Do all fireplaces use the same amount of gas?

Fireplaces are each designed with different consumers in mind.  Some fireplaces are designed for occasional use and provide a gorgeous focal point to a space, others are more modest in appearance and provide a cozy source of supplementary heat to a room.  Because each fireplace is unique, gas usage will vary from one model to the next.

Look for the EnerChoice logo   to identify which models are best suited for heating applications. This becomes an easy way to know that a model is among the most efficient.


How do I know what the efficiency is?  

For fireplaces, the fireplace efficiency rating often appears on a special EnerGuide label   printed in the manufacturer’s product literature.  If the model is EnerChoice rated, you can check our model shortlistsManufacturers websites, and the NRCan database are also great sources for efficiency information.  

Please be sure you reference the correct efficiency, as it is not unusual for manufacturers to have test their products using multiple efficiency tests.  In Canada and for all EnerChoice related rebates the required efficiency will be labeled CSA P.4.1 or Energuide.


I’d like to buy a fireplace at a retailer that is not included on enerchoice.org. Will I still get my rebate?

Consumers should feel free to shop at whichever specialty hearth retailer they prefer.  If the fireplace you have selected meets the criteria for a rebate, and the model is registered with Natural Resources Canada, you should be eligible for a rebate regardless of where your fireplace is purchased.

Retailers listed on enerchoice.org are here by their request, and does not imply endorsement by the EnerChoice program.

*** All rebates or incentives are issued by groups completely independent of HPBAC and the EnerChoice program.   Acceptance or denial of any application is completely at the discretion of the issuing agency.***


I see two different efficiency numbers on the product literature. Why is that?

In the market there are different test methods for gas fireplaces.  The only rating recognized in Canada is generated by CSA P.4.1 (EnerGuide).  Manufacturers also publish ratings, such as the AFUE or SS, in their brochures because they distribute their gas fireplace products and brochures across North America.  Only some States in the US reference the CSA P.4.1 standard as the efficiency of choice.  It is important to know which efficiency number you are looking at to ensure you don’t miss out in any possible rebates.


I’d like to buy a fireplace but it’s not on your lists.  Can I still get a rebate?

If you are interested in purchasing a model that does not appear on these lists, and you would like to determine if it is eligible for a rebate, there are 2 criteria typically used to determine rebate eligibility;

The first criteria is registration on Natural Resources Canada’s master registry of fireplaces to confirm if the model is listed with NRCan by clicking here

The second criteria is to make sure the model meets the necessary FE.  If the requirement is to meet the EnerChoice rating perform a search  of the NRCan database and be sure to include the model style & the required fuel type (on occasion the Natural Gas and Propane versions of the same model will have different FE’s)

If your model is registered, and it has an efficiency equal to or higher than the requirement, you should still be eligible for any P.4.1 related rebate.

*** All rebates or incentives are issued by groups completely independent of HPBAC and the EnerChoice program.   Acceptance or denial of any application is completely at the discretion of the issuing agency.


What is the difference between the EnerGuide Fireplace Efficiency (FE) rating and those other ratings?

In the market there are different test methods for gas fireplaces;  for Canada CSA P.4.1 (EnerGuide Rating),  In the USA Steady State (SS) and Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) may both be used on product material.

Steady State 

The Steady State rating reported in manufacturers’ literature is the efficiency a fireplace can achieve were it placed in the middle of a room, radiating heat from all its surfaces, running continuously and suffering no energy losses.


The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating averages out a unit’s efficiency over an entire heating season, selectively taking into account some energy losses but ignoring others.

CSA P.4.1 (EnerGuide)

The EnerGuide FE rating reports a fireplace’s true energy efficiency by taking into account all its energy losses and by considering its overall performance during an entire heating season, not just on the day of testing

Comparison of efficiency ratings that may be found in the manufacturers product literature?


Steady State


EnerGuide FE (P.4.1)

Applies to all fireplaces sold in Canada



Testing is required by Canadian law



Recognized by the Government of Canada



Uses a test standard designed for fireplaces



Testing simulates typical conditions of use


Testing takes into account all energy losses



Test results are subject to independent verification



Why is the EnerGuide Fireplace Efficiency (FE) rating lower than the Steady State or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings?

All fireplaces are subject to some energy losses.  Many of these are similar to losses experienced by several types of heating appliances.  These include; heat escaping up the chimney (stack losses), from the appliance’s hidden surfaces (casing losses). 

Other losses are specific to gas fireplaces.  Things such as a pilot light running continuously can account for a significant portion of a fireplace’s annual fuel consumption. The P.4.1 test methodology is specifically designed for testing fireplaces and so includes these unique factors. It is for this reason that EnerGuide FE rating for a particular make and model of fireplace will often be lower than the SS or AFUE ratings, and why it is extremely important to consider the correct efficiency numbers when making a piurchase.


How do I get a model registered with NRCan or listed on enerchoice.org?

If you are a manufacturer or distributor of gas fireplaces sold in Canada and you are interested to get a fireplace model listed with NRCan it is best to contact Erika directly at energuide@hpbacanada.org or 1.800.792.5284 x 3



All gas fireplaces sold in Canada are required to be listed with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).  These listings include details about each model, relevant when choosing the right model for you; including efficiency and ignition type.

Looking to Buy

Looking to Buy

When choosing a fireplace to suit your home and your needs, there are several factors to consider.  Questions such as how and when you plan to use your fireplace will ensure you find the right model for your home.  We’ve assembled some tools and information to assist you with your selection.

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