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Fireplace West’s Retirement Advice

“Start spending those RRSPs!!”  Everyone gasped.  That was the start of my,  about to retire wife’s,  last retirement seminar, 2009, put on by her employer,  Enercan.  I sat in on … Read more

Fireplace West Best renovation deal in Ottawa

Fireplace West is a small, premier gas contractor.  We are two people, myself, Robin Hetherington and my young  employee, gas tech, Connor Whiteside.  We supply and install gas fireplaces, the … Read more

Fireplace West’s wood to gas fireplace swap

    We supply great gas fireplace brands, Napoleon, Regency and Vermont Castings.  What we do not mention often enough is we finish what we install. Here is the best … Read more

Fireplace West Believes in Santa Claus

Fireplace West believes in Santa Claus.  It’s our job. It’s a tradition here, helping others get their fireplaces in best shape for Christmas.  It is our busiest time of year. … Read more


MY FIREPLACE WON’T TURN ON WHEN I PRESS THE REMOTE. Change the batteries, use Duracell.  There are two spots to change.  There is (1) a  hand remote and (2) a … Read more


Fireplace West, Robin and Matt Hetherington,  wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday. Embrace your family, think of others and don’t forget to take some time for yourself. … Read more


NUMBER 1 TIP;  Make sure you have framed it right before closing in.  Read the fireplace manual.    Are the clearances to combustibles right, should there be steel studs instead … Read more

Steel Framing a Gas Direct Vent Horizontal Fireplace

Horizontals are the big trend in gas fireplaces for 2012. They have one big safety issue and that is the high heat around and in front of the unit.  It makes … Read more

Robin’s Quickstart To Buying A Gas Fireplace

“One of the hottest trends of 2017  will be removing those 80’s and 90’s black metal wood fireplaces and reinstalling a gas fireplace,  “enough with the oak mantels and brick … Read more