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How Do I Choose a Gas Fireplace?

When it comes to your hearth, deciding on the best appliance and the look you want is the hardest part. The type of appliance you choose can determine the life of your fireplace. How often it need maintenance? How safe it is? How convenient it is? All of these factors and more will play into your decision, and now is the time to start thinking about it.

The Purpose of Your Fireplace

How Do I Choose a Gas Fireplace - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameIs your fireplace the main focal point of your living space? What do you really want out of your fireplace? Does it need to be more beautiful than functional? If you’re looking for a fireplace that helps with zone heating and help bring down your utility bill, then you should choose a direct vent insert.

Vented and vent free gas log sets do not provide the heat necessary to properly zone heat. Zone heating allows the homeowner to lower the thermostat temperature in the house, and use the fireplace to heat certain areas of the home. Do you have limited space for your appliance? Depending on the size of your space and the shape, we can help you determine the kind of gas fireplace that is right for you.

Vent and Vent-Free Gas Logs

Gas logs are becoming popular among homeowners, and they are more realistic and beautiful than ever. Many gas logs feature realistic details down to the knots and checks in the logs. The log sets with yellow flames are the most realistic option, and these need to be vented due to the release of harmful gases. Vent-free log sets have a blue flame that isn’t as realistic as the yellow flame, but it still produces a good amount of heat and safe for indoor use. These log sets are also easier to install, since they don’t require a vent or chimney to burn. Many homeowners are upgrading to log sets, and if the chimney is in disrepair, a vent-free log set is perfect.

Direct Vent Insert

Whether your chimney is in good shape or not, or even if you don’t have one, a direct vent insert is the best option. Direct-Vent inserts are a completely closed unit that can be installed anywhere in your home. The intake and the vent for the unit can be through a wall, ceiling, or floor, which means it can go anywhere. Your can choose a direct vent fireplace that is contemporary, traditional, or anything in between.

A Cozy (Gas) Flame

When you work with The Cozy Flame to choose your new gas fireplace appliance, you have the benefit of professional experience. One of our associates can help you pick out the best appliance for your needs. Gas fireplaces are such a wonderful investment.  They’re convenient, affordable, environmentally-friendly, safe and beautiful!

The Cozy Flame also sells wood-burning and pellet stoves in addition to our gas fireplaces. Stop by our showroom at 116-Q Research Dr. or give us a call at 203-283-4459 to learn more.

Vented or Vent-Free Gas Logs

Homeowners looking for a great zone heating option, a little ambiance, and minimal cost can look to a gas log set. Gas logs are growing in popularity among homeowners, business owners, and they’re even making their way into B and Bs across the country. Gas log sets offer convenience and beauty that can be realistic and affordable.

Why Choose Gas

Gas heat is growing in popularity due to the many benefits. They are great for zone heating or for a little ambiance–perfect for minimalist heating in the spring and fall or adding to the spirit of holidays and family gatherings. You can choose gas and avoid the work and mess that comes with cutting, hauling, and lighting wood, and still have the look of a wood fire. Gas log sets even offer the same convenience of gas fireplaces. They are easy to light, offer precise heat control, are safer and cool faster than wood fires, and are cheaper and easier to maintain. If you’re considering adding a gas log set to your living space, it can be installed and ready for fall when you start now. Do not leave it up to an online catalog. Speak with a professional. These products, though more affordable, lighter, and easier to install must be installed by a professional. Only a licensed dealer can guarantee their products, and only a certified chimney sweep can guarantee their work is up to code and safe for use.

Vented Gas Logs

The most realistic gas log sets available must be vented. The realistic yellow flames are the most similar to that of a real wood flame. The only drawback to the yellow flame logs is that they must be vented. Vented gas logs produce soot, smoke, and carbon monoxide. These yellow flame log sets will release hazardous gases into the living space that are harmful to your family and pets. These cannot be installed without proper ventilation. They are a popular installation when converting from wood to gas and the chimney is intact. However, the chimney flue cannot be lined with clay tile and should be appropriate for use with gas. When you use a vented gas log set, your system still needs routine maintenance. The soot and carbon produced by your new gas logs will need to be cleaned from the flue regularly.

Vent-Free Gas Logs

Vent-free gas logs are a popular option when the chimney is in disrepair or has been closed off. These gas logs have blue flames that are less realistic but still heat a space. These logs are approved for indoor installations without a chimney or vent and will not produce harmful gases even when used for extended periods of time.

The Coziest Option

At The Cozy Flame, we’re proud to offer the best gas log sets on the market. Our Hargrove gas logs offer the best price and performance possible. They are beautiful , efficient, and realistic looking with the finest detail right down to the wood and embers.

Learn more about gas log sets here or ask a Comfort Consultant today.

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Check Out Our Line of Regency Products!

Summertime is the best time to plan your new hearth with new fire appliances from our selection at The Cozy Flame. We partner with our sister company, Total Chimney Care to install fire products year-round with precision and excellence. We first make sure homeowners are happy with the size, style, and fuel type of the appliance. When our customers start with us, we don’t stop until you’re satisfied.

EPA-Certified Fireplaces

You don’t have to work for your beautiful fire. At The Cozy Flame we carry both gas and wood fireplaces, and both offer excellent aesthetics, sustainability, and efficiency. When you choose gas, you get an added convenience of easy on/off capabilities, temperature control, and without the hassle of cutting, hauling, and lighting firewood. If it’s a wood fire you’re interested in, ask a Comfort Consultant about the Regency Excalibur EX90 or Regency Classic R90.

Wood-Burning Stoves

Regency has perfected the wood stove so much that homeowners can now get the ambiance of a wood stove, without all the emissions and heat loss from years past. Regency wood stoves are so efficient today that all of them will qualify you for a $300 US Biomass Tax Credit! Shop our styles from contemporary to traditional and everything in between.

Gas Stoves

Gas stoves are a great option for a small space or limited decorative freedom. You can have a gas stove installed almost anywhere. They come in beautiful styles with fire-view windows that provide all the ambiance of a wood stove. Many models even have artificial logs that can be rearranged for you tastes. Gas stoves come with conveniences that rival that of wood stoves, so if you’re looking for efficiency, convenience, and beauty, a gas stove may be for you.

Pellet Stoves

Pellet stoves offer all the convenience and control of gas, with the high heat output of wood. Pellets are a wood product available in most home improvement and hardware stores. The stove is equipped with igniters that make lighting your fire as easy as magic, and the automatic hopper reloads your fire so that it’s burning while you’re doing other things.

Fireplace Inserts

If you’re looking to convert from an open fireplace to a more efficient and beautiful upgrade, an insert may be exactly what you’re looking for. Inserts are ordered according to specific measurements so they are sized correctly and a professional will retrofit the unit directly into the existing firebox. The chimney is then relined or “piped up” to accommodate for the smaller burn capacity. Inserts can start saving you money now, closing off the fireplace so that you don’t lose conditioned air, and will save you money on heating bills this winter. You can choose from a pellet, gas, or wood-burning insert.

Ready to Shop?

Stop by our retail location so that you can see some of our Regency products in action. Call us at 203-283-4459, or come visit at 116-Q Research Dr., Milford, Connecticut today.

What Can You Cook on a Big Green Egg?

At The Cozy Flame, it is our privilege to offer the best products and brands for our customers and neighbors in and around Milford, Connecticut. At this time of year we love to match families with grills and accessories that bring backyard family time to life. The Big Green Egg is one of our most popular new products and it comes in a variety of sizes for all of your family’s needs. Don’t believe us? It’s as versatile as a slow cooker!

Brunch

The Big Green Egg has impressive capabilities, including baking. When you bake zucchini bread on the Egg, you will find it to be fluffier and bold in flavor. Simply set the Egg to indirect cooking and prepare your ingredients. Follow this link or follow your favorite recipe!

Dinner

It can be easy to fall into a habit of cooking the easy thing, but this is no way to enjoy The Big Green Egg. In fact, we think the open-faced spaghetti pot pie is better than any pizza we’ve made on the Egg. This recipe doesn’t only call for ingredients, but also specific EGGcessories to make the cooking process as easy as possible. When following the recipe, note that the open-faced spaghetti pot pie takes 20-25 minutes, so plan accordingly.

Dessert

Forget messy smores around a bonfire. The whole family can have a blast making their own homemade ice cream sandwiches with The Big Green Egg!

Appetizers

There’s nothing quite like a little spice to kick off the summer. The Big Green Egg is especially handy when cooking spicy foods that may leave your kitchen stinking like peppers for hours or days after. Check out this recipe from Wickles Pickles that you will simply relish! All you need is: 12 jalapenos, shredded white cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese, relish, garlic powder, and black pepper. Using indirect cooking, prepare the peppers according to the recipe, place directly on cooking grid, and they’ll be ready to enjoy in 7-10 minutes.

You don’t have to stick to boring hotdogs and drumsticks when you invest in The Big Green Egg. These are just a few fun recipes available, and there’s more where that came from. While you’re there, check out the EGGcessories, success stories, and support available to our Big Green Egg customers.

If you’re still on the fence about your new grill, don’t be! Our professionals at our showroom will help you through your decision. Start now, and you can be cooking up something wonderful in no time!

Call 203-283-4459 or stop by our showroom at 116-Q Research Drive in Milford, CT today!

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How to Liven Up Your Outdoor Space

Are you looking to spruce up your outdoor space? Whether you want a new sound system for your patio or a new outdoor fireplace, get these updates right now before summer kicks in.

New Style

Patio furniture gets more expensive as the weather warms up, but this should not stop you from an upgraded outdoor space. A very cost-efficient way is re-purpose your old furniture a can of paint. Other ways to spruce up your outdoor space is build a bench with stones, add patio seating or end tables, or even build a wall. All of these updates can increase the appeal of your outdoor space drastically. You may even want to finish off your dream space with a roof or kitchen!

New Cookware

Don’t let your rundown grill put a damper on the fun. Buy one from us today that will last for years to come. At The Cozy Flame, we only sell the best grills. Choose from the Big Green Egg, a kamado-style grill that is perfect for grilling, roasting, baking, and smoking. It can even feed your entire neighborhood with our largest size or feed your family with our smallest size. We also carry MHP Grills, which is American-made, durable, and efficient. When you add these grills to your outdoor space, it’s sure to liven up the party.

New Beats

Did you know you can buy a fire pit that both plays your music and reacts to your music? Blazing Beats is a sound reactive fire pit that can take your outdoor space to the next level. Your music won’t only be heard, but it will also be seen as the flames dance along to the beat. There are no wires to tangle or protect from rain. The sound system is battery operated, and the fire pit is fueled by gas. It’s very efficient while also keeping you warm. Install a blazing beats fire pit now in your outdoor space, and you will have it in time for all your Fourth of July festivities.

Your dream space can be everything you want as well as everything you need. Start those upgrade today. Call our fireplace experts at The Cozy Flame today at 203-283-4459 to get started.

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