allows for possible overpressure to be released in a controlled way.
- The off-centre flue makes it easier to leave the fireplace open – making your room more spacious.
- Remote control with programming that allows you to ‘stoke’ the flames.
January 19, 2017 | Fireplaces
- If you have a brick or tiled surround, go for a complementary colour, to provide a cool contrast, pick a shade opposite your tile/brick (so if your tiles are dark, pick a light colour and vice versa)
- Find colours that you have in your room through furniture and accessories
- Have a great view? Look outdoors for inspiration
Unit pictured: Solara II from MarquisThis bedroom has a lot of neutral colours, and a very beautiful, bold painting. The neutral colours might be the best option for doing the full room, but if you're considering a adventurous colour in a bedroom, it's best to paint one wall as a feature wall. The most common wall for this is behind the headboard.
Unit pictured: Vertical 3 from Bell FiresThis unique fireplace allows for countless design ideas, we decided to highlight the shape with our showroom unit (pictured right) where we painted the wall black, and the ledge salmon - it is quite the colour combination, but we have received nothing but compliments. For best results, we would recommend a neutral colour for the wall, and your bold colour for the inner ledge.
Unit pictured: Horizon from ValorEven though this photo shows only a quarter of the room, you can see there are a lot of colours to choose from. A lot of neutral colours. This is probably a more difficult space to choose paint for, there's a lot going on indoors and out, personally, we think a grey/blue would work best.
Unit pictured: Insert 26 from AmantiiFor this large room, we selected a colour palette from the colours already shown, but because everything is so neutral and clean, the colour palette is so much wider than it appears from our small sample – especially if the one wall above the fireplace is painted to create a feature wall. To make selecting a colour even more difficult: the Amantii Insert 26 is an electric fireplace, which means it features LED lighting with multiple colour options; opening up the colour palette even wider! What would we do? Grey. It's modern, clean, and quite frankly we have never seen a grey wall we didn't like. We feature over 10 different paint colours in our showroom, as well as tile and stone options; this helps our customers get ideas on their dream fireplace. We can even offer finishing services! Contact us today about selecting the right fireplace for you and your home!
2016 in Review
January 5, 2017 | Fireplaces
Our response to the Zero Emissions Building Plan
November 25, 2016 | Fireplaces
- No gas fireplaces
- No gas ranges
- No gas barbecues
- No gas furnaces
Product Feature: Opti-Myst from Dimplex
November 24, 2016 | Fireplaces
Quick Tips: Real Estate and your Fireplace
November 10, 2016 | Fireplaces
- Replacing a fireplace could net 11% return
- There are many types and sizes of fireplaces to choose from
- An updated fireplace will freshen your space up and make it more attractive to buyers
- you can’t go wrong with a traditional brick liner and log set with a neutral surround
- Some gas fireplace updates qualify for up to $300 rebate from FortisBC
- We offer finishing services so you don’t have to spend too much time finding and hiring a contractor
- Some gas fireplace updates qualify for up to $300 rebate from FortisBC
- Electric fireplaces are a great alternative to the traditional gas fireplace
- heat between 400-500sq.ft
- easier to install
- Ethanol fireplaces don’t require any venting, and are clean burning
Product Feature: C44 from Enviro
October 27, 2016 | Fireplaces
October 13, 2016 | Fireplaces
Fireplace Maintenance Tips
September 29, 2016 | Fireplaces
- Take the glass out
- Use the cleaner that was given to you along with your fireplace purchase from us
- OR, recommended product: Kel Kem
- Using a soft, warm damp cloth, apply the cleaner to the glass
- To dry your glass, use a soft cotton cloth
- The remote
- The receiver
Feature Product: Stuv B100H
September 15, 2016 | Fireplaces
Bromic Outdoor Patio Heaters
August 17, 2016 | Fireplaces
photo compares Tungsten Gas 500 (left) with competitor (right)The above photos are a comparison of Bromic Tungsten Gas 500 with a direct competitor – not only are the Tungsten’s less expensive, but because they have a bigger heating area, less units are required. These heaters aren’t just for commercial setting like restaurants, you can easily install a Bromic heater (most likely electric) on your outdoor patio, deck, or dining area. Great for late night entertaining! The Bromic product line features multiple types and styles of outdoor heaters. You can get a freestanding propane fueled portable heater, or mounted electric heaters – plenty of options to choose from. View the Bromic brochure. Ask us how much you can save with a Bromic product!
Electric Outdoor Fireplaces
August 11, 2016 | Fireplaces
Big Green Egg
July 27, 2016 | Fireplaces
Click the images above to see the Big Green Eggs' expansive list of grilling recipes.Available in 7 sizes, you can be sure to find one that suits your needs. You can cook for hours without adding more charcoal. Unburned charcoal can be saved for the next cookout simply by closing the vents to snuff out the fire, saving you money! Come to our showroom to see the Big Green Egg in person, or email us for more info.
New Developments and Electric Fireplaces
July 14, 2016 | Fireplaces
- No venting required
- Easiest and cleanest installations
- You can uninstall and take them with you to your next home
When to Inquire About a Fireplace
June 30, 2016 | Fireplaces
When to Inquire About a Fireplace
June 16, 2016 | Fireplaces
- Your old one isn’t working like it used to
- You’re concerned with energy costs
- Your home was a recent purchase and the fireplace just isn’t your style
- We make a visit your home to determine how the installation can be done
- We give you a quote on your desired fireplace(s)
- When you pay a deposit, we can schedule an installation date
- After the installation date, we will send an invoice for the balance
New to the Showroom – May 2016
May 19, 2016 | Fireplaces
|Stuv B95C Stuv products feature state-of-the-art burner technology, and unique looking media options. This contemporary style fireplace will blend in easily with a modern surrounding.|
|Ambiance Intrigue Direct Vent Zero Clearance traditional fireplace, with a massive 910 sq.in of fire viewing area, and remote controlled accent lights.|
|Enviro E20 Direct vent insert with glass bead media, the Enviro E20 was designed for easy installation – this is a great unit to consider if you’re looking to replace a fireplace on a budget.|
|Valor Legend G3 738J Consistently the best selling Valor fireplace, the showroom G3 features traditional logs, and a traditional look. Available in either B-vent or Direct Vent inserts, the G3 is a versatile unit that can and will look great in any home.|
|Avalon Radiant Plus Small Another small and budget friendly direct vent insert, the Avalon Radiant Plus Small is available in traditional style only.|
|American Fyre Contempo Customers coming into our showroom looking for an outdoor fire pit have stressed that they want something they can put their feet up on to. Well here you go! The Contempo provides ample room for your feet. But please remember safety first!|
|Napoleon Galaxy Equipped with LED lights, the Galaxy provides quite the contemporary look. It’s a showroom favourite!|
|Outdoor Order Curve 10ft heat radius and a safety tilt switch, the Curve is an easily transportable outdoor patio heater. Fueled by a propane take that sits safely at the base.|
|HPC TK (Tiki) Torch Liven up your outdoors with a Tiki Torch! The TK Torch will set the tone for your outdoor party area. Remote control, automatic restart if blown out by wind.|
Replacing your Condo Fireplace
May 4, 2016 | Fireplaces
- Venting is not universal. Not all fireplaces can be adapted to any venting.
- A new fireplace must almost always be adapted to the venting for the old fireplace. It's usually not possible to replace the existing venting through the building and/or the vent termination on the exterior of the building.
- The size of the venting. We can usually get the sizing if we get the model number of the fireplace from the rating plate which is normally located near the valve.
- Height which the vent goes through the wall. As many of the earlier direct vent fireplaces had a low exit point. As hot air rises, venting cannot slope down.
The Modern Fireplace
April 14, 2016 | Fireplaces
- polished surfaces
- bold geometric shapes
(click images for links to manufacturer pages)What makes the above direct vent lines modern fireplaces? Their simplicity and undefined style. You could call them contemporary, but they have a bit of a retro look. They look so clean and classic, they can fit in with any style of space. Which makes them perfect for those wanting to incorporate a modern style to their living area, and are having a rough time finding a truly modern gas fireplace. Contact Vancouver Gas Fireplaces for all your indoor and outdoor heating needs, with over 400 products to choose from, we’ll be sure to help you find the unit to suit your home perfectly.
Outdoor Units in the VGF Showroom
April 7, 2016 | Fireplaces
|Napoleon Galaxy||Marquis Aurora||EcoSmart Fusion|
|Outdoor Great Room Providence||Outdoor Great Room Naples||Marquis Bola|
|Bromic Gas||Bromic Portable||Bromic Electric|
|Sunglo A270||HPC TK Torch||Travis Tempest Torch|
Why You Should Consider a See-Thru Fireplace
March 17, 2016 | Fireplaces
|TC36 See-Thru||Bentley See-Thru||L1 See-Thru||B100|
|4415 see-thru||DaVinci Island|
All About Stuv
March 10, 2016 | Fireplaces
|Two long burners distributed along the width of the fireplace for a heavy flame presence. Units that feature the double burner are: B95c, B95 3-sided, B100|
|The front burner stretched across the length of the fireplace, with a shorter one behind that produces tall flames for a realistic wood fireplace effect. Units that feature the double burner are: B60, B80, B100H|
VGF Gives Back
March 3, 2016 | Fireplaces
New VGF Website
February 25, 2016 | Fireplaces
Introducing the Valor H6 Direct Vent
February 11, 2016 | Fireplaces
How to Measure for an Insert
January 28, 2016 | Fireplaces