6.5 - FIREPLACES
  Number of households by region
Canada Atlantic Quebec Ontario
Households with a fireplace
Yes 5,520,354 A 330,139 A 876,565 A 2,248,036 A
No 8,302,982 A 646,713 A 2,571,635 A 2,855,305 A
Don't know 60,750 M - U - U - U
Not stated 289,721 M - U 101,075 M 142,813 M
Main purpose of fireplace(s)
Primarily for heat 1,268,935 A 66,256 A 194,976 A 527,789 A
Primarily for aesthetics 1,784,864 A 124,711 A 323,547 A 676,575 A
For both heat and aesthetics 2,241,220 A 119,253 A 299,522 A 978,402 A
Valid skip 8,653,453 A 667,187 A 2,684,720 A 3,032,360 A
Don't know - U - U - U - U
Not stated 166,619 M - U - U - U
Households with a wood burning fireplace
One 1,531,166 A 91,123 A 444,200 A 511,114 A
Two or more 236,425 A - U 47,730 M 94,164 M
None 3,500,523 A 216,178 A 349,321 A 1,573,277 A
Valid skip 8,653,453 A 667,187 A 2,684,720 A 3,032,360 A
Don't know - U         - U
Not stated 248,456 A - U 35,314 M 68,621 M
Total households with a wood burning fireplace 1,767,591   102,095   491,930   605,278  
Households with an electric fireplace
One 1,337,512 A 120,560 A 280,909 A 470,521 A
Two or more 172,335 M 17,646 M - U 55,972 M
None 3,742,457 A 181,420 A 541,618 A 1,629,993 A
Valid skip 8,653,453 A 667,187 A 2,684,720 A 3,032,360 A
Don't know - U - U - U    
Not stated 260,402 A - U - U 91,550 M
Total households with an electric fireplace 1,509,847   138,205   299,446   526,493  
Households with a gas fireplace
One 2,379,610 A 107,055 A 206,135 A 1,174,704 A
Two or more 576,199 A - U - U 243,523 M
None 2,385,142 A 204,299 A 626,993 A 764,719 A
Valid skip 8,653,453 A 667,187 A 2,684,720 A 3,032,360 A
Don't know - U         - U
Not stated 170,312 A - U 37,080 M 60,925 M
Total households with a gas fireplace 2,955,809   113,826   212,492   1,418,227  
Main energy source of gas fireplace
Natural gas 2,012,274 A - U 46,278 M 1,104,860 A
Propane 322,598 A 106,436 A 157,758 A 44,966 M
Other - U         - U
Valid skip 11,794,197 A 890,272 A 3,355,150 A 4,105,692 A
Don't know - U         - U
Not stated - U     - U - U
Pilot on only when fireplace ignites
Yes 601,592 A 31,006 M 66,751 M 258,306 M
No 1,593,034 A 73,224 A 113,089 A 823,853 A
No pilot light 79,206 M - U - U - U
Valid skip 11,794,197 A 890,272 A 3,355,150 A 4,105,692 A
Don't know 75,144 M - U - U 48,048 M
Not stated 30,634 M - U - U - U
Pilot light turned off or on remotely
Yes 405,798 A 30,623 M 62,172 M 170,504 M
No 1,723,217 A 71,787 A 112,389 A 884,810 A
Valid skip 11,873,403 A 892,557 A 3,369,289 A 4,139,139 A
Don't know 131,521 A - U - U 71,935 M
Not stated 39,868 M - U - U - U
Pilot light turned off in the summer
Yes 1,325,360 A 85,177 A 156,579 A 570,278 A
No 840,111 A - U - U 508,628 A
Valid skip 11,873,403 A 892,557 A 3,369,289 A 4,139,139 A
Don't know - U - U - U - U
Not stated 39,610 M - U - U - U
Type of venting for the main gas fireplace
Out the chimney 770,987 A 26,748 M 54,251 M 337,675 A
Out the side wall (direct vent) 1,405,736 A 78,465 A 133,908 A 729,177 A
Valid skip 11,794,197 A 890,272 A 3,355,150 A 4,105,692 A
Don't know 176,074 M - U - U - U
Not stated 26,813 M     - U - U
Use of the main gas fireplace during the heating season
Every day 409,054 A - U 44,042 M 202,977 M
Several times a week 370,072 A 19,545 M - U 206,597 A
A few times a week 465,910 A 18,584 M 66,137 M 230,533 M
A few times a month 929,914 A 40,536 M 53,600 M 455,148 A
Never 170,926 A - U - U 63,254 M
Valid skip 11,794,197 A 890,272 A 3,355,150 A 4,105,692 A
Don't know 26,872 M - U - U - U
Not stated - U - U     - U

Legend:

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

Notes:

Valid skips indicate households that did not have a fireplace.
Due to rounding, the numbers may not add up and may differ slightly among tables.

Source:

2015 Survey of Household Energy Use