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Invest and Enjoy a Direct Vent Fireplace this Holiday!

Everyone knows the holiday season is made more magical with a crackling fire. Television providers even offer a channel solely dedicated to this idea so that families can listen in the background and see beautiful dancing flames on the television screen. What if you didn’t have to switch on the TV for the extra ambiance? What if you could have the fireplace of your dreams installed for the winter?

A Wish-List Worthy Fireplace
If you’ve been on the fence about adding a fireplace to your home, now is the time. A direct vent fireplace is not just a beautiful addition to your home, but a valuable investment. They’re convenient, stylish, versatile, and efficient. They are a closed unit which draws air in and vents air out through one opening in the wall. There is no heat required to vent smoke and particles up a tall chimney, so no heat is wasted, and even more heat is put into the home. These units may look like an ordinary fireplace, but they’re actually heat machines!

When you choose a direct vent fireplace now, you can still enjoy it this winter.
Location – Because direct vent fireplace units don’t require a chimney or flue pipe, they can be installed anywhere that there is a wall. Whether your space is big or small, The Cozy Flame has a unit for you. All you have to do is call or stop by.
Style – Direct vent fireplaces come in a variety of styles. We carry Hampton fireplaces, carefully crafted from cast iron with incredible attention to detail and timeless style. These units marry the classic look of the past with the efficiency and technological advancements of the future, and they can be brought home in time for winter.
Convenience – When you choose a direct vent fireplace, you can have all the beauty of a traditional fireplace with all the convenience that will make it a dream-come-true. Choose a model with easy ignition, precise temperature control, and the low maintenance that will keep costs down.

Professional Installation for Safety and Value
When you’re making a major purchase like a direct vent fireplace, especially one that can put your home and family at risk, you must have it professionally installed. Do not order these products online, and do not install them yourself. What should be a valuable investment and beautiful addition to your home can turn disastrous. At The Cozy Flame, we put our customers in touch with the most trusted service providers in the area who can install your new direct vent fireplace, and then maintain it annually to keep it working properly and safely year after year. We trust Total Chimney Care with your fireplaces and with ours. Start dreaming with us, and they’ll make it a reality.

Call The Cozy Flame to get started today at 203-283-4459.

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All About Pellet Stoves

One of the most popular options for fire appliances is the wood stove, but many homeowners shy away from the hassle, mess, and work involved when burning wood. A popular alternative is a stove that burns pellets. Pellets are a manufactured product made of wood byproducts that burn more cleanly than wood and generates the warmth of a wood-burning fire–without the wood!

The Convenience of Gas and the Warmth of Wood

All About Pellet Stoves – Milford, CT – The Cozy Flame

A pellet stove offers the most benefits short of burning gas. Pellet stoves are a closed unit which come with benefits such as immediate ignition, precise temperature control, extinguishment, and even a pellet hopper to continue feeding the fire at regular intervals.

Why choose Pellet Stoves
When you choose a stove, you can install anywhere. A stove needs only a ventilation flue which can be installed through any ceiling or wall. This means you can have a pellet stove professionally installed in any area of your home whether your space is big or small. Our professionals can even install a stove in a corner when necessary precautions are made with refractory materials. Stoves can also be installed inside an existing fireplace.

Hire a Professional
When you’re considering a new installation, it’s important to hire a professional for all fire appliance installations and services. Both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) agree on what makes fireplace systems safe. The safest and most efficient systems are those installed and maintained by certified professionals. Not only that, but your manufacturer may require professional installation to honor any warranty.

Talk to a Comfort Consultant Today
A pellet stove offers many options, but it still may not be right for you. Pellets are a manufactured product that must be bought and stored for use. They cannot be replaced with any other product and nothing else can be burned in a pellet stove. At The Cozy Flame we carry pellet stoves from Regency. They offer the warmth and look of a real wood fire, without the hassle of cutting, storing, or lighting wood. These products are high-efficiency, high-heat, and eco-friendly, utilizing a renewable resource to keep bringing fire to your home day after day and year after year.
We can match you with a pellet stove with convenient light, precise temperature control, consistent heat, and a steady, always ready-to-go dependability. Don’t let the cost of these high-quality products dissuade you from a lasting investment in your home. Call the Comfort Consultants from The Cozy Flame today.

We are only showing products by appointment at this time, and you can schedule yours by calling 203-283-4459.

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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.

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