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We Now Have Electric Fireplaces!

At The Cozy Flame, we strive to offer the best products and services to our customers in and around Milford, Connecticut. After many requests from our valued customers, we are now happy to offer electric fireplaces! If you come by our retail location at 116-Q Research Drive, you can see one of our new electric fireplaces in action and talk with an expert about your fireplace options. If you’re looking to add a new fireplace to your home, now is the time. Summer is a great time to make these changes and prepare your home for the winter months.

white fireplace with electric fireplace

Regency Electric Fireplaces


At The Cozy Flame, we carry the best electric fireplaces on the market. Our Regency Skope Modern Electric Fireplace heaters are premium electric fireplaces that combine high-quality craftsmanship and elegant styling. When you’re looking at Regency fireplaces for your home, you have the option of wall-mounted fireplaces or built-in fireplaces. Your fireplaces will have the look and feel of a real wood fire with an enhanced, undulating flame, realistic logs or crystals, and exceptional heat output. Electric heaters have come a long way over the last few years. They’re safer, warmer, and more beautiful than ever.

Why Choose Electric?


A wood or gas fireplace may not be possible where you live. Maybe you own a small condo or do not have access to ongoing wood supply. You may choose electric because it’s cheaper to purchase and install, has no complicated gas or flue hookups, and adds value to your home without a lot of work. With more communities limiting the installation of wood and gas fire units, electric fireplaces allow us to put fire in homes without a negative effect on the environment.

Regency Skope Series


Although these electric fireplaces are heaters, the fireplace is not hot to the touch, making them safe to use when small children and guests are around. The Regency Skope Electric Fireplace will fit into any décor or space seamlessly, with models that will complement your modern, contemporary, or traditional décor.
The fireplaces utilize Chromalight LED technology to produce the most realistic effects in the industry, as well as a three-dimensional display box that helps create depth and realistic dancing flames. These fireplaces are fully customizable with over 39 different color combinations. They can even cycle through different color combinations to capture certain moods or ambiance and even a light show for parties and more.

Zone Heating


Zone heating is described as heating high traffic areas (zones) with heat units so that the central heating system can be turned to a lower setting during winter. This means your new electric fireplace will help you save money on your utility bill! A new electric heater doesn’t have to raise your electricity bill. Talk to one of our Comfort Consultants to find out more.

If you’re looking to add a fireplace to your home that can be installed ANYWHERE, is emission-free, beautiful, modern, and flexible, you can find what you’re looking for at The Cozy Flame.

Call us at 203-283-4459 and let’s talk fireplaces.

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Popular Summer Grill Recipes

Independence Day is just around the corner, and your Fourth of July festivities can be made perfect with a grilling recipe that the whole family can enjoy. Parties and gatherings traditionally revolve around food, and summer is no different. When you’re planning a celebration during the summer, it usually revolves around the grill. Don’t disappoint your guests, neighbors, or family this year with the same old barbecued chicken and hot dogs. Impress them with these go-to grill recipes this summer.

make your own pizza on grill

Cooking for a Crowd


If you have the Large, XLarge, or XXLarge Big Green Egg, you will have no problem cooking for a small group—or the whole block! Using the EGG, you can cook directly on the fire, grill indirectly or roast, smoke, and bake to complete your meal to perfection. The MHP Grill we sell at The Cozy Flame also offers a large grill surface for your summer gathering. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just the family, our favorite recipes will work with our favorite grills and yours.

Summer Squash


Capture the flavor of summer with this Summer Squash and Red Onion recipe. Don’t settle for squishy, flavorless squash. This recipe is perfect for cutting costs and cutting calories. Don’t waste money on store-bought sides when you can grill healthy options right alongside the meat.

Cast-Iron


Don’t let your guests fill up on the same old chicken drumsticks, hot dogs, chips, and pasta salad. Dazzle them with dessert straight off the grill using your favorite cast-iron skillets. Indulge in this Cherry Berry Dutch Oven Cobbler or turn the potato salad on its head with this Dutch Oven Cheesy Potatoes Recipe.

DE-LISH on a Stick


Who said only meat and mushrooms belong on a skewer? We love kebabs and your guests and family will love them too! Kebabs are a great way to incorporate vegetarian options to the meal or bring together flavors that you might not otherwise try. This extensive list of 50 Kebabs from Food Network includes skewered masterpieces like Korean beef, chili beef, rosemary lamb, chicken liver, turkey meatball, chipotle shrimp, and more.


Hand-Made Pizzas


For the price of a decent pizza at the grocery store, you can handmake a family-sized pizza. Whether you’re looking to make one big pizza or several personal pizzas, it is a quick and satisfying way to use your grill. Bring together the taste of summer with this Corn, Sausage, and Cheddar grilled pizza and more. Don’t stop with the main course. You can finish off any barbecue or party with this Fruit Pizza a la mode!

At The Cozy Flame, we don’t just take grills seriously. We take grilling seriously! Try these summer grill recipes on your crew this summer and let us know how it went the next time you’re in the store. If you have enough leftover, bring some by!

If you’re in the market for a new grill, stop in and see our favorites in action. Visit our store at 116-Q Research Dr., in Milford, Connecticut.

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How to Light the Pilot on Your Gas Fireplace

Many of our customers have shut down their fire systems for the off-season, but fireplaces are still the focal point of every home. If you’re like most of our customers, you spend the off-season cleaning up, maintaining, and checking your fire systems to improve efficiency and ensure safety. If you have a gas fireplace or appliance, one of the first things you may try is lighting the pilot light. It is good to check it periodically to make sure it is ready for use in the fall. In our line of work, we meet homeowners that are unsure about their gas appliance, and even afraid of the pilot light. We want our customers to be so acquainted with their system that no fear exists, only comfort, enjoyment, and safety.

How the Pilot Works

Your gas fireplace is powered by gas, which is piped into your home through piping set up by your local gas company. Once the gas at your house is turned on, it moves through the piping and into your appliance or gas log set. The pilot light is designed to use a small amount of gas at a consistent stream to fire a small flame. This little blue flame often is at the bottom of the appliance or beneath the gas logs. It stays lit while the fireplace is turned off. When the fireplace is turned on, a larger amount of gas is pushed through the appliance and lit by the pilot light flame.

This method is more convenient than the alternative—lighting the pilot each time you use the system. Despite the inconvenience, many homeowners prefer to not use the pilot light because they are afraid or misunderstand how to light and use it. We urge our customers, friends, and neighbors to use their appliances according to manufacturer recommendations and guidelines for the best experience. If you’re not sure how to find the information for your furnace model, we are here to help.

Lighting the Pilot

  1. Read the information provided by your manufacturer. Your owner’s manual is likely available online, or if you’re not sure how to find it, we may be able to help.
  2. Locate the pilot and controls which are usually near the floor of the fireplace.
  3. Turn the control knob to “pilot” and use the ignition switch to light the pilot. You can press the ignition switch once per second until it lights. If your model doesn’t have an ignition switch, use a long-stem lighter to light it by holding the flame to the pilot burner with the control knob while pressing the control knob in.
  4. Once the pilot is burning steadily, turn the control knob to “on”.

Checking your pilot light periodically during the offseason can help you determine if your system needs service before winter. If you have followed all directions for lighting your pilot with no success, contact your gas company to check your home’s connection. You can also call The Cozy Flame to have your gas appliance or fireplace serviced for good measure.

We are here to help you with your gas fireplace maintenance and repairs. Call us today at 203-283-4459.

How to Use Wood Ashes in the Garden

Now that winter is over, and we’re on our way to summer. You need to have your fireplace cleaned and closed out for the season, and move your extra firewood outside. You also should clean the fireplace of ashes and debris for the summer—but, what do you do with all the ashes?

Properly Removing and Storing Ashes

You should use a long-handled shovel to remove ashes from the fireplace whether it is hot or not. It’s best to keep ashes from getting into your hair, clothes, and skin. Many professionals recommend wearing a mask when removing ashes or working with ashes for household projects. We want our customers to keep the fireplace clean, maintain it properly, and put the ashes to good use, but doing it safely! Your ash bin should be kept away from your home to prevent accidental fire during burn season. A metal container with a lid is the best, and it will also keep your ashes dry so that you can put them to use!

Ashes in the Garden

Did you know you can use your ashes in landscaping? Whether it’s a vegetable garden, herb garden, flower garden, or your grass, ashes deter certain insects and tiny critters from damaging your plants. Ashes also become a nuisance and change the pH level in your soil. Green thumbs swear that ashes in the soil beneath tomato plants produce plumper, juicier tomatoes. Ashes contain calcium, potassium, and many minerals that promote plant health. Adding them to your soil will change the soil rapidly, so you want to add it sparingly. You also should test your soil before attempting to change it. You can usually find free soil testing through a local university.

Do not use ashes around acid-loving plants such as blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas, and holly. You can add up to 20 pounds of ashes to soil with a pH level of 6 to 6.5, and it is easy to do. Choose a day that isn’t windy, and mix the ashes into the soil. Do not leave ashes on top of already-growing plants. A little rinse with a water sprinkler should do the trick.

You can use ashes around the perimeter of your garden if you don’t want to mix it into the soil, and this will actually repel slugs. This will only work until it is rinsed away by rain or sprinkler water.

Other Ways to Use Ash

Many homeowners use ashes to clean around the house. Mixing ashes with a little bit of water can shine silver, clean glass, and lift gummy grease from stovetops. It’s best to use gloves when working with ashes to avoid burns and skin irritation. You can also sprinkle ashes onto oil spills in the garage and sweep it up as if it were never there. Dusting a little into your dog’s fur will neutralize nasty odors, and it also helps to deter ticks and mites.

Do you have an ash problem? Perhaps an ash dump that hasn’t been emptied in some time? Maybe you are tired of ashes altogether! The Cozy Flame can help, whether arranging a cleaning or exchanging your wood fireplace for gas. Call a Comfort Consultant at 203-283-4459 today!

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End-of-year Savings on Wood Stoves

At The Cozy Flame, our goal is warming your world, indoors and out. In the summer when many homeowners are moving outdoors for entertainment and recreation, we move indoors, installing heat units that will work for you winter after winter for years to come. One of our customer favorites is the wood stove. They are beautiful, fit any space, and economical. We sell wood stove units that are more efficient than ever and designed and manufactured by the top brands in the industry.

stack of circular dry wood peices

Why Choose Wood?

Wood stoves are no longer the inefficient stove tops of generations before. While there are many rustic-looking models, the technology powering these new wood stoves is far from rustic. You can have all the wonder of a traditional wood fire and all the convenience of a high-efficiency appliance.

  • Wood burns with a natural yellow flame that crackles and dances, offering the ambiance homeowners desire.
  • It has a high heat-output compared to other fire appliances.
  • Wood is eco-friendly, renewable, and maybe in your own backyard.
  • Wood is economical, easy to harvest, and can be bought locally.
  • Preparing the wood for burning is good physical activity.
  • Wood fires burn whether or not the home has gas or electricity and are ideal for use during an outage.
  • Wood stoves come in all shapes and sizes and can match your style and décor perfectly.

Types of Wood Stoves for the Home


Depending on your need, you may opt for a catalytic or non-catalytic
wood stove. A catalytic wood stove is necessary if your wood stove will be the primary heat source. Catalytic stoves are more efficient and have the cleanest burn. With this type of technology, the wood burns slowly without smoldering, allowing the wood to burn for many hours while producing a consistent temperature to help heat the home.

If you depend on your central heating unit to heat your home, you may only want a wood stove for the looks and ambiance of a wood fire. Perhaps you enjoy relaxing by a fire on cool evenings through the fall and using it as a backdrop for holiday festivities in the winter. If the fire will be supplementary heat for your home, you can choose a non-catalytic wood stove. They are more affordable, require less maintenance, and come in the same styles and sizes as catalytic stoves.

End-Of-Year Savings


Spring is a great time to add a new fire unit to your home. At The Cozy Flame, we offer savings to celebrate the end of burn season, and you can benefit. We sell wood stoves with and without blowers, and now through June 30 all of our woodstoves will come with a free blower attachment valued up to $400. That means your new wood stove, whether you choose a catalytic or non-catalytic stove, can benefit you more. Your new stove can be a heat machine. Just start with a Comfort Consultant at The Cozy Flame and find out the best wood stove for you. Call us at 203-283-4459.

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