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Basics & Theory

NRCan: All About Gas Fireplaces
National Resources Canada provides online booklet with information on gas fireplace types, venting, efficiency, controls, location, use, safety, as well as problems with gas logs and unvented units.
Education & Training

National Fireplace Institute: Certification For Gas, Wood, Pellet, Hearth Design
National Fireplace Institute is the professional certification division of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation, a non-profit educational organization for the hearth industry. NFI certifies planners and installers in three hearth product categories based on fuel type: NFI Gas Specialist; NFI Woodburning Specialist; NFI Pellet Specialist; NFI Hearth Design Specialist.
Issues & Performance

CMHC: Impact Of Gas Fireplace On Winter Energy Consumption & House Temperatures
CMHC study showed fireplace operation had a significant impact on increasing total house heating energy consumption and lowering air temperatures in far away rooms. (PDF)

EnerChoice: Canadian Fireplace & Stove Efficiency Standard
All hearth products are required to be tested to the proper Canadian standards and must have the EnerGuide efficiency rating on display, but only a select few have the EnerChoice designation. The Enerchoice stamp of approval is reserved for products that meet or exceed efficiency levels as determined by an independant committee managed by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada.

FortisBC: Gas Fireplace Maintenance & Safety
FortisBC offers tips to maintain your natural gas fireplace and keep your family safe. Click on "Fireplace maintenance" half way down page.

GBA: Avoid Unvented Gas Heaters
Green Building Advisor article says unvented gas & kerosene space heaters and fireplaces are a bad idea.

Hearth Net: Industry Viewpoint On Unvented Gas Appliances
Hearth Net article from inventor Lance OHearn, gives good background on why Canada prohibits the use of unvented gas appliance products.

IRC: Impact Of Natural Gas Fireplace On Home Heating Energy
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction study assessed the impact of operating a natural gas fireplace on the heating energy consumption of an R-2000 house. (PDF)

JLC: How Safe Are Vent Free Gas Heaters
Journal of Light Construction offers this excellent article. Although it uses some US data, it will give you good insight as to how unvented heaters affect indoor moisture and air quality. (PDF) Free Registration Required

HPBEF: Purchasable Hearth Handbooks For Building Officials
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation provides a set of two handbooks, Hearth Handbooks for Building Officials: Gas Hearth Systems, and Hearth Handbooks for Building Officials: Solid Fuel Systems. The books provide information on important installation and code issues that building officials may not be entirely acquainted with, and they provide hearth retailers with a thorough resource for hearth product code issues. The Second Edition of the Handbooks, released in 2009, have been co-branded by the International Code Council(ICC). $69 each or $119 for both

JLC: Capping Chimney Chase For Gas Fireplace
Journal of Light Construction describes how to build a framed chimney chase for a gas fireplace's 6-inch vent pipe.

Technical Safety BC: Installation Of Gas Appliances Into Solid Fuel Fireplaces
Technical Safety BC safety order addresses the practice of installing gas appliances into uncertified enclosures, usually the shell of another fireplace. (PDF)

VGF: How To Clean The Glass On A Gas Fireplace
Vancouver Gas Fireplaces online video describes how to clean the glass on a gas fireplace.
Product Supply

CPSC: Recalls Of American Flame Gas Valves For Fireplaces
Consumer Product Safety Commission & American Flame are recalling approximately 12,000 fireplace gas valves in North America. The valves can continue to allow gas flow through the pilot when the valve has been switched off. The recall involves American Flame AF-4000 series fireplace gas valves installed in residential fireplaces made by 12 manufacturers under the brand names: Pacific Energy, Travis Industries, CFM Corporations, Canadian Heating Products, Portland-Willamette, Rasmussen, Chimeneas de Columbia, Twin Eagles, FDM, Inca Metals (Savannah Heating), Even Temp and Valley Comfort. The valves were installed in some, but not all, fireplaces. Date codes included in the recall include 0622 through 0718.
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