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Wood, Gas, or Pellet? Which is the Fuel for You?

When it comes to fireplace fuel, it’s not about which fuel is best, but which is best for you. Many homeowners prefer one fuel over others due to accessibility, cost, and convenience. We certainly have our favorites, but it’s our goal to match you with the best possible product for your home, your family, and your specific needs. The industry and market have reached a place where it truly comes down to the fuel. You can have a fireplace or stove of any style and efficiency—but will it be a wood, gas, or pellet unit?

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Wood Fires

Wood-burning units are still a favorite among homeowners because of the beautiful flame and high heat output the fireplaces, stoves, and inserts offer. Homeowners with wooded property can cut and store their own firewood. Those with less accessibility may need to purchase their firewood from a local supplier. This can become a hassle and is the reason why many homeowners end up converting to pellet or gas fire units. Also, although wood-burning units are more efficient than ever, wood fires still burn less efficiently than gas or pellet fires. They add more pollution to the environment, require more chimney maintenance, and require more work in general lighting fires, disposing of ash, and finding properly seasoned firewood.

Pellet Fires

For the homeowners who love the look and feel of wood fires, the pellet fireplace may be right for you. Pellets are made of recycled wood products and burn efficiently and completely. Pellet units are high-efficiency units and more convenient than wood-burning units because you don’t have to mess with kindling and matches to light. Pellet stoves and fireplaces have an ignitor that immediately lights the pellets, then the fire is continuously fed by a hopper filled with pellets. This allows for all the heat of a wood fire, but with the convenient light and consistent temperature of a gas fire. Because pellets are made of organic materials, they still produce soot and creosote which will need to be cleaned from the chimney periodically. However, pellets burn more completely than wood, and you’ll never have to wonder if the pellets are properly seasoned.

Gas Fires

The most efficient fuel type for fireplaces, inserts, and stoves is natural gas. Gas offers freedom to the homeowner not possible with other fuel types. Your gas unit can be installed anywhere, depending on the type and ventilation requirements. It burns cleanly and requires the least maintenance of any fuel type or product. Gas units can be used in small spaces like hotels, condos, apartments, and bedrooms. They can be open flames or completely closed units that use blowers and radiant heat to heat the space in your home. Gas fireplaces and stoves are ideal for zone heating and may not be best as a primary heat source. There aren’t a lot of reasons to choose wood or pellets over gas, though they can result in some issues, especially when installed incorrectly.

If you’re ready to choose a new fire unit for you home, stop in so that a Comfort Consultant can help you decide which is best for you. Stop in at 116-Q Research Dr today.

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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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All About Pellet Stoves

One of the most popular options for fire appliances is the wood stove, but many homeowners shy away from the hassle, mess, and work involved when burning wood. A popular alternative is a stove that burns pellets. Pellets are a manufactured product made of wood byproducts that burn more cleanly than wood and generates the warmth of a wood-burning fire–without the wood!

The Convenience of Gas and the Warmth of Wood

All About Pellet Stoves – Milford, CT – The Cozy Flame

A pellet stove offers the most benefits short of burning gas. Pellet stoves are a closed unit which come with benefits such as immediate ignition, precise temperature control, extinguishment, and even a pellet hopper to continue feeding the fire at regular intervals.

Why choose Pellet Stoves
When you choose a stove, you can install anywhere. A stove needs only a ventilation flue which can be installed through any ceiling or wall. This means you can have a pellet stove professionally installed in any area of your home whether your space is big or small. Our professionals can even install a stove in a corner when necessary precautions are made with refractory materials. Stoves can also be installed inside an existing fireplace.

Hire a Professional
When you’re considering a new installation, it’s important to hire a professional for all fire appliance installations and services. Both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) agree on what makes fireplace systems safe. The safest and most efficient systems are those installed and maintained by certified professionals. Not only that, but your manufacturer may require professional installation to honor any warranty.

Talk to a Comfort Consultant Today
A pellet stove offers many options, but it still may not be right for you. Pellets are a manufactured product that must be bought and stored for use. They cannot be replaced with any other product and nothing else can be burned in a pellet stove. At The Cozy Flame we carry pellet stoves from Regency. They offer the warmth and look of a real wood fire, without the hassle of cutting, storing, or lighting wood. These products are high-efficiency, high-heat, and eco-friendly, utilizing a renewable resource to keep bringing fire to your home day after day and year after year.
We can match you with a pellet stove with convenient light, precise temperature control, consistent heat, and a steady, always ready-to-go dependability. Don’t let the cost of these high-quality products dissuade you from a lasting investment in your home. Call the Comfort Consultants from The Cozy Flame today.

We are only showing products by appointment at this time, and you can schedule yours by calling 203-283-4459.

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Check Out Our Line of Regency Products!

Summertime is the best time to plan your new hearth with new fire appliances from our selection at The Cozy Flame. We partner with our sister company, Total Chimney Care to install fire products year-round with precision and excellence. We first make sure homeowners are happy with the size, style, and fuel type of the appliance. When our customers start with us, we don’t stop until you’re satisfied.

EPA-Certified Fireplaces

You don’t have to work for your beautiful fire. At The Cozy Flame we carry both gas and wood fireplaces, and both offer excellent aesthetics, sustainability, and efficiency. When you choose gas, you get an added convenience of easy on/off capabilities, temperature control, and without the hassle of cutting, hauling, and lighting firewood. If it’s a wood fire you’re interested in, ask a Comfort Consultant about the Regency Excalibur EX90 or Regency Classic R90.

Wood-Burning Stoves

Regency has perfected the wood stove so much that homeowners can now get the ambiance of a wood stove, without all the emissions and heat loss from years past. Regency wood stoves are so efficient today that all of them will qualify you for a $300 US Biomass Tax Credit! Shop our styles from contemporary to traditional and everything in between.

Gas Stoves

Gas stoves are a great option for a small space or limited decorative freedom. You can have a gas stove installed almost anywhere. They come in beautiful styles with fire-view windows that provide all the ambiance of a wood stove. Many models even have artificial logs that can be rearranged for you tastes. Gas stoves come with conveniences that rival that of wood stoves, so if you’re looking for efficiency, convenience, and beauty, a gas stove may be for you.

Pellet Stoves

Pellet stoves offer all the convenience and control of gas, with the high heat output of wood. Pellets are a wood product available in most home improvement and hardware stores. The stove is equipped with igniters that make lighting your fire as easy as magic, and the automatic hopper reloads your fire so that it’s burning while you’re doing other things.

Fireplace Inserts

If you’re looking to convert from an open fireplace to a more efficient and beautiful upgrade, an insert may be exactly what you’re looking for. Inserts are ordered according to specific measurements so they are sized correctly and a professional will retrofit the unit directly into the existing firebox. The chimney is then relined or “piped up” to accommodate for the smaller burn capacity. Inserts can start saving you money now, closing off the fireplace so that you don’t lose conditioned air, and will save you money on heating bills this winter. You can choose from a pellet, gas, or wood-burning insert.

Ready to Shop?

Stop by our retail location so that you can see some of our Regency products in action. Call us at 203-283-4459, or come visit at 116-Q Research Dr., Milford, Connecticut today.

How do Pellet Stoves Work?

Many homeowners opt for fireplaces and stoves that retain the intense heat of a wood fire, but would like the convenience of a gas fireplace. Now there is a product that meets in the middle. Pellet stoves are highly efficient, don’t require cutting, storing, or hauling firewood, and are eco-friendly.

They burn pellets, which are a manufactured wood product. Pellets are created from all the byproducts that were thrown out or burned at the saw mills. These stoves offer the homeowner the convenience of a consistent burn, even if you aren’t there to feed the fire.

Parts of a Pellet Stove

Unlike a traditional open fireplace, a pellet stove has many different parts. Also, they work together to create consistent heat output and efficient performance.

  • Grille – Allows air from the room to be pulled into the stove by a convection fan.
  • Intake Vent – Pulls outside air into burn pot.
  • Hopper – Stores pellets to be burned.
  • Auger – Feeds pellets from hopper to burn pot where they burn.
  • Burn Pot – The area that pellets are burned.
  • Combustion Fan – Pulls in outdoor air and assists exhaust.
  • Exhaust Vent – Takes away combustion gases.
  • Heat Exchange Tubes – Sends air heated by the fire into the room.
  • Convection Fan – Circulates air through heat-exchange tubes to push into the room.
  • Ash pan – Collects the ashes from the burned pellets.

The different parts of the pellet stove serve a specific purpose. Some are to feed the fire and others are to vent the fire. Still, others are to convert the fire’s heat into home heat. If any part of this system breaks down, the pellet stove will fail to work properly. For instance, if the hopper stops working or runs out of pellets to feed the fire the fire will go out and the stove will not produce heat.

Pellet Fuel

Pellet stoves only burn pellets, which some may view as a downside. However, pellets are inexpensive and take out the hassle that comes with traditional wood burning. Wood requires cutting and hauling (or buying) and then storing it until it is properly seasoned. Also, pellets take out the headache and the convenience of the hopper lets you sleep or leave the house without worrying your home will get cold.

The Pellet Stove and Your Chimney

Because the pellet stove burns cleanly, it leaves less residue in your chimney. This creates less ash waste, and the stove itself is considered low maintenance. In addition, the only thing you need to do is keep it clear of combustibles, keep its surfaces clean with a regular dusting, and schedule regular maintenance appointments.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends homeowners keep their home safe and their fireplace efficient by scheduling annual chimney inspections and having it cleaned regularly. Keeping these important appointments is the best way to keep your pellet stove in the best shape possible.

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