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Benefits of a Wood-Burning Stove Over a Fireplace

If you’re like most homeowners, you want a fireplace for both ambiance and for heat. What you may not know is that a wood-burning stove can benefit you in the same ways, and do a better job at it!

Wood-Burning Stoves Are Beautiful

Not only do wood-burning stoves now come with beautiful flame-viewing doors, but they also come in a variety of styles from contemporary to rustic/traditional. Once you get to know your new stove and learn to use it properly, you will also have more beautiful flames than with a traditional open fireplace.

Wood-Burning Stoves are More Efficient

You will use less wood to reach the desired temperature when you use a stove. An open fireplace is built to burn a fire, but a wood stove is designed to heat. Catalytic wood stoves are designed to be primary heat sources, and non-catalytic stoves are designed for supplementary heat, but they all heat well. Because the stove burns more efficiently, you can expect less soot and creosote on the flue walls, and less wear and tear on the system as a whole. That means you will need less frequent chimney maintenance.

Wood-Burning Stoves Save You Money

The initial cost of a wood-burning stove is nothing when compared with the money you save. Your stove will burn less wood than an open fireplace, so you will spend less time cutting, hauling, and stacking firewood. If you buy your firewood, you will save money when you burn less. Using a wood stove instead of an open fireplace also saves money in utilities. You’ll use less central heat, and you’ll lose less of the heat out the chimney. Many homeowners who switch from a traditional fireplace to a stove save up to 30 percent on their annual utility costs!

Wood-Burning Stoves Are Versatile

You can choose the shape, size, and style of a wood-burning stove that best suits your home and your personality. When you trust your installation to a professional, it can also be installed anywhere in your home. The Cozy Flame can match you with the best appliance for your space. Our sister company, Total Chimney Care, can install it with all the care and professionalism you’d expect from a company celebrating 20 years of excellent service. Total Chimney Care can install your new stove anywhere (even corners) using refractory materials. These materials protect your walls from heat. They can even install a stove pipe for ventilation.

Visit Us Today

If you aren’t convinced that a stove is right for you, talk to an expert now when you stop by The Cozy Flame. We are located at 116 –Q Research Drive in Milford, Connecticut. If you already have a fireplace, you can get all the benefits of a stove while using your existing firebox. We sell wood, gas, and pellet inserts.

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Let’s Talk About Fireplace Inserts

Update your old fireplace and make it more energy-efficient by adding a fireplace insert.

Update your old fireplace and make it more energy-efficient by adding a fireplace insert.

Not all fireplaces are created equal. Depending on the age of your home and/or the overall condition of your fireplace and all of its parts, you could be sending some serious money right up the chimney during the heating season; it’s estimated that a typical homeowner can send up to 8% of valuable heated air flying straight out the chimney.

If reading this statistic has you even the slightest bit scared about using your fireplace as a heating source when the weather turns cold, don’t write it off just yet. The good news is you can transform your fireplace into an efficient room heater simply by adding a fireplace insert.

What can a Fireplace Insert do for me?

An insert is the answer to making your old fireplace more efficient without having to replace it, and, most of the time, they can be retrofitted to your existing wood-burning fireplace seamlessly. Adding an insert will only slightly (in most cases) change the overall look of your fireplace; however, it can take it from a net energy loser to a helpful tool in keeping those skyrocketing heating costs at bay during the winter months.

Can I Afford a Fireplace Insert?

You’re probably sitting there wondering how much an insert is going to set you back. To be completely honest, they are far from cheap. Nevertheless, they are affordable. Inserts can run anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the time of year and your geographic location. This is an all-inclusive price, which includes installation and a new specialized chimney liner.

Are there Different Types of Fireplace Inserts?

If you’re considering a fireplace insert, there are a few options available to you. Choosing the type of heater that best meets the needs of your particular application is as simple as deciding what’s most important to you—burning real wood and having heat even if the power goes out (choose a wood-burning insert), burning a bio-fuel without the hassle of wood in an attempt to minimize your carbon footprint (choose a pellet insert), or flipping on fast heat in a particular portion of the home (choose a gas insert).

Because fuel prices are in a constant state of flux, any savings measurements are really just a moving target. Generally speaking, a homeowner who opts to have an insert installed is looking at an annual savings of anywhere from $75-$250 dollars. While this may not sound like a tremendous amount of savings considering the upfront costs of the insert itself, the savings over the long haul can and will really add up over the lifespan of the insert.

Your home is an investment, and, as such, any decision you make needs to include at least a small measure of foresight. Whether you prefer the convenience of researching products online or getting up close and personal to compare products, the Comfort Consultants at The Cozy Flame have you covered. Give us a call today at (203) 283-4459 or stop in and visit our showroom to see all we have to offer.

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