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Product Definitions The following definitions will help you understand common terms used in the description of hearth products.
Decorative Many fireplaces and log sets are designed to be purely decorative, meaning they only deliver low radiant heat or no heat at all (typically electric fireplaces fall into this category).
Heating-Circulating Many fireplaces and stoves are designed to be a heat source, adding supplemental heat to your living space by circulating warm air through convection or through a fan.
BTU (British Thermal Unit) The amount of BTU output will help determine the amount of heat that will be delivered into a room. The higher the BTU, the more square footage can be heated.
EPA-Certified Colony offers a variety of fireplaces and stoves that meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA-Phase II guidelines for clean-burning efficiency. Many areas require EPA certification for wood-burning appliances. Check local codes.
Energy Source When choosing a hearth product, fuel type is the most basic decision you must make. Here are a few things to consider. Note: Several regions around the country have specific local regulations regarding emissions from wood and pellet-burning appliances. Please check with your local code before choosing a specific fuel type.
Wood A wood-burning fire provides optimal visual entertainment and is ideal for both heating and decorative hearth products.
Gas A gas fire delivers the peaceful ambiance of wood-burning fire, but flames are more even and consistent.
Pellet An optimal fuel for heating hearth products, pellets offer a unique and dramatic fire experience and deliver powerful, dense heat. Compared to wood, pellet-burning products are inherently more convenient.
Electric Electric fireplaces use light projection to simulate a burning fire.
Venting Options The home environment, type of appliance, altitude, weather, and installation requirements often dictate what venting option is appropriate. Be sure to consult a professional, builder or remodeler before making a decision on venting. Note: Several regions around the country have specific local regulations regarding vent-free or ventless products. Please check with your local authority before choosing one of these products.
Wood Wood-burning products offer a chimney as the venting option.
Pellet Pellet-burning products offer a fan-assisted vent for venting.
Gas Gas products offer three venting configurations:
Safety The safe enjoyment of your hearth product is important to us. Please be sure that everyone enjoying the fire understands these safety guidelines: