Gas Inserts

Designed to be installed into an existing traditional fireplace, a gas fireplace insert is a more energy-efficient and easy-to-use option.

Oakville™ Series

Available Models: 3, 3 Glass, X3 & X4

The clean faced Oakville Series is aesthetically pleasing while their performance make them the only choice when buying an insert

Starting at $2,699CAD

Oakville™ Series

Available Models: 3, 3 Glass, X3 & X4

The clean faced Oakville Series is aesthetically pleasing while their performance make them the only choice when buying an insert

Starting at $2,699CAD

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Highly efficient. Self-contained. Gas fireplace inserts are an easy solution for replacing an old, existing wood-burning fireplace opening. These inserts require little in the way of maintenance and are far more efficient than the fireplaces they are replacing. Gas fireplace inserts vent exclusively out of the chimney, which will eradicate drafts, increasing your home’s efficiency. Their smaller stature is because they are a singular, self-contained unit. This makes installation easier and less expensive. Nearly endless choices when it comes to design and décor provide both traditional looks with logs and more contemporary looks with glass and other media. Surrounds can accentuate the design you are going for, creating the perfect focal point for any space.

A gas fireplace insert offers a blend of convenience and aesthetic appeal. It is designed to fit into an existing fireplace space, using metal shrouds to seamlessly integrate with the existing structure. This design eliminates the need for extensive remodeling or alterations to your current fireplace setup. All that’s required is a connection to a gas line.

Both a natural gas fireplace insert, and a propane fireplace insert are efficient alternatives to traditional wood-burning fireplaces. They provide the same warm ambiance but with significantly less maintenance. Unlike wood fireplaces, they don’t require annual chimney servicing, there’s no risk of creosote-induced fires, and there’s no need to handle firewood or ash. A gas fireplace insert’s upkeep is minimal, mainly involving occasional professional inspections and simple cleaning of the glass front. This makes them a practical choice for those seeking the charm of a fireplace without labor-intensive maintenance.

How Does a Gas Fireplace Insert Work?

Gas fireplace inserts are an innovative heating solution ingeniously designed to fit into your existing wood-burning fireplace. The process begins with connecting to your home’s gas supply, which can be either natural gas or propane, depending on local availability. Once installed, igniting the fire is remarkably simple: a mere push of a button or a flip of a switch. This action ignites the gas in the burner, creating a fire without the need for kindling or wood. The gas then flows through a specially designed burner, producing flames that mimic the look and feel of a traditional wood-burning fireplace. These flames are safely enclosed within a fireproof box made of sturdy metal and heat-resistant glass.

A notable feature of many gas fireplace inserts is their blower system. Unlike traditional fireplaces where heat can escape up the chimney, the blower system in a gas fireplace insert efficiently distributes heat throughout the room so that the warmth isn’t just concentrated in one area. Exhaust venting plays a crucial role in the operation of gas fireplace inserts, ensuring the safe and efficient removal of combustion gases from your home.

What Type of Gas Insert Should I Choose?

When selecting a venting system for a gas fireplace insert, it’s important to understand the different types available and their compatibility with your home.

Direct Venting

Direct venting is a popular choice, featuring a two-pipe system where one pipe draws outside air for combustion, and the other expels exhaust gases. This system is highly efficient and safe, as it does not consume indoor air and is completely sealed from the indoor environment. Direct vents are ideal for new installations or adding a fireplace in rooms without existing fireplaces.

Natural Vent Systems

Natural vent (B-Vent) systems utilize the home’s existing chimney to vent exhaust, drawing combustion air from the room. While these are generally easier to install in homes with existing fireplaces and can be a good option for retrofitting, they are less efficient than direct vent systems. This is because they use indoor air for combustion and lose more heat through the chimney.

Regardless of the type of gas fireplace insert you choose, it’s essential to consider your current setup, local building codes, and the manufacturer’s instructions. Regular maintenance and adherence to safety guidelines are crucial for all types of venting systems to ensure they operate efficiently and safely.

Are Gas Fireplace Inserts Easy to Install?

While gas fireplace inserts are designed for easy installation compared to other alternatives, it’s highly recommended to engage a professional for installation. This is not only for safety and compliance with local building codes but is also often a requirement to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.

Installing a gas fireplace insert starts with assessing the existing fireplace, ensuring its structure is sound, and measuring for a proper fit. The next step is to check the venting requirements of the insert—whether it needs direct venting, or natural venting through a chimney. A crucial aspect is ensuring the availability of a gas line and electrical supply for powering the insert’s ignition module and blower.

Once these are met, the insert must be installed correctly into the fireplace cavity so that it is aligned and level. Metal shrouds are then installed to cover any gaps between the insert and the existing structure, both for aesthetics and safety. The venting system is set up next, connecting the insert to the appropriate venting mechanism. Then, a qualified technician typically connects the gas source to either the propane fireplace insert, or the natural gas fireplace insert.

After installation, the insert should be tested and calibrated according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Regular maintenance, including professional inspections and cleaning of the glass and exterior, is important for the insert’s longevity and performance.

Can Gas Fireplace Inserts Mimic Traditional Wood-burning Fireplaces?

Modern technology and design advancements allow a gas fireplace insert to replicate the look, feel, and ambiance of a classic wood fire. Napoleon Inspiration™ ZC Gas Fireplace Insert is a masterpiece of design and functionality. A winner of the esteemed Vesta award, it features PHAZER® logs crafted to mimic the look of real wood logs, complete with textures and contours. When combined with charcoal embers, they create a highly authentic wood-burning appearance. Napoleon’s YELLOW DANCING FLAMES® technology produces flames that closely resemble those of a real wood fire. The flames are designed to move and flicker, creating the visual dynamics of natural fire. You can adjust the flame height and intensity, which allows for a more authentic experience. The state-of-the-art pan burner system in Napoleon’s gas fireplace inserts ensures a broad range of heat output. This flexibility in heat control adds to the authenticity, as it simulates the varying intensity of a natural fire. The design of the burner system, combined with the realistic logs and flames, gives the overall appearance of a traditional masonry fireplace.

Are Gas Fireplace Inserts Efficient?

One of the key benefits of gas fireplace inserts is that they provide significant heat output while consuming less energy compared to traditional wood-burning fireplaces. This not only helps reduce your carbon footprint but also saves on energy bills.

A gas fireplace insert converts a greater percentage of the fuel directly into usable heat. This is because gas burns cleaner and more completely than wood, meaning less heat is wasted to warm your space. A gas fireplace insert allows for precise control over the flame and heat output. You can adjust the burning rate to your exact needs. In contrast, wood-burning fireplaces are less predictable and harder to regulate. They typically have a low efficiency rating, hovering around 15 to 30 percent, compared to gas fireplace inserts that range from 65 to 99 percent. With wood, the heat output can also vary greatly depending on the wood type, moisture content, and size, leading to inconsistent heating.

Napoleon’s gas fireplace inserts have features like the MIRRO-FLAME™ Porcelain Reflective Radiant Panels, which are designed to reflect heat back into the room, minimizing heat loss through the chimney.

How Safe Are Gas Fireplace Inserts?

Gas fireplace inserts are generally considered safe when installed and maintained correctly. They are made with many safety features, like automatic shut-off systems, protective safety screens, and sealed combustion units, which make it less likely that someone will get burned or be exposed to harmful combustion gases by accident. Do note that gas inserts require specific clearances from combustible materials like wood, drywall, or carpeting. These clearances must be maintained to prevent overheating and potential fire hazards.

Napoleon boasts a safety feature known as the 100% SAFE GUARD™ gas control system integrated into the gas fireplace insert. This includes fail-safes and automatic shut-off mechanisms. In the event of a malfunction, such as a gas leak or a failure in the ignition system, the 100% SAFE GUARD™ system would automatically cut off the gas supply, preventing potential hazards. Users can have peace of mind knowing that the gas fireplace insert has built-in measures to prevent accidents.

Napoleon’s PREMIUM GLASS GUARD is a cutting-edge safety enhancement featuring a triple-paned glass system that acts as a barrier in front of the fireplace’s main glass. This system ingeniously incorporates airspaces between the glass layers, significantly dissipating radiant heat from the fireplace. This allows the outer pane to stay warm but not hot to the touch. The design includes dual air channels between the firebox and the outer glass, serving as insulators to minimize direct heat transfer. This feature is particularly beneficial for households with children and pets. When paired with Napoleon’s Dynamic Heat Control system, the PREMIUM GLASS GUARD not only reduces but strategically redirects the heat, optimizing safety and comfort.

Another safety feature of Napoleon gas fireplace inserts is the safety screen barrier. This protective mesh over the glass front significantly reduces the risk of burns. Plus, there are options to purchase specialized safety barriers, like the Black Safety Barrier, for specific models, offering an extra layer of protection.

Discover the perfect blend of style, cutting-edge technology, and safety with Napoleon Gas Inserts, designed to transform your living space into a cozy haven. Enjoy the convenience of easy installation so your living space exudes warmth and style in no time.

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