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Gas, Wood, or Pellet?

When it comes to fire appliances, there are many options to consider. What fuel type or unit you choose may depend on fuel accessibility or space. Each type of unit brings fire, comfort, and warmth into your home as well as other benefits specific to the fuel you choose. At The Cozy Flame, we sell gas, pellet, and wood stoves, fireplaces, and inserts. Find out which is best for your home.

GasGas, wood, pellet appliances

Gas units offer the most convenience and luxury, by far. They have become the choice among homeowners, flippers, property managers, and even hotels and inns. Gas units can be installed fairly easily and can be operated from across the room with a remote. With a gas unit, you can have a roaring fire with the push of a button and temperature control that is precise and dependable. Gas units have the added bonus of low-maintenance. When it’s installed properly, it is one of the safest fire units on the market. They produce very little soot and no creosote. Annual maintenance is easy peasy, and helps the fireplace continue working at its best.

Pellet

For homeowners who enjoy convenience and ambiance, but long for the traditional wood fire, pellets are the solution. A pellet stove burns immediately with an ignitor and burns consistently and for long periods with the help of a hopper. The hopper feeds pellets into the burner, and a fire-viewing window gives the look and feel of an open fireplace. As an added bonus pellet appliances are beneficial for the environment. Pellets are recycled wood products, making use of waste, and it burns completely, cutting down on emissions.

Wood

For homeowners who have access to woods on their property or a good local supplier, the wood fireplace is still a classic favorite. Wood fires produce the most heat, wood is a renewable resource, and they offer the beautiful, vibrant yellow flames that a homeowner longs for on a cold winter’s evening. The downside to wood fires is the work. Wood has to be split, carried, stacked, and stored until burn season. It also brings a mess with it. Dust, insects, and wood pieces often clutter the floor around the fireplace if it isn’t cleaned regularly. Wood also produces more soot and creosote than other types of fuel. That means burning wood will require more sweeps throughout the years to keep the flue clear of build up and hazards.

Professional Installations and Services

At The Cozy Flame you can find the best products and services in the industry, but we depend on our sister company, Total Chimney Care for installations and maintenance. It’s important to only have licensed professionals install, repair, service, and maintain your fire appliances and chimneys.

Are you ready to get started today? Let us help you find the fire for your house. Call us at 203-283-4459 today.

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How to Care for Your Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces and inserts have grown in popularity in recent years due to their ease of use and maintenance. These heating appliances offer a number of benefits over traditional wood burning fireplaces. First, fires can be started with the simple flip of a switch, as opposed to the work needed to start and maintain a wood fire. Likewise, with gas fireplaces there is no need to chop, haul, season, and store firewood, saving both time and money. Finally, there is no need to sweep and remove ashes from a gas fireplace.

A few simple steps can help to ensure the longevity of your gas fireplace.

A few simple steps can help to ensure the longevity of your gas fireplace.

While there is no day to day cleanup of ashes with gas fireplaces, they still do require annual maintenance to continue performing at optimum levels. By completing these simple maintenance tasks and having an annual inspection, your gas fireplace will last for many years to come.

Cleaning

The exterior glass and metal finish of a gas fireplace can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Homeowners should avoid using any abrasive or chemical cleaners, however, as these can damage the finish. This cleaning can be easily completed as needed.

The interior of your gas fireplace should also be carefully cleaned one to two times each year. Before cleaning, the gas valve should always be completely turned off. The burner and control compartment can be kept clean merely by brushing and vacuuming them. Because they are fragile, a soft, clean paintbrush should be used to prevent accidental damage. As with the exterior of the fireplace, abrasive chemicals should never be used, and the fireplace should never be cleaned while it is still hot.

Glass and log replacement

While gas fireplace components are made to last, they can sometimes become damaged. This can be the result of long term wear and tear or accidental breakage. The main concern when replacing either the glass or log of a gas fireplace is to make sure that the new parts are certified to be used with your particular unit. Likewise, improper positioning of a gas log can result in poor performance and an excessive buildup of carbon.

Working with a professional fireplace company may be the best way to ensure that the new parts are both licensed for use with your unit and installed correctly.

Vent maintenance

While the venting system of your fireplace will be checked during an annual inspection, homeowners should check their vents one to two additional times each year. This is especially important to do if the fireplace has not been used for a long period of time. The exterior vent should be free from signs of damage or obstruction, and should not have any rust signs or holes. If any damage is present, discontinue use and contact a fireplace company immediately.

Professional inspection

Just like a wood burning fireplace, a gas fireplace should be inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep each year. Doing this ensures that your appliance remains in excellent condition, has not been damaged, and can be used safely for another year.

If you have any questions about caring for your gas fireplace or need to schedule an annual inspection, contact The Cozy Flame today!

Which Stove is Right for Me: Wood-Burning, Gas, or Pellet?

fpi1You would like to get a stove to use as a heating appliance this winter, but you are not sure which fuel type is right for your home. With the options of high-efficiency wood-burning, gas, and pellet stoves, choosing the best fuel source for you can be challenging. The Cozy Flame sells all three types of stoves, and our expert staff know the benefits and downsides of each fuel source. We would like to share with you these pros and cons about wood-burning, gas, and pellet stoves to help you make the right choice for you.

 

WOOD-BURNING STOVES

Advantages

  • With new technology, wood-burning stoves are both clean-burning and energy-efficient, even earning certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on emissions testing.
  • Firewood is relatively cheap, especially if you cut and dry it yourself.
  • You can always depend on heat from wood-burning stoves because you do not have to rely on electricity or gas to have a fire.

Disadvantages

  • Having to bring firewood in from outside can be a tiresome chore.
  • Firewood can require a large area of storage space outside of your home.
  • You do not get a long period of burning time as you must tend to a wood-burning fire frequently, even every four hours.

 

GAS STOVES

Advantages

  • Gas stoves have the most convenience as all you have to do is press a button to start a fire. Some models can even be operated by remote control.
  • A gas-fueled fire emits fewer toxins than a fire fueled with wood.
  • Relatively maintenance-free, you don’t have to clean up the mess that occurs with a wood-burning stove.

Disadvantages

  • If you do not have a natural gas connection to your home, this type of stove cannot be installed in your home.
  • The price of natural gas tends to fluctuate, so it can be hard to budget your heating costs.
  • For some people, a gas flame will never be the same as a wood-burning fire because of the appearance, smells, and sounds of a wood fire.

 

PELLET STOVES

Advantages

  • Pellet stoves rank the highest in the environmentally-friendly category. The pellets are made from recycled sawdust and wood shavings. Compacted tightly, pellets burn much cleaner than firewood.
  • The cost of pellets is relatively inexpensive. Additionally, users tend to notice lower heating costs when operating a pellet stove as a heating appliance.
  • Easy to use, you just open the hopper, pour the amount of pellets inside the hopper, and then turn on the stove.

Disadvantages

  • Since pellet stoves rely on electricity to operate, you will be without heat if your power goes out during bad weather.
  • Although pellet stoves are cheaper to operate, they usually cost more than the other two types of stoves.
  • Burning pellets generally leaves a mess behind, so the cleaning involved may not be what you want to do on a regular basis.

 

If you have more questions about any of these types of stoves, contact The Cozy Flame today. We can help you decide which type is the best fit for you.

All About Gas Logs

All About Gas Logs

A popular, energy-efficient way to convert a wood-burning fireplace to gas fuel, gas logs are more economical than gas fireplace inserts, and these logs require less time to install as well. A roaring fire without any hassle, some sets of gas logs are so convenient that you can use a remote control to adjust the flame. In the past, artificial fireplace logs looked so unrealistic that no one was tricked into believing he was looking at a wood-burning fire. Forget those plastic-looking logs from the 1970’s; when you see a fire burning using the Hargrove gas logs sets you will find at The Cozy Flame, you may have to remind yourself that you are not watching flaming logs of wood. Our Comfort Consultants in the showroom at The Cozy Flame would like to tell you more about gas logs and how they can heat your house with some help from the experts at the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA).

There are two different kinds of gas log appliances. If you have more questions after reading this post, please feel free to call us.

There are two different kinds of gas log appliances. If you have more questions after reading this post, please feel free to call us.

The most important things to know when you are shopping for gas logs include what the two different types are and what makes these two types different:

  1. vented gas logs Also known as the “yellow flame” gas logs, a working chimney with the approval to use gas to fuel its fireplace is required to install this type of gas logs. Producing a beautiful, realistic fire, the flame provided by vented gas logs is quite often mistaken as a wood-burning fire. The heat output of this type of gas logs is also comparable to a wood-fueled fire as part of it exits through the chimney, so it is not as strong as the other type of gas logs. Venting by-products like soot and carbon out via the chimney, the CSIA recommends you have your chimney swept annually as proper and safe maintenance.
  2. vent-free gas logs If you have heard someone talking about “blue flame” gas logs, he or she is talking about this type of gas logs. As is named “vent-free,” this type of gas logs needs no ventilation and can be installed almost anywhere in your home, as long as it meets the codes of your town. Your local codes are particularly important if you want to use vent-free logs to heat your home because in certain parts of the country, you cannot legally use this type of gas logs, due to the effects it has on the indoor air quality of your house. While the appearance of the vent-free gas logs fire is not as realistic as one of the other type, the “blue flame” fire provides much more heat than a “yellow flame” fire ever possibly could. Approved for installation in a wood-burning fireplace with its damper closed, the Cozy Flame can also install a separate firebox cabinet which is approved for use without a chimney for these gas logs.

If you have any more questions about gas logs and which type is right for your home, contact The Cozy Flame today. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in choosing your best set of Hargrove gas logs.

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