The fireplace: comfort and style

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There’s usually no contest  between choosing a home with or without a fireplace: the fireplace wins almost every time. That’s why the fireplace has retained a special place in our hearts and homes throughout the years.


In the past, we used the fireplace for more basic needs, such as cooking meals or staying warm in winter. It was an integral part of building a house and, as such, an essential architectural element. Today, the fireplace is still a central element in a home, even with advent of modern appliances and heating in every room.

No matter where the fireplace is located in a home, it becomes a natural gathering place to relax and chat. It brings people together and affects how a space is organized. And since it’s kind of a social centre, it’s important that the fireplace be the focal point in a room.

Today, gas fireplaces offer quicker, cleaner comfort than traditional wood-burning fireplaces, plus they light easily, can be adjusted to our needs, and are more environmentally friendly.


Over time, the fireplace has evolved to adapt to ever-changing styles. Today, gas fireplaces come in a wide variety of styles. Modern interiors showcase liner models, installed slightly above the floor, and even two- and three-sided, corner and facing/back-to-back models. For a truly contemporary look, beads and stones are an attractive alternative to traditional ceramic logs.

!iStock_000003527909XLargeFlames and stones in a see through gas fireplace.

There’s a wide array of chimney mantel-covering materials to choose from. Fireplaces used to be sober and modern, but now you can cover them with large ceramics, glass mosaics, stainless steel leaves, even painted MDF. A simple mantel-covering keeps the focus on the star attraction: the fire.

No matter what type of fireplace you choose, a fireplace lends elegance to a room and creates a wonderful place to gather during a long, cold winter.

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    Cynthia Jollymore

    Please contact me to discuss options to convert my wood burning by fireplace to a gas fireplace. Live in Pointe Claire.

    Thank you, Cynthia

    Reply to Cynthia Jollymore
    • Énergir

      Hello Cynthia, please contact us at this number : 1 800 563-1516 Have a good day!

      Reply to Énergir
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    David B.

    I agree a Gas Fireplace can add to the visual appearance of a home but what are the costs to buy one & installation?
    How much more will it add to a Gas bill?
    Who are some of the recommended distributors/re-sellers that you can recommend to deal with if interested in buying one?
    Good article but missing a lot of very important information.
    My wife & I might be interested in looking into buying one but looks like will need to do our research (but not enough information here for us).


    Reply to David B.
    • Gaz Métro
      Gaz Métro

      Hello David,
      Thank you for your response. We agree that this article is simply a quick overview of the subject. Just as with other consumer goods, there is a wide range of designs and prices. You can find a vast choice of these appliances in specialized stores, but before buying your fireplace, you need to make sure that it can be installed easily. Also, remember that consumption may vary depending on usage. Simply call our customer service at 1-800-875-6202: they will be more than happy to hear from you and to help you in your decision-making.
      Have a good day!

      Reply to Gaz Métro

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