How Many BTUs Do You Need From Your Fireplace?

Fireplace heat and how much you actually need.

We are marching bravely toward winter with all its splendor – freezing temperatures, howling winds and for the vast majority of us, snow. Lots of snow. It’s no wonder this is the most popular time of year to install a Heatilator fireplace. But when it comes to choosing a fireplace, how do you really know how much heat you need? It’s an important decision and there are several things to take into consideration.

When determining what fireplace is right for your space, consider two things: BTUs and the square footage of the area you want to heat. A hearth expert at your local Heatilator dealer can show you all options and help you determine how many BTUs you need, but we’ve included a few examples below.

Heatilator’s best-selling fireplace of all-time, the Novus, has been making fireside memories for decades. With classic styling and time-proven technologies, it will fit into almost space – even where other fireplaces won’t fit. There are four models, and their heating capacities are below:

Model BTUs Space it will Heat
Novus 30 14,000 – 20,000 400 – 700 square feet
Novus 33 15,000 – 22,000 500 – 700 square feet
Novus 36 17,000 – 25,000 600 – 900 square feet
Novus 42 19,500 – 27,500 700 – 1,100 square feet

The Heatilator Crave is a modern luxury fireplace at an affordable price. Available in both single-sided and see-through models, upgrade options allow you to personalize the fireplace to accent your home’s unique style. There are four models, and their heating capacities are:

Model BTUs Space it will Heat
Crave 36 17,500 – 30,000 600 – 900 square feet
Crave 48 21,000 – 40,000 800 – 1,300 square feet
Crave 60 26,000 – 50,000 1,300 – 2,100 square feet
Crave 72 30,000 – 58,000 1,500 – 2,400 square feet

This fireplace provides authentic masonry style without the costs of a site-built masonry fireplace. With the largest viewing area in its class, the Heirloom showcases intense fires against a textured brick interior. There are three models, and their heating capacities are:

Model BTUs Space it will Heat
Heirloom 36 27,000 – 45,000 1,100 – 1,800 square feet
Heirloom 42 30,000 – 54,000 1,500 – 2,500 square feet
Heirloom 50 36,000 – 65,000 1,900 – 3,000 square feet

The bottom line? Make the right decision and choose a fireplace with appropriate heat for your space. Keep in mind there are other variables, such as the climate where you live, insulation, weatherproofing, ceiling height and the openness of the floor plan. Don’t make the decision alone. Talk to your Heatilator dealer.