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Keep Your New Year Warm and Toasty

New Year’s Eve may be over, but the new year has just begun! Make sure your family and home are safe and cozy for 2020 by insuring your fireplace and chimney are properly used and properly maintained.

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What are You Burning?

Whether your fireplace burns gas, pellets, or firewood, it should be used properly, according to manufacturer user regulations and instructions. Fire safety rules should be followed by everyone in the home, and basic maintenance completed regularly to keep the system in property working order.

  • Wood – If you have a wood-burning appliance or fireplace, it should be cleaned of soot and creosote regularly to avoid elevated fire risk. In order to prevent excessive creosote buildup, make sure you only burn properly seasoned firewood in your fireplace. Never burn trash, clothing, or any other materials inside your wood-burning system. These materials can burn incompletely, creating more particulate pollution than necessary and some light materials like paper and leaves can rise up the flue while ignited.
  • Pellets – Pellets are a manufactured product that is made of recycled wood products. These pellets must be purchased and used properly according to your model. You should not burn any wood, trash, clothing, or any other items in your pellet appliance. Only use manufactured pellets and do not attempt to make your own.
  • Gas – Your gas fire appliance should be professionally installed and gas connected by your local gas company. It is important to determine whether your gas fireplace is vented or vent-free and that vented gas logs are properly vented. Do not burn anything in your gas fireplace and keep the logs and fire area clean.

Fire Safety Tips for a Safer Winter

A fireplace is a great addition to your home but can turn disastrous at any moment. Most of America’s residential house fires occur in January and almost all of them can be prevented by proper use and maintenance. In order to prevent other fire accidents such as burns and damage, make sure you follow fire safety rules no matter how often you light your fire.

  • Only burn the proper fuel in your fireplace. Burning other items can contribute to flue obstruction and buildup, raise fire risk, and drop efficiency (which drops safety).
  • Use special long-handled fire tools when stirring your logs, shoveling and disposing of ashes, and cleaning up after your fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Many house fires occur while the family is out or asleep. You cannot control a fire left unattended, so make sure it is properly extinguished before leaving or going to bed.
  • Make sure the damper is open when the fireplace is in use and left open until the fire is completely extinguished.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms on every level of the home. Check these devices monthly and change the batteries twice per year.
  • Set rules for the fireplace and make sure everyone in the home knows them. Do not allow children to work with the fire.
  • Plan two escape routes from the home and practice them as a family. Use these resources to help children understand the importance of fire safety and how valuable time is during a fire emergency.
  • Maintain the chimney system properly by scheduling routine services with a certified professional.

Chimney Sweeps, Inspections, and Installations in Milford, CT

Whether you’re looking to service your existing fire system or hoping to install a new one altogether, look no further than the professionals at Total Chimney Care. Our sister company services all of our customers with the utmost professionalism, experience, and know-how. Total Chimney Care sweeps are CSIA certified and take our quality products and install them with expertise and beauty so that they are long-lasting and properly functioning.

Are you giving yourself a new fireplace for New Year’s? You can find the best of pellet, gas, and wood fire appliances at The Cozy Flame.

By partnering with the industry’s top manufacturers like Regency, Hargrove, and Thermo-Rite, our customers can choose from a broad range of capacities, full types, and styles. Whether your home décor leans toward simple and contemporary or traditional and rustic—or anywhere in between—we can match you with an appliance exactly.

Don’t hesitate to call the professionals when you’re ready to upgrade your hearth. The Cozy Flame is a comprehensive hearth and patio store located in Milford, Connecticut and is a retail company founded by the expert chimney sweep company, Total Chimney Care. Depend on us for all your total chimney care as well as all your hearth, patio, and grilling supplies. Start now and don’t stop with your winter fireplace. At The Cozy Flame, we’ve spent years warming your world, indoors and out. Talk with one of our experts today to plan your summer fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and more. Ask about patio heating and fire accessories and forward schedule all your inspections and service appointments today.

Call The Cozy Flame at 203-283-4459, stop by, or contact us online.

We Sell and Install Pellet Stoves

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.

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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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What Fireplace is Right For Me?

Are you using the spring and summer to plan a new fireplace system for your home? Many homeowners use the off-season to upgrade, update, and repair their fireplace. Maybe you’d like to use the spring and summer to find and install your dream fireplace? If so, we can help. At The Cozy Flame, we have the best products and manufacturers on the market. We also have a team of experts who can can’t wait to help you pick the best appliance for your space and personality.

Types of Fuel

Before committing to a style or type of fire appliance, it’s important to choose the fuel type that works best for you. The fuel type you choose will continue to be your fuel source for the life of your system unless you decide to change it. Choose wisely, because your fuel may determine efficiency, carbon footprint, and ease of use.

  • Gas Fires – Growing in popularity, the gas fire is quite common among homeowners. Gas fireplaces can be installed anywhere, with very little space. Some can even be installed in places with no ventilation. Gas fires burn with most efficiently and is also the most convenience. A gas fireplace often has a remote control, instant ignition, precise temperature control, and emergency shut off.
  • Pellet Fires – With the convenience of a gas appliance, but pellet fires come with beautiful, natural flame of wood. Pellet stove is the best of both worlds. These units feature a hopper which feeds the fire at a steady rate keeping a consistent temperature. They also have an instant ignition with a burner at the base of the firebox. Pellets are eco-friendly, as they are made from recycled wood waste, to burn cleanly and affordably.
  • Wood Fires – Wood fires produce the most heat, can be fueled by specific types of wood that you may prefer and can be fueled by a supply of wood that you have on hand. They create the most beautiful flame, with the look, sound, and feel that every homeowner wants. Wood creates creosote as it burns, however, more than pellets, and will require more maintenance to maintain safety and efficiency.

The Type of Fireplace

Once you pick a fuel for your fire, you can select the best fireplace for your home. There are plenty of options. We offer direct inserts, which can be installed anywhere and has the look of a fireplace. We also have stoves, which can also be installed anywhere and is freestanding. They also come in a standard fireplace insert, which can be installed directly into an existing firebox. We also have gas logs that can be installed into the firebox.

No matter what you desire, we have the means to make it happen. Check out our showroom to see some of the appliances in action. Drop by 116-Q Research Dr. in Milford, Connecticut, or call to schedule a consultation at 203-283-4459. At The Cozy Flame, we have everything you need for your new dream hearth.

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How to Choose a Fireplace Insert

Fireplaces are more popular than ever in the housing market and among homeowners who are remodeling or constructing new homes. In today’s fireplace industry the possibilities are nearly endless when it comes to what is available, efficient, and safe.

Fuel Type

The first thing to consider when choosing a fireplace insert is what type of fuel you’d like to burn. Many homeowners prefer the ambiance of a wood fireplace, but today’s technologies allow for beautiful flames with other fuel options. At The Cozy Flame we offer pellet, wood, and gas inserts. They’re all beautiful, efficient, and versatile in design, function, and installation.How to Choose a Fireplace Insert Image - Milford, CT - The Cozy Flame


When you choose an insert you have the option of retro-fitting it into an exiting masonry fireplace, or installing it in another place entirely. If you choose to install your insert in a room or location where there isn’t an existing fireplace you are limited to a direct-vent gas insert, but these inserts are beautiful and highly efficient.

You can choose a wood, pellet, or gas insert and the appliance will be attached to the existing chimney. The chimney should be thoroughly inspected by a certified chimney sweep for safe operation and the chimney liner should be appropriately-sized for the insert and should be rated for use with the fuel that you choose.


When you’re choosing an insert for an existing fireplace, a fireplace expert from The Cozy Flame can walk you through the whole process starting with measuring your space. Any of our models can be appropriately fitted into an existing fireplace. Inserts come in small sizes, useful for zone heating and ambiance, large sizes, and everything in between. The important thing is to size the flue liner appropriately so that it vents properly.


At The Cozy Flame we specialize in hearth design and fireplace aesthetics. Not only do we have an easy-to-find showroom just minutes off the I95 turnpike, but we also have online galleries of all of our best products. View our gas insert designs, our pellet inserts, and our wood-burning inserts. We proudly offer Regency products because of their warranty, customer satisfaction, and flawless designs.

If you’re ready to put together your dream fireplace, The Cozy Flame is ready to help. All of our fireplace experts are familiar with Regency inserts and specialize in hearth design and sales. We let our partners at Total Chimney Care focus on the installation, maintenance, and repairs so that we can focus on helping you find your dream fireplace.

Call 203-283-4459, contact us online, or stop by our show room Tuesday through Saturday 9am-4pm.

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Get a $300 Tax Credit for Qualifying Wood Stoves

Did you purchase a new wood stove during 2015? Are you planning on buying one now that 2016 has arrived? If so, you may qualify for a $300 tax credit!

Qualifying purchases of new wood and pellet stoves are now eligible for a $300 tax credit. The tax credit has been extended through December 31st, 2016 and includes all purchases made during 2015 and 2016.

What is the biomass tax credit?

For several years, the US government has offered the biomass tax credit to encourage homeowners to make responsible decisions when purchasing new heating appliances. In this case, homeowners who buy a qualifying high efficiency biomass – meaning burns wood or pellets – stove can qualify for a $300 credit on their federal income taxes.

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In order to qualify for the tax credit, new stove purchases must meet certain criteria.

  • A new biomass (wood or pellet) stove purchased during 2015 or 2016. If the stove was purchased in 2014 but not installed until 2015, it will still qualify for the tax credit.


  • Must have an EPA certification of operating with at least 75% efficiency.


  • Previous sales outside the qualifying dates or stoves that have already been used for an exemption do not qualify a second time.


How do I claim it on my tax return?

The biomass tax credit can be claimed by filling out IRS Form 5695. The qualifying credit on the form, which covers residential energy credits, is typically found on line 22A. However, it is extremely important to check to make sure the right credit is applied before filing.

If you fill out your tax forms online or with tax filing software, look for the biomass tax credit under the “Credits” section of the national form; it may be listed under the subcategory for “Home ownership”.

No matter how you file, if you claimed a new stove in year’s past, the credit cannot be applied again.


Benefits of biomass stoves

The tax credit isn’t the only reason to choose a biomass stove!


  • Green energy. Because biomass stoves use a renewable resource for fuel, they are often considered a green source of energy. Likewise, burning pellets – which are often made of compressed wood scraps and remnants – is a way to be ever more environmentally friendly.


  • Efficient. Energy Star and EPA certified biomass stoves are required to operate with at least 75% efficiency. This is much higher than open hearth wood fireplaces.


  • Low cost. In addition to being a renewable resource, biomass stoves are have extremely low operating costs. Pellet stoves, for example, have heating costs that are lower than oil, electricity, propane, and kerosene. Wood is even less expensive than pellets; with a little bit of elbow grease and a day spent chopping wood, many homeowners are able to get firewood for the year at little to no out of pocket expense.

If you’re looking for a way to more efficiently heat your home – while also saving money on your taxes – let The Cozy Flame help you find your next biomass stove. Stop by our showroom today and let our expert staff show you some of our high efficiency, tax credit qualifying biomass stoves!

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