From wood to ethanol, heat up your fall at five of the city’s finest fireplace shops

With autumn settling in a little faster than most of us would prefer, attention is being turned inside for cosiness and warmth. Yes, it’s fireplace season.

Here’s a few ideas on how to turn up the heat on your hearth from local fireplace boutiques:

Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces in the Junction is a family-run business that’s been in operation since 1948. With 32 brands available, Marsh’s offers wood- and gas-fuelled products including fireplaces, inserts, stoves, mantels, doors and accessories.

If you’re looking for a classic, wood-burning fireplace, the Opel 3 is your kind of flame. The traditional single door unit evokes a sense of history, but with a low emission and overnight burn, the Opel 3 has the efficiency of a modern furnace. Custom settings are available.

Proudly made in Canada and shipped worldwide, Paloform Toronto offers handmade, local fireplace mantels, surrounds, tiles and outdoor firepits.

The collection includes Linnea minimalist, organic components for modern fireplaces, in both traditional format (two legs and a header) or framed, floating surrounds. Fireplace tiles can be integrated with Linnea products and are cast in concrete by hand in Toronto. The tiles can be used to enhance an existing fireplace, create a feature wall or floor and are available in eight colours.

All products are made to order, and the Paloform team works directly with clients on all orders. Custom design and fabrication services are also available.

Omega Flames in Woodbridge is a large facility just north of the city featuring gas and electric fireplaces, plus mantels and mouldings.

The new Marquis Collection by Kingsman offers contemporary European-inspired designs that range from modern framed wall-mounted fireplaces to outdoor gas fire bowls. The framed Infinite series, available in various sizes including two-sided, comes with black, pewter or stainless surrounds; accent lighting; driftwood; and decorative rocks.

Other standout products include the Skyline and Solace collections. Call ahead to arrange an on-site appointment.

A growing trend in fireplaces is ethanol, despite the fact that it’s been around for a while.

They are eco-friendly and vent-free, allowing condo dwellers to enjoy indoor flames without restriction.

The Fireplace Specialist in Vaughan carries high-capacity ethanol inserts as well as a stylish coffee table available in white or dark oak, complete with its own built-in ethanol-fuelled glass cylinder called the Coffee Fire Log. Products include stone and wood mantels, custom wall units and outdoor firepits, in addition to gas, wood and electric fireplaces.

The C View Corner by Montigo is a unique custom-built unit that allows for a stunning wraparound fire. Visit the website for a quote.

Napoleon Fireplaces also offers ethanol products that can be found at Classic Fireplace & Gourmet Grills in the Beaches, among other premier stores in the city.

With linear, convex and square models, these clean-burning units can be wall mounted by bracket and offer a slim firebox design. Other vent-free options are available, making a stylish addition to a bathroom or kitchen, such as the vertical Torch with its single torch flame.

The unit could even be installed in a hallway or foyer and is available in pewter, brushed stainless or painted metallic black, red, white or blue with optional accent lighting mounted below and above the frame.

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