These fireplaces are unmatched in their efficiency. They can be vented with PVC pipe which is cheaper and easier. They have a thermostatic remote and an innovative way of humidifying the home as they operate. The units must be installed by an authorized dealer.
This brand is made in Canada by KINGSMAN FIREPLACES and is sold in North America. The CAPELLA SERIES offers direct vent units with either rock or log sets. They have large windows for viewing the fire and a variable speed blower. The warranty on most parts is good but the guarantee on the logs is not when compared to other brands.
This brand is from JOHNSON GAS APPLIANCE CO. The D SERIES offers two sizes (30,000 or 40,000 btu) of basic units. The FULLVIEW models feature remote controlled operation with a thermostat built into the remote control. In the "Smart Thermostat" operating mode, the flames are modulated to provide long even burning for maximum comfort. The units have an accent light to improve the ambiance. The brand is backed by a very good guarantee.
The HARMONY direct vent fireplaces have large windows for viewing the fire and a variable speed fan to spread the heat. The touchscreen remote senses and maintains the temperature as well as control of the three flame heights. The warranty on the units (especially the firebox) is not very good when compared to other brands.
The HOTSHOT models are traditional B vent units that use millivolt controls which allows the unit to operate during power outages. They have hi and lo flame control and a heat activated blower. The I SERIES offers both traditional and linear direct vent models. The warranty on the brand (especially the firebox) is not as good as many brands.
This brand is sold through dealers in North America. They offer both contemporary and traditional looking models but the warranty is not as good as many brands. The INFRARED models have a dual burner system with full modulation as well as electronic ignition with battery backup. They have a built-in night light function as well as a variable speed blower.
This brand is made by PECAN ENGINEERING and is sold through dealers in Australia. The LEGEND gas fires are direct vent units and have ceramic lined fireboxes for increased radiant heating. They have electronic ignition controls with a remote but their website does not have a stated warranty policy.
This brand is made by HEARTH & HOME TECHNOLOGIES. The QFI 30 & 35 models are direct vent units that have an intermittent pilot system for energy savings. They are backed by a pretty good warranty.