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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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Add a Firepit to Enjoy Fall Weather

You do not have to have an indoor fireplace to enjoy a fire this fall. Perhaps you love to entertain guests, but hate the crowded house. Maybe you like to have a dinner party, but don’t want the smell of food in your house. It’s times like now, when temperatures start to dip in the evenings, that homeowners begin to think about outdoor firepits.

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Fire pits do not have to be ugly metal rings like you’d find at a camp ground. Today’s fire pits are beautiful, trendy, decorative, and convenient. You don’t have to buy, cut, or haul wood. You don’t have to clean up ashes or mess with leather gloves or fire pokers. In most cases, you don’t even need to light a fire. When you choose a custom outdoor gas fire pit, you get all the convenience of a gas appliance, and all the brilliance of an outdoor fire pit in one.

The Perks of a Gas Fire Pit

  • Convenient – With a gas fire pit, you can light the fire with a match, a lighter, or a push button, depending on the design. The flame is just as easy to control and to extinguish.
  • Design – Custom designs can range from traditional to contemporary, and everything in between. Choose glass to control the heat from the flame. Then choose stones or logs. And finally, choose a table, fire pit combo! The possibilities are endless.
  • Efficient – Although these fire pits are not chosen for their high heat output, they do produce some heat. Overall, they are extremely efficient, and a great option for homeowners seeking an eco-friendly fire pit. Gas fire pits release less toxins than wood, and create less smoke for your guests to run from while you visit.
  • Safer – Wood fire pits are generally low to the ground, and a hazard for young children. These custom gas fire pits can be tall, installed into a wall, or free-standing. The use of glass can keep children at a distance from the heat.
  • Versatile – Because the fuel can be housed in tanks, gas fire pits can be installed anywhere, and in some cases, they are moveable. This is especially convenient for homeowners who like to lounge by the pool in late summer, but sit in the garden in the fall. Certain gas fire pit models can be moved.

Work With Us

When you are choosing a custom gas fire pit, you should discuss your vision with a professional. A fire expert from The Cozy Flame can discuss our custom gas fireplaces with you now, so that your fire pit will be installed and ready before fall. Regency Fireplace Products are the best on the market, which is why they are the only custom gas outdoor fire pits we sell.

If you’re ready to enhance your outdoor space, creating your dream space, we are ready to help. You can start planning today, and have your outdoor oasis in time for fall, when you call The Cozy Flame. A fire expert is standing by at 203-283-4459.

The Benefits of MHP Grills

The go-to grill for beach and water-lovers can be found at The Cozy Flame, where we only sell the best products at the best price. We stand behind the design, price, and performance of the MHP gas grill. Modern Home Products offers gas grills that stand up to the test of time, taste, and even withstand the corrosive salty air of coastal Connecticut. These grills have 4-5 stars in online reviews, are convenient, durable, and offer all of the combined benefits of a grill AND kitchen stove!

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When you choose to grill outdoors instead of baking or cooking indoors, you will save on cooling costs in your house. Using gas is more efficient, and costs 30x less than traditional charcoal grilling!

Convenient

Lighting your grill doesn’t get any easier than electronic ignition. Controlling your flame is just as easy, and important, since the main cause of gas grill failure is excessive heat. Be sure to read the user manual for your grill in order to learn how to use your controls. The MHP grill offers the convenience of full-meal cooking on one grill! With the cooking surfaces and heat controls, you can easily cook an entire meal to perfection.

Customizable

When you choose a MHP gas grill, you can choose from a variety of options. For added cooking space, you can opt for a secondary cooking surface, along with a large selection of other options and upgrades:

  • A rust-free anodized aluminum cooking grid
  • A stainless steel burner or side burner
  • Infra-roast rotisserie burner system
  • Rotisserie kit
  • Varied mounting options
  • Stainless steel drop-down side shelf
  • Counter top trim kits for built-in installations
  • SearMagic infrared side grill

Patented Magic

MHP’s patented SearMagic high-performance rust-free anodized aluminum cooking grids are made in America like the rest of the grill. They heat up faster and cook all food at a uniform temperature. The grids are reversible, so you can use the ribbed side for beautifully grilled meats, and smooth side for tin-foil veggies. These unique grids are standard on select models, but are a no-charge upgrade on all MHP models.

Build Your MHP Grill

The MHP grill brochure features color photos and full descriptions that help customers choose the best grill options for them. Together with a Cozy Flame grill expert you can:

  • Choose your grill head
  • Pick your mounting option and base
  • Pick your accessories
  • Buy yours today!

Lifetime Limited Warranty

One of the reasons The Cozy Flame continues to stand behind MHP grills is the lifetime limited warranty on all MHP grill products. When you make your purchase, we recommend you register for your warranty as soon as possible, otherwise purchase information may get lost. The lifetime warranty applies to rust through on various parts and range from 1 to 10 years, so it’s important to keep track of your warranty information so that you can benefit.

Are you as excited about MHP grills as we are at The Cozy Flame? Stop into our shop at 116 Research Dr. Suite Q in Milford, Connecticut. A grill expert is available to discuss our MHP gas grills in person or by phone.

Choosing a Fireplace Fuel Type

Despite the climbing temperatures, now is the time to think about your winter fireplace. Today’s market is rife with options. What fuel type you choose can determine how much you spend, what type of appliance you can choose from, and how accessible the fuel will be year-to-year.

Wood-Burning Appliances

Probably the most traditional fuel type is wood. It offers many benefits, but can also be the least efficient and the messiest. Traditional wood fireplaces can lose up to 75 percent of their heat, which is why wood inserts and stoves have become popular in recent years. Wood is a renewable resource, and cheap if you gather the wood from your own property. Stoves and inserts are more efficient than open fireplaces. This which means your wood lasts longer and burns hotter, with fewer byproducts. As long as you burn properly-seasoned wood, your wood-burning appliance will work safely and efficiently with adequate maintenance.

At The Cozy Flame, we offer catalytic and non-catalytic wood stoves, each with their price range, purpose, and style. When you choose any of our Regency wood stoves, you get a beautiful product, professional installation, fewer emissions, and a comprehensive Limited Lifetime Warranty!

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With all the beauty of a real wood fire, and all the convenience and efficiency of a gas or electric appliance, the pellet stove lands in the middle. Pellet stoves are eco-friendly because of their high-efficiency and the manner in which the pellets are manufactured. They are made from wood waste and sold, so this type of fuel must be bought and stored, though it is affordable. Pellet stoves and inserts burn cleanly, though, resulting in less particulate pollution, less creosote and soot buildup, and less wear and tear on the chimney system. They also offer convenient features like a built-in hopper that feeds the fire for a consistent temperature even while you’re asleep or out of the house.

You can browse our Regency pellet stoves and inserts online or stop by our showroom at 116 Research Drive, Suite Q, in Milford, Connecticut.

Gas Appliances

Gas burning fireplaces are the most efficient. They burn cleaner than any other fuel, offer the most convenience, and are available for nearly any type of installation. Gas products raise efficiency by up to 90 percent. Homeowners also prefer gas appliances because of the ease of use–convenient on/off switches, temperature controls, and no clean-up. A gas fireplace can be accomplished with a gas stove, insert, or log set. Depending on your preference, your gas appliance can look exactly like a real wood fire. You can choose an insert to be retrofitted into your existing fireplace, utilize the fireplace by installing a log set or bypass the fireplace and chimney completely by choosing a stove or direct insert.

Are you still on the fence about what fuel type to use this winter? Let a fireplace expert help you decide. We always have a professional on staff at our showroom during business hours, but you can also speak with an expert from the comfort of your home by calling 203-283-4459.

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Choosing Gas Stove or Gas Logs

If you are in the middle of a new construction, remodel, or upgrade, consider gas. Gas stoves and log sets are a great option for home fireplaces, each offering their own set of benefits and function.

Gas Is Convenient

When you choose gas, you don’t have to worry about the wood, ashes, and dust associated with wood fireplaces. You also have the benefit of an on/off button or switch. Some models even come with a knob for flame control. No more do you have to fumble around with kindling and matches. No more do you have to stoke a fire with additional accessories or shovel ashes. The convenience of gas fireplace appliances is second to no other.

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Unlike wood fireplaces which release microscopic particle pollution into the air and lose up to 75 percent of their heat, gas products are the most efficient appliances on the market. Gas burns cleanly, meaning less pollution, less residue, and also less necessary maintenance. There are many models of gas fireplaces that don’t require electricity. This means you can even use your gas fireplace during an electrical outage.

Gas Offers Beauty and Versatility

You can give your tired fireplace a facelift with a stove insert or log set. You can transform your living room with a freestanding gas stove. Whether you’re seeking a traditional cast-iron feel or a contemporary, sleek design, there is a gas stove that will do the trick. A fireplace expert from The Cozy Flame can walk you through the process from start to finish. We sell the best of Regency Fireplace Products and Hargrove Gas Logs to offer our customers the very best in gas fireplace products.

Gas Stoves

Gas stoves are convenient and easy to install. They require almost no maintenance other than regular inspections and cleanings, and they can be installed anywhere.
Vent-Free Stoves – Are designed for complete combustion requiring no vent, but have smaller flames, and the logs can’t be rearranged. Since there is no need for ventilation or piping, these can be moved around, which many homeowners prefer. However, they do release some fumes that can aggravate respiratory illnesses.
Direct-Vent Stoves – These stoves are designed to be installed according to manufacturer’s instructions, with one pipe to carry air in, and one to vent it back out. These pipes can be run through wall or floor, so the homeowner has some freedom of location, but they are stationary. The flame is beautiful and the logs can be rearranged just like a real wood fire.

Gas Log Sets

Like stoves, there are vent-free and vented gas log sets. Both can be installed into an existing fireplace to convert from wood to gas, or simply to repurpose an ancient or unsound chimney system. Gas logs are designed to look like real wood, even down to the species of tree. The blue flames of the vent-free logs are not as realistic as some homeowners desire. The vented log sets offer the realistic yellow flame but requires ventilation either by way of a new vent, or the existing chimney.

Part of the planning process is determining chimney soundness. Find out about gas appliances and your masonry chimney here or call The Cozy Flame at 203-283-4459.

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