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Post in 'It's a Gas!' started by Mikey1946, Mar 31, 2011.

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  1. Mikey1946

    Mikey1946 New Member

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    I'm replacing my 30 year old wood burning Heatilator with a natural gas fireplace. Searching the WEB over , I cannot find a comprehensive listing of gas fireplaces by overall quality and value. Plenty of opinions here and there but no central repository for that information

    In your humble, and possibly biased opinions, would you please list the top 5 Gas fireplace manufacturers with respect to quality and value, starting with the best?

    Thanks


    BTW, after looking at and pricing out Heat-n-Glo, Regency, and Mendota I have zero-ed in on A Mendota DVX35 DT3

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  2. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

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    Then buy it. Mendota would by in my top 5 along with Regency, HNG and a few others.
    If you like that model, just buy it and dont come back here until you have pics to prove you did so.
  3. Mikey1946

    Mikey1946 New Member

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    I appreciate the feedback but what's with the f'n attitude??
  4. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    Time for both to cool it. Mikey, at 5 posts, your inexperience is evident and probably excusable, but you asked a question impossible to answer. Franks, at 3180 posts, a little more patience might be better, but maybe your day was less than you hoped for. Pax vobiscum aka peace be with you.
  5. Mikey1946

    Mikey1946 New Member

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    Sorry for posting such a dumb question.

    Next time I'll run my post through the "stupid post/question" filter before posting again. Who or where is that filter?

    Thanks
  6. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

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    Hey it wasnt an attitude! I just want you to go get it fast so we can see some pics. You actually picked yourself a great fireplace before posting. Tell me you still didnt buy it?

    Sorry to ruffle your feathers there buddy

    JE, never confuse the number of posts with the ability to use common sense and good manners.

    And also to you ;)
  7. Mikey1946

    Mikey1946 New Member

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    My wife and I decided on this Mendota unit. She liked the look of the log set and I liked the 6-level control of the flame-height/heat output.

    There are only a couple of dealers in the Twin Cities area so price shopping is hard, just want the best value for the money. Cost is around $5k installed. This $800 installation includes placing, hookup (gas and electric) and test fire and set-up. Will still need to frame it and finish it to look like a real fireplace.

    Plan to install when the weather warms up around here; will need to shut off the furnace and open windows for dust control. Will be removing an old wood burning heatilator with a fake stone front.
  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like an Awesome set-up...I have a cheepo home depo model....Cant wait for updated pic's!
  9. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

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    Your pricing seems very typical to what it normally would go for. If the price is similar between the two stores, research the stores. Check with the BBB and find out if they have NFI certified installers. Also, if they plan on using coated gas pipe (CSST) make sure the tech that will be DOING the work is certified. You need to be certified to install that stuff. Some shops will get one guy certified but then send any old person out to actually do the install. Since your not in a rush, take this time to research your hearth shops. The place you buy is just as important as the unit you buy.
  10. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    I'd also ask if they are going to ground (or BOND) the gas line to either
    a cold water pipe or the breaker panel.
    I believe it has to be done to meet the national gas code requirements.
    New York started making us do it a couple of years ago.
    The rationale stems from the use of thin-walled CSS. which can burn thru
    if there's an arc to ground due to a lightning strike...
    Believe me, I've seen this happen from 120 household voltage,
    so I can imagine what a lightning bolt - with up to a GIGAVOLT - can do...
  11. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

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    Whoo hoo, Bobs still here!
    See how rowdy I got when I heard you wouldnt be patrolling the gas room?
  12. webbie

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    It was a fine question and you already had picked out some good options....

    Mendota is top of the line. Heat and Glo has everything, from basic units (good!) to fancier stuff.

    I think it comes down to budget, size, efficiency, etc.......not everyone needs 40K BTU and the most efficient.

    Also, when it comes to posts....you are not allowed to be a smart alec until about post #150...not including Ash Can. You'll still get yelled at even at 2000 posts - Franks gets a slap every once in a while himself.

    In short, we try to set a tone here which is friendly - and have largely succeeded. Hopefully it will continue. Posts which do not contain any information (helpful) should be carefully thought about before you hit the submit button...that goes for ALL members.
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    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    OK, Franks, I may hafta do more than lurk if my inactivity makes you cranky...
    I will attempt visit & post AT LEAST once a day, & try to focus on the gas forum! ;-)
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    jtp10181 Minister of Fire

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    If you don't mind me asking...

    I work at a Heat & Glo dealer, and I also know the dealers up in MN are top notch. So I was wondering what made you pick the Mendota over a Heat & Glo? I do not know very much about Mendota units, so really... I have no clue.

    Did you pick a slim unit for space reasons? That DVX35 is less than 16" deep.
  15. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

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    Thanks Bob!

    (See guys, I told you it would work)
  16. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

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    I sold Heat N Glo on Long Island during the good ole 90s. Never had trouble with competition. Then one day we are at the HPBA Show and saw a comotion near the Mendota booth. When we went inside at saw their flame patterns, our stomachs sank. In fact, we made an immediate bid on a Mendota dealership, but the territory was taken. I sell neither brands right now (we sell Regency) but I still hear from customers that the Mendota has one of the best flame patterns they see during their shopping.
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    You are really comparing apples and oranges. HHT makes a decent gas fireplace at a decent price. Mendota makes a great gas fireplace however it is more expensive. Huge difference in construction. Mendota is all standing seem welded versus spot welded and snap locked. Thickness of material, just compare shipping weights. Mendota is extremely efficient. Take a look at P4 ratings. Best flame in the industry.

    I really wouldn't consider the DXV-35 to be a slim unit. It is right in there with most other 36" gas direct vents.

    I might be a little prejudiced

    Brad
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