The Chimney Pot Shoppe.
Victorian chimney pots
are handcrafted in terra-cotta and kiln fired. They increase the height of the chimney, thereby helping to increase the updraft through it, while adding a decorative touch to the roofline. The pots are easy to install, the maker says, and come in numerous styles and finishes. 724.345.3601.
Contemporary design distinguishes the
Soho gas fireplace
, part of the Modern Collection. Its compact, shallow design allows it to fit into a variety of settings, while accent lighting and electric embers make it a centerpiece even when it's not being used for heat. The three-function wall control is standard; several front options are available. 888.427.3973.
Hearthview Gas fireplace
boasts 864 square inches of glass for a stunning view. It has a heating capacity of up to 1,400 square feet and a BTU range of 5,200 to 31,000. Several options are available, including decorative grilles and faces, a remote control, a convection fan, and even an aromatherapy kit. A standing pilot allows the fireplace to heat even when the power is out. 800.654.1177.
Purifire air treatment system
is now available on select Electraflame electric fireplaces. The system uses an electrostatically charged allergen reduction filter that traps dust, spores, pollen, mold, and other particles. It circulates and cleans the air of an average-sized room four times per hour. The unit can operate with the heater on or may be run continuously with the air-circulating fan. 800.668.6663.
's old-world look belies its up-to-date technology. Its 43,000 BTUs provide excellent heating efficiency, allowing a 50% turn-down rate, the maker says. The fireplace comes with a remote control, a cast iron grate and andirons, a heat-circulating blower, and a safety pull screen. Available in a traditional arch or a rectangular design, it comes with a choice of four panels. 800.461.5581.
Beauty meets function in the
Georgian Series grating
. The system's gas line is embedded in the antiqued, heavy steel cradle. Three separately controlled burners are hidden within the grating and the simulated coal bed, creating the illusion of glowing embers on the realistic refractory logs. Three performance levels are offered, including one that replicates a realistic fire sequence and one that features electronic ignition. 503.227.0547.
operates with or without electricity, making it a good backup heat option. It features heavy-gauge steel construction and an adjustable BTU range. An adjustable flame and blower fan make it easy to control the comfort level. Options include a remote control, a wall thermostat, and several gold trims. 800.248.4681.
is the company's largest EPA II-approved fireplace to date. The wood-burning fireplace heats up to 2,500 square feet with a 70,000-BTU catalytic combustion burner that's highly efficient, the maker says. Its single-pane door is offered in black or gold-plated trim. 800.953.6669.