Frost & Flame Products & Services
Your factory built fireplace which can be installed in a day or two at a substantially less cost than traditional masonry fireplaces can go in almost any room. For realism, many gas fireplaces have glowing coals and ember beds. And gas is so convenient — no mess or fuss. The fire never smokes. It is also efficient, economical and environmentally friendly burning natural gas or propane. Direct-vent gas units exhaust their gases through the wall, in a similar fashion to your clothes dryer. This eliminates the inconvenience and sometime expensive cost of a vertical chimney or chase. Most gas fireplaces work even when the power is out which could be a lifesaver during severe weather conditions such as ice and snowstorms.
A gas stove can either blend in with the existing decor of a room in your home or can be the focal point of that room. The advent of numerous technological advances have made gas stoves more efficient and less expensive than in the past. In most situations, you can not even tell the difference between the fire in a gas stove and that in a woodburning stove. This free standing appliance is easily installed with easy maintenance. And, of course, gas is so convenient - no mess or fuss.
Today’s wood stoves burn cleaner and are much more efficient than the models of yesteryear. They are low maintenance; show a beautiful flame and provide controlled heat. These wood stoves take up less floor space and are safer to use. But maybe most importantly, they are considered reliable protection against power outages and the seemingly ever increasing prices of other fuels. Wood stoves can heat an area in your home ranging from 600 square feet up to 3,000 square feet. For convenience; there are side or top or front loading stoves to choose from.
Wood Fireplace Inserts
The use of wood fireplace inserts has significantly grown in recent years. These are basically free standing stoves that have been converted to fit into a fireplace. The face of the fireplace is sealed off from the living area eliminating the tremendous heat loss up the open chimney. A liner is often needed in the chimney for safety reasons. Most inserts use a blower system to circulate heat throughout the house.
For those people looking to eliminate much of the work involved in wood burning, a pellet stove or insert is an excellent alternative. Pellets are made from recycled wood waste and can be purchased in convenient 40 pound bags. These are automatically fed into the fire via an auger system and produce the cleanest burning wood fire possible. Today’s pellet fuel costs have remained remarkably low. Some pellet stoves and inserts offer conveniences such as automatic ignitors and even fully automatic operation with thermostat. If you want the bone-warming, even heat of a real wood fire, but not the mess and effort, then a pellet stove or insert is for you.
Electric Stoves & Fireplaces
The realism of today’s electric stoves and fireplaces must be seen to be believed. Some manufacturers provide the illusion of the fire by actually using holograms while others use light, spinning drums and other unique materials. In Europe, this category of hearth product is presently exploding. A key selling point aside from the look of the flame is the convenience. There are no gas lines or chimney needed and the unit can go anywhere in the home. All you need is a normal electrical outlet and a wall. As far as heat output is concerned, even in an apartment or condominium, an electric unit can provide the warmth of 5000 BTUs.