All About Fireplaces

We service ALL gas fireplaces, no matter the make or model or type

We do not install fireplaces

FIREPLACE MAINTENANCE, AND SAFETY INSPECTION

If you are in need of a fireplace service, clean, or safety inspection please click HERE and fill out the form.  We will provide you with a detailed quote for the service needed.  

FIREPLACE REPAIR

If there is a problem with your fireplace please click HERE and fill out the form.  We will try to provide you with a detailed quote for the service needed.  

Do you need a fireplace and chimney installed?  Check out Perfection Supply at https://www.perfectionsupply.com/ .   Talk to one of the sales representatives to get your project underway.  

Decorative gas logs / Artificial gas logs Wood burning fireplaces are the ONLY fireplaces that allow for “decorative gas logs.” These gas logs are a replacement for wood burning.  Many folks love their gas logs because they eliminate the need to clean out wood ash, they don’t smell, and they are pretty all year round. These gas logs performance and heat value is very similar to real wood burning.

OUR SELECTION OF GAS LOG SETS

Fireside Realwood by Heatilator

A good look at a great value! Eight richly detailed logs provide clean, controlled heat and ambiance. Available in both indoor and outdoor log sets. Outdoor sets include a stainless steel burner and grate. Prices Below Updated as of July 1, 2022. 18″ Match-Lit Log Set$315.00 24″ Match-Lit Log Set$385.00 18″ Match-Lit Outdoor Log Set$765.00 24″ Match-Lit Outdoor Log Set$905.00

Fireside Grand Oak by Heatilator

Designed to fill larger hearths, consisting of 11 authentic-looking logs (12 in the three-tiered 30″ version), molded from real oak timber. State-of-the-art, tiered burner system creates a multilevel fire.

Prices Below Updated as of July 1, 2022.

24″ Match-Lit Log Set w/2-tier Burner$1,150.00

30″ Match-Lit Log Set w/2-tier Burner$1,185.00

 

24″ Remote Control Log Set w/2-tier Burner$1,320.00

30″ Remote Control Log Set w/2-tier Burner$1,405.00

24″ Remote Control Log Set w/3-tier Burner$1,580.00

30″ Remote Control Log Set w/3-tier Burner$1,695.00

Imperial by Heatilator

Feature a built-in “Spark-to-Pilot” system and a factory preset air mixer to prevent sooty, carbon buildup on the logs. Lightweight, ceramic-fiber logs provide the shape, size, color and burning pattern of a real wood fire, but fueled by propane or natural gas.

Prices Below Updated as of July 1, 2022.

18″ Log Set with Remote Control$700.00

24″ Log Set with Remote Control$725.00

 

Fireside Supreme Oak by Heatilator

Realistically detailed logs with the appeal of a fully charred, mature fire. Twelve authentic looking logs molded from real oak timber, fueled by clean burning natural gas.

Prices Below Updated as of July 1, 2022.

18″ Match-Lit Log Set: $615.00

24″ Match-Lit Log Set: $625.00

30″ Match-Lit Log Set: $725.00

Don’t see any gas logs that you like?  Check out Texas Star in Katy Texas they have a selection of gas logs in stock and on display. If you’re in the Spring area check out Cunningham Gas Products, they also have a great display of gas logs in stock. 

 

Need something else not listed? We can also help you out with these items:  Custom or prefabricated glass doors, light masonry work-high temperature mortar or filling, and fire bricks. Modern style fireplace burners and media for wood burning fireplaces. Fireplace not heating very well, leaking water into the fire box? Have no idea how to use your fireplace?  We would be happy to walk you through that as well.  Please reach out to us HERE for these services.   

What type of fireplace service does The Flame Steward provide? 

We pride ourselves in repair and maintenance. Fireplaces are built tough, but without proper service they will collect dust attract bugs and other pests, they also won’t perform at optimum performance.  Without proper maintenance fireplaces can cause a safety hazard to your home by causing carbon monoxide to enter the home, or by fire hazards.  What we do to mitigate these risks: Gas leak check-all the fittings that involve your fireplace will be tested with a gas tracking device. Proper draft will be tested-to ensure the exhaust gases are going up your chimney instead of inside your home. Proper clearances to combustibles for mantles, and other combustibles outside of your walls -we will ensure nothing is a potential fire hazard by checking the fireplace manual (if available) or local codes. Cleaning the fireplace-build up of soot/creosote can and will cause carbon monoxide (CO), cleaning this out along with other contaminants inside the fireplace will help the entire fireplace perform the way it was built to perform, and it will ultimately look much better. This also includes rust clean out and painting.  Many gas burning fireplaces in houston have rust inside of them that deteriorate the inside fire box.  We can also clean out the rust and paint any metal material that is rusted, unless that item is too far gone. Note: all gas burning fireplaces require cleaning and maintenance on a regular basis.  Here is a list of services we provide with fireplaces (not applicable on all fireplaces based on type). 

  • Assessment of gas line and leak check from fireplace to shut-off valve
  • Cleaning interior fireplace, cleaning off as much carbon/soot/ and rust build up as possible
  • Removing all components inside fireplace and inspecting these items for proper function and integrity
  • Painting rusting parts that we are able to remove to get outside to paint. If needed we can paint the inside of the box, we use spray paint and will ask you if you would like us to do this, it is an extra fee because it requires prep and extra time.
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Cleaning out fan blower kits and all electronic components
  • Testing the burner and ignition. If ignition system is needed, we can order available parts for your fireplace. Changing these parts is not included with fireplace clean. We carry most of the popular ignition systems on our service truck. 
  • Cleaning inside and outside of glass, screen, on top and under fireplace if reachable and louvers. 
  • Ensuring proper draft is established and not leaking CO into the house. 

NFI CERTIFIED

Here at the Flame Steward we specialize in fireplaces and have a certification from the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). Our goal is to provide you comfort safely. We want you to feel comfortable using your appliance. The Flame Steward is your “go-to” for fireplace safety, inspection, and yearly maintenance. “NFI’s objective is to increase public safety by establishing meaningful credentials for professionals involved in planning and installing residential hearth appliances and venting systems. The National Fireplace Institute is the professional certification division of the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Education Foundation (HPBEF), a 501(c)3 non-profit education organization for the hearth industry.” – nficertified.org

There are different types of fireplaces which burn a few different types of fuel, the most popular being natural gas, liquid petroleum (propane), and wood. Below are information and pictures of the different types of fireplaces and services we offer.

Direct Vent Fireplaces

Direct vent (DV) fireplaces are the most efficient and newest type of fireplaces. DVs are unique because they are a sealed system and only use intake air from outside of the home. DVs allow a new home to be sealed up tightly, which means your home will keep the heat inside.

Depending on the fireplace manufacturer, the vent on DV fireplaces can travel horizontally or vertically. With the help of a power vent (a fan attached in line with the vent), these fireplace vents can travel great distances. In some cases, D Vents can even travel in a downward slope, depending on the fireplace. Because of these features, many of these DV fireplaces have the ability to be placed in many different locations inside the house with zero clearance to the finished with the wall material; meaning it will be flush with the interior wall. 

Most of these are considered modern fireplaces because they are sleek and have options for media inside the fire box, e.g. not just artificial wood, but shapes, glass, and even metal sculptures.

 

B Vent Fireplaces

These fireplaces are a bit more efficient than wood burning fireplaces. B vents use the air from inside the home to feed the combustion. B vent fireplaces are unique because the vent pipe can only go straight up, vertically. B vents have a sensor to detect if there is a problem with the chimney system (high limit switch/sensor) and if the chimney is working properly. If  the chimney is not working properly, the electronic system will shut itself off automatically, causing the valve to automatically shut off. 

B vent fireplaces have fixed gas logs that cannot be adjusted without causing problems to the system that will produce excess soot and hot spots, which will eventually cause more serious problems down the road.

Some of these fireplaces have glass doors, and others do not. The glass fronts are not sealed but act as a barrier and will not work properly if removed. Some doors are fixed in place, and others can be opened and closed. Opening and closing the doors is permissible, depending on the fireplace manufacturer.

Wood Burning Fireplaces

Wood burning fireplaces are the least efficient of all fireplaces.  Why is it so inefficient you ask?  This is because the majority of the heat (80-90%) goes directly up and out of the chimney.  There isn’t much heat retention because of draft; (the air movement inside your home, from inside to feed the fire to up and out of the chimney).  When combustion occurs it causes draft, and in the case of a wood burning fireplace, the air in the room will pull towards the fire to feed the fire.  This will eventually pull air through every crack and crevice from outside of your home to continuously bring fresh air in to feed the fire. Once the air is consumed by the fire it then gets expelled up the chimney.  In reality the only heat that you will feel will be the radiant heat from the fire itself and gas logs/wood  if you are close enough to feel it.

Depending on how your house is built and how tight the construction is on your house usually determines how efficient the wood burning fireplace will be.  Also, in most factory built wood burning fireplaces an outside air intake kit is typically installed to pull air from a duct on the outside of your home to the fireplace face (typically there is a lever to open and close this on the side of the fireplace).

 


HOURS OF OPERATION:

MONDAY – FRIDAY

8:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

 

CLOSED ON MAJOR U.S. HOLIDAYS AND THE FOLLOWING DATES:

DECEMBER 23, 26 & 27 2022