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B-Vent Fireplace

When thinking of the word “fireplace” we often think of a traditional stone hearth with a warm blazing fire inside, with a tall chimney that extends out and beyond the roof top. While that’s true, there is another type of fireplace that uses ideally the same functionality as your average fireplace, with a few changes. The B-vent, or natural, fireplaces do not have a sealed combustion chamber, and the smoke ventilates through the buoyance of natural gas. It uses either a traditional chimney to vent, or a B-vent pipe that is enclosed in a combustible material.


To keep the flames going, a B-vent fireplace uses the air surrounding the fireplace opening. Naturally, since heat rises, the flue gasses are hot and ascend up through the chimney. This pattern of air flow allows the hot gas to exit the house. As the flue gasses make their way up the chimney, the interior walls of the chimney continually increase heat throughout the duration of the fire. The heated walls allow the gasses to maintain their temperature and increase buoyancy as well as speed, as the gas is emitted into the outside. The idea behind the B-vent fireplace is to use the natural draft and air flow inside the room to keep the fire going and develop a pattern up the chimney to emit the flue gasses.


For help deciding between which type of fireplace is right for you, contact the professionals at Aspen Fireplace. We know fireplaces better than anyone else in Columbus, and we have experts that are knowledgeable in the field that can answer your questions and help you make an educated buying decision. Don’t miss our summer specials on patio furnitureincluding table sets, chairs, sofas and umbrellas, perfect for any patio this summer. We even have a great selection of outdoor fireplaces that will have you prepared for the first cool Autumn night!

Fireplace Terminology

At aspen Fireplace, we like to communicate with our customers as clear as possible, but there are some important terms to know when researching and purchasing a fireplace or other gas appliance for your home. Use this reference guide of Fireplace terminology to understand exactly what you’re looking for in a fireplace.


A double- wall metal pipe used with range hoods and other appliances to ventilate the gas.



A motorized fan that circulates air through the fireplace convection air chamber.


British Thermal Unit/ BTU

A unit of measure used to calculate the amount of energy needed to convert 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit.



The required safe distance between heat sources or flammable objects. For instance, the distance between a stove, fireplace, or chimney and upholstery or fiber carpets.


Direct Vent

A direct line for gasses to be released straight to the outside. No chimney is required when using a direct vent.



The amount of warm air delivered by the fireplace into the room versus the amount of warm air that escapes through the chimney.



The inner part of the chimney in which gas travels up and out of the fireplace.


Gas Fireplace Insert

A factory created appliance that can be placed directly into an existing fireplace, or can be free standing. It will provide the same amount of heat, with better efficiency.


Modulating Control

An automatic system to regulate the fuel input to the gas fire.


Natural Gas

The gas that burns in a gas fireplace. It is an all-natural, clean burning, fossil fuel that comes into the home via pipeline.



The flame that ignites the gas used to start a fire on a gas stove or other gas appliance.


Radiant Heat

Heat that flows from a central point and heats objects it passes along its way.



The digital device that regulates an inside temperature. The thermostat triggers the HVAC unit to start and stop based on pre-set and current temperature.


For questions about fireplace and gas appliance terminology, the professionals at Aspen Fireplace are here to answer your questions. We can also help you select the best fireplace or other gas appliance that is best for you and your family this summer. 

Fireplace Xtrordinair’s High Output Linear Gas Fireplaces Win Prestigious ADEX Award!

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The 3615, 4415 and 6015 represent the High Output Linear Gas Fireplace Series, which recently won the 2015 New Products Platinum ADEX Award!

Sponsored by Design Journal Magazine, ADEX (Awards for Design Excellence) is one of the largest and most prestigious award programs for product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes, marketed to design professionals.

The High Output Linear Gas Fireplaces received the Platinum ADEX Award, which represents the highest level of award that can be achieved. Awards were given to new products based on the criteria of design excellence and sustainability, or “green” features.

What You Need to Know About the EPA Wood Stove Regulations

What You Need to Know About the EPA Wood aspen fireplace columbus ohio

Earlier this year, the EPA adjusted its standards for fuel efficiency thresholds of wood stoves. The EPA will require that wood stoves meet higher standards of fuel-burning efficiency in order to be sold. By the end of 2015, all wood stoves that are sold will have to meet these new standards.

What you should know about these EPA regulations:

1. Our wood stoves will be on sale. After December 31, we will no longer be allowed to sell our older wood stove models that don’t comply with the EPA regulations. This means we have to sell the remaining stock by the end of the year. You will be able to get great deals on our wood stoves from now until the end of the year so now is the time to buy if you’re looking for a wood stove.

2. Wood Stoves will be more energy efficient. Following the regulations, wood stoves will be more effective at using fuel. Wood stoves still won’t be nearly as efficient as other heat sources like gas or electric fireplaces, but they will be much more efficient than older models.

3. You won’t be forced to replace your current wood stove. One myth of these regulations is that it will impact the wood stove you already have in your home. You will be allowed to keep your wood stove regardless of its efficiency, but if you buy a wood stove from a certified wood stove dealer after December 31, it will have to meet certain efficiency standards.

4. Only certified dealers have to meet these regulations. One aspect to consider is that dealers will be selling wood stoves for cheap to get rid of stock, but consumer-to-consumer sales will remain unregulated. As long as you’re not a business dealer, you can sell a wood stove of any efficiency.

If you’re in the market for a wood stove, now is the best time to buy one. Be sure to check out our clearance items to find the best deals available and feel free to contact us with any questions.

6 Great BBQ Grill Graduation Party Recipes


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If your kid graduated from high school this year, then you’ve probably already started planning a graduation party. Graduation parties are an exciting time and it’s a great excuse to bust out the BBQ grill during a beautiful summer day. If you’re still trying to decide what to grill up for your kid’s graduation party, look no further. Any of these 6 BBQ grill recipes will be a crowd pleaser at a graduation party.

1. Grilled Bacon-Cheeseburgers. A classic recipe that just about everyone can enjoy. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to keep things simple and let the grilling speak for itself.

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2. Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs. This recipe is another summer classic. Hot dogs are meant to be grilled on a sunny summer day and you can easily grill up plenty for everyone in no time. Adding bacon to your hot dogs will make them a crowd favorite. Don’t forget to have all your favorite toppings and condiments available.

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3. Marinated Grilled Shrimp. This recipe is great as an appetizer or the main course. Marinate your shrimp to give them a unique flavor and then grill to perfection. The marinade makes this shrimp recipe memorable and your guests are sure to appreciate it.

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4. Easy Marinated Pork Ribs. This is another marinade recipe that will leave your guests asking for seconds. Ribs are a great summer dish and this recipe is the perfect graduation party meal.

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5. Grilled Tomato Bruschetta. Don’t forget about appetizers for your graduation party. This grilled tomato bruschetta recipe is a delicious and healthy way to start the party.

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6. Virginia Willis Pulled Pork. This pulled pork recipe is for Big Green Egg owners, but can be used if you have a smoker. Pulled pork is always a hit at graduation parties and this unique recipe will separate your pulled pork from the rest. A Big Green Egg gives you the versatility to cook amazing meals like this recipe.

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If all you’re missing for your graduation party is a BBQ grill, then be sure to visit our showroom. We have some amazing deals on BBQ grills going on right now so don’t wait!

5 Fun Facts About Electric Fireplaces (Infographic)

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Electric fireplaces offer great versatility and energy efficiency compared to gas or wood fireplaces. The main downfall of an electric fireplace is that they don’t offer that authentic fireplace feel of a wood-burning, or even a gas, fireplace. However, if you’re not concerned with authenticity, an electric fireplace is a great option for you. Here are some interesting facts about the benefits of electric fireplaces.

1. An electric fireplace can heat a room that’s up to 500 square feet. Electric fireplaces do not heat as well as a gas fireplace, but they are great for making small rooms or areas more comfortable.

2. Electric fireplaces are 100% efficient. No energy goes to waste when used by an electric fireplace. They use about the same amount of energy as a coffee maker.

3. Electric fireplaces do not release any pollutants when used. Unlike gas or wood fireplaces, electric fireplaces don’t emit vapors as part of the burning process. They are clean and energy efficient.

4. Most electric fireplaces only need a 120 volt outlet to operate. Electric fireplaces are extremely versatile. Once you get it set up initially set up, you can move it around your house when your heating needs change.

5. Electric fireplaces only cost about $0.09 per hour to run. Electric fireplaces are extremely energy efficient. You will most likely only spend about $25 per year on its operational costs.

5 Unique Places to Install a Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces are great additions to a home because they are energy efficient, safe, and versatile. The versatility and safety of gas fireplaces is especially compelling because you can have them installed in a variety of areas around your home. You’re free to install a gas fireplace almost anywhere as long as there is access to a natural gas or propane. This freedom gives you the ability to heat unique areas of your home. Here are some interesting places you can warm up with a gas fireplace.


1. Bathroom. One way to make your bathroom warmer is by inserting a gas fireplace. This is an elegant addition to a master bathroom; however, we recommend that the fireplace is in a place where there is no danger of water contact or slipping near the unit.

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2. Kitchen. If your kitchen is a popular gathering place in your home, then a gas fireplace might be an appropriate addition. It’s also a great way to keep dinner guests warm without cranking up the heat.

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3. Outdoor Living Area. Adding a fireplace to your patio is a fantastic way to get more use out of your outdoor living area. Patios get plenty of use in the summer, but once some cold weather sets in they don’t get nearly as much use. A fireplace will keep the patio area warm and comfortable so that you use it more often.

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4. Center of a Room. Adding a fireplace to the middle of an open space can tie a room together and provide a gathering place. People are drawn to the warmth which gives a room with a fireplace in the center a unique dynamic.

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5. Bedroom. Don’t sleep in a cold bedroom. A gas fireplace will warm up your room so that it’s nice and toasty when you wake up in the morning.

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These are just a few of the many areas Aspen Fireplace can install your gas fireplace. Come visit at 5156 Sinclair Rd. Columbus, Ohio or contact us online to discuss which gas fireplace is best for your home.

Gas vs. Charcoal Grills: A Definitive Guide

Gas vs. Charcoal Grills


It’s getting to be that time of the year again, warm summer nights, evenings spent on the patio and dinners charred to perfection on the grill. Cookouts and social events in the summertime rely on the power of the grill, because nothing says “summer” like a grilled cheeseburger and shish-kabobs fresh off the BBQ. But, with that said, there’s an everlasting debate about the best type of grill for cooking: charcoal grills or gas grills. There is nothing that officially says one is better than the other, and it usually comes down to personal taste. Here are some tips about each type to decide whether a charcoal or gas grill is better for your cooking needs.


Round 1: Searing

Searing is one of the most common forms of grilling, where the meat browns evenly on both sides, offering a tasty crunchy texture to the outside of the meat. The best searing results can be achieved on a charcoal grill. More direct infrared heat is produced with charcoal grills, allowing for a more even sear across the meat without grill lines. Some gas grills offer infrared grilling options, but they come with a heavy price tag. Winner: Charcoal.


Round 2: Temperature Control

What many people don’t realize is that grilling doesn’t need to be used with extremely high heat. Some gas grills can reach up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, or higher, and charcoal can reach up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the optimal grilling temperature for meat is between 225-325 degrees Fahrenheit. Gas grills are much more efficient with temperature control than charcoal grills because they often have gauges or thermometers that track the temperature. It is much harder to regulate a steady temperature on a charcoal grill. Winner: Gas.


Round 3: Flavor

Smoke is another major difference between gas and charcoal grills. Charcoal produces more smoke than gas, and smoke can alter the flavor of whatever is being cooked, so that also comes down to a personal preference. Unlike smoke, gas produces no flavor, so the organic flavor of the food is kept when cooking on a gas grill. For foods like slow cooked ribs, beef brisket or pulled pork, charcoal grills are usually more desirable so that the smoke flavor infuses into the meat, giving it a unique flavor. Winner: You.


If you are looking for the easiest, most reliable grilling experience, we recommend going with gas. If you are looking for something that will infuse the “BBQ” flavor into what’s cooking, we recommend charcoal. Whichever experience tops your list, Aspen Fireplace & Patio is here to help you with all of your grilling needs to make your summer BBQ a hit!


5 Big Green Egg Recipes for Spring

The Big Green Egg is one of the most versatile and consistent grills money can buy. A Big Green Egg can be used as a grill, an oven, or even a smoker.

When it comes to springtime cooking, that versatility can come in handy. Pulled pork for graduation parties, BBQ chicken for a get-together with friends, or burgers for the family are all dinners made fun and easy with a Big Green Egg. Here are 5 great recipes you can enjoy in the spring with a Big Green Egg.

1. Dr. BBQ’s Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled pork sandwiches are a springtime staple. Whether it’s a graduation party or a family reunion, pulled pork sandwiches are a crowd pleaser.

In this recipe, Dr. BBQ creates his own unique BBQ sauce and uses the Big Green Egg to smoke the meat for about 10 hours. This recipe is for the hardcore grill-lovers, but the end result is worth the wait.

2. Island Burger

Burgers are a necessity for spring grilling and a burger made with a Big Green Egg will be one of the best burgers you’ve ever eaten.

This unique burger recipe is a fresh take on a traditional recipe. Throw a pineapple ring on the burger to give it a bold, sweet flavor.

3. Veggie Noodle Stir-Fry

This recipe for a stir-fry shows the versatility of a Big Green Egg. The temperature control on a Big Green Egg is so accurate you can cook with a pan over top like a stove. You could make the same recipe on your stove, but with a Big Green Egg, you can enjoy the spring weather in Columbus while cooking a delicious meal.

4. Gourmet Pizza

This recipe is another example of the all the freedom you have with Big Green Egg. You can use the grill just like an oven to cook a homemade pizza. The temperature precision of Big Green Egg means you can cook a pizza just as well as you would inside an oven.

Pizza is a great meal any day of the year, but with a Big Green Egg, you can relax outside while your pizza cooks.

5. Strawberry Pound Cake

You can even bake desserts with a Big Green Egg. Prepare your desserts just like you normally would, but instead throw it inside the Big Green Egg to bake your dessert like it’s an oven.


Aspen Fireplace offers a wide variety of Big Green Eggs and BBQ grills. Come visit our showroom at 5156 Sinclair Rd. Columbus, OH 43229 to view our selection!

Why to Buy From a Local Supplier

Aspen Fireplace is proud to be a locally owned independent Columbus Ohio business that caters to Ohio and its surrounding areas for all of their fireplace and patio needs. We are proud to be impacting the growth of the Columbus economy, and we encourage all of our customers to purchase their fireplace and patio supplies from a local supplier like Aspen Fireplace. Here are some benefits to buying locally that the national and Big-Box stores cannot offer:


Strong Customer Service

Since we have a passion for our business, we hire only those who share our knowledge and understanding of every single one of our products and services. Our installers have been expertly trained as well as our sales staff and design team. When you speak to one of our staff members, you can be sure they’re sharing the most up-to-date information and knowledge of the product.


Quality Product

Our suppliers do not use third party products or allow distribution to discount websites or bargain stores. We distribute only the highest quality products and if you find the same thing at one of the big-box retailers, you’re getting a counterfeit.


Inventory Flexibility

Since we don’t partner with any national chain stores, we have the power to offer a variety of products and services, based on our past and current customer feedback. We have the independence to update our products and services regularly, depending on the season, trends and demand.


Aspen Fireplace has been serving the Columbus community for over 25 years, and we continue to grow and expand our products and services thanks to our loyal customers. With a wide range of products including fireplaces, stoves, patio furniture, grills and custom fireplace and patio designs, we are sure to have something that fits your design taste!