In terms of costs of purchase and installation, gas fireplaces are usually more expensive than wood-fueled ones. In terms of maintenance costs, wood fireplaces are usually cheaper than gas ones. Electrical and bio-ethanol fireplaces are used more as a design element and do not provide heat.
Wood fireplace – uses dried, aerated logs.
Gas fireplace – uses gas cylinders.
Bio-ethanol – uses bio-ethanol cylinders.
Wood fireplace – suitable for homes, as it allows smoke to rise directly from the fireplace to the roof. Requires regularly purchasing logs and storing them in a dry place, regular, frequent feeding of logs into the fireplace, and fuel for ignition.
Gas fireplace – does not require much preparation. It is convenient to operate, using a remote control. Maintenance is once every two years, and gas cylinders are exchanged as necessary. However, the chimney’s length is limited and it cannot be passed through a roof because of its location and tall buildings nearby (emitting gas rather than smoke).
Ortal Heating Solutions uses the best raw materials and tried and tested techniques to fabricate high energy efficiency fireplaces. Most fireplaces are sold with a blower provided for rapid heating, which is unique to Ortal. The blower increases heat efficiency by about 50% and results in about 30% gas consumption savings.
The company has achieved global recognition owing to its unique design style that characterize it and its fine products.
Ortal’s fireplaces are designed using innovative lines and include a flat stainless steel burner for ensuring a stable flame. Owing to a 10 cm deep burner, the fireplace provides a feeling of a true flame. In addition, the fireplaces comply with the world’s strictest standards, have been tested in various laboratories and have Israeli, U.S., European and Australian standard seals.
First, one should consult a licensed contractor and gas technician on any matter related to preparations for installing a gas fireplace. Afterward, during the construction process, the following preparations must be made, according to the construction stages: drilling and preparation of chimney passages in the ceiling and roof, laying the gas line before flooring for kerosene / gas fireplaces, and installing an insulated chimney before lining a concrete roof. Exact guidelines may be provided by Ortal’s consultant after placing an order.
Certainly! But first it is necessary to consult a qualified gas technician and a licensed contractor. In addition, one must take into account that electrical or water mains may be damaged by drilling to pass chimneys and fuel lines, and a kerosene / gas lines may be mounted bare on the wall inside the house rather than under the floor.
A wood fireplace or kerosene fireplace requires a chimney to be installed up to the roof. This installation may result in neighbor objections, or a fan exhaust may be installed under an existing floor or above a plasterboard false ceiling. If it is a roof level apartment, there is no problem installing a wood fireplace. A gas fireplace does not need a chimney extending to the roof, and the chimney may pass through an exterior wall, meaning that a gas fireplace may usually be installed in a building, subject to standard restrictions. A gas fireplace chimney may be passed through an exterior wall or into a patio, but it is advisable to obtain consent from neighbors before installing it.
Certainly! Wood framing or various claddings may be used, such as marble, concrete, wood or others. Everything is done based on advance design, drawing and checking of vents, and after consulting an Ortal Fireplaces expert heating consultant.
The access panel must be on the bottom of the fireplace, where the fireplace’s valve faces the inside of the house or the outside. If the access panel faces the outside, use a waterproof panel to prevent water or damp ingress into the fireplace’s chamber.
The power vent system is a built-in system that allows for venting without using a direct chimney.
The advantages of the power vent system:
- Uses a smaller vent system of 3/5”
- Longer vent runs
- Multiple elbows (a maximum of 6- 90 elbows)
- Can be vented downwards and under the unit
- The power vent is installed with the fireplace and no further preparations are required
- Smaller termination cap
The advantages of the power vent system:
- The fireplace must be connected to the electricity, requiring electrical infrastructures
Advantages of direct ventilation system:
- There are no additional electrical requirements
- Simplistic vent runs
Disadvantages of direct ventilation system:
- Limited elbows
- Limited ventilation lengths
The ventilation systems are external and separate from the fireplace unit.
The heat from the fireplace is emitted at 80-100 degrees Celsius.
The diameter of a gas fireplace’s chimney is established by the manufacturer and installation specification. In most cases, gas fireplaces with an atmospheric chimney have a 12 cm diameter chimney, and for gas fireplaces with a double chimney, common diameters are 15/10, 18/11 and 20/13.
Fueling a gas fireplace requires a 48 kg gas cylinder (a gas fireplace cannot be connected to a 12 kg cylinder). Usually two 48 kg cylinders with an automatic changeover valve are installed.