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End-of-year Savings on Wood Stoves

At The Cozy Flame, our goal is warming your world, indoors and out. In the summer when many homeowners are moving outdoors for entertainment and recreation, we move indoors, installing heat units that will work for you winter after winter for years to come. One of our customer favorites is the wood stove. They are beautiful, fit any space, and economical. We sell wood stove units that are more efficient than ever and designed and manufactured by the top brands in the industry.

stack of circular dry wood peices

Why Choose Wood?

Wood stoves are no longer the inefficient stove tops of generations before. While there are many rustic-looking models, the technology powering these new wood stoves is far from rustic. You can have all the wonder of a traditional wood fire and all the convenience of a high-efficiency appliance.

  • Wood burns with a natural yellow flame that crackles and dances, offering the ambiance homeowners desire.
  • It has a high heat-output compared to other fire appliances.
  • Wood is eco-friendly, renewable, and maybe in your own backyard.
  • Wood is economical, easy to harvest, and can be bought locally.
  • Preparing the wood for burning is good physical activity.
  • Wood fires burn whether or not the home has gas or electricity and are ideal for use during an outage.
  • Wood stoves come in all shapes and sizes and can match your style and décor perfectly.

Types of Wood Stoves for the Home


Depending on your need, you may opt for a catalytic or non-catalytic
wood stove. A catalytic wood stove is necessary if your wood stove will be the primary heat source. Catalytic stoves are more efficient and have the cleanest burn. With this type of technology, the wood burns slowly without smoldering, allowing the wood to burn for many hours while producing a consistent temperature to help heat the home.

If you depend on your central heating unit to heat your home, you may only want a wood stove for the looks and ambiance of a wood fire. Perhaps you enjoy relaxing by a fire on cool evenings through the fall and using it as a backdrop for holiday festivities in the winter. If the fire will be supplementary heat for your home, you can choose a non-catalytic wood stove. They are more affordable, require less maintenance, and come in the same styles and sizes as catalytic stoves.

End-Of-Year Savings


Spring is a great time to add a new fire unit to your home. At The Cozy Flame, we offer savings to celebrate the end of burn season, and you can benefit. We sell wood stoves with and without blowers, and now through June 30 all of our woodstoves will come with a free blower attachment valued up to $400. That means your new wood stove, whether you choose a catalytic or non-catalytic stove, can benefit you more. Your new stove can be a heat machine. Just start with a Comfort Consultant at The Cozy Flame and find out the best wood stove for you. Call us at 203-283-4459.

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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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Heating Efficiently with Wood & Pellet Stoves

If you are spending more than you’d like on home heating, there is a remedy for that. Homes can be heated with a furnace, through the use of fireplaces, electric heaters, or even boilers (depending on the size of the home). In all these cases, there is a more efficient option, and one that can save you money in the long run.

High Fuel Costs

Your furnace or boiler may use heating oil for fuel. This is a petroleum-based fuel, and its cost fluctuates with the economy. At times the cost can rise so high, that you may not be able to operate your furnace. Perhaps you supplement the cost of central heating with a fireplace. Unfortunately, a traditional open fireplace loses up to 75 percent of it’s heated air up the chimney. This is a waste of wood, and a waste of your centrally-heated air. With fall fast-approaching, it’s a good idea to look at other options.

High-Efficiency Stoves

Stoves are a closed unit that don’t lose heated air like a traditional open fireplace. They are efficient, burn hotter and cleaner, and push out more heat than a traditional fireplace. They are safe, affordable, easily installed, and some models even qualify for a tax credit due to their efficiency rating.

Wood Stoves

The Cozy Flame sells Regency wood stoves, both catalytic and non-catalytic. Catalytic wood stoves offer the most heat, and are recommended if the stove will be your main source of heat. Non-catalytic stoves, the more affordable option, are for supplemental heat only. Both options are beautiful. They come in contemporary or traditional styles, and everything in between.

Many homeowners choose wood stoves if they have their own source of wood, but it’s important to burn only properly seasoned wood. Burning wood that is freshly cut is too wet and will burn incompletely, leaving excess creosote in your flue, and requiring more routine maintenance.

Pellet Stoves

For those looking for an even more efficient option, the pellet stove is the best option for high-heat, convenience, and minimal impact on the environment. Instead of burning wood, it burns pellets, which are manufactured from recycled wood products. The pellets have to be bought and stored for winter so that you do not run low, but many stores offer bulk sales for pellets. The pellet stove is a convenient option because of the hopper that feeds the flame so you don’t have to, resulting in a steady temperature and long burn. Pellets burn cleanly, leaving less residue in your chimney, creating less pollution for the environment, and most models qualify for a Biomass federal tax credit.

Regency pellet stoves look like a wood fireplace. They have a window for fire-viewing with realistic logs and create heat enough for home heating or zone heating.

Contact Us

Whether you’re looking to supplement your existing heat source, or replace it completely, wood and pellet stoves are a great option. You can discuss the options, styles, and installation plans with a fire expert at The Cozy Flame at your convenience. Stop by our showroom and see some of the stoves in action or call a fire expert today at 203-283-4459.

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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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Save on Our Clearance Specials

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Hampton Direct Vent Gas Stoves – H27
Enamel Seaside Sand and H35 Timberline.

As temperatures continue to get warmer, most homeowners have stopped using – or even thinking about – their fireplaces and stoves until next fall. However, spring is the perfect time to consider adding or upgrading your current heating appliance!

At The Cozy Flame, we currently have several spring clearance specials available to our customers, including a sale on many of our showroom models. If you’ve been considering adding a new fireplace or upgrading your existing unit, now is the perfect time to do so.

Benefits of upgrading your fireplace or stove

There are a number of benefits to upgrading your fireplace or stove, especially for those with older units. Below are just a few of the reasons why to consider purchasing a new heating appliance.

  1. Energy efficiency: Replacing an open hearth fireplace with a fireplace insert can add up to serious every savings. Most wood burning hearth fireplaces burn with as little as 10% efficiency; that means that 90% of your heat is literally going up in flames. Fireplace inserts, on the other hand, burn with more than 90% efficiency, meaning you save money by using less fuel to heat your home.
  2. Environmentally friendly: Modern stoves and fireplaces have to be certified by the EPA. EPA certified appliances burn more efficiently and produce minimal amounts of particle air pollution.
  3. Modern style: A new fireplace or stove can drastically alter the look and feel of your entire home. Likewise, no matter how clean your home is, a dingy heating appliance can make the entire house seem dirty. Upgrading to a new fireplace or stove is an easy way to give your home a quick style makeover. Modern heating appliances are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes to meet every family’s heating needs, budget, and style.
  4. Heat your whole home: Wood stoves can add a rustic style to your home, but they can also be used a primary heating appliance! Turn off the furnace for good by finding a wood stove that can heat your entire home. If you aren’t yet ready to use a wood stove for your entire home, consider adding a smaller unit for zone heating, or only heating specific rooms or areas of the home at a time.
  5. Added value: According to the National Association of Homebuilders, fireplaces are consistently rated as one of the most important features a home can add. In fact, most prospective homebuyers are willing to pay several thousand dollars more for a home with a fireplace. Because of this, adding a new or upgrading your existing heating appliance is an investment in your home that will continue to pay off in the future.

At The Cozy Flame, buying a heating appliance on sale doesn’t mean you’re getting factory rejects or a lesser quality product. All of our clearance specials are from the high quality brands that our customers know and trust. If you’re ready to get a new fireplace at a great price, come save on our clearance specials at The Cozy Flame showroom today!

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