6.5 - FIREPLACES
  Number of households by region Number of households by type of dwelling1
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia Single detached houses
Households with a fireplace
Yes 251,591 A 684,654 A 1,047,456 A 4,892,760 A
No 627,187 A 748,234 A 769,823 A 3,217,382 A
Don't know U U U U
Not stated U U U 89,786 A
Households with a wood burning fireplace
One 106,646 M 229,845 M 218,535 M 1,861,277 A
Two or more U U 47,867 M 431,930 M
None 128,789 A 382,745 A 731,890 A 2,370,031 A
Don't know U U U
Not stated U U U 221,795 M
Total households with a wood burning fireplace 122,802 A 301,909 A 315,566 M 2,522,729 A
Households with an electric fireplace
One 59,216 A 112,751 M 151,802 M 861,753 A
Two or more U U U 138,902 A
None 171,894 A 477,674 A 840,579 A 3,558,556 A
Don't know U
Not stated U U U 333,551 M
Total households with an electric fireplace 79,697 A 206,979 M 206,877 M 1,334,205 A
Main purpose of electric fireplace(s)
Primarily for heat U U U 121,374 M
Primarily for aesthetics 26,548 M U 36,101 M 402,565 A
For both heat and aesthetics 27,033 M U U 332,397 A
Don't know U U
Not stated U U U 459,751 A
Households with a gas fireplace
One 89,935 A 309,287 A 602,434 M 1,762,030 A
Two or more U 82,665 M 155,307 M 497,531 A
None 147,335 A 265,203 A 239,373 M 2,401,456 A
Don't know U U U
Not stated U U U 225,007 A
Total households with a gas fireplace 104,255 A 419,451 A 808,083 A 2,491,305 A
Main energy source of gas fireplace
Natural gas 89,854 A 381,686 A 702,501 A 1,964,280 A
Propane U U U 265,220 M
Other U U
Dual source U U U
Not stated U U 51,955 M 258,103 A
Pilot light turned off in the summer
Yes 50,722 M 186,069 M 535,089 M 1,281,716 A
No 41,444 M 182,377 M 209,610 M 901,155 A
No pilot light U U U 46,993 M
Don't know U U U U
Not stated U U U 218,417 A
Type of venting for the main gas fireplace
Out the chimney 31,489 M 117,104 M 319,098 M 782,419 A
Out the side wall (direct vent) 54,119 M 236,931 A 323,380 M 1,291,032 A
Don't know U U U 149,594 M
Not stated U U 49,450 M 268,259 A
Use of the main gas fireplace during the heating season
Every day U U 112,469 M 454,093 A
Several times a week U U 115,348 M 396,038 A
A few times a week U U 74,511 M 396,196 A
A few times a month U 114,725 M 361,801 M 690,688 A
Never U U 91,764 M 290,224 A
Don't know U U U
Not stated U U 50,446 M 235,456 A

Footnotes:

1 Does not include the "Don't know/not stated" category.

Note:

Due to rounding, the numbers may not add up and may differ slightly among tables.

Legend:

The letter beside each estimate classifies its quality as follows: A–Acceptable, M–Use with caution, U–Too unreliable to be published.

Source:

2011 Survey of Household Energy Use