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Product Definitions
The following definitions will help you understand common terms used in the description of hearth products.

Many fireplaces and log sets are designed to be purely decorative, meaning they only deliver low radiant heat or no heat at all (typically electric fireplaces fall into this category).

Many fireplaces and stoves are designed to be a heat source, adding supplemental heat to your living space by circulating warm air through convection or through a fan.

BTU (British Thermal Unit)
The amount of BTU output will help determine the amount of heat that will be delivered into a room. The higher the BTU, the more square footage can be heated.

Colony offers a variety of fireplaces and stoves that meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA-Phase II guidelines for clean-burning efficiency. Many areas require EPA certification for wood-burning appliances. Check local codes.

Energy Source
When choosing a hearth product, fuel type is the most basic decision you must make. Here are a few things to consider. Note: Several regions around the country have specific local regulations regarding emissions from wood and pellet-burning appliances. Please check with your local code before choosing a specific fuel type.

A wood-burning fire provides optimal visual entertainment and is ideal for both heating and decorative hearth products.

  • From brilliant and blazing to slow and steady, there is a natural ebb and flow to the flame with constant action.
  • Wood also adds the elements of crackling, popping and hissing.
  • Wood-burning products require attention, clean and loading.
  • High-efficiency models help reduce the amount of fuel and effort needed to maintain the fire.
  • Quality, availability and price of wood will vary from region to region.

A gas fire delivers the peaceful ambiance of wood-burning fire, but flames are more even and consistent.

  • Gas fireplaces and stoves require almost no effort to start and maintain and are often remote-controlled or feature an easy-access control panel.
  • With several heater-rated models, the flame height and intensity can be adjusted.
  • Gas log sets are ceramic and designed with fine details like charged edges, textured bark and a glowing ember bed to maintain an authentic feel.
  • Gas products are available to operate with propane (LP) or natural gas.

An optimal fuel for heating hearth products, pellets offer a unique and dramatic fire experience and deliver powerful, dense heat. Compared to wood, pellet-burning products are inherently more convenient.

  • Large hoppers and automatic feed systems eliminate constant tending to the fire and burnout.
  • Pellet appliances do require cleaning and fuel needs to be loaded periodically.
  • Fires tend to be very active and constant. The flames are dense and powerful, offering a brilliant glow.
  • Quality, availability and price of pellet fuel will vary from region to region.

Electric fireplaces use light projection to simulate a burning fire.

  • Electric fires often have similar characteristics of a gas fire with constant flame activity.
  • Electric fireplaces and stove require almost no effort to start and maintain.

Venting Options
The home environment, type of appliance, altitude, weather, and installation requirements often dictate what venting option is appropriate. Be sure to consult a professional, builder or remodeler before making a decision on venting. Note: Several regions around the country have specific local regulations regarding vent-free or ventless products. Please check with your local authority before choosing one of these products.

Wood-burning products offer a chimney as the venting option.

Pellet-burning products offer a fan-assisted vent for venting.

Gas products offer three venting configurations:

  • Direct-Vent: Receives 100% of combustion air from outside the home for greater efficiency and is ideal for airtight homes. Also features tempered-or-ceramic-glass panels that seal the combustion area from the home for efficiency and safe indoor air quality.
    Direct-Vent Fireplace
  • B-Vent: Draws combustion air from within the home and vents combustion exhaust to the outdoors.
    B-Vent Fireplace
  • Vent-Free or Ventless: Draws combustion air from inside the home and is designed to burn so efficiently and completely that it eliminated the need for venting.
    Vent-Free or Ventless Fireplace
  • Catalytic Vent-Free: Catalytic technology cleans the hot air as it leaves the combustion chamber

The safe enjoyment of your hearth product is important to us. Please be sure that everyone enjoying the fire understands these safety guidelines:

  • Glass doors and metal around the doors and grills can become very hot during operation and can remain hot even after the fire has gone out or has been turned off.
  • Be sure that all adults and children understand the safety precautions and supervise all children in the same room as your product.
  • Keep furniture, draperies, clothing and other combustible materials at a safe distance from the fire.

We also recommend the purchase of a screen accessory or door option that will guard against direct contact with hot glass and surfaces.

Stop by our showroom or contact PJ Kalb
(364-4328 or ) for more information

PJ Kalb
Fireplace Sales

PJ Kalb
Phone: 364-4328 or

Tom Dvorak
Fireplace Sales Consultant

Tom Dvorak
Phone: 739-5230

Ed LaPointe
Fireplace Sales Consultant

Phone: 739-5225

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