Fire can be powerful and awe inspiring. It relaxes and warms. It draws you near and elevates the room around it to new heights of sophistication. Our fireplaces bring your dreams to life. The wide selection of design options gives you the flexibility to create living spaces that satisfy even the most discerning taste.
Surpassing your expectations is our goal. Every home is different so using the same fireplace design for each project simply won't do. FPU sells, installs and services all types of gas, electric and wood burning fireplaces - we'll help plan your escape with the widest selection of fireplace solutions in B.C.
A gas fireplace uses propane or natural gas
A gas fireplace is a fireplace alternative that is fueled using propane or natural gas and one of a few different venting options. A gas fireplace is a very popular choice because of the availability of gas lines, the relatively low cost, and the ability to control heating with the push of a button. Natural gas and propane options are available. Both are more efficient and convenient than a wood fireplace, and both cut down energy costs and produce more heat.
There are direct vent and ventless versions, as well as many that make use of an existing chimney if you are converting the fireplace you have to gas. Make use of inserts for easy conversion, you can read more in the fireplace inserts area of this guide.
Overall, a gas fireplace is a great option because of the low cost and the safety involved. You also don't have to sacrifice the traditional look and style of a classic fireplace because you can simply convert the one you have or, if you are installing a new one, you can find designs that look exactly like a standard wood fireplace.
Wood burning systems vary considerably
Wood burning systems vary considerably in both design and operating efficiency. There are two major types of wood-burning fireplaces, traditional masonry fireplaces that are typically built of brick or stone and are constructed on site by a mason; and “low mass” fireplaces that are engineered and pre-fabricated in a manufacturing facility prior to installation. Most fireplaces, whether masonry or low mass, are not used as a primary source of heat; their function is primarily for ambiance and secondary heating.
Traditional masonry fireplaces - The traditional masonry fireplace is used in nearly 50% of all homes burning wood. Interestingly enough, this type of wood burning unit is the least desirable system when considering capturing the maximum heat for the longest period of time. An open fireplace has an operating efficiency rating of about 10% meaning that only 10% of its energy makes it into the home as usable heat.
Convectional fireplaces - The convectional fireplace is a metal fabricated fireplace with a double wall around the firebox. It improves heat retention and availability over the conventional type by about four times. Hot air between the walls is returned as usable heat. This type of wood burning unit has an operating efficiency rating of about 40%.
Electric fireplaces provide supplemental heating
Electric fireplaces work by drawing in cool air, heating it internally using a heating coil, and gently forcing the warmed air back out into the room by way of a fan. This provides supplemental heating for the desired area without the muss or fuss of smoke or chemicals.
All electric fireplaces list a particular amount of space they can adequately heat, depending on type and manufacturer.
Most electric fireplace models allow you to control the look of the flame, making this type of fireplace more appealing to many.
Outdoor fireplaces are available according to the needs of a person
Outdoor fireplaces combine the coziness and comfort of an indoor fireplace with the fun and warmth of an open air camp fire. The concept of an outdoor fireplace is quite popular among those who enjoy the great outdoors. There are a variety of outdoor fireplaces available that come in a variety of style, sizes and price points. The design and construction of the firebox, chimney, smoke chamber and flue are designed with intricate measurement so that each component performs in harmony to provide the safest, healthiest fire. While fixing an outdoor fireplace, all the components must be placed correctly otherwise the fireplace will not be lit properly and may send clouds of smoke towards the people around when sitting near it.
Outdoor fireplaces are available according to the needs of a person. If warmth is the main criteria, there are fireplaces that closely resemble traditional camp fires. These fireplaces disperse warmth in all directions, making it ideal for people to be seated around it, much like a camp fire. If appearance is the main factor, there are plenty of beautiful, elaborate outdoor fireplaces available. These design-oriented fireplaces are often large and are available in different shapes and colors. Outdoor fireplaces do not lack in variety, from aesthetic stone built fireplaces to affordable modular ones, these fireplaces add richness and beauty to the patio. Easily assembled, outdoor fireplaces range from wrought iron furnace-like constructions to old-fashioned copper designs, and even gas powered ones. Non-permanent fireplaces serve as an easy, convenient and transportable light weight device for seasonal use.