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6 Advantages of Ortal’s Traditional Fireplaces

Want to enjoy the beauty of tradition without sacrificing the convenience of modernity? Ortal’s traditional gas fireplaces combine the best of both worlds. Here, old-school charm meets new-world efficiency. With Ortal, you get advanced technology, limitless design possibilities, and the freedom to choose the fireplace of your dreams. Enjoy the Comfortable Heat Some fireplaces run […]

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Enjoy Beauty and Safety with Ortal’s Innovative Heat Barrier Solutions

Modern gas fireplaces are clean. They’re efficient. They’re beautiful, featuring sleek lines and streamlined designs. There’s only one drawback: the heat. Those elegant glass panels that grace the front of most modern fireplaces can get hot—extremely hot. Hence, the need for heat barriers. Yet, how do you protect people from burns without detracting from the […]

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Why You Need a Three-Sided Fireplace (and How to Design One)

Compared with traditional fireplaces, three-sided fireplaces offer less structure and more flame. With a firebox that’s visible from the front and sides, and a sleek design that possesses an unmistakably modern charm, these contemporary fireplaces have become increasingly popular among design-conscious homeowners and luxury apartment dwellers, not to mention commercial establishments (think high-end hotels and […]

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How to Purchase Wisely: The Cold Hard Truth About Hidden Fireplace Costs

Beware the hidden costs. That’s a good piece of advice whether you’re purchasing an app or buying a home. Fireplaces are no exception. Impressive (read: high) price tags can deceive the savviest consumer. What are you really getting in return for your investment? Most manufacturers won’t tell you about the hidden charges and long-term costs […]

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5 Reasons to Choose a Curved or Island Fireplace Design

Think of a fireplace, and you picture a flame enclosed in a wall, yet the modern fireplace is a multifaceted wonder. Versatile and innovative, it can adapt to any setting and every style. Nowhere is that more apparent than with Ortal’s island and curved fireplaces—the latest marvels of the interior design world. Position an island […]

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Push the Limits of Design with Ortal’s Modern Linear Fireplaces

The modern fireplace transcends function. Today, homeowners strive for more than a warm glow. They’re looking for limitless design. They demand cutting-edge efficiency. Featuring elegant contours and superior technology, Ortal’s linear line of contemporary fireplaces offers a triumph of form and function, transforming mere walls into stunning masterpieces. A Fireplace for Any Space Luxury fireplaces […]

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Rules Governing Fireplaces in Florida

Why are Ortal’s direct vent gas fireplaces superior? Fewer safety concerns mean fewer regulations and fewer compliance costs. That equals smarter building. The open flame has always captivated the imagination, but it can also pose safety concerns. That’s why governments around the world have enacted strict rules and regulations—to ensure that fireplaces and surrounding structures […]

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Help Massachusetts Stay Green and Safe with an Ortal Direct Vent Fireplace

Want the warmth of a fireplace without the safety and environmental concerns that keep other Massachusetts residents up at night? Choose Ortal’s direct vent gas fireplaces. Modern. Beautiful. Safe. Clean. What Does Massachusetts Say About Fireplaces? Read the Massachusetts Building Code, and you’ll notice an entire section on chimneys, fireplaces, and solid-fuel-burning appliances. The section […]

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Does Your Fireplace Comply with Washington, D.C. Building Codes?

You want to install a beautifully designed, modern fireplace in your next commercial or residential project. You want warmth. You want beauty. You want safety. You want efficiency. The last thing you want is to get hit with a housing code violation in DC. How do you find the perfect fireplace that stays within the […]

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Illinois Building Codes Made Easy with Ortal’s Direct Vent Fireplaces

Why waste time and money bringing a masonry fireplace up to compliance when you can get a safe, green, and fully compliant direct vent gas fireplace from Ortal? The Problem with Building Codes Complying with regulations may be one of the most daunting tasks facing builders, architects, and contractors. It doesn’t help that Illinois is […]

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Is Your Fireplace Approved by Washington Building Codes?

Deciding to add a fireplace to your residential or commercial space in Washington is easy. Complying with government regulations can prove more challenging. Before construction can even begin, you have to wade through countless state ordinances and local building codes. Designed to keep pollution at bay and residents safe, the regulations outline what you can […]

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The Classic Beauty of a Front Facing Fireplace

Tunnel fireplaces, modular fireplaces, island fireplaces—modern fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes and bear all sorts of names. You can place them in columns. You can put them in corners. You can install them anywhere, from the dining room to the master suite bathroom. They can connect the parlor with the patio. They can […]

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The Unique Advantages of Corner Fireplaces

Corner fireplaces are among the most versatile of all hearth styles. A contemporary corner fireplace brings distinct advantages—it can be incorporated into small or tight spaces, and the angular, three-dimensional design adds visual interest to any room. Ahead we explore the advantages and possibilities of corner fireplaces. A Beautiful Space-Saving Solution Rather than taking up […]

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Ortal’s Modular Fireplace: The Next Generation of Design

Introducing the Modular Fireplace: More fireplace. Less clutter. Humans have lit fires since the beginning of time. Once a matter of bare necessity—a source of warmth and a tool for cooking—fires have long since evolved into a symbol of modern comfort and luxury. Over the years, innovators like Ortal have pushed the limits of modern […]

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Form, Function, Beauty: The Benefits of Tunnel Fireplaces

By providing visibility and exposure on both sides of a wall, Ortal’s tunnel fireplaces are a stylish and versatile way to divide any space. With sleek lines and a see-through design, these modern updates on the traditional fireplace provide warmth and beauty on both sides of a room or on the interior and exterior of […]

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Understanding the California Building Code Part I: Fireplace Materials

The California Building Code is strict and comprehensive. It sets rigorous standards for the design, construction, and remodeling of buildings. There’s no detail too small to fall under its purview, and that includes fireplaces. Every time a builder or contractor installs a new fireplace in a California home, they must first check each feature to […]

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The Zero-Clearance Fireplace vs. Ortal’s Cool Wall Technology

What Is a Zero Clearance Gas Fireplace? Most contemporary fireplaces need a buffer zone or a clearance area—they must not sit in or around any combustible materials or they may give off enough heat to spark a fire. Zero-clearance fireplaces are an exception. They feature fireboxes made of materials (primarily metal) that reduce temperature buildup. […]

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Did You Know? 5 Surprising Facts About Gas Fireplaces

You may know that a crackling fire can add charm and ambiance to any room; you may know that a modern fireplace can enhance your décor, but did you know these surprising (and useful) facts about gas fireplaces? Fact #1: A Modern Fireplace Can Save Energy Did you know a modern fireplace is a green […]

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Unique Bathroom Design Ideas: 3 Looks

From modern gas fireplaces to vessel sinks, there are plenty of creative ideas to inspire your quest to find the perfect look for your bathroom. It may not be the first room you think of decorating. It’s probably the smallest room you’ll renovate. That doesn’t make the bathroom any less important. It’s where you prepare […]

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Top 5 Traditional Fireplace Ideas with a Modern Twist

Whether your home is Colonial revival, farmhouse, or Craftsman, the right fireplace design allows you to express your personal style turning a room into a conversation. Fireplaces have helped create inviting gathering spaces through the ages—a tradition that lives on today. Here are five design ideas for traditional fireplace façades.   Mahogany Wood Ideal for […]

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How Do You Ortal? Design Contest Update

If you haven’t yet heard, Ortal is hosting a design contest. We’ve asked interior decorators, architects, and general contractors across the country to show us how they Ortal. We want to showcase the incredible ways in which designers are incorporating Ortal’s modern fireplaces into their client’s commercial and residential spaces. The contest is far from over, but we’ve already received some incredible entries. We wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the wonderful designs that have come our way. Now, for the finest in modern fireplace design…

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“Spring Into Design” New York

Energized by the success of the popular, new Ortal fireplace design competition with Dwell in Los Angeles in March 2017, Ortal is pleased to spring into the May design season in New York. With the intent of educating the marketplace about Ortal custom designs for architecture and design, the brand intends to host a series of […]

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ORTAL at ISH 2017 Frankfurt

“The World’s Biggest Show for the Combination of Water and Energy” Following the epic annual HPBExpo in Atlanta held early March, Ortal is pleased to be exhibiting and participating in the world’s largest show for trends in fireplace design for the home at ISH 2017 Frankfurt, beginning on March 14th at the Ortal Heating Solutions booth […]

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The Top 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Design Inspiration

Looking for inspiration for your next major interior design project, or want ideas to help you freshen up your space? Instagram is the place to find it. The days of flipping through stacks of glossy magazines to find inspiring new design ideas are fading. Today more and more designers are using sites like Instagram and […]

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Considering LEED Certification? Ortal Fireplaces Make the Grade.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to promote more sustainable building. The aim of LEED is to promote energy savings, improve indoor air quality, reduce carbon emissions, improve water efficiency, reduce waste sent to landfills, protect natural resources, and […]

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Gas Fireplace Design Ideas and Benefits for Your New Homeowner Checklist

When looking for a new home, most people worry about the structure of the house, how many bedrooms it has, or what kind of neighborhood the house is in. There is always a laundry list of must-haves for new homeowners. There is a way to get your perfect dream house and have everything on your new homeowner checklist list crossed off. Build as you go, nothing’s better than a making a house a home. Making a house into your home is even more special than buying it with everything you want. One hot button item that people mark as a must on their laundry list of must-haves would be a fireplace.

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The Best Place for the Fireplace

When we envision our fireplace at home we mostly think of it as the center of warmth for the household; an area everyone comes together, converses, and feels at home. An area in the center of the living room comes to mind because it is often an inviting space, and how better to invite a family member or guest inside then a warm fireplace welcoming them? With this in mind, it may seem like the traditional area for the fireplace

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Unique Kitchen Design Ideas: 3 Looks

The kitchen is the most used room in the average home (a quick Google search confirms this). It’s no surprise, really. Food brings us together, and for the culinarily-gifted among us, cooking is often much more than a necessary chore—it’s an enjoyable, creative outlet, and even a stress reliever. Make this important space all your […]

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Creating the Perfect Seating Area Around Your Fireplace

How you arrange your furniture around an existing fireplace or design a room with a fireplace from the ground up depends largely on how you want to use the space. Below we present five ideas for creating an inviting seating arrangement around a fireplace. The Family Room Creating a warm gathering space for the family […]

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3 Unique Wall Finishes that are Compatible with Ortal Fireplaces

An average fireplace helps heat a home. An outstanding fireplace provides warmth, acts as the focal point of a space, and inspires people to come together.

One of the challenges with traditional wood-burning fireplaces, as well as most direct vent models, is the limitation on which materials can be used around the fireplace opening. Artwork, electronics, and wall finishing materials like wood, marble, and steel cannot typically be placed around traditional fireplaces because of the excessive heat the units generate.

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Ortal’s new screen system

Our fireplaces now features a screen for our Front, LS, RS, TS, Tunnel and Space Creator series. A glass bracket at the corner maintains the taut screen tension for our multi-sided fireplaces. The screens have no metal and offer an attractive, sleek design.

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From the Blogosphere!

Ortal fireplaces aren’t just heating up homes, but our products have been received warmly by many wonderful blogs across the Internet. From brief shoutouts to full articles, accolades and galleries, we’re heating up! Check it out, here

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ORTAL Framing installation Don’ts

Framing Installation REMINDERS!  All the framing surrounding the unit should be detached and free from the unit. Follow all the clearances around the fireplace. Fireplace clearances can be downloaded here: Download Keep the firebox unit free from additional weight. Unit should stand as if an…

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