I am often asked if it is possible to mount a TV above a fireplace. The short answer is yes. How close you can mount the TV to your fireplace depends on several factors. Some of those factors include how hot your fireplace gets, whether or not you have a mantel above it, and if you are going to recess your TV in the wall. Several companies offer additional features that allow you to mount your TV even closer. Majestic offers the SmartWall TV Kit on their Jade Linear Gas Fireplace. With that you are able to mount a TV only 12 inches above the fireplace with no need for a mantel. The best place to find instructions on mounting a TV above your fireplace is the installation manual. Most manufacturers outline the safe distance requirements and mantel options in the installation manual. Another factor is how hot your TV can safely get. Many TV manufacturers outline safe operating temperatures for their TVs in their respective manuals. Always consult both your fireplace and TV manual for safest installation of a TV above your fireplace. Example Mantel Clearance section of a fireplace installation manual
The differences between a direct-vent fireplace and a gas insert can often be lost when shopping online. Which is understandable as they look nearly identical through a computer screen. Very often I have people looking for a new direct-vent gas fireplace, and they find themselves shopping for gas inserts. Majestic Ruby gas insert The difference is in application. A gas insert converts that old drafty wood-burning fireplace into a modern and efficient gas-burning fireplace. Gas inserts are typically slid into an existing wood burning fireplace and chimney, relying on the existing fireproofing to ensure safe operation. Gas fireplaces require no existing firebox, or existing fireproofing to install. Most often used in new construction or when renovating an existing room without a fireplace. Majestic Meridian direct vent gas fireplace You are often limited by the size of your existing fireplace when choosing an insert. They are manufactured in a wide range of sizes so you can find the best fit possible. Direct-vent fireplaces aren't limited by the same size requirements, and are offered in many different shapes and sizes. When there are so many options it can be overwhelming. Our team has been designing, selling and installing fireplaces for almost 30 years. Give us a call and we would be happy to help you pick out the perfect fireplace for your next project. Read More: Napoleon Fireside Blog- Fireplace Vs. Fireplace Insert
No matter the reason, there will come a time you will need to ignite your fireplace pilot light. Most fireplaces and stoves have a card attached to them detailing the steps to light it. Often removed, or lost during installation, we will outline the proper steps in this article. Before you attempt to light your pilot light, ensure the area is safe. Follow these simple steps to ensure your safety while lighting the pilot. Do not turn on if children or other at-risk individuals are near the appliance. Most appliances are equipped with an ignition device which automatically lights the pilot. Do not try to light the pilot by hand. Before operating, smell all around the appliance for gas and next to the floor because some gas is heavier than air and will settle on the floor. Do not use this appliance if any part has been under water. Immediately call a qualified service technician to inspect the appliance and replace any part of the gas control system which has been underwater. Following these steps should ensure safe and proper lighting of your pilot light. Remove Batteries from the remote transmitter and set thermostat to lowest setting, if equipped. Turn off all electrical power to the appliance. Open the glass door, if equipped. Turn the manual shut-off valve clockwise to the “OFF” position. (shut-off valve is located on the flex connector) Wait five (5) minutes to clear out any gas. If you smell gas including near the floor, STOP! Follow the instructions below in the “WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS” section. If you don’t smell gas; close the glass door and go to the next step. Turn the manual shut-off valve counterclockwise [...]
Linear fireplaces are becoming more popular with each passing season. They offer the same great features of a traditional fireplace, just in a longer more rectangular layout. Most often they come with contemporary media like crushed glass or stones. Most manufacturers incorporate a ribbon flame that runs the length of the fireplace. Traditional fireplaces like the Napoleon Ascent 42 are still the most popular choice. Offering that beautiful log fire and glowing embers. Traditional gas fireplaces bring you back to the time of heating your home with cord wood. Often paired with a hearth and mantel, they offer a great focal point for any room. Linear fireplaces like the Napoleon LV50 Vector are often picked when you want your fireplace installed higher on the wall. They also offer different dimensions to better fit your TV. Traditional fireplaces are typically squarer in appearance and offer a campfire style flame. There is no right or wrong answer when choosing between a traditional or linear style fireplace. It comes down to your preference and the design aesthetic you are looking to achieve.
It can be hard to decide what fireplace to purchase when you start looking for the perfect fit. Some designers prefer to find the perfect fireplace and work their way out. Other designers like to create the look and feel they are going for, then cherry pick the best fireplace for that space. Sometimes you are stuck with the space you have and want a fireplace to breathe new life into the room. There is no wrong approach to shopping for a new fireplace, especially with all the options available. The hardest thing can be narrowing down the many different options. Many designers and homeowners are drawn to the modern and contemporary looks offered in many of today’s fireplace designs. Others prefer a more traditional wood-burning fireplace appearance. Luckily, with the industries' large selection of designs and styles, we have many varieties of both contemporary and traditional to choose from. Traditional log gas fireplaces When looking at traditional gas fireplaces, with logs and embers, there are a few things you want to look at. Most logs are going to be ceramic fiber, cement, or a combination of the two. Ceramic style like Napoleon’s PHAZER logs offer a realistic ember like glow where the flame touches them, giving a very realistic appearance. Cement logs offer the most detail and often most realistic logs. The trade off for the extra detail costs you that beautiful glowing ember effect though. Most companies offer ceramic fiber logs as technology has improved. Some are even coming out with ceramic and cement hybrid logs with the best of both worlds. Napoleon's PHAZER log set Some of the best-looking logs on the fireplace market right now are offered by Napoleon [...]
Did you know we spend more than 80% of our time in only 20% of our home? When I think about that, I realize I have rooms in my home that don’t get used for days, sometimes weeks, but I keep them at a constant 75 degrees like the rest of my house. The easy, money saving answer to that is “zone heating”. Zone heating uses alternative heat sources to maintain a comfortable room temperature in the rooms you use the most, while your main heat source maintains an efficient room temperature in the rooms you aren’t using. When utilizing zone heating homeowners can see an energy cost reduction of up to 30%. Those savings mean hundreds of dollars back in your budget every year. One of the most effective ways to efficiently implement zone heating in your home is by installing a gas fireplace. They offer both money saving efficiency and a beautiful accent piece for your living space. Everyone enjoys a cozy fire during those cold months. By turning down your main heat source and supplementing with a gas fireplace, you save enough money that your fireplace pays for itself in 2-5 years. We offer efficient gas fireplaces for any application and room in your home. From a Napoleon Vittoria for your bathroom, to a Majestic Jade in your kitchen, a Napoleon HD46 in the living room, or even a linear fireplace in the bedroom. The options are endless, and the savings make it worthwhile. Save money this season by implementing zone heating throughout your living space. Read more: https://napoleonfireplaces.com/what-is-zone-heating-and-how-it-works/
Natural Gas prices for the 2018/2019 winter season were the lowest we had seen in a few years. With the bulk of natural gas companies stock piling gas for the 2019/2020 season, it would appear prices are going to be even lower for this coming season. With 2016 being the lowest prices we’ve seen in recent years, it looks like this winter might be an all-time low for us. Electricity prices are looking stable, and expensive. Many people are heating their homes with electric baseboard heaters, and/or electric space heaters. They can be convenient but are also quite costly. When we look at the energy costs from last year, we can see how much more expensive electricity was than natural gas. Switching from electric heat to gas heat is going to be one of the best ways to save money next winter. Taking it a step further and implementing zone heating can help that budget even more. Utilizing natural gas or propane in just the rooms you use the most, can help drive down those energy costs, too. Every year Enbridge Energy releases the average cost it takes to heat a home in the United States. This spring they found that the average home saves $1,208.00 when switching from electricity to natural gas. You can find out how much you can save by using the Energy Depot energy cost calculator. It helps show you exactly how much you can save by switching to a natural gas heat source. If you are looking to reduce the cost of heating your home next season, the best thing you can do is switch to natural gas or liquid propane. Read More: Enbridge Energy- Why Natural Gas?: [...]