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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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Learn More About The Efficiency Of Wood Burning Inserts

Wood Burning Efficient Insert Image - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame Nothing beats the look and feel of a real wood burning fire; however, open hearth fireplaces are one of the most inefficient ways to heat your home. Most wood burning fires lose as much as 90% of their heat up the chimney and have efficiency ratings as low as 5-10%. This extremely low efficiency also means that it costs more to heat your home as more wood is needed to create less heat.

If you still want a wood burning fireplace – but hate losing heat and money up the chimney – then a wood burning insert might be right for you. Inserts are extremely efficient and give homeowners the benefits of a real wood burning fire – with the added bonus of better efficiency and lower fuel costs.

The efficiency of wood burning inserts

Inserts are some of the most efficient heating appliances on the market today. In fact, most wood burning inserts operate with as much as 85% efficiency – significantly higher than even the best open hearth fireplace. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association, inserts that are used as a supplemental heat source can help reduce energy bills by as much as 40%.

Inserts maintain this efficiency by using closed system combustion; instead of taking oxygen for the fire from the room, the air needed to keep the fire burning is drawn in from the outside. This unique venting system also eliminates the need for a traditional chimney. This offers homeowners greater flexibility when it comes to fireplace placement in their homes.

Modern inserts are also better for the environment than open hearth fireplaces. The closed system combustion process allows the wood to burn more completely, both reducing particulate emissions and saving you money in fuel costs. All wood burning fireplace inserts are certified by the EPA. In order to earn this certification, inserts must meet minimum standards for the amount of air pollution, including smoke and particulate emissions, they create.

Our favorite inserts

Two of our favorite inserts are the Regency I2400 and the Hampton HI300. Both of these inserts can be installed directly into your existing hearth; this can transform your drafty and inefficient fireplace into an easy to use and maintain home heater.

What about wood stoves?

There is a myth that wood burning stoves are old fashioned and too difficult to use. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Modern wood stoves are safe, efficient heating appliances that can create enough energy to heat some or all of your home.

In addition to being used as a primary heater in your home, stoves can also be used in place of a regular open fireplace. With glass specially formulated to stay clean it is easy to sit back, relax, and enjoy watching the fire burn. Likewise, with doors that easily and securely close you can spend less time worrying about flying sparks and embers and more time enjoying your fire; this safety feature is especially important in homes with small children or pets.

Come see us today!

If you’re interested in upgrading your inefficient open hearth fireplace to a safe, efficient wood burning insert or stove, come visit the showroom at The Cozy Flame today. Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect wood burning heating appliance for your home and help keep you warm and cozy all winter long!

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