I've been looking for a fireplace for several weeks now. I've decided against several I've seen but I want to make sure I'm deciding on facts rather than fud.
I'm building a new home in Utah and the great room that will have a fireplace is about 600 square feet with vaulted ceilings. The home is heated with a 90+ effecient furnace. The fireplace will be in the corner of the room. There is a ceiling fan about 15 feet from the fireplace at one end of the great room.
Right now I'm looking at a heat&glo 6000glx. The reason I'm picking this for now is the high effeciency, the most realistic flame look, it comes in bronze and the bells/whistles. I don't like seeing flames coming out of pipes like you see in builders models. I'm looking to spend $2000 to $3000 and I can get the 6000glx installed for $2800. I had wanted a 42 inch viewable but I only have 4'6" from the room corner to some windows and the 42" would be tough to fit.
I've looked at napoleon, heatilator, alpine, mandota, and heat&glo brands.
I decided against alpine because they do possitive pressure and being a new home it shouldn't be leaking 495 cfpm and I don't want any mold or ghosting problems in the home. I also heard heating outside air under 20 degrees doesn't always work well and it may hit under 20 degrees 20 or so times in the winter.
I decided against napoleon because other dealers thought they were low quality (is this true?) Their boxes seemed really shallow and I'm not sure if they look as nice but I may need to go back. I did like the reflective backings in the box.
The dealer for mandota and heatilator were so unhelpful and annoying I just walked out.
Is anything I've said incorrect? If so please be blunt and let me know. I would rather spend less money but I don't want to get something I'll wish I had not been so thrifty on later. I had looked at room vented/vent-less fireplaces from napoleon to get better effecincy but one place said they replace more of them then they would install because of the smell. I know heat&glo had some problems with the electronic starts and blowing out the glass and had a recall but it doesn't sound like this model has that problem. I will use the fireplace to heat the great room 5-10 degrees more than the rest of the house on nights when we're all hanging around, maybe if we ever lose power (I'll possibly wire its blower to run off a generator), and turning on the lights when guests are over but the room doesn't need to be warmed up.
I wonder if the glx's options to change the flame level is really worth the bells and whistle cost. The heat&glo dealer says he'd go with the glx over the others because the size of the room and the glx having a ceramic glass to help heat the room better. He also said he would pick a heatilator 42" over the 36" because of the size of the room, although he didn't know if it would fit and just told me to move the windows but the windows are centered in the room. :-/
A lot of people on here are also talking about regency fireplaces and I know there are dozens of other brands so if anyone thinks I should look at other fireplaces let me know. I want to make sure I get the best fireplace for what I need and I get the best value overall.
Thank you all for any information. I would jump ship in an instant if I knew there was a better choice.