Gas fireplace ratings part 19 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Thermocet, Town & Country, Traforart, and Valor brands.
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.
TOWN & COUNTRY--townandcountryfireplaces.net--3*
These units are made in Canada by PACIFIC ENERGY and are 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 HELIFIRE 360 fire (shown here) has a unique ultra-modern look and features all stainless steel construction but it is only available for natural gas. The units are backed by a good warranty.
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.
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 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.
We continue our gas fireplace ratings with an alphabetical list of manufacturers and reviews of their products. You can continue to browse our list but, if you are looking for a specific brand, you can enter its name in the search box at the top of the page.