Why Choose an Electric Fireplace?

Do you have an old and inefficient gas fireplace in
your home that is long overdue for replacement?  More and more of of our customers are choosing to replace their old gas unit with a modern electric firebox by Dimplex.

Electric fireplaces can be a perfect option to replace a nonfunctional or drafty gas fireplace as they do not require a vent and they cost approximately 1/3 the price of a gas fireplace.  The conversion can usually be done without a wall renovation, allowing you to keep your existing tiles and mantel if you want.

The new Dimplex inserts come with quiet ceramic heating systems that automatically adjust fan speed and heater wattage to match the requirements of the room.  They also have ECO modes and a Heat Boost system, but the best feature is that you can turn the heat off completely in the warm months to enjoy the ambiance of the flame year round.  If you have a new heat pump or high efficient furnace, you can still enjoy the look of the fire without generating heat.

Electric fireplaces are not a burn hazard for children as they are cool to the touch, so they are more suitable for rec rooms, play areas, restaurants, offices and public areas than gas fireplaces. They also require less maintenance than a gas fireplace, for example, the inside of the glass does not require cleaning.

Electric fireboxes are narrow and therefore take up little floor space, making them ideal for renovations.  They can suit contemporary or traditional designs as you can select modern glass media beds or realistic logs with inner glow technology. Many styles offer remote controls that even change the color of the flames from orange to blue, purple, green and more.

The long linear landscape styles are easy to achieve in when renovating with an electric fireplace. They are much less expensive to purchase and install than an equivalent sized gas fireplace partly owing to the fact that venting to the exterior is not needed. They also are the preferred firebox if a tv is going to be placed above the unit, because an electric fireplace does not have the potential to overheat your electronics.

How to Restore Your Stainless Steel BBQ!

Gasland’s BBQ Maintenance Tip Sheet

Here’s a 3 year old grill in desperate need of cleaning. It was located near a pool in a vacation complex and was highly used. Although it had not been maintained on a regular basis, with some elbow grease we got it looking and performing like new again.

The stainless steel warming rack and stainless grills were removed and sprayed with Barbecue Oil Lift in a sink. (This Made in BC product is non-toxic and biodegradable.) We let the oil lift penetrate a couple minutes, then scrubbed the surfaces with a
metal kitchen scrubbie. It took a few applications and rinses but the results were worth it. Note: if you have cast iron grills you should not use a metal scrubber on them as you risk destroying their finish.

There is a buildup of grease and surface residues on the stainless steel cabinetry. It’s important to note that this is surface discoloration only.  This image illustrates the quality of the stainless steel used on this Canadian Made Napoleon Prestige natural gas bbq.  Had this been a cheap depot store grill, the cabinet doors would likely be pitted and corroded through, beyond cleaning.  (Not to mention they would probably have fallen off by now.)

We removed the handle on the cabinet doors before cleaning them so we didn’t have to work around them. We applied the Stainless Steel cleaner with a scotch brite pad in the *direction of the grain* on the stainless door.  It was then rinsed
and polished up.  Cast aluminum end caps were touched up with high temp bbq paint after cleaning.

The inside of the grill cavity was scraped out with putty knives and thoroughly cleaned.  If you regularly maintain your bbq it will extend its
life and will prevent you from having to do a major overhaul like this one. 

If you would like to hire someone to come and clean your grill for you, try this local company: bbqbclean

Fire Up Your Efficiency

High Efficiency Fireplace Installed in Wall

Do you have one of those “builder special” fireplaces with opening doors or no glass doors at all? The kind that hardly gives off any heat as the gas meter keeps on spinning?

FACT: If you have an open gas fireplace in a brick chimney, or a built in gas fireplace with opening doors or no glass at all, it is an inefficient decorative appliance only.

FACT:  In the 1990’s these were built into countless condos and town homes in Surrey, Whiterock, and Delta. What was the cheapest option for the builder was the worst option for the homeowner who has to live with it.

FACT:  If you live with one of these cold, drafty, gas-wasting, environmentally unfriendly appliances, it can feel like you have a window open in the room 24-7. Or you can feel the flow from your central forced air heat being sucked right up the chimney and out of the house.

FACT:  If you have one of these in your home, you need to make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector installed in that room.

FACT:  Adding a fan to an inefficient builders unit will waste about $250 to blow around some lukewarm air. This is because units without heat exchangers have no way of robbing heat from the exhaust, so all your money still goes up the chimney. If you look carefully at your fireplace, you will likely see a sticker indicating that it is a “decorative appliance only” and should not be used as a heat source (with or without a fan). Plus keep in mind that the sound of a fan can be maddening.

FACT:  We can often convert your fireplace in just a few hours, without requiring a wall renovation or removing/altering your existing fireplace facing. You can begin enjoying the heat from your new fireplace immediately.

FACT:  We have been involved in the gas fireplace industry since the beginning and we have been in this location for 30 years, so we have pretty much seen it all. We have an expansive knowledge base to help you weigh the specific conversion options for your application.

Are you in a strata property which includes gas charges but not electricity? Many people have found that using an efficient gas fireplace for heat instead of electrical baseboards can reduce heating costs significantly. Now is the time to update your energy waster!

The Valor Retrofire has been the most popular choice for customers who are unable to replace their existing b-vent stack with a direct vent option. Often this is the case with people who live in strata properties. The Retrofire with a zero clearance kit can be installed in most applications without requiring alterations to surrounding tile, framing or mantle. This installation can usually be completed in a few hours.

The Retrofire offers superb radiant heat without relying on a fan. This means it is quiet and will operate at peak heating efficiency even during a power failure. It comes with a programmable, digital remote control thermostat and a modulating valve to adjust the flame height according to the room temperature. It has a solid ceramic glass front with a child safety barrier standard. Valors are made in North Vancouver with German-made valves and remotes.

Retrofire by Valor specifications

You can see what conversions look like in our online fireplace photo gallery. Try to find out the make and model number of your existing fireplace or bring in a picture and we can explore your high efficiency options. We will give you a detailed quote specific to your needs, and we can come out for a measure-up as required. Then let our expert installers impress you as they convert your fireplace into a high efficiency heat source this season.