Gas Fireplace Ratings part 11, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...


This brand is from BIG WOODS HEARTH PRODUCTS INC. The CML-58 has a very modern look and feel to the unit with interior accent lights. The CTL-58 has a more traditional look and the BDCT is a corner fireplace. The VIEWPOINT SERIES offers two sizes with large unobstructed windows for viewing the fire. The warranty on the units is not as good as other brands.<1* 

This brand is from INNOVATIVE HEARTH PRODUCTS which was formed with the merger of LENNOX HEARTH PRODUCTS and FMI. They offer a wide selection of models featuring electronic ignition with a battery backup. Their website does not have a stated guarantee for these products.<1* 

The TRIMLINE units are made in the Netherlands and are available in Europe. They offer a variety of balanced flue models but their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy.

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These units are made in Canada by PACIFIC ENERGY and sold throughout North America by authorized dealers. They offer wide screen models and see through units as well as an arched unit for a traditional look and feel. All of the units have a battery backup to operate during power outages. The units also have their "maestro" control system which incorporates a wall-mounted on/off flame control switch and a programmable hand held remote. The units are backed by a good warranty.<1* 

This brand is made in Spain and is available worldwide. The units have a modern look and feel and, in fact, are more a work of art than an appliance. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products.<1* 

These fireplaces are made in Canada by MILES INDUSTRIES LTD. and are also available in the USA. They offer a wide variety of models which are direct vented and have millivolt controls so they can operate during a power outage. The H6 model is the latest in their HORIZON series and offers a 60% larger window for great views of the fire. The VERTANA series features their "Valorstat" remote which senses and controls the room temperature as well as allowing the pilot light to be turned on and off for fuel savings. The remote control is programmable for convenience. The unit offers an optional blower kit so that the heat from the unit can be ducted to three separate zones of the home. The warranty on the unit, especially the heat exchanger, is not as good as many brands.<1* 

This brand is a part of BFM EUROPE LTD. and is made in the U.K. They offer a wide variety of models including balanced flue (direct vent) and B vent models. The guarantee on most parts is very good when they are purchased through their showrooms but the warranty on the firebox is not.

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