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How to Light Your Gas Fireplace Pilot

It’s important to understand how your gas fireplace or appliance works to ensure it’s ready for use when you need it. If you’re not sure if the gas is on at your house or not, then you must first call your gas company. You should always check the gas first, next check the flame for the pilot, and then the on/off knob. Gas fireplaces are simple, which is why they are very popular among homeowners, realtors, hotels and inns.

Gas Appliances

roaring fire from a gas fireplace Many homeowners are afraid of gas appliances, sure that the gas will leak into the home. This is possible, of course, but not as likely as many assume. In fact, if you use your gas appliance according to the owner’s manual and have it properly maintained on a regular basis, you shouldn’t have a problem at all. One way that gas may leak into the house is if the gas is on, but the pilot is not lit. Newer models may not make this possible, but it’s important to light the pilot properly on all models to avoid a dangerous problem.

Lighting the Pilot

There are a few types of gas appliances out there. We have gas fireplaces, log sets, and stoves. All of them require a pilot light to work. The good news is that once the pilot is lit, you don’t need to worry about it again until the next spring.

  1. Find the pilot and controls. Ideally, the fireplace controls are out of sight, so you need to find them. This information is in your owner’s guide, but you can also look around. They are usually near the floor of the fireplace, behind the metal grate or plate.
  2. Locate the pilot or ignition switch. If you have an ignition switch, lighting your pilot is as easy as the push of a button. However, if you don’t, you’ll need to light the pilot with a long-handled lighter.
  3. Find the control knob. It should have settings such as “on”, “off”, and “pilot”, like the knobs you’d find on a gas stove. If the control knob is on any setting other than “off”, you must burn it off for several minutes before proceeding to light.
  4. If you have an ignition button, you can press it one time every second until the pilot lights. This process may take several seconds if the fireplace has been off for a long time. If there is no ignition button, hold the lighted flame beneath the pilot burner while pushing and holding the control knob in. When you see the pilot light is burning steadily, turn the control knob to the “on” position.

Once your fireplace pilot is properly lit, you can go on and use your fireplace. There are many benefits to a gas fireplace, such as supplemental heat during the winter. You can have the fireplace of your dreams when you get a gas appliance from The Cozy Flame, call a Comfort Consultant today at 203-283-4459 to get started!

Shop Our Fireplace Doors, Mantels, and Accessories!

October is the best time of year for the fireplace. Most homeowners will crank up the fireplace for the first time in October. A crackling fire can be the perfect ambiance you need on a cool evening. A warm fire can keep you from needing to turn on the central heating system too soon. The fireplace may be the exact backdrop you need for all your upcoming holiday festivities. If it’s not, we can help! We sell and install mantels, doors, and other accessories to upgrade and update your fireplace.

Doors for Updates and UpgradesFamily in front of the fireplace
Whether you’re looking to give your fireplace a new look or wanting to improve efficiency, high quality fireplace doors are a great addition and offer many benefits. At The Cozy Flame we sell and install Thermo-Rite doors. Our large selection of Thermo-Rite doors are made in the US and are known for beauty and craftsmanship. We can fit beautiful and durable glass doors to an arched or rectangular fireplace and have double doors, wide-views, corner sets, mesh, and more. If you have a zero-clearance fireplace, we can match you with doors still–just ask the experts at The Cozy Flame. Adding doors to a fireplace–even a well-working fireplace–can improve efficiency substantially. The glass doors allow radiant heat, while preventing heat loss. Doors also prevent conditioned air from escaping out the chimney, saving money during the summer as well!

Mantels for Looks and Style
In today’s market, you may end up with a house or apartment with a gas fireplace, gas log set, small wood-fire appliance, or any number of appliances or fuel types. Even if your fireplace is installed into the wall, has zero-clearance, and was not originally constructed with one, you can have a mantel. We build mantels from brick and stone, install ready-made mantels to match your decor, style, and personality, and can get your fireplace looking like the focal point of your home in no time at all.

Accessories to Make Life Easier
At The Cozy Flame we recommend that our customers invest in certain fireplace accessories that will help make life easier and safer. We sell fireplace screens that are stylish and functional and that will complement the look of your hearth. Fireplace screens should be properly installed and secured to the hearth. We also sell tools that are designed to help stir and turn coals and logs, shovels that help safely remove ashes, and a brush to aid in cleaning. For more information about accessories that can help you have a safe and comfortable experience this winter, stop by and ask a professional today. Our Comfort Consultants can be found at our showroom at 116-Q Research Drive. For questions, plans, and other information to help your winter experience, call 203-283-4459 today.

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Fall Recipes for Your Outdoor Grill

Fall has arrived, and there is still so much fun to be had outside. You can keep using your outdoor space and using your grill for scrumptious meals and entertaining–all winter long if you want! Grilling outdoors offers tastes, textures, and easy cleanup thatt isn’t possible indoors. Whether you have a Big Green Egg or a MHP grill, you have everything you need at your fingertips to have perfectly grilled, seared, roasted, or baked foods this fall.Kabobs, pizzas and vegetables on the grill make for the perfect dinner this fall!

Handmade Pizzas

Bake a perfect pizza with the Big Green Egg. No longer do you need an elaborate outdoor pizza oven. All you need to transform your grill to a pizza machine is a Pizza & Baking Stone (also great for breads and desserts).
Start with the dough
Choose a dough recipe that will turn out delicious no matter what toppings you choose, and once you decide on the type of pizza you want, season the dough if necessary. To learn the secret to the best pizza dough, check out the Big Green Egg pizza publication here.
Mouthwatering toppings
The toppings you choose will retain their flavor when baked in your grill due to the way the Big Green Egg is designed. Choose complimentary toppings, or follow a recipe for best results.
Safety first
When removing your pizza from the baking stone, be sure to use an appropriate tool to prevent burns (and wasted food!). You should use an aluminum pizza peel for best results and check out the Pizza and Calzone EGGcessories as well.

Other Fall Favorites

Skewers and barbecue are not only summer favorites. Grilled goodies may be the perfect addition to your fall festivities to put it over-the-top.
Seasonal Squash — Grilled butternut squash with the perfect combination of seasonings or just a splash of olive oil creates mouth-watering aromas and becomes a wonderful side or appetizer.
Root Veggies — Sweet potatoes are sweeter when glazed with molasses and seared on a grill top. If you’re tired of pickled or boiled beets, wrap fresh sliced beets in foil with some butter, salt and pepper, and prepare to be amazed!
Throw in Fruits — Seasonal fruits such as peaches, pumpkins, and cranberries can blend beautifully with smoked meats and veggies. Honey-glazed chicken skewered with peaches or apples can have your friends and family coming back for more! Make your desserts on the grill by slicing and wrapping in foil with butter and cinnamon.

When you have a grill, the possibilities are endless. Check out this Collection of Fall Grilling Recipes for these specific recipes and more!

Not sure your grill is suitable for grilling pizzas, roasting veggies, or baking bread? It is! At The Cozy Flame we can hook you up with exactly the accessories that will make your experience easier and your food tastier.

Call 203-283-4459 or stop by at 116-Q Research Dr.

Firewood Storing and Burning Tips

It’s almost October, and that means it’s nearly time for a crackling fire in the fireplace. Ideally, you have a nice supply of firewood ready for the first fire of the season, but if you’re like manyFirewood homeowners, you put it off until the last minute. When it comes to chimney and fireplace maintenance and preparation, procrastination can be dangerous. You may be left out in the cold, and you may waste time and money trying to light improper firewood.

Seasoned Firewood

Your firewood should be properly seasoned before it’s burned in the fireplace (or anywhere else). When the tree is cut down, it’s filled with water that was keeping it alive. When it’s cut, it must be set aside for 3-6 months to dry–maybe longer for extremely hard woods. Selecting the correct firewood is the best way to have an efficient fireplace, a warm fire, and a safe burn all season long. Seasoned firewood produces less creosote, burns hotter with less fuel, and is easier to light. If you don’t take the time to cut and store firewood, you risk depending on green or “wet” wood to heat your home, and you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Green Wood

Burning green wood has too much water content. When it’s burned it takes more wood to reach the desired temperature, the wood burns incompletely, and it even produces more particulate pollution that affects the environment and more soot and creosote that affects your chimney. In order to get the most out of your firewood, especially if you’re cutting from your own property, is to select wood species that will work best for your needs and to cut and store it properly so that it burns better and lasts longer.

Storing Firewood

There are many ways to properly store firewood while it dries, and many of them can be cheap, and some can even be fun.

  1. Woodshed – You can build a woodshed for your firewood that keeps it out of the elements, while still allowing airflow. If you stack your firewood tightly inside a closed shed or building, it may take longer to dry because there won’t be any air flowing around and between the wood. A popular option is a lean-to because it allows sunlight and air to dry the wood, while keeping it covered from rain and snow.
  2. Woodpile – If you don’t have the time or materials to build a woodshed, you may choose to stack the wood in your yard. This is a fine way to allow it to dry, and it can still dry while exposed to the elements. Simply stack it bark-side-up so that water runs off. The bottom layer can be stacked bark-side-down to keep from absorbing standing water. However, you can prevent standing water by putting your stack of firewood on a bed of sand or gravel. Regardless, you can ensure the wood is ready by stacking loosely and by letting it sit for 3-6 months. Don’t rush it.

If you’re not sure what kind of firewood to use or what the big deal is, you can call and talk to a fire expert at The Cozy Flame. We’re always willing to answer your questions because our customers are first priority. We want you to be safe and warm this fall and winter, and your fire starts with your firewood. Call us at 203-283-4459.

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It’s Time for Service!

It’s finally September. Maybe you’re looking forward to harvest parties and Halloween, or maybe you’re already looking for a Christmas tree. For those homeowners who love fall and the holiday season for all the family gatherings and fun decorations, we may be able to help. For those who depend on the fireplace and chimney system as a heat source, we can help you too! At The Cozy Flame, fires are our specialty, and we can’t stress enough the importance of professional services and routine preventative appointments to maintain safety and efficiency throughout the season.

Repairs and Installations

If your fireplace needs a bit of a facelift in order to look it’s best in your family photos this season, you should call on the professionals. The Cozy Flame partners with sister company, Total Chimney Care, to bring professional installations and repairs to our customers. The experts at Total Chimney Care are certified, licensed, and insured. They can beautify any old fireplace, or neglected chimney. Now is the time for these types of services, however.

If you want to make changes to the system, schedule now and avoid the fall rush. The fall rush is the time between October and January in which chimney professionals are busy. If you wait until October to schedule your appointment, you may spend some cold nights waiting for an appointment time. Also, when you wait to schedule until fall, you may not get to schedule with the sweep you want, and may be tempted to light a fire in an unsafe fireplace.

Routine Maintenance

Both the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) agree that it takes routine chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections for a chimney system to be as safe and efficient as it can be. These important services should be completed by a professional, and should be completed before burn season. Once your chimney is clean and inspected, you can rest assured that it’s ready for the first fire of the season, AND it will not need another inspection for twelve months.
Chimney Sweep – When you schedule your chimney sweep with Total Chimney Care, a professional will come into your home and use special tools to sweep the system clean of soot, creosote, and any other debris. When the system is clean, it will work more efficiently, will be clean of hazards, and will have optimum airflow.
Chimney Inspection – A CSIA chimney inspection is a thorough assessment of the chimney system from top to bottom, including the inside. Hazards will be identified and a repair plan will be suggested by your chimney sweep. When you schedule your chimney inspection now, it leaves you time for necessary repairs before temperatures drop. Ask a technician about chimney inspections, procedures, and repair plans when you call to schedule.

Call The Cozy Flame and you’ll find that we’re committed to professional excellence and safety. You can have your dream hearth (and in time for fall!) when you call today. Dial 203-283-4459.

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