Just Released! Napoleon’s Fireplace Design Studio!

Posted Friday, July 6th, 2018


Summertime is a great time for Pacific Northwest homeowners to remodel. Not only can we count on less rain, the warmer temperatures make these home improvement projects easier to tackle. At Cressy Door and Fireplace, this is the time of year we start getting lots of inquiries about fireplaces, stoves, and inserts. But with so many options, our customers often have a hard time choosing.

We have good news. One of our favorite brands, Napoleon Fireplaces, has just released a new online design tool, The Napoleon Fireplace Design Studio. Here’s how it works!

Begin by selecting a specific type of room setting: traditional, contemporary, transitional, rustic, etc. Then, select the size of the area to be heated, from small to extra-large. Next, you’ll choose the type of product you are looking for: fireplace, stove, insert, etc. Each product will have different options as well. For example, fireplaces will range from gas to electric, and wood to outdoor.

Once you have applied, all the above filters, Napoleon’s Fireplace Design Studio will supply you with several specific product options. Now, you can take your time perusing each, and applying more filters. You can try different room settings, decorative panels, media kits, safety barriers, and trims. It’s a fantastic tool for finding just the right fit for your specific needs. Try Napoleon’s Fireplace Design Studio Now!

Are you looking for a new fire feature for your home? Then you might want to know the difference between a fireplace and a fireplace insert. Here’s what you need to know before you chose one or the other.

What’s a Fireplace?

A fireplace is the complete fireplace structure. They typically have large viewing areas and box dimensions because they are designed to be built into new construction. If you don’t already have a fireplace, you’ll likely need to install one. If you want to remove the entire structure and replace with a new one, you’ll need a fireplace here as well. Be prepared to tear open the wall, remove tile, drywall the space, and paint.

Fireplace Facts

  • Open combustion system
  • Older fireplaces are around 10-15% efficient, i.e. very little heat pushed through the home
  • Modern fireplaces are nice and open providing an exceptional viewing area with multiple glass doors
  • Today’s factory built fireplaces are typically zero clearance and can be installed close proximity to wood framing
  • Fireplace location in new construction takes planning to avoid issues such as smoky backdraft

What’s a Fireplace Insert?

Simply stated, a fireplace insert is basically a stove, wood or gas, that is designed to be inserted into a fireplace that is already there. Many times a wood burning fireplace has been built with a home, and the owner will get an “insert” put inside of it. The best part about inserts is that they require very little if any construction. You are using the existing fireplace and opening for the inserts. What’s more, inserts are commonly much smaller than fireplaces. Inserts were created to replace inefficient wood fireplaces with new, cleaner burning appliances inside of them.

Insert Facts

  • Insulated, closed combustion system
  • Today’s fireplace inserts have efficiency ratings 65% and above, i.e. greater heat output
  • Excellent economical way to heat your home
  • Many styles feature fans and thermostatic controls that push heat throughout the home
  • Available in many fuel burning types and different appearance styles

At Cressy Door and Fireplace, we’ve gotten pretty good at identifying and asking the right questions to help you find the fireplace or insert ideal for your situation. Give us a call today. One of our fireplace specialists will be delighted to assist you. Contact Cressy Door and Fireplace now!