Blog Page 3 - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame

The Cozy Flame's Blog

The Versatility of the Big Green Egg

Just because your local retailer is slipping pumpkin-flavored snack cakes into the aisles doesn’t mean summer is over. Your family can enjoy the outdoors for longer when you have something to slip outside for. Invest in a Big Green Egg, and you can invite the whole neighborhood to your next cook-out. They come in a variety of sizes for all of your gatherings. They are also versatile for all your cooking needs too!

The Ultimate Cooking Experience

The Big Green Egg is no ordinary grill. Its design is based off an ancient system of cooking, which allows you to use the Egg for grilling, roasting, smoking, and baking. Not only can you cook virtually anything in the Big Green Egg, but you can choose a size to fit any need.

A Variety of Sizes – When you’re shopping for a new grill, choose from a Mini, MiniMax, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, or XXLarge. The smaller models are great for condos, apartments, and camping, while the XXLarge can feed an entire block party! Make sure you choose the best option for your home and family.

A Variety of Uses – By choosing from a selection of EGGcessories, you can make the most out of your new Big Green Egg and cook everything to perfection every time.

ConvEGGtors and Baking Stones

big green egg grill

For baked treats and dinners, you can use ConvEGGtors and Baking Stones no matter what size of Big Green Egg you have. Peruse a variety of recipes for baked puddings, cakes, pizzas, and casseroles here.

Charcoal, Racks, and More

Your Big Green Egg is more than a regular grill, you can also use it as a grill! You can choose 100 % lump charcoal for ideal taste and a grid or rack for all your barbecue favorites.

Cookbooks and Seasonings

The Big Green Egg is so great and versatile that the best recipes come in four BIG Green Egg books. You can make the most out of your new grill when you have a recipe book on hand. With the best seasonings to go with the recipes, and you can learn how to cook an entire meal at once instead of spending all day slaving away in the kitchen.

The Cozy Flame Sells Big Green Eggs and EGGcessories

At The Cozy Flame, we can help you choose the best option for your family and home. We not only sell the grill itself, but we sell table, cutting board, skewer, baking stone, cookware, thermometers, and more. Our team knows the value of a good grill, and so do our customers! When you have a dependable grill outside, you can cook for a crowd without warming up the inside of your house with a stove and oven. You can avoid lingering odors, and invite even more friends when you move the group outside.

If you’re looking for a new grill, choose one that is an investment. Call or stop by The Cozy Flame and see a Big Green Egg in real life. Reach an expert today at 203-283-4459.

Stinky Chimney Syndrome

Throughout the offseason chimney professionals get calls about chimney maintenance. Spring and summer are a great time to schedule chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections. It’s a popular time for upgrades and installations. It’s also a big-time for remodels and new construction.

During the offseason, there aren’t a lot of complaints about chimney problems because with the fires out and the chimney is not in regular use. However, there are some things with your fireplace that you will only notice during the offseason. A stinky chimney, for instance, is a major problem as chimneys sit dormant and summer humidity and pressures fluctuate. If you experience a chimney odor problem, it’s important to call a professional today, because a stinky chimney always indicates a problem.

Types of Chimney Odors

No matter the type of odor your chimney may be producing, it is never a good sign for your chimney. If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t even want to think about your fireplace and chimney during the summer. However, there are some odors that can come from the chimney system that cannot be ignored. Once you notice them, it’s impossible to move on, and without professional help, there’s no way to stop it.

Mildew/Moldy Odors

When the odors coming from your fireplace opening smell mildly of dirty laundry or last year’s gym shoes, it’s time to take action. An odor that smells of mold or mildew indicates there is water present in the chimney system. Water should NEVER be present in the chimney system. Water can sometimes enter the chimney by way of damaged masonry, crown, cap, or flashing, and this can immediately start to damage the system. If your chimney smells of mold or mildew, there has been water in your system long enough for the growth of bacteria. There is likely hidden water damage within the system and the air quality of your home may even be affected. You should call a professional for a diagnostic appointment. A certified expert can assess the damage, stop the leak at its source, and prevent it from ever happening again!

Smoke/Barbecue Odors

You may be sitting around in the house and suddenly smell beef jerky. There’s no beef jerky anywhere, but maybe it’s your oven. Eventually, the smell can get so strong that it’s as if the dirty grill from the Fourth of July barbecue is actually inside your living room. This smell comes and goes depending on air pressure pushing the odors down your chimney and out into your home. No matter how strong the odor is, it cannot be stopped unless you have a chimney cleaning. The smell is caused by the soot, creosote, and ash present in the fireplace and chimney system. You should schedule a chimney sweep with a licensed and certified professional soon!

Decay/Decomposition Odors

If you smell the pungent odor of decay and identify your fireplace as the culprit, you may have an animal carcass in the chimney system. It may not be a dead animal but could be droppings, feathers, fur, and even unburned wood. This smell is easy to identify but caused by things left in the chimney that shouldn’t be there. A chimney sweep or animal removal is required to clean the entire system.

In all these instances of bad chimney odors, you should schedule a chimney sweep or inspection with Total Chimney Care today to resolve them!

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.

By Steve Sobczak | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

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.


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.

By Steve Sobczak | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

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.

Come See Us!

The Cozy Flame | 116 Research Dr. Suite Q, Milford, Connecticut 06460