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Advice from the Professionals
May 2022

A Beautiful Outdoor Fireplace Makes Patio Season Last All Year!

Young people enjoying a summer evening with a Heat and Glo outdoor fireplace.

A Heat and Glo Outdoor Fireplace Makes Patio Season Last All Year!

As we all know, Ontario summers are short and sweet.

Sadly, we only get to experience this long-awaited season for about three months of the year. So we make the most of it!

We cram in BBQs, bonfires and campouts every weekend possible. And yet, once the season ends, it never seems to have been long enough.

That's where a Heat and Glo outdoor fireplace comes in!

With an outdoor fireplace, your patio season doesn’t have to start in June and end in September.

It can last as long as you’d like!

You can enjoy the warm blaze of your outdoor fireplace no matter the season. Whether that be a peaceful spring morning, a lively summer night or a crisp autumn evening.

You can even run your fireplace in the winter if you're up for it!

The right outdoor fireplace can create the perfect all-season oasis!


3 Reasons To Invest In Heat and Glo Outdoor Fireplace This Summer

Are you looking for the perfect spring project in 2022? This is it!

According to the ASLA, outdoor fireplaces and pits were one of the top 3 outdoor design elements in 2018.

And their popularity has only grown since then!

During the pandemic, homeowners designed their own backyard patios to avoid going out. They installed patio furniture, TVs, bars, barbecues and even outdoor fireplaces!

This allowed their patio days to not rely on anyone's schedule but their own.

You can enjoy the same freedom today with the right outdoor products.

If you’re not sure whether an outdoor fireplace is a good investment for your home - keep reading!


An outdoor fireplace is the perfect spring project. Whether you're renovating for your own enjoyment or to sell, the value potential is huge!

According to the ASLA, updating your outdoor living space can increase your home value by 20%!

After all, who doesn't love the freedom of enjoying nature's beauty in their own backyard?

It's why homeowners invest in landscaping, gardens, decking, patio furniture, etc.

These exterior upgrades improve the home's comfort and functionality. They make it more practical, convenient and enjoyable for families throughout the year!

Adding an outdoor fireplace to your outdoor renovations has the same effect!

Plus! You can recoup about 80% of the upfront and operational costs.

Imagine enjoying a cosy outdoor fireplace on a chilly Sudbury evening.

There's really nothing like it!


How does an outdoor fireplace improve the visual appeal of your outdoor living space?


Fireplaces have always been a prized feature in a home. They have an incredible ability to spark romance, story-telling, laughter and joy.

One of our suppliers, Heat and Glo, wanted to hold on to this charm. So they designed their outdoor fireplaces to do just that!

With an outdoor fireplace, you can keep creating those lasting memories all year long!


The design of your outdoor fireplace is another key factor in the visual appeal of your patio.

After all, it will become the focal point!

That’s why we recommend choosing a design that fits your unique living space and home exterior.

Thankfully, outdoor fireplaces come in many shapes, sizes, finishes and features. So you're design options are endless!

Examples of Outdoor Fireplace Design Options:

  • Brick or stainless steel interiors
  • Glass media
  • Log style
  • Stone or brick surroundings
  • Decorative pieces, etc.


Backyard patios are the perfect space for group, family or personal use. And with the right landscaping and furnishing, you can truly make it a luxurious getaway.

Do you enjoy unwinding after a busy day? Spending quality time with your family? Or entertaining a large group of friends? All from the comfort of your own backyard? If so, an outdoor fireplace is a perfect addition.

And that leads us to our third and final point!


Creating a backyard patio scene adds a whole new dimension to your home’s entertaining space.

During the pandemic, gathering outdoors was a necessity. This made an outdoor fireplace a welcome reprieve from a video or phone call.

But they were popular long before the pandemic began too. 

Spending time with your loved ones in nature around a crackling fire has always been a luxury. And it continues to be that today!


Shop Our Selection of Outdoor Fireplaces in Sudbury, Ontario

Campeau Heating understands the value of quality time with loved ones.

That's why we ensure all our products are intentionally designed to serve your family. And that includes our outdoor fireplaces!

Are you looking for outdoor fireplaces in Sudbury, Ontario? We have one of Northern Ontario’s largest operating showrooms!

Shop our selection of modern, traditional or eclectic fireplaces - online or in-store. You can even choose between wood-burning and gas!

Call our office to schedule a weekend appointment!


Shop Our Selection Here

We also offer outdoor fireplaces by Napoleon!


Shop Our Selection Here


Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space With Campeau Heating

With our outdoor fireplaces, you can embrace each season to the fullest!

This year, make summer last. With an outdoor fireplace, you’ll never have to say goodbye to your favourite season.
Call our heating crew at (705) 560-2441 or request a free quote online!

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Stuck Between a Gas or Charcoal Grill? Which Is The Best BBQ?

Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario, helps homeowners explore whether a gas or charcoal grill is the best BBQ for their family.

Stuck Between a Gas or Charcoal Grill? Which Is The Best BBQ?

Which is better - a gas grill or a charcoal grill? This question is actually one of the most controversial discussions in the grilling world!

We’re here to help clear the air a bit. 

After all, one really isn’t better than the other!

The best BBQ is less about the perfect cooking conditions and more about each grill master’s preferences. 

For example… 

A charcoal grill might give a smokier flavour, but a gas grill allows you to savour the natural taste of meat. 

A charcoal grill is probably the best BBQ for your taste preferences if you prefer a smoky-tasting steak. But if the natural taste of meat is something you prefer, then a gas grill might better suit you. 

Are you a seasoned griller or new to the trade?

Whether you’ve been grilling for years or are about to buy your first barbeque, we have one of the best grill selections in Sudbury! 

Everyone has their own grilling preferences. All you have to do is find your must-have tool of the trade! 

Once you find the perfect grill, you can make all your favourite grilling recipes


What Features Should You Look For In a New Barbeque?

At Campeau Heating, we always recommend a Napoleon BBQ. But whether that’s a gas barbeque or charcoal barbeque is entirely up to you! 

Let’s explore what makes both options unique. 


Heat-Up Time 

How long does it take a barbeque to heat up? 

If you barbeque quick weeknight meals for your family all summer long, then the heat-up time of your grill might be the most crucial factor to consider. 

However, if grilling is a passion or something you only do on the weekends, you might not mind waiting!

Charcoal Grill Heat-Up Time: 15-30 minutes 

A charcoal BBQ can take up to 30 minutes to preheat. And that doesn’t include the time it takes to ignite the charcoal either, which can add an additional 15 minutes to your prep time.

Gas Grill Heat-Up Time: 10 minutes

A gas BBQ only takes 10 minutes to heat up. And with instant ignition capabilities, you’re ready to start grilling in under 15 minutes! Plus, this quick preheat on your cooking grates gives fantastic sear marks! 


Cooking Power 

The cooking power of your barbeque tells you how hot your grill can get. 

The higher the heat, the hotter your grill can get. The hotter the grill gets, the faster you’ll be able to cook! 

Although some grillers prefer a slow sear, others prefer a quick meal. And if you plan to host backyard patios with lots of hungry guests, a powerful barbeque with a high heat capacity could mean the difference between dinner at 7 PM and dinner at 10 PM. 

Charcoal Grill Cooking Power: Usually up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit

Gas Grill Cooking Power: Usually up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit


Temperature Control 

The temperature control of your barbeque is what gives you the best control over your cooking. 

If you’re a seasoned griller, temperature control might not worry you. But if you’ve never done it before, looking for a grill with a set-it-and-forget-it type of temperature control might be your best option. 

Charcoal Grill Temperature Control: 

With a charcoal barbeque, you will need some practice and patience when learning to maintain a consistent cooking temperature. Because you are working with varying coals - each with a different size, shape and burning time - temperature control is quite difficult.

Gas Grill Temperature Control: 

A gas barbeque can easily maintain a steady heat level and distribute that heat evenly across the grill. 



The versatility of your grill can add incredible (and yummy) diversity to your menu. 

For example, if your barbeque has direct infrared and indirect heat, your cooking options are endless. You can bake, smoke, sear or grill! 

Some barbeques also come with multiple different burners and even rotisserie kits! 

Charcoal Grill Versatility: 

A charcoal barbeque can have direct and indirect cooking areas.

Gas Grill Versatility: 

A gas barbeque can have multiple burners, accessories and kits. 


Health and Safety

When selecting a barbeque for your backyard, one of your first instincts will be to check whether this appliance is safe for you, your family and your home. 

Charcoal Grill Health and Safety: 

  • The lack of temperature control could become a safety risk. 
  • The lighter fluid could cause health risks. 

Gas Grill Health and Safety:

  • A gas barbeque uses a cleaner fuel type (a natural gas BBQ), reducing its health and safety risks. 


Cleanup and Maintenance

It’s easy to get caught up in the cooking aspects of your barbeque and forget about the cleanup and maintenance factors. 

Charcoal Grill Clean-Up: 

A charcoal barbeque requires routine maintenance, regular ash disposal, and grate cleaning. 

Gas Grill Clean-Up: 

A gas barbeque requires: 

  • Routine maintenance
  • A routine check on the propane tank or gas line. 
  • A regular cleaning of the grill grates, drip pan and flavour bars. 



Lastly, the cost is a huge consideration when selecting a new barbeque. 

Charcoal Grill Cost: Less Expensive 

  • With far fewer components than a gas barbeque, a charcoal barbeque is definitely the cheaper option. They sell for as little as $25!

Gas Grill Cost: More Expensive 

  • A gas barbeque is much pricier - ranging from $500-1500. With advanced features, they can even go as high as $2,000!


Shop Our Napoleon Barbeque Line at Campeau Heating

See Our Selection 

Are you ready to expand your kitchen skills outdoors with our incredible Napoleonoutdoor products? Get in touch with our Campeau Heating team today to find the best BBQ for your backyard grill!

Our Napoleon Gas Grill Line

  • Napoleon Prestige PRO Series Gas Grills 
  • Napoleon Gas Grill - Prestige Series 
  • Napoleon Rogue SE Series 
  • Napoleon Rogue Series

Our Napoleon Charcoal Grill Line

  • Napoleon Charcoal Grills 
  • Napoleon Apollo Series 


Get Ready For Summer Grilling With Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario! 

Get your BBQ apron on and grab a flipper - Summer is almost here!

Still not sure which barbeque suits your cooking style, budget and taste? We are here to help!

You can reach out to our Campeau Heating team at 705-560-2441 or contact us online!

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