Decorative gas heating fireplaces add comfort, beauty, and value to your home. This winter, enjoy curling up by a warm fire without the hassle or mess of firewood. Below are some frequently asked questions about gas stoves.
Q: How do SUNDANCE Energy products create such a wood-like flame in its gas stoves?
A: Credit for the flame goes to the patented Insta-Flame Ceramic Burner, which uses high quality ceramics to create the most realistic wood-like flames in the market today. The Insta-Flame Ceramic Burner is also the most durable burner system on the market. It is constructed of a ceramic tile material that withstands the highest temperatures. (This material is so durable it’s also used on space shuttles!) The Insta-Flame Ceramic Burner is non-corroding and rust resistant – it will stand the test of time and heat. It’s so good it’s covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Other fireplace manufacturers utilize conventional steel and tube burners in their fireplaces, which in time will deteriorate.
Q: Can I place my gas stove directly on my wood floors?
A: Yes. Unlike wood stoves, SUNDANCE Energy gas stoves can be placed directly on a wood floor with no added heat protection. (However, some units when placed on carpet or linoleum, need floor protection.)
Q: Can I replace my old wood stove with a gas stove?
A: A SUNDANCE Energy gas stove is a perfect choice for replacing an old wood stove. You can choose either a direct vent or a natural vent model.
Q: Can I use an existing chimney?
A: A natural vent stove can use the existing chimney to house a vent liner. A direct vent stove can be vented vertically, using an existing chimney as long as the direct vent pipe fits through the existing damper and flue, and as long as the pipe extends to the top of the chimney (to a maximum of 40 feet).
Q: Will a gas stove operate during a power outage?
A: Yes. The standing pilot system, found on all SUNDANCE Energy gas stoves, generates its own power without using electricity -- and will even work if there is a power outage. Here’s how it works: A standing pilot system incorporates a thermocouple and a thermopile, sometimes both. A thermocouple is a small steel rod made of two different types of metals. In a gas appliance, a small flame constantly heats the thermocouple. This flame creates a small electrical current. The millivolts generated from the thermocouple energize an electromagnet inside of the gas valve holding the valve open and allowing gas to flow to the burner in a gas stove or gas fireplace. As a result, the standing pilot system requires no outside electrical resource for operation.
Q: Can I hook up my SUNDANCE Energy gas stove to a wall thermostat or use a remote control?
A: Yes. All SUNDANCE Energy gas stoves (as well as gas inserts and gas fireplaces) are available in models that can include a wall-mounted thermostat or hand-held remote control. These are the most popular types of gas valves used. In fact, there are several types of valves used in our gas stoves (and inserts and fireplaces). Each valve carries certain operational features.