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What is the Most Efficient Fireplace Fuel

There are several fuels that can heat a home well, some better than others. With industrial advancements in manufacturing, technology, and fire science, every home can have an efficient fireplace no matter what type of fuel it burns. However, one fuel type stands above the rest.

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The most efficient fuel is natural gas, and the most efficient fireplace systems are those that burn natural gas.

  • Gas burns cleanly with little carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and soot
  • Requires less sweeps
  • Is more plentiful than other renewable sources of fuel
  • Is less dependent on electricity, offers the ability to use during a power outage
  • Has a convenient on/off switch and controls
  • Requires less maintenance, repairs, and wear and tear over time
  • Has many models, styles and installation options

When you choose to burn gas, you are releasing less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, less harmful gases in and around your home, and will require less maintenance due to a cleaner burn. Many models of gas fireplaces don’t even require chimney access, but can work together with a vent installed at the time of installation.

Gas Fireplaces at The Cozy Flame

The Cozy Flame wants all of our customers in Milford, Connecticut, and surrounding areas to be safe and warm each winter, but also to save money. The more efficient our customers are, the cleaner the air is in our neighborhoods. We live and work in Milford and our community is important to us. That is why we are happy to offer the best gas fireplace products on the market.

  • Gas Inserts – Both gas inserts and direct vent gas inserts are highly efficient, produce enough heat for adequate room heating, are closed units (not drawing heated air from the room) and are beautiful. You can choose a facing that matches your personality and your home decor, and keep your existing chimney with minor modifications.
  • Gas Stoves – Gas stoves offer all the benefits of a gas fireplace, but they can be installed anywhere that a wall is available to install a vent. These stoves have the classic look of traditional cast iron stoves and look realistic with ceramic logs and beautiful flames.
  • Gas Logs – Log sets are becoming a popular option in recent years because they are inserted directly into an existing firebox. You can choose vented and ventless log sets that are great for zone heating. Log sets come in different sizes according to space, ventilation, and heating needs, and even come in different tree types.

When you choose a gas fireplace, you are choosing the most efficient fuel type for your new fireplace. If you’re not satisfied with the performance of your wood burning fireplace or would like the convenience of gas, it’s not difficult to transition. We can help you decide what type of fireplace will work best for you at The Cozy Flame. Stop in or call today.

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Don’t Be Left Out in the Cold

Once your dream fireplace is a part of your home, you can rest easy that you’re ready for winter, right? This may be wrong. Depending on the type of system you have, you need to make sure you have the correct fuel to stay warm this season.

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If you have a wood fireplace, insert, or stove, you need to have a store of wood for winter. Running low on firewood part-way through the cold season can be a recipe for disaster (and cold holidays). Make sure you’re ready by preparing now.

  • Properly Seasoned Firewood
    You should only burn properly seasoned firewood in your wood-burning fireplace. This wood has been cut and stored to dry until it is ready to burn. When a tree is cut down it can be filled with 50 to 75 percent water. In order to burn cleanly, it should have less than 20 percent water content. You can tell wood is ready to burn by checking for dull coloring, a hallow sound when hit together, the bark will pull away from the wood, and the wood will be lighter.
  • Buying Seasoned Firewood
    If you need firewood for this season now, there is no time to let it season. You need to find a local source for seasoned firewood. You can check out the place to make sure you get what you pay for and that the wood is ready for use.
  • Storing Firewood
    You may not have a good way to store the firewood, especially if you’re just getting started with a wood-burning stove or fireplace. If you don’t have a wood shed, then stacking the wood under a tarp will work. Stacking the wood on a bed of gravel will help keep the firewood out of standing water, and stacking it loosely will keep air circulating, keeping the wood dry.

The Problem with Green Wood

Do not burn green wood, even if you’re desperate. There is always a way to find seasoned firewood. Burning green wood is bad for your chimney system, bad for the environment, and hard on your lungs. The moisture in green wood causes it to burn incompletely, leading to more creosote and soot in the chimney system, as well as an increase in smoke and particulate pollution. When you burn green wood, you have to burn two to three times as much in order to reach the same temperature as seasoned firewood. This is a waste of money and time. It will also mean that you need more chimney sweeps and inspections to clean away the excess soot and creosote.

The Cozy Flame

The Cozy Flame sells and installs the best wood-burning stoves, inserts, and fireplaces, but even the best products on the market will only work as well as the fuel you burn in them. Protect your family, your investment, and your comfort by preparing for winter now.

A Warm Hearth

This is the time of year to think about your hearth. First, the temperatures drop, then the holidays come one after another. Family get-togethers, dinners, and relaxing into the evening before you do it all again. It’s all made better with a crackling fire. You won’t need that yule log television channel this year. All you need is a new, beautiful wood stove.

Reasons to Choose Wood

The most obvious reason that homeowners choose wood-burning appliances because they have ready access to wood. Maybe they cut it themselves from their own land and store it until it’s ready to burn. You can still have a wood fire if you don’t have a forest in your yard! You can find a local supplier that sells firewood and may deliver to your home. Just check the quality of wood and amount before you pay. There are many other benefits to wood stoves as well.A Warm Hearth for Winter Image - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame

  • A natural, beautiful flame.
  • Eco-friendly, since wood is a renewable resource.
  • Fuel is economical and efficient when properly seasoned.
  • High heat output.
  • Chopping and hauling wood keeps consumers active, adding to health and longevity.
  • Stay warm when the power is out.
  • Variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to choose from.

A Stove for Every Taste

Your dream home can be complete with your dream fireplace when you’re able to choose from a variety of styles. Your hearth space can be traditional with stone fire bricks and a cast iron stove, or a brick hearth, and a contemporary style stove. Regency products are high-quality stoves, known for their clean burn, and are EPA-certified. Because they come in every size, they can fill any space. There are even options with wood storage beneath the stove, customizable doors, and large viewing glass.

Investing in Yourself

You will not only keep warm this winter, but you can be comfortable. You can choose a quality Regency product and feel comfortable with your home, your temperature, and your investment. Regency wood stoves are backed by the industry’s most comprehensive Limited Lifetime Warranty. They are even eligible for a $300 US Biomass Tax Credit. When there are so many reasons to choose a wood stove, there isn’t an excuse to put it off this fall.

You have time to schedule your installation. Start by looking at options on our website, reading up on wood stoves, and talking to one of our Comfort Consultants. Call 203-283-4459 or stop by our showroom at 116-Q Research Dr. in Milford, Connecticut.

Get started now, and you will have time to find the best wood stove for your need and your space, have it installed by a professional, and light your first fire before the first frost.

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Zone Heating

Many homeowners are utilizing fireplaces for added heat to cut down on utility cost, but older fireplaces actually add to the problem. A traditional, open fireplace loses up to 75 percent of its heated air, up the chimney. During the summer, unless the chimney is sealed tightly with doors or a top sealing damper, conditioned air is lost up the chimney the same way. The best, energy saving option to save on heating costs is to use a wood, pellet, or gas insert for zone heating. They are highly efficient, safe, and easy to install into an existing fireplace.

The best, energy saving option to save on heating costs is to use a wood, pellet, or gas insert for zone heating. They are highly efficient, safe, and easy to install into an existing fireplace.

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If you think an insert is right for you, call a professional now. A fireplace expert at The Cozy Flame can lead you through the process from start to finish. Space should be measured accurately in order for the insert to fit properly. An insert is a pre-manufactured unit that is retrofitted into the existing firebox. Since the insert is a closed unit and is highly efficient, it uses the heat produced to heat the area, making it perfect for zone heating. If your fireplace is old, worn out, or has been neglected, an insert will revitalize it into an efficient source of heat for your household.

Types of Inserts

Wood Inserts – Wood inserts are a popular option among those who have access to their own wood supply. Wood offers a beautiful flame, stylish design, and transforms a wood fireplace into an efficient heat machine. To get the most out of your wood product, you should burn only properly seasoned wood. Fresh, or ‘green’ wood has a high moisture content and burns poorly and incompletely. This lowers efficiency, creating less heat, and causing you to burn more wood, and need more frequent chimney sweeps.

Pellet Inserts – Pellets are a green option because they burn efficiently, cleanly, and the pellets themselves are made of wood products, cutting down on wood waste. Pellet inserts produce high heat and are convenient because they utilize a pellet hopper that feeds the fire, keeping the flame and temperature consistent. You should only burn pellets in your pellet insert.

Gas Inserts – Gas inserts are the most efficient of the inserts. They offer a beautiful and realistic flame, even featuring realistic ceramic logs that give you the feel of a wood fire. Gas inserts are ideal for zone heating because they have a convenient on/off switch as well as temperature control.

Zone Heating

Zone heating allows a household to utilize central air and heat in areas of high traffic, while keeping temperatures low in other areas of the house, with less use. Using an insert in these rooms means that you can heat it at your convenience while entertaining guests, and save on utilities by utilizing other fuel sources. Your decision to install an insert will be an investment for a more efficient home and future.

The Cozy Flame sells wood, pellet, and gas inserts–all highly efficient, all top-of-the-line products that we are proud to offer. You can visit our show room for demonstrations and talk with an expert about your dream fireplace. We can even set you up with Total Chimney Care, our installation fireplace service sister company.

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Heating Efficiently with Wood & Pellet Stoves

If you are spending more than you’d like on home heating, there is a remedy for that. Homes can be heated with a furnace, through the use of fireplaces, electric heaters, or even boilers (depending on the size of the home). In all these cases, there is a more efficient option, and one that can save you money in the long run.

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Your furnace or boiler may use heating oil for fuel. This is a petroleum-based fuel, and its cost fluctuates with the economy. At times the cost can rise so high, that you may not be able to operate your furnace. Perhaps you supplement the cost of central heating with a fireplace. Unfortunately, a traditional open fireplace loses up to 75 percent of it’s heated air up the chimney. This is a waste of wood, and a waste of your centrally-heated air. With fall fast-approaching, it’s a good idea to look at other options.

High-Efficiency Stoves

Stoves are a closed unit that don’t lose heated air like a traditional open fireplace. They are efficient, burn hotter and cleaner, and push out more heat than a traditional fireplace. They are safe, affordable, easily installed, and some models even qualify for a tax credit due to their efficiency rating.

Wood Stoves

The Cozy Flame sells Regency wood stoves, both catalytic and non-catalytic. Catalytic wood stoves offer the most heat, and are recommended if the stove will be your main source of heat. Non-catalytic stoves, the more affordable option, are for supplemental heat only. Both options are beautiful. They come in contemporary or traditional styles, and everything in between.

Many homeowners choose wood stoves if they have their own source of wood, but it’s important to burn only properly seasoned wood. Burning wood that is freshly cut is too wet and will burn incompletely, leaving excess creosote in your flue, and requiring more routine maintenance.

Pellet Stoves

For those looking for an even more efficient option, the pellet stove is the best option for high-heat, convenience, and minimal impact on the environment. Instead of burning wood, it burns pellets, which are manufactured from recycled wood products. The pellets have to be bought and stored for winter so that you do not run low, but many stores offer bulk sales for pellets. The pellet stove is a convenient option because of the hopper that feeds the flame so you don’t have to, resulting in a steady temperature and long burn. Pellets burn cleanly, leaving less residue in your chimney, creating less pollution for the environment, and most models qualify for a Biomass federal tax credit.

Regency pellet stoves look like a wood fireplace. They have a window for fire-viewing with realistic logs and create heat enough for home heating or zone heating.

Contact Us

Whether you’re looking to supplement your existing heat source, or replace it completely, wood and pellet stoves are a great option. You can discuss the options, styles, and installation plans with a fire expert at The Cozy Flame at your convenience. Stop by our showroom and see some of the stoves in action or call a fire expert today at 203-283-4459.

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