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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 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.

Transforming Your Old Fireplace

You’ve reached the inevitable point when the charm in your fireplace is waning. Have no fear; there's hope for you yet!

Your fireplace’s charm is waning. There are practical alternatives out there to revamp the look and feel of your fireplace and add functionality to boot.

Have you ever looked at your fireplace and wondered what you could do to spruce it up? You’ve reached the inevitable point when the charm in your fireplace is waning. So what options are available to you then? Do you need to spend thousands of dollars to get a new one just because your old fireplace doesn’t look that appealing anymore?

Replacement isn’t the only solution for your type of dilemma. There are other more practical alternatives out there, one of which is the installation of accessories that not only revamp the look and feel of your fireplace, but also has a lot of added functionality to boot. Luckily, we here at The Cozy Flame decided to make a short checklist to help you in selecting the right accessory for you.

Direct Vent Gas Inserts

These are one of the most popular accessories on the market because of the advantages you would be able to get from this insert. Not only is the Direct Vent Gas Insert efficient, but it assures a clean burn and a secure containment of the combustion byproducts and residues. To sum it up, you are guaranteed both a clean and safe burn and at the same time not compromising its ability to create heat.

Gas Inserts

If you’re looking to change your good old Wood Burning Fireplace into something more convenient for you, like a Gas Burning Fireplace, then having a Gas Insert installed is the answer. This would transform your old fireplace into something completely new in an instant. And not only will it provide you with the convenience and ease that you’ve been looking for, but it also guarantees a safe and clean burn.

Wood Burning Inserts

Having a Wood Burning Insert installed in your old fireplace is the definite go-to for that easy, hassle-free and beautiful transformation that a lot of homeowners are looking for. These inserts are designed to retrofit directly into your old fireplace, thus giving you an entirely new look without the added hassle and cost of a complete rebuild.

These are only some of the many other accessories you can opt to install to help revamp your old fireplace and transform it not only in aesthetics, but also in functionality, without having to sacrifice its main function of course. So go on and select the perfect accessory for you!

The Science of Combustion

Have you ever wondered what is going on inside your chimney? Chemistry and physics both play a part of a well-functioning chimney.

You need heat, fuel and oxygen in order for your chimney to work correctly. You also need them in balance to one another.

You need heat, fuel and oxygen in order for your chimney to work correctly. You also need them in balance to one another.

 

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