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It’s time to think about your winter fireplace. The temperatures have been uncharacteristically high for this time of year, but soon the air conditioning will work less and less, and eventually won’t kick on at all. You’ll wince as you move that thermostat switch from “cool” to “heat”, and we understand! When you’re tired of wasting money on central heating costs and frustrated with your old wood stove or fireplace, you can purchase a pellet stove. At The Cozy Flame, we sell and install pellet stoves that are the best on the market.

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Why Choose Pellets

Pellets offer all the benefits associated with gas units, with all the beauty and intensity of a wood fire. While wood can be a hassle to cut, store, carry, and light, pellets are easy. You purchase them by bag or crate at a local retailer (or even online) and store them in a clean, dry place until it’s time to use them. Pellets are eco-friendly, made of organic materials and recycled wood products. They burn cleanly, producing less soot and creosote, and create less ash. You don’t have to fumble around with lighters, matches, and kindling when you have a pellet stove. They come with an igniter that immediately sets the pellets to a satisfying blaze.

Once the fire is going, you can adjust the hopper to feed the fire continuously, keeping the temperature consistent even when you’re busy, out of the room or house, or asleep. Many homeowners use a pellet stove as a primary heat source for an entire level of the home or the entire home. This is possible when you choose a unit with enough capacity, and that means talking with a professional before you make your purchase.

Trusted Brands at The Cozy Flame

Our Comfort Consultants can match you with a product that enhances the beauty of your home while keeping you warm and comfortable this winter. We trust Regency for all of our pellet stove products. The Regency brand is budget-friendly, efficient, environmentally-friendly, and easy to install, store, and use. Regency products can match any home and personality.

Whether you prefer sleek and contemporary or rustic and traditional, we have a model for you. These units can be freestanding, installed anywhere, or tucked nicely into an existing fireplace. No matter the size of your space, corner, or open area, we can install. Our team of experts uses refractory products to protect your floors and walls from extreme temperatures, making any space the space for your new stove. Regency stoves even have fire-view windows so that you can enjoy the dancing yellow flame as the pellets burn.

Click here to learn about our Regency pellet stoves.
Click here to learn about our Regency pellet inserts that install directly into an existing firebox.

Is your heart set on a new product, but you’re not sure how to install? Don’t worry. We have you covered. Our sister company, Total Chimney Care handles all of our installs and service needs. The team at Total Chimney Care is CSIA certified and trained and experienced in all of our product installations.

If you reside in the Milford, Connecticut area and are ready to get started on your new hearth today, call or stop by The Cozy Flame. Our showroom is located at 116-Q Research Drive in Milford.

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Which Fireplace is Right for Me?

The Right Fireplace Image - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameChoosing a fireplace is as tedious a job as choosing your dream home. Today there are options that can bring together your home decor and your home heating needs. Efficiency, design, variety, and fuel vary, so it’s important to explore options and choose whatever fits your home and family best. To improve efficiency, many homeowners are choosing inserts, which bring efficiency up significantly and operate safely and easily.

You can raise the efficiency of your fireplace by choosing a fireplace insert that is custom fitted into the existing fireplace, and uses the existing chimney. With an insert there is no need for an expensive rebuild, just custom installation and inspection.

Wood Inserts

If you have access to cord wood you may choose to burn wood. You may simply prefer wood heat for the smell, look, and warmth it provides. Whatever the reason, wood is a great option for aesthetics, but a wood insert is the best choice if the goal is heat. The wood burning insert is the most efficient way to burn wood currently. The closed unit uses nearly all the heat produced to heat the room, leaving very little to vent through the chimney. This can cause problems if there isn’t enough heat to push the vapors and soot up and out of the chimney, so it’s important to have it professionally installed so that the flue is the proper size. This can also be a problem with other types of fuel inserts as well.

Gas Inserts

Like wood inserts, these require very little work for installation, and sometimes don’t even require use of the chimney. Which insert you choose will determine how it is vented, and your chimney sweep can install it properly. Many homeowners choose a direct-vent gas insert to avoid repairing or restoring a damaged or old chimney, because these can be vented through a wall or roof. If you choose a standard gas insert, you chimney will have to be cleaned and inspected upon installation, and may even require a new liner installed since not all types of liners are suitable for gas burning appliances. Regardless, gas inserts are a favorite because they light with the flip of a switch, burn clean, and are the most efficient heating source.

Pellet Inserts

Pellet inserts burn a wood product which is a compressed pellet made up of sawdust. Pellets are a green option because they help saw mills cut down on waste. Pellet inserts are convenient because they have a steady burn by use of a hopper that distributes fuel at the homeowner’s desired speed. Also, these are a low-maintenance and clean option. They give the result of wood-burning without the debris that split wood leaves behind in your floor.

Whatever fireplace you choose, it’s important to have it professionally installed. You also need to keep up with regular chimney sweeps and annual inspections to keep your new fireplace working safely and efficiently.

Think you’re ready for a new fireplace? Let The Cozy Flame help make your dreams come true with a dream fireplace. Call us today or contact us online.

How to Properly Clean a Pellet Stove or Insert

How to Clean a Pellet Stove - Milford, CT - The Cozy FlamePellet stoves and inserts are an increasingly popular fireplace option because of their ease of operation, energy efficiency, and low maintenance. However, many people who own these heating appliances may be incorrectly cleaning them.

Keeping your pellet stove or insert properly cleaned is an important factor in maintaining efficiency and safety standards for your unit. Below are some of the ways you can make sure your pellet stove or insert is being properly cleaned.

Annual maintenance

There are several annual maintenance items that should be completed at least once per year to keep your pellet stove or insert working its best. First, the venting should be taken apart and cleaned. This removes any soot, ash, or debris that has become trapped in the venting and allows the byproducts of combustion to freely vent to the outside. Likewise, the combustion fan should also be removed and cleaned.

While these maintenance items are important, we do not recommend that the average homeowner do it themselves. Many well-meaning people have permanently damaged their pellet stove or insert while attempting to take apart or put back together the venting, combustion fan, or other moving parts. Instead, trust the experts at The Cozy Flame to safely and correctly clean and service your heating appliance.

Weekly cleaning

When your pellet stove or insert is in regular use, weekly cleaning can help it continue to run safely and efficiently. Unlike the more intensive annual maintenance, this type of cleaning can be done by anyone using a simple set of hand tools, a bucket for ash, a scraper, and a fine bristle brush to clean up the soot. A vacuum is also recommended, but please make sure your vacuum has a proper filter; if not, soot and ash can easily go airborne and coat your interior furnishings!

First, shut off the stove and allow it to cool completely before attempting to clean it. Open the stove and begin by brushing off the glass; the idea is not to leave it sparkling, but rather to remove the majority of the soot and ash. Next, begin to clean inside the stove. Working from the top down, start by using the scraper to get the ash off of the combustion tubes. It is extremely important the combustion tubes remain clean as this is where the heat is generated.

Both the burn pot and burn pot liner can be easily removed and dumped into the bucket. Likewise, the fine bristle brush should be used to clean the walls of the stove as well as any nooks, crannies, or corners. The vacuum is an extremely helpful tool at containing soot as your clean. It is also recommended that you clean out your auger and hopper every couple of cycles. Pellets left in the stove can break down, leaving a fine dust that can affect the auger drive.

If you have questions about how to clean your pellet stove or insert or want more information about adding one of these heating appliances to your home, contact the experts at The Cozy Flame today!

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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