Alsip’s Building Products & Services is hiring for a Seasonal ‘Order Desk Sales Assistant’.
Responsibilities include answering phone calls, assisting clients with samples requests, creating quotations and sales orders, obtaining product knowledge, etc.
Business casual dress. Hours are 8:00am – 4:30pm, Mon – Fri.
The wage for this position is: $15.00 / hour; and as a ‘Seasonal’ role, will usually end near the middle to end of October.
Please apply with a resume to Jason McIntyre / email@example.com or fill out the contact form below.
* NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE *
Alsip’s works with the community in a number of unique ways. We help The Winnipeg Police Service K9 Unit to train their team by allowing them access to our location and facilities. For more information on the K9 Unit, visit their website.
From the K9 website:
“The role of the Winnipeg Police Service K-9 Unit is to provide support to operational units in the search for fleeing suspects and in other capacities where K9s can provide unique assistance to police members.
The unit is part of the service’s Special Operations Unit and has grown to ten K-9 teams offering 24-hour coverage seven days a week to the city of Winnipeg.
The K-9 Unit also has a Narcotic Detector Dog, three Explosive Detector Dogs, and several cross-trained narcotic and tactical dogs. Each K-9 team is trained for a particular objective with extensive training prior to any deployment operation. The K-9 teams patrol the city and are called upon to track suspects, search buildings, locate evidence, and find missing persons. However, the majority of our time and training is devoted to the tracking profile.
The WPS K-9 Unit generally uses both Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds as general-purpose dogs. The Malinois in particular is known as a very versatile dog, with high prey drive, and hard work ethic. In fact the United States Secret Service uses this breed exclusively. Labrador retrievers are also used as detector dogs because of their high hunt and play drives.
The unit also has a Quarry Program comprised of 54 members that assist the handlers on the street, in training, as well as raising pups and taking care of the breeding females. We are one of the few municipal police departments in Canada that operates its own in-house breeding program.”
Choosing a fireplace can be an intimidating ordeal. Luckily we’ve brought together 7 different styles of Montigo Fireplaces. Before we get into the different styles, let’s learn about the history of Montigo:
In 1976, president and founder, Dan Binzer started installing zero clearance wood burning fireplaces to local builders in Vancouver, BC. Over the years demand grew for a gas alternative and Dan engineered and manufactured the first ever Sandpan Logset. The logset was installed in the zero-clearance wood burning fireplace shell, resulting in one of the first zero-clearance gas fireplaces on the market.
As one of the first to bring to market a linear designed fireplace, Montigo now offers the largest selection of linear fireplaces demanded by designers, architects and homeowners wanting to create a modern and contemporary space. – Montigo
Montigo Fireplaces can be professionally installed by our expert install team. Send us a message online, or call us at 204-667-3330 to book your appointment today.
A single sided fireplace is a standard for fireplace technology. Literally any fireplace that can be viewed from one angle can be considered a single sided fireplace. Montigo has two different shapes for their single sided fireplaces; the traditional and the linear. The traditional firebox shape comes with traditional log sets and contemporary linear burner accessory options and the linear is a landscape style firebox with linear burner for a contemporary look.
The Traditional Fireplace also has four different options for the face, Louvered, Flush Faced, Flush to the Floor, and Tall. The Louver options include Black, Silver and Gold. Flush Faced is a clean face design allows installation of brick, tile or other surround over the fireplace frame. Flush to the Floor is a clean face design in a traditional flush to the floor model. The Tall features a taller firebox configuration.
The Panorama fireplace is a three-sided model with a wide front and 2 shorter sides, which has a traditional fireplace shape. A Panorama can be viewed from multiple different angles, perfect for any unique room.
The See Through style is available in both Traditional and Linear and is the perfect addition to any dividing wall. A Traditional will evoke a nostalgic feeling while still bringing a modern touch to a room by adding a See Through element. The Linear while similar to Traditional in offering a See Through element, is set apart for it’s new style and customization. A Linear can featuring a variety of different surrounds such as metal and tile. A See Through style is able to bring warmth to two rooms!
The Peninsula is a three-sided model with a short front and 2 wide sides, perfect for when you need to add an accent or section to a room. The Peninsula is available in a Traditional Firebox shape, while also having a Clean-Face design allowing for brick or tile installation over the fireplace frame.
The Corner is a unique fireplace, a two-sided model with one wide side and a shorter side to the left or right. Available in the Traditional Firebox shape, a Corner model can be used in a room where space is either limited or the fireplace is used as an accent and not as the main attraction.
Montigo also has available a number of different Fireplace Inserts. A Fireplace Insert is a fireproof box surrounded by steel or cast iron, with a glass face. These inserts are used when an existing Fireplace Hearth is not as efficient as required. An older hearth can result in a large amount of heat loss, wasting both fuel and your money. With an insert you can replace your wood burning hearth with gas, with the added bonus of updating the aesthetics and value of the fireplace.
For those who prefer a traditional look, consider Montigo’s Rio-DX Stove. Ceramic glass windows on three sides provides a full view of the spectacular fire. While it burns Natural Gas, the Rio-DX has the style and look of a wood burning stove. The outer door may be left open while the stove is in operation, taking a page from it’s wood burning ancestor. With the convenience and safety of a gas fireplace, the Rio-DX is a competitive choice in the Fireplace Heater arena.
All Montigo Fireplaces come with the following features:
Montigo leads the way in cool-to-touch fireplace manufacturing. This advanced technology reduces liability issues in commercial applications such as restaurants, hotel lobbies, casinos and spas. Montigo’s Cool-Pak system can be installed in any custom fireplace, located between the interior and exterior glass, keeping the exterior glass cool-to-touch.
Each standard Montigo fireplace is manufactured, tested and certified to meet stringent CSA guidelines, ensuring optimum quality and safety. With Montigo’s on site CSA accredited lab even custom built fireplaces are tested to strict certification standards.
Architects, designers and homeowners alike will appreciate the ability to feature fire in just about any location. With our proprietary power venting system and team of expert engineers, a Montigo fireplace can be installed anywhere – even 550’ away from the closest venting location!
With most of our Traditional series Montigo fireplaces, you have the option of four different burn units. These include our Builder’s Log Set, Deluxe Log Set, Linear Burner and River Rock Burner.
If you’re designing a multi-unit building, you will appreciate Montigo’s expertise in termination systems and especially their latest development – the Louvre Termination System. With this product there is no visible exterior venting!
Power venting is a great system that enables you to install a fireplace just about anywhere! You no longer need to locate your fireplace near an exterior wall or have a vertical chimney. You can locate your fireplace wherever you like, running venting in any direction with the assistance of fans to move the air through and eventually out of the building. With power venting, Montigo is also able to increase the BTU of the fireplace to provide you with more flame than a non-power vented system.
When it comes to installation, Montigo designs and engineers each fireplace to have the most compact installation parameters. This means less confining installation parameters behind the fireplace wall.
Montigo designs and manufactures an extensive line of termination systems. They are always designed with aesthetics and function in mind. In addition to our invisible louvered termination system for multi-unit commercial applications, Montigo is the only manufacturer with termination systems that have passed the Rain & Wind test, vitally important in wet, coastal regions such as the Pacific Northwest.
For more information on the Montigo Fireplace line-up or have any questions about installation, call us at 204-667-3330 or fill out the form below!
A wood burning fireplace is a perfect addition to any home, adding warmth and style to any space. To save your money and time, it is imperative to keep your fireplace maintained and in tip top condition. Having a maintained fireplace will add tremendous value to your home and excite your guests. Today we bring you ten tips for maintaining a wood burning fireplace.
1. Clean the interior
Often we forget that burning wood can cause buildup of a variety of dirt, ash, dust and creosote inside of the fireplace. Make sure that you clean the interior regularly. Not only will it look more presentable, the fireplace will burn more efficiently when you keep it clean. Also worth noting is that the buildup of creosote and other materials can be considered a safety hazard. Many of the fine particles can be transmitted through the air and can cause health issues over a longer period of time. Cleaning will also help prevent any of the material from catching fire when you don’t want it to. We recommend using a dust mask when cleaning to prevent inhalation of any dust particles.
2. Install a stainless steel liner
Consider installing a liner for your fireplace to keep the embers and any other materials contained in a safe manner. We can help you find the correct liner for any size of fireplace, and even help with the install! A quality liner will be able to withstand the high temperatures of a wood burning fireplace with ease.
3. Install Heat Proof Glass and Blower or Fan
Heat Proof Glass will help with safety and the efficiency of your fireplace. Glass doors can help with containing any burning material such as embers or dust particles. Safety of your guests and family will also be strengthened by adding another layer of protection. A fan or blower can increase the efficiency of heating your home by distributing the heat over a larger area. The glass doors should be cleaned regularly to prevent buildup of material and to keep your fireplace looking presentable. For any buildup of material, you can use a light sandpaper to lightly sand off any tougher buildups.
4. Watch For Smoke
A properly vented and maintained wood burning fireplace should not send smoke into your room. If you notice any smoke entering your room from the fireplace, make sure you immediately take notice as this could be a warning sign that something needs to be cleaned or maintained. There are a number of causes such as a dirty chimney with too much soot or creosote buildup, debris in the chimney blocking the venting of smoke, a damper may not be open or is only partly open, or the wood itself could not be burning properly. It is always important to play it safe when you see smoke, always pay attention.
5. Burn the Right Wood
Wood burning is an art, and a science. You should always know what kind of wood you are burning in your fireplace. It also pays to know what kind of wood you are burning, different kinds of wood may be cheaper but burn lousy, causing you stress and increased cleaning duties. One type of wood is hardwood which includes maple, oak, ash and birch. A few advantages of hardwood are that they burn hotter and longer, they have less pitch and sap which makes them cleaner to handle, and they cause less creosote buildup. Softwoods on the other hand are a cheaper alternative, but have a trade off in being a bit more difficult to deal with in terms of mess and clean up. Fir is the best, and other softwoods include pine, balsam, spruce, tamarack, alder and poplar. Do not burn green wood, it will not produce enough heat and will produce a large amount of smoke and creosote.
6. Look for Soot
Soot is another byproduct of burning wood and can be an issue if not properly handled. Soot is generally softer than creosote and is able to be disturbed easily, causing a mess in a larger area which can be difficult to clean up. Soot can also catch fire if in a large enough volume. We recommend cleaning the soot deposits regularly and to watch out for when it gets larger than 1/8 inch deep.
7. Remove Creosote
Creosote is a flammable substance that is hard, dark, and crust-like. Creosote will appear after incomplete combustion of burning wood. Wood that is wet by improper storage will produce a larger amount of creosote than wood that has been dried and properly stored. A buildup of too much creosote can cause chimney fires as creosote is highly flammable. A hotter fire will produce less creosote, and a higher airflow will help with maintaining a proper burn. We recommend using a chimney brush to remove any building in the stove pipe. Make sure you inspect the stove pipe regularly with a flashlight to guarantee you have cleaned it thoroughly.
8. Check the Cap
Your chimney likely has a cap on the top or sides to keep unwanted materials and animals from entering. Cleaning the cap and removing debris regularly will enhance airflow and allow smoke to successfully escape. If there is a blockage, you run the risk of having creosote build up inside the chimney, adding a fire risk. We always recommend that you consult a professional chimney sweep if you are noticing any major issues with your chimney. Following these regular inspection tips will allow you to save money as keeping your chimney unobstructed will result in less calls to the chimney sweep professionals.
9. Inspect Your Chimney
Depending on whether you have a metal or masonry chimney, there are a few factors to watch out for. With a masonry chimney examine the outer mortar between bricks or stone to make sure it is intact. Any cracks could be a sign that there is a larger problem or could be the start of one. Any crumbling mortar should be replaced, and any cracked tile liners or missing bricks should be noted and immediately replaced. A metal chimney should be inspected for dust, dents, and rust. Look for any missing screws or dents and rust at the joints as these are the most common areas that show the first signs of weakness.
10. Annual Inspection and Maintenance
Many fireplaces need to be inspected once a year by a Certified specialist or installer in order for the warranty to be maintained. Getting your fireplace maintained is just one step in keeping your fireplace efficient for years to come. Keeping your fireplace safe for your family is easy if you follow the suggestions above, and will be cost effective as you will avoid any large repair bills with keeping maintenance and inspection regular. At Alsip’s we can help you with Annual Inspection and Maintenance, starting at $149.99 per fireplace. We can set you up with a home visit and our certified maintenance team will help you with any fireplace issues and maintenance requests. To start the process, give us a call at 204-667-3330 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have an online contact form to send a message directly to our maintenance team. Fill out the contact form below to start your fireplace maintenance!
Buying and installing a new fireplace can be costly. At Alsip’s we want you to enjoy the fireplace experience rather than dwell on the price tag. To help with the costs of a new fireplace install or upgrade, Manitoba Hydro has introduced the Energy Finance Plan. The Energy Finance plan is a convenient, on-bill financing for upgrades to gas and electrical systems and is available to Manitoba Hydro residential, commercial, farm, and seasonal customers.
Highlights of the plan include:
- Borrow up to $5,000.00 per residence.
- The minimum allowable loan amount is $500.
- The maximum financing term is 5 years.
- The minimum monthly payment is $15.
- Current interest rate is 6.75 per cent.
- No down payment required.
- All work must be performed by a qualified electrician or a licensed contractor who is a participant in the Energy Finance Plan. (Ask us to help you with finding the best in qualified electricians or licensed contractors!)
- Credit approval must be pre-arranged.
- Repayment of the loan is the responsibility of the homeowner and not the tenant.
- The loan becomes due and payable when the house is sold; the loan is not transferable.
- Financing is not eligible for homes under construction, unoccupied homes, or projects in progress or already completed.
If any clarifications are needed for the above information do not hesitate to call us at 204-667-3330 or fill in the contact form below!
Not sure if your project is able to qualify? Here is a list of eligible projects:
- upgrades to electrical service entrance and panel board equipment;
- wiring circuits and associated equipment;
- natural gas piping, venting, ductwork, delivery, permit cost, and taxes;
- central air conditioning systems (must have a minimum SEER of 13.0);
- electric/conventional natural gas water heaters (electric must meet CSA C-191 standard);
- electric and natural gas furnaces/boilers for seasonal, farm, and commercial customers;
- combination heating systems;
- unit heaters (natural convection, forced air, or forced air infrared);
- direct vent natural gas fireplaces (built-in and free-standing);
- security lighting and fixtures (wiring changes must be made as part of other electrical and energy improvement work);
- gas pool heaters;
- permanently installed dehumidifiers (hard-wired);
- permanently installed air purifiers (hard-wired);
- air source heat pumps.
We’ve highlighted the main project that Alsip’s can help you with! We have experienced installers that are certified and guaranteed to provide a satisfying finished result. To receive more information and a copy of the Energy Finance Plan, please fill out the contact form below:
A fireplace can be the focal point of your home as the winter chill draws you and your family indoors. While most modern fireplaces are extremely safe, it is important to remember that these sophisticated machines can still be hazardous if used improperly or treated with disregard. With your family’s safety in mind today we will go over Five Fireplace Safety Tips!
Make sure family members and guests are aware that the glass panel of a gas fireplace, stove or insert can be very hot. Gas fireplaces can run very quiet, unlike a wood burning fireplace which has the crackling wood. Letting your guests and children know that even though the fireplace is quiet and the flame is not large, the glass can heat up and cause burns if leaned against. Always supervise children, the aged, infirm or pets near an operating gas fireplace, stove or insert – or one that has recently been turned off. It helps to consider the glass to always be potentially hot.
Wait for the appliance and glass panel to cool down before allowing anyone to get near it. Cool down can take a long time – an hour or more. Since some appliances use a thermostat to automatically turn the fire on/off, you may not know when the fire was actually turned off. Just because there is no flame doesn’t mean there is no heat, playing it safe and waiting for the fireplace to cool down is the right move.
Read Owner’s Manual
The phrase “knowledge is power” has never been more true when it comes to fireplace safety. Learning the ins and outs of your fireplace can help you reduce risk of injury and will teach you how to properly operate your fireplace. Learning how the fireplace operates properly also gives you the knowledge to watch for warning signs if your fireplace is not operating properly or needs to be maintained and serviced by a professional. We recommend getting your fireplace serviced at least once a year for it to remain under warranty.
Many modern fireplaces have an included remote control for operation. Keep the remote control (if your appliance has one) out of the reach of children. It may also be possible to disable your remote when not in use. Another piece of technology your fireplace may have is a switch lock. A switch lock can prevent children from turning on the gas fireplace, stove or insert. Operation of these switches differs by manufacturer, so be sure to read the instructions carefully.
Install Protective Screen or Barrier
Consumers with existing fireplaces, stoves or inserts should consider installing a protective screen or physical barrier to protect contact with hot glass, especially if there are children or other at-risk individuals in the house. Safety products come in various forms, including:
Attachable safety screens (fastens to the front of the fireplace, stove or insert). Aftermarket safety screens that attach to the fireplace, stove or insert could adversely affect the safe operation of your unit. Contact the safety screen manufacturer to verify that the safety screen is approved by
the fireplace manufacturer for your appliance.
Free-standing safety gates (barriers set up to prevent access).
Free-standing fireplace screens (constructed of mesh screen and set back from the fireplace or stove front).
We’ve mentioned previously that the new Astria lineup of gas fireplaces will have a safety barrier built directly into the fireplace, eliminating the need to purchase and install an aftermarket barrier screen.
To sum up the top 5 safety tips we’ve gone over today, check out this video provided by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association!
Be sure to contact us below if you have any questions about Fireplace Safety or if you would like your fireplace to be maintained and serviced!
Looking for a place to store your stuff for the winter? Let us help you.
Alsip’s provides large outdoor fenced storage at a very competitive price.
Our storage facility is located at 1 Cole Ave, right in the middle of Winnipeg, accessible 24 hours a day.
Store your valuables, whether it be vehicles such as RVs, trucks, cars, even construction equipment. We have the space to accommodate your needs.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get about our storage:
Can I access my unit any time of day?
Yes. The Cole Avenue entrance will be closed after 4:30PM, however there is a secondary entrance just off of Mission Street. Please view the Directions tab for more information.
Is the lease month-to-month?
Our Rental Agreement is on a month to month basis for a term of one year.
How much do I owe at signing?
You owe one months rent at time of signing to establish your account.
Does Alsip’s insurance cover my items?
No. Alsip’s insurance does not cover your items. However your homeowners or renters insurance may cover the items you choose to store with us. We suggest talking with your insurance provider to find out the best coverage for your situation.
What kind of lock should I buy? Can I just bring one from home?
There is no need for you to buy a lock or bring one from home. We provide security locks and keys that are impossible to duplicate. These aren’t your average locks.
Do you offer any storage containers?
Containers in compounds are supplied only by Alsip’s Industrial Products Ltd. The rental cost of such containers, are as follows. A 20’ X 8’ X 8’ container will cost $150.00/month. A 40’ X 8’ 6” X 8’, will cost $300.00/month.
How do I pay?
You can pay by visiting us at our main office at 1 Cole Ave, Winnipeg MB. We accept Debit and Credit Card.
What do I do when I’m done renting?
We require a written notice 10 days prior to the next rental month, not prior to your move out date. For example, if you will be moving out on September 28, you should give written notice by September 20 because that is 10 days before the next rental period. When you have vacated all your items, remove your lock, let the manager know you are completely done and remind them to cancel your auto-pay if you have one set up.
What if my plans change and I don’t need the space after all?
If you cancel in writing within 72 hours of renting, the rent charges will be waived and you will only owe a $25.00 cancellation and administrative fee, plus any retail items purchased. If you cancel in writing after 72 hours, one month’s rent will be due. Cancellations must be in writing and not over the phone.
I have some things I don’t want to take with me. Can I leave them or put them in your dumpster?
All of your belongings must be removed once you are done renting. Any items left over will remain forfeit and will be discarded. You will also be charged a removal fee.
If I move out before the end of the month, do I get a refund for those unused days?
No. Since our leases are on a month to month term and not a day to day basis, you will be charged the full amount for the month.
I signed the lease at one price, but I just received a notice that my rent will be increasing. How can you do this?
Your lease and its terms are month-to-month (unless otherwise noted on your contract), so we can change the terms with a 30 days’ written notice. Although most likely unpleasant news, rate increases are common in the storage industry. At the time of renewal, the terms are adjustable. Our standard lease renews every month, so the terms are eligible for change once a month without your signature. Continuing to occupy your unit on and after the date of the change constitutes your compliance with the change.
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A wood stove can be a primary heating source for your home or room, adding a layer of ambiance through the crackling of burning wood. Cozying up to a wood burning stove reminds us to stay connected to our families and remember the simple things in life. What is the most important aspect to keep in mind with a wood burning stove when it comes to our loved ones? Safety.
What comes to mind when a wood burning stove is mentioned is a roaring fire; all you need to do is throw in a few logs into it right? Not quite.
Modern wood burning stoves are designed with safety in mind. Modern stoves produce almost no smoke, minimal ash, and require less firewood. While older uncertified stoves release 15 to 30 grams of smoke per hour; new EPA-certified stoves produce only 2 to 7 grams of smoke per hour (EPA).
Emission Limits for Wood Stoves
Wood Stoves are now a much more complicated piece of technology. Gone are the years of just putting a block of wood into a metal container. With EPA’s Emission Limits, wood stoves need to be designed under certain guidelines. EPA’s mandatory smoke emission limit for wood stoves is 7.5 grams of smoke per hour (g/h) for non-catalytic stoves and 4.1 g/h for catalytic stoves. Stove manufacturers have improved their combustion technologies over the years, and now some newer stoves have certified emissions in the 1 to 4 g/h range.
Two Types of Wood Stoves
Now that we’ve discussed the recent advancements in reducing smoke emissions we can now talk about the two different combustion styles that help achieve these reduced emissions, catalytic and non-catalytic combustion. Both approaches have proved effective, but there are a few performance differences.
Although most of the stoves on the market are non-catalytic, some of the more popular high-end stoves use catalytic combustion. Since they are slightly more complicated to operate, catalytic stoves are suited to people who like technology and are prepared to maintain the stove properly so it continues to operate at peak performance.
Homeowners will save money and time with a non-catalytic model over a catalytic model. It is also easier to start and operate, and is ideal for those with less heating demands on their wood stoves. A few key advantages for a non-catalytic stove are:
- Slightly lower cost
- Lively flame picture
- No catalytic combustor to replace
- Easier to operate
How Does it Work?
- Primary combustion air enters the stove and is preheated then introduced above the glass doors. This primary air flow is adjustable and provides control of fuel burn rate and heat output. The sweeping action of the airwash system helps keep the glass clean for better view of the fire.
- Jets of combustion air enter through the shoe refractory and maintain a superheated primary combustion zone of coals and burning fuel where combustible gases ignite as they pass into the secondary combustion zone.
- Flames entering the highly insulated secondary combustion chamber are further mixed with staged secondary combustion air which provides the optimum level of oxygen to more completely burn off any remaining combustible gasses. This results in lower emissions, higher efficiency and a stable, even heat output from your stove.
A higher efficiency heating machine, catalytic wood stoves are ideal for those who wish to supplant a major portion of their heating needs with their wood stove. A catalytic stove is ideal for those who want more control over their fireplace experience. With a catalytic stove you can look forward to:
- Higher efficiency
- Longer burn times
- Advanced features such as top-loading, swing-out ash pan and thermostatic control
Note: A catalyst needs to be cleaned and maintained and generally needs to be replaced every 5 years or so.
How Does it Work?
- Primary air enters the stove through a thermostatically controlled flap in the back and is preheated as it is drawn through the interior walls of the stove and finally to the air wash.
- Thermostatically controlled secondary air mixes with the smoke (which is unburned wood gases) beginning the secondary combustion process and providing an optional mixture for greater efficiency.
- The mixture passes through a catalytic combustor which lowers the smoke’s burning temperature from 1,200 ºF to 600 ºF and causes it to ignite. This catalytic combustion turns the smoke and other pollutants into usable heat.
Cleaner burning wood stoves can reduce your fuel bill, in addition to protecting your health. The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association has developed a fuel efficiency calculator to show how various cleaner-burning stoves can actually save you money. You can compare the cost of heating your home with wood, electricity, natural gas, oil, or coal. You can also see how using a cleaner burning hearth device to supplement your existing heating system can reduce your overall home heating cost.
A central furnace cycles on and off several times an hour and heats your entire house – even unoccupied rooms – wasting money. Using a supplemental hearth appliance to heat the rooms your family occupies most, or “zone heating,” allows you to turn down the thermostat for the central furnace, decreasing your fuel bill.
The following energy savings calculator was developed by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association and is provided for estimating purposes only. Actual energy savings may vary based on use and other factors.
For more information on wood burning stoves please contact us at 204-667-3330 or fill out the form below.
The world of Fireplaces is changing, it’s about to get a lot safer.
Did you know that the HPBA (Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association), has been working on a new safety standard for all glass fronted fireplaces? The safety standard mandates that all glass fronted fireplaces manufactured after January 1, 2015 have a mandatory safety barrier screen. HPBA has been working with The Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) to pass this regulation and to make it mandatory for all new glass fronted fireplaces.
The safety barrier works by adding a physical barrier to the fireplace, resulting in an air space barrier between the glass front and the barrier. This air space allows heat to be distributed evenly over the barrier as well as into the room. What results is the barrier is at a much lower temperature than the glass front, preventing accidental burns. There is still a danger in touching the barrier for a prolonged period of time but the reduced temperature of the barrier adds another layer of protection for your family.
Since many existing glass fronted fireplaces do not have a safety barrier there are a number of after market solutions in purchasing a safety barrier. We suggest you talk to your fireplace manufacturer or our Maintenance Team to find out the best possible safety barrier for your existing fireplace.
Now if you are looking for a new fireplace for your home let us introduce you to Astria’s new Aries, Gemini, and Scorpio gas fireplaces. These fireplaces were designed with safety in mind, featuring a new safety barrier built right into the fireplace.
The Aries Traditional direct vent combines beauty, efficiency and value, and features a clean faced heat-circulating design with beautiful flame, glowing embers and detailed 5-piece ceramic fiber oak logs. All models are equipped with a standard barrier that meets 2015 requirements. Available in a dedicated top or rear flue configuration. Standard black painted interior. Ignition systems available in either millivolt or energy saving electronic ignition with seamless battery back-up. Built-in barrier for added safety.
The newly designed Gemini™ series of direct-vent gas fireplaces projects versatile style and performance. Outfitted with inviting features and outstanding performance, these fireplace units also feature a number of optional accessories, allowing a personal, customized touch. The units are built with quality components and are easy to install. That’s the essence of the new Astria Gemini™ series.
The superbly designed Scorpio™ series is the embodiment of traditional style and performance. Dressed with an array of standard features including high efficiency ceramic glass and heat circulating blower, these fireplace units make a room both warm and inviting. Available in three sizes, the Scorpio series provides true design versatility.
Below you will find a product comparison showing some highlighted specs that will help choosing a new model of fireplace. Each model features the latest in safety technology. For more information on the latest in fireplaces feel free to contact us at 204-667-3330 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
|Flue||*Dedicated||**Top/Rear Combo||Top/Rear Combo|
|Standard Accessories||Logs & Grate||Logs & Grate||Logs, Grate, Ceramic Glass, Liner Kit, Blower, Illumination|
|Warranty||20 Year||20 Year||20 Year|
|Contemporary Model||Aries CD||N/A||Scorpio CD|
* 45″ model is a top-rear combo. All other models are dedicated top or rear.
** 33″ model is dedicated top or rear. All other models are top/rear combo.
~ Standard wall-mounted control for electronic units
NOTE: For your installation convenience, we have made the framing dimensions identical for each fireplace size across all three Astria series. All models are equipped with 2015 ANSI barriers.
Stuck on the decision of which type of fireplace to purchase for your home? Previously we went over some new Electric Fireplaces from Dimplex, as well as detailing just what exactly the difference between wood and gas burning is. In our wood vs gas burning article, there was a definite bias towards gas burning as Eco-Friendly heating is on everyone’s mind. We all need to do our part to save the environment. However just because natural gas emits less particles than a wood burning alternative, this does not mean that wood burning is not Eco-Friendly. All of our EPA certified stoves are heavily regulated and with proper annual maintenance you will not run into any inhome pollution.
Today we will discuss several Benefits to Wood Burning Stoves.
Did you know that wood is a renewable resource? Many believe that there is a finite amount of wood to go around but in reality there is a sophisticated system in place that guarantees that a business who sells wood for burning keeps track of the amount of wood they cut down or salvage from dead trees. With this in mind, trees are planted or seeded to make up for the amount that has been cut down. Many wood suppliers must work very closely with the Provincial Government and face heavy fines if they decide to chop down trees without permission.
Wood biomass such as; logs, pellets, wood chips, brush clippings, grasses, and lumber yard waste, can all be purchased and created locally benefiting the local economy of your area.
Many wood burning stoves must meet the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) Certification Standards. The standards specify a range of Smoke Emissions from 0-12 Grams/KG of Wood Burned. An older style of stove may have smoke emissions of over 28 Grams/KG of Wood burned. From the EPA’s Phase 2 Qualification program:
“Phase 2 Qualified models are cleaner and pollute less than those models that
have not met this emissions level. Exposure to smoke has been associated with
respiratory illness and other health problems. Models that have lower smoke
emissions may reduce your risk.”
Make sure the stove you are looking for is qualified under Phase 2!
Cut Energy Costs
How much is your energy bill? With a wood burning fireplace you can cut your energy bill drastically. The average cost for a cord of Tamarack wood with delivery is $295. In a single cord of wood you receive 128 cubic feet of stacked firewood, it measures four feet high by four feet wide by eight feet long (4 ft. x 4 ft. x 8 ft.), lasting you quite a while. Be sure to shop around for finding the best priced wood of the type you prefer. According to Global News, some heating bills can shoot up to over $700 per month in Winnipeg weather. With a wood burning fireplace you can offset some of that cost and enjoy the cool winter days indoors in front of a warm fireplace.
The atmosphere provided by a Wood Burning Fireplace cannot be stressed enough. After a long day outside in the cold a warm fireplace can be the signature point to your sanctuary. Curling up in front of a fireplace with your loving family is one of life’s simple pleasures. In today’s busy world, we all need a safe and quiet space to go home to. For all of human history, people have gathered around the fire for warmth and companionship. They still do. During the cold winter months, when friends and family gather in the warmth around the woodstove, its presence is part of the experience. Whether it evokes thoughts of romantic evenings spent by the fireplace or the memory of childhood sing-a-longs by the campfire, the wood burning fireplace has an emotional resonance that no central heating system can match. It is more than a mere appliance.