Know before you buy.

Purchasing a fireplace is an important decision, and information is a powerful ally. The right fireplace will complement your décor, supplement your heating appliances and maintain safe air quality throughout your house. Find all that you're looking for and more right here, or contact your Authorized Mendota® Dealer.

Venting Options

Direct Vent

Direct vent fireplaces draw combustion air from the outdoors and exhaust their combustion products to the outdoors—eliminating the need for a chimney. The combustion system should be sealed from the living area to assure high air quality, maximum efficiency and trouble-free operation in today's tightly insulated homes.

Mendota's sealed combustion, direct vent system draws air for combustion from outside the home into a sealed firebox. Exhaust is expelled through a separate vent. Room air is heated and recirculated. The system keeps warm air in and cold air out.

Vent Free

Another industry option is vent-free, ventless or unvented gas fireplaces. This kind of fireplace is designed to draw and expel combustion gasses and moisture directly into the room. While some manufacturers claim that vent-free fireplaces burn hot enough for complete fuel combustion, we've found that carbon monoxide gasses can still linger in your living area. At Mendota, we do not manufacture this type of gas fireplace. In fact, fireplaces and stoves without proper ventilation are illegal in many states and municipalities.

Mendota Heat Transfer Systems

With your Mendota gas fireplace or insert, you have the best choice of heat management solutions for your home. Mendota Heat Transfer Systems take heat from your fireplace and move it where you want—and it all happens hidden from sight within your walls.

Mendota Cool Wall

Mendota Cool Wall redistributes warm air above the fireplace to take heat off of walls and nearby areas—while the firebox still delivers focused warmth. Plus, create even more design possibilities for your home with the option to place your TV or artwork as close as 15" above the fireplace.*

Cool Wall

*NOTE: Running the convection fans will increase wall temperature. The TV can be mounted as low as 15" above the fireplace with the convection fans turned OFF. To use fans with Mendota Cool Wall installed, ensure your TV or decorations are placed 24" or more above the fireplace.


Versiheat moves a portion of heat to the rooms you use most. Warm air travels up to 25' from the fireplace through ducts with their own blowers and thermostats. Mendota fireplaces can use up to two Versiheat kits to transfer heat to up to two other rooms on the same floor, upstairs or downstairs.



With the most air flow capacity, FlexHeat redirects heat to another room or even outside—so you can use your fireplace in the summer or warm climates without unwanted heat. Specific Mendota fireplaces can use a FlexHeat kit to transport up to 95% of convection heat to where you want it.


Fuel Options

You Choose Natural Gas or Propane

Almost 70% of today's hearth products burn gas.* Gas fireplaces have convenient optional features that allow you to have a beautiful fire at the touch of a switch, thermostat or even a remote control. All Mendota gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts and gas stoves can burn natural gas or be converted to burn propane (LP). Make sure to notify your Authorized Mendota Dealer prior to ordering if your home requires LP gas appliances.

*Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association,

Equipment Options

Gas Fireplace Insert

If you would like to enhance the look and feel of an existing fireplace, choose a gas fireplace insert. A fireplace insert is an insulated, closed-door system that slows the fire down and increases the temperature of the fire to facilitate more complete combustion. This closed combustion system uses 100% outside air, preserving indoor air quality and maximizing efficiency. In fact, a gas fireplace produces less than 1% of the harmful particulate emissions of woodburning fireplaces.

Mendota's inserts turn an occasional source of heat into an easy-to-use room centerpiece. Fireplace inserts are made from cast iron or steel with glass doors. So you can watch the dancing flames while increasing the efficiency rating of your fireplace.

Fireplace Insert Benefits*
  • Increased fireplace efficiency
  • Clean, convenient and easy-to-use
  • Ideal secondary home heater helps save money
  • Cost-effective fuel consumption
  • Reduced fireplace emissions help protect air quality
  • Provides heat when the power goes out

*Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association,

Gas Fireplace Unit

You will be amazed at how the flames of a gas fireplace look and perform like real wood, without the mess and fumes. A gas fireplace is a factory-built firebox complete with a glass face for viewing the fire. These hearth products are designed for aesthetic and decorative use, as well as for multiple-room zone heating. Mendota gas fireplaces maintain some of the highest efficiencies in the industry—up to 86.4%.

With a touch of a button, you can cozy up to the warmth of a fireplace that so closely resembles a woodburning fire that even the experts can't tell the difference. Mendota's gas fireplaces come in a wide range of designs, styles and sizes so they can be installed almost anywhere in your home.

Gas Fireplace Benefits*
  • Convenient and instantaneous fire
  • Clean, low maintenance
  • Realistic wood-like flames
  • Cost-effective fuel consumption
  • Flexible installation options
  • Multitude of designs and styles

*Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association,

Find a Mendota® Dealer in Your Area

Mendota gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts and gas stoves are sold through a nationwide network of authorized Mendota dealerships. These professionals have both the knowledge and experience to help you select the correct size fireplace for your home and provide expert installation and service.

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