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Glass Doors for Your Fireplace are a Must

Fireplace Glass Doors Image - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameYou have most likely put a lot of thought into your dream fireplace, and there may only be one thing that can make it complete. At The Cozy Flame we recommend our customers in Milford, Connecticut and surrounding areas choose and have glass doors professionally installed. In this climate, especially, glass doors are a must, but they’re very beneficial in general, and beautiful to boot!

Save on Energy

A substantial amount of conditioned air is lost up the chimney during summer months. During Connecticut’s harsh winter weather cold gusts can also cause problems in your fireplace. It can push flames into your living space as well as cause cool drafts in the home. Although glass doors may decrease heat output slightly, it does provide for a more consistent temperature overall, during burning season and the rest of the year as well.

Added Safety Feature

While glass doors still allow radiant heat, they do provide added protection from accidental burns when children are in the house. The burn that may possibly occur by touching the glass is far less serious than what can occur if a child falls into a fire. Glass doors also prevent burns from stray sparks and debris that may sometimes escape the fire. Nothing will get through the glass door, so you don’t have to worry about accidental injuries or burns in your floors or furniture due to stray sparks.

The Easy Fireplace Facelift

If you are tired of your fireplace or if you want to update or modernize your fireplace for a real estate sale or remodel then a custom glass door is for you. Thermo-Rite fireplace doors are known for their attention to detail, easy installation, trouble-free use, and timeless beauty.

Check out some of Thermo-Rite’s best work in their customer gallery.

When you visit The Cozy Flame you are able to speak with a fireplace expert who can best fit you with custom glass doors for your fireplace. At The Cozy Flame our expert technicians don’t only advise, and sell Thermo-Rite glass doors. We also install, repair, and replace them. We recommend fireplace doors for the most efficient use of every style of fireplace, and Thermo-Rite even offers designs that work for corner fireplaces, as well as zero clearance fireplaces.

When you have chosen your dream fireplace, the next step is to choose custom glass doors that will do nothing but add to the beauty and the value of your home and fireplace. Visit The Cozy Flame in Milford, CT or call us today to talk to a fireplace expert.

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Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameGas fireplaces are a popular choice for many families because of their ease of use, low cost to operate, and cost savings and efficiency. In order to get the most use and enjoyment out of your fireplace, it is important to understand how to safely operate it. The following fireplace safety tips can help you get the most out of your gas fireplace.

1. Read the manual

One of the most important parts of fireplace safety is also the simplest – reading the manual. Because every fireplace unit is different, reading the manual can provide valuable safety information and operating instructions. Following the manufacturers instructions can not only help you get the most out of your fireplace, but it can help it last for years to come.

Likewise, being more familiar with your unit can help you if it malfunctions; check the manual before you call a fireplace repair company in case it is a problem you can fix yourself.

2. Keep children and pets away

While adults know not to touch the glass and metal of a gas fireplace, small children and pets may not know to be cautious. Because of this, thousands are injured each year from accidental fireplace burns. However, there are a number of ways to prevent these kinds of burns.

First, it is important to let anyone who may be in your home know that the glass and metal surrounding the fireplace are too hot to touch; even after the fireplace has been turned off, it can take several hours for the glass to cool down to room temperature. Next, a fireplace screen or screen door can be used to help keep little hands and paws away. Lastly, physical barriers such as baby gates are recommended to keep young children out of the room and away from the temptation of touching the fireplace.

In addition to preventing accidental burns, it is also important to make sure the fireplace cannot be accidentally turned on or off. Because so many children as enamored with the “magic” or turning the fire on and off with the press of a button, keeping the remote stored out of reach is an important way to make sure it is not being used without supervision. Likewise, child lock switches can be installed to prevent young children from turning on the fireplace.

3. Test alarms regularly

No matter what kind of fireplace you have, it is important to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. While the vast majority of fireplaces will never malfunction or have safety problems, these alarms can help protect your family in the event of a fire or other problem. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor of the home as well as outside of sleeping areas; test alarms every six months to ensure they are still working properly. In order to make sure they are up to date with the most recent safety technology, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced when they stop working or at least every 10 years.

Owning a fireplace can add warmth, charm, and character to your home while also serving as a heat source or decorative focal point. Contact The Cozy Flame today for more information on fireplace safety or installing a new gas fireplace in your home.

Dispose of Your Wood Stove Embers Properly

Wood Stove Ember Removal - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameWhile most homeowners are confident in their ability to safely use their wood burning stoves and fireplaces, many are misinformed when it comes to dealing with the embers and ashes left behind after a fire. Correctly removing, storing, and disposing of ashes can help a fireplace burn more efficiently, help avoid ash or soot stains to interior furnishings, and help prevent accidental fire. Improper disposal of ashes can even lead to accidental house fire, as recently happened with a family in Hartford County.

Even if a fire looks like it has been completely extinguished, hot coals and embers can remain hidden in the ashes. When these embers are once again exposed to oxygen they can reignite, causing anything around them to ignite as well. Because of this, even cold ashes should be treated as a fire hazard and should never be stored near flammable materials. According to forestry officials , “Wood ashes retain enough heat to ignite other combustible materials for several days.”

How to dispose of ashes

The first step in the proper disposal of ashes is ensuring that a fire has completely burned itself out and that no remaining hot coals or embers remain. This can be done in most fireplaces by simply closing the glass doors or screens and letting the fire naturally extinguish overnight. However, the flue should be left open during this time to ensure that no gasses or smoke back up into the room. The next morning, stir the ashes and feel for any pockets of warmth. If the ashes are completely cold, they can be safely transferred.

While it may seem convenient, vacuums should not be used to remove ashes from the fireplace. The fine dust particles are more likely to become airborne than to be sucked up into the vacuum, causing soot to coat interior walls and furnishings. If a vacuum is going to be used, only those with HEPA filters are recommended.

How to store ashes

Ashes should be kept in a specially designated metal ash container that both sits off the ground and has a tight fitting lid. Ash containers should also have long handles for easy carrying and transporting. Ash bins should never be stored near any combustible materials, including being stored in garages or on porches. Instead, place the ash container a safe distance away from any buildings or woodpiles.

Ashes should never be kept in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or regular trashcans or dumpsters. Any trapped hot embers could ignite these containers or their contents, creating an accidental fire. Likewise, metal ash containers that are flimsy, rusted, or have holes should not be used.

Safe Ash Removal - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameAlternative uses for ashes

Many homeowners have found a variety of different and unique ways to use their fireplace ashes. One of the most popular and common uses for leftover ashes is to use them as garden fertilizer. Small amounts of ashes from quality hardwoods can be added once a year to flower beds, vegetable gardens, and compost piles. Likewise, ashes are a natural insecticide and can be sprinkled along the edges of garden plots to repel slugs and snails. Finally, during the winter ashes can be sprinkled on driveways or sidewalks to help prevent slipping on ice. However, this can lead to dirty shoes; leave them outside or in a mudroom to prevent tracking ash and soot into the house.

All About Chimney Liners

The job of your liner is to protect the chimney walls from overuse and excessive heat, as well as ushering smoke outside. If it’s not doing its job, perhaps it’s time to have it repaired or replaced. Have it inspected as soon as possible.

Don't wit until chimney troubles start due to a damaged liner. Call now and we'll see to it that you get functionality, efficiency and safety from your chimney.

Don’t wait until chimney troubles appear due to your damaged liner. Call now and we’ll see to it that you get functionality, efficiency and safety from your chimney.

Disposing of Wood Ashes

This is the season for more than holidays and snuggling by the  fire…this is also the season for house fires. Many fires are caused by ashes that are not properly cooled or disposed of. In this post, we will review ways to deal safely with ash. Always remember, we install Thermo-Rite glass doors to help keep embers in your fire.

HOW DO I SAFELY DISPOSE OF FIREPLACE ASHES?

Make sure you are using a metal bucket with a tightly-fitted lid to dispose of ashes.

Make sure you are using a metal bucket with a tightly-fitted lid to dispose of ashes.

Improper ash removal from fireplaces and wood burning stoves cause thousands of fires every year. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 9870 house fires were caused yearly (1994-1998 statistics) due to improperly discarded ashes.

Hot coals, hidden in a pile of ashes and thus well insulated, can stay hot for up to 4 days.

Never empty ashes into a paper or plastic bag, cardboard box, or other similar container. The only suitable means for ash storage is a metal container with a tight fitting lid; this helps keep air from blowing through and disturbing ashes which can leave hot coals exposed for re-ignition. Many home fires begin from improperly stored ashes while the home’s occupants are asleep, as the evening breeze intensifies.

USING A METAL BUCKET

For optimum safety, wet the wood ashes prior to attaching the metal lid to the pail. DO NOT store your metal ash container on your deck, in your garage, or in any location that may allow heat to transfer from those hot coals to nearby flammable items. Untold wooden decks catch fire every year due to this simple oversight.

FINAL DISPOSAL

Wood ash, once completely cooled, can safely be disposed of in your garden because natural firewood ash makes a great soil additive that your plants will enjoy. Just make sure you have removed any mulching materials such as dried leaves and other dried plants first, so there’s nothing to catch fire in your garden. Spray the dispersed ashes with water as an added safety precaution. Do not add ashes to your soil if you burn coal, or ashes from burned wood that was painted, stained or treated with any chemicals as these chemicals may be harmful to your soil and plants.

Don’t forget: Can Your Ashes!

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