Gas fireplace ratings part 2 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the American Hearth, Appalachian Stove, Archgard, and Astria brands.
This brand is a division of EMPIRE COMFORT SYSTEMS and the units are available in North America but only through their authorized dealer network.. The MADISON CLEAR FACE fireplaces are direct vent units that allow you to have the comfort of a blower distributing the heat without the old fashioned louvers on the front of the unit. This provides a much more appealing view of the fire. The VAN BUREN models are more traditional fires and use B vent for venting.
These units are basic unvented fireplaces but they have a durable stainless steel burner and offer an optional fan. The manufacturer's website is very little help and does not have a stated warranty policy.
This brand is made in Canada and is sold by dealers throughout North America. The units are direct vent so that a chimney is not required. Their "Fiberflame" burner system provides a realistic glow that simulates wood burning and they have a large glass for viewing the fire. All of the units are remote ready and offer a convection fan. The warranty on the units (especially on the electrical parts) is not as good as many brands.
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 styles featuring electronic ignition and large windows with unobstructed views of the fire. The DEVONSHIRE series models (shown here) realistically look like a traditional masonry fireplace but have all of the convenience of electronic controls with battery backup. The RHAPSODY models feature a more modern look with a large linear view of the fire and long wavering flames. The units are backed by a good guarantee but are only available through a dealer network.
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