What do BTU's have to do with it?

BTU’s : Turn up the heat!

BTU – British thermal unit is a traditional unit of heat. It is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Generally, more BTUs correlate to greater heating potential. However, the amount of BTUs needed to heat a specific area varies, based on climate and home efficiency. (Forge Distribution)

When choosing the perfect fireplace for your dream room, whether it be a well-insulated living room or a dark and cool basement your fireplace’s BTU range will be the most important factor. Picking a fireplace unit with high BTU and little adaptability for a small room will cause your fireplace to heat the room quickly, making a fireless fireplace your focal point. The flame may be big and beautiful for those 10 fierce minutes, but after it reaches a good temperature it will turn off and the ambiance will quickly fade. However, choosing a fireplace that has a wide range of adjustability in flame size will allow you to not only get the big fireplace appearance, but allow it to function on a lower setting for longer use.


Not sure what the right BTU is for your room? Come to our showroom or contact us at info@mantelsplus.com for more information.




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TVs & Fireplaces

Putting a TV above your fireplace?

Having a TV above your fireplace lets keep the focus in one spot of your room rather than have 2 focal areas.

Whether you hang a beautiful painting or a TV, there are measurement guidelines for a safe installation.


Below is Heat & Glo's good faith general guidelines for our most popular Slimline, DV3732 and True series. These measurements are just guidelines for each unit, so be sure you disucss exact measurements for your specific unit before installation.
Have a different unit in mind and want a general guideline? Email us at info@mantelplus.com


Also, when deciding on TV and Fireplace units, take in consideration the size difference! A 60” TV and a 32” fireplace will look off balanced and take away from your beautiful fireplace feature!


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Leave the scavenger hunt for sticks at the campsite!

Patio season here we come!


With the warm weather fast approaching, we can’t help but to get excited about entertaining friends and family around a warm fire on a cool summer night.


Heat & Glo’s Carolina outdoor fireplace gives your backyard the warmth and relaxation of a vacation in the woods, minus the smell stained clothes, the search for backyard sticks, buying starter wood, or the “joy” of starting a fire on a damp windy night. Your only job? Hit a switch, and hello gorgeous flame!


The Carolina isn’t just your average gas fireplace. Its authentic look and impressive heat makes it look and feel custom-built and natural. Check out all Carolina's features and specifications for yourself at: 



Once you have fallen in love, call us for a quote and design consultation. We can't wait to hear from you!

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Why Have a Gas Fireplace?

Don't just take our word for it!

Take a look at some great reasons why you should add a gas fireplace in your home's next renovation project!


Call us today for a quote and design consultation.

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Decorating Your Mantel

Dust off the Mantel, It's time to Decorate!


With the holiday season approaching, family gatherings and the cold weather setting in, your fireplace and mantel may become a focal point in your home.  It's time to get inspired, get creative and WOW the socks off your guests and family!

Starting with an inspiration picture can be the easiest way to get your project started.  There are many creative outlets that can provide traditional, modern or seasonal decorating tips.  Magazines, the Internet and store displays can be a push in the right direction.  Keeping in mind some basic design elements and principles will bring together your very own masterpiece!



Having a theme picked out for your mantel decor can help determine which colour scheme you will use.  A festive holiday theme can be traditional with reds, greens, silver and gold. Whereas a more modern take on the same theme can be more monochromatic and use a range of tints and shades of one chosen colour.

Consulting a colour wheel to see what colours compliment each other could be a great time saver and tool in any decorating project.



Try a mix of different shaped and sized objects when decorating your mantel. Incorporating rectangular, circular and squared pieces will add variety and interest.  Using too much or all of one shape will become boring or dull.  Having different heights and widths will help fill the space you are working with and help your eyes move from piece to piece more harmoniously.



The holiday season brings out the best of texture! Furs, wood, greenery and woven materials can all be used to create interest and style.  If going for a traditional holiday theme, take a walk around your neighbourhood or a wooded area to collect branches, greenery and pine cones.


Your mantel may be deep and you can use background and foreground space easier than if you have a shallow mantel top.  Arrange your decorations strategically to show off special objects.  Group smaller pieces together to replicate and balance out a large piece.  Incorporating visual balance and space will result in an eye-catching design that effortlessly flows together.



Dive in and get creative! Try different placements of objects and mix things up a bit.  If at first it doesn't look the way you hoped, try again! Step back every once in awhile and look at your design from different perspectives - sitting, standing, up close and far away.  Most of all have fun and enjoy your new master piece!


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Fireplace Servicing and Safety

Stay informed, stay safe!

Fireplace servicing and safety information to keep you and your family safe while enjoying your gas fireplace.



While a gas-fired fireplace can be a source of warmth and beauty in your home, it is also a potential danger for serious burns if the proper precautions are not taken.  It is important to know the safety measures to take when your fireplace is on and when it is cooling down after being shut off.  Maintenance and regular servicing of your fireplace can help detect any potential risks or safety concerns with your fireplace before they become a problem.


Maintenance Guidelines & Suggestions

If you are not confident with doing maintenance or cleaning on your own, always call a qualified service technician.  When handling gas fireplaces it is always better to be safe than sorry!



Safety Hints & Tips 

  • Gas fireplaces can reach extreme temperatures while on, as well as during the cooling down period after being shut off.  Always use extreme caution and never touch the glass of the fireplace. Severe burns can occur.
  • Door frames, grills and metal surrounds will become hot and could cause burns
  • After January 1st, 2015 all gas-fired, certified fireplaces will include a safety screen for added protection from the hot glass
  • Keep family members and guests aware that glass on the fireplace gets hot, and stay hot after it is turned off
  • Always supervise children and pets around hot surfaces (on or off)
  • Keep combustible and heat sensitive objects away from the fireplace (clothing, furniture, drapery, candles etc.)
  • Keep remotes out of reach of children to avoid turning the fireplace on

If you ever have any questions about maintenance or safety procedures for your gas-fired fireplace, consult your owner's manual or call a qualified service technician for help.


Enjoy all the features and benefits of your fireplace in your home!
Stay informed and up-to-date on maintenance and safety.




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Getting to know your Fireplace

What is that called again?

A guide to getting to know your fireplace: terms, parts and functions


Knowing the basic parts of your fireplace can help you fix a problem quicker, get replacement parts, or update your current fireplace with a new look.  Here are some helpful descriptions of what you can find on most fireplaces. 


Chamber that holds the fire, logs and mechanical components to create the technical fireplace.


Safety Screen

Protective metal screen to keep hands and objects a safe distance away from the fireplace glass.  The screen still gets hot but does not reach the burn threshold that can cause severe burns.  As of January 2015, all certified fireplaces include a fire safety screen.


Log Set

Combination and placement of the logs in the firebox.  The flame does not touch the logs but gives the illusion of logs burning.  Logs can vary in size, shape, "wood" type, and colour. High definition logs make for a realistic "freshly chopped" look.  



The surround is a decorative as well as functional piece of the fireplace.  Some fireplaces require a non-combustible material to be around the firebox for safety reasons.  The high heat of the fire could potentially damage wood mantels or drywall if not protected by a surround.  Surrounds can be metal, stone, tile or any other material that is non-combustible.  



A decorative feature around many fireplaces- a mantel can be traditional, modern, a combination or a custom design.  The mantel encases the fireplace, adding structure and a decorative touch.  Mantels can be made of wood or cast stone, options range from simple beam mantels to elaborate floor to ceiling structures.



Can be combined with a mantel for an added decorative feature, or in some designs used alone with the fireplace.  Hearths can be stone, brick, tile or wood and and can raise the firebox above floor level. 


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New, Improved and On Fire!



We've decided to shake off the old saw dust, add a fresh new coat of lacquer and start something new!

We've recently had a makeover but the same Mantels Plus you've trusted with your fireplaces and mantels for 30 years is still here and ready for your next project!


Check out our new logo! Updated, fresh and easy on the eyes!
The retired logo will still be kicking around for a bit - some things, and people,  just don't know when to call it a day!


New website! Take a look around and get inspired.  Fireplaces galore, Mantels for miles and new cabinetry for all your storage needs. Anything you can imagine, we can bring to life for you!


Feel free to always give us a call or drop in to say Hi!
We would love to talk about your next inspiration, project or just turn up the heat in our showroom with our many fireplaces on display!



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