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Preparing your Fireplace for the Spring Season

After being indoors by a cozy fire for much of winter, spring is the time for cleaning the dirtiest part of your home–the fireplace and chimney. Wood fires always produce creosote, the highly flammable tar-like substance that attaches to the flue lining. Call a chimney expert to clean your flue. Spring cleaning could never be Read more…

Revamp Your Tired Fireplace with a New Insert

If your masonry fireplace looks a lot better than it performs, maybe it’s time to consider revamping it with a new, high-efficiency fireplace insert. Not only will you bring more heat into your home, you’ll be adding a beautiful appliance that will significantly enhance the look and feel of your hearth area. What is a Read more…

Which Type of Fireplace Heats a Home Most Efficiently?

An efficient fireplace is one that can do the best job of helping to lower your utility costs while protecting the environment. Because there are two essential variables determining efficiency, the answer to which is best isn’t cut and dry. The three types of fuels in the running for most efficient fireplace are: Wood-burning fireplace inserts, gas fireplaces, and pellet inserts. The information below can help you determine which Read more…

The Basics on Heating with Wood

You’ve decided to purchase a new wood heating stove, and you want to make sure you get the right model to bring maximum heat to your home. Here are some things you’ll want to know Choosing the ideal stove To get the most enjoyment out of your wood stove, you need to choose one that’s Read more…

The Top Benefits of a Fireplace Remodel

What do you expect from your fireplace? Do you want it to be a supplemental heat source? Or is it primarily a décor accent? Whatever you use your fireplace for, are you happy with the results? You may have a fireplace that’s old and doesn’t look nearly as nice as the newer models on the Read more…

Designing a Stunning Fireplace

The stunning fireplace of your dreams can become a reality. Among the many material types to choose from are faux marble, decorative wood, brick, slate, and other types of stone. With a range of faux materials, it can be possible to enjoy what you really want in fireplace design, though you may have considered it Read more…

Gas Fireplace Inserts: A Modern & Efficient Way to Warm Your Home

Folks who have traditional masonry fireplaces know that they’re hard to beat for their rustic charm, but when it comes to heating a room, they really don’t pull their weight. When you burn a fire in a masonry fireplace, as much as 75 percent of the heat produced goes up the chimney. If you need Read more…

How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold Season

There is no better place to relax on a long, cold night than beside a roaring fireplace. Along with creating a welcoming atmosphere, using your fireplace is a great way to cut down on your heating costs during Connecticut’s chilly winter months. A heat-efficient fireplace can comfortably zone heat your living area. Before you light Read more…

Wood Burning Tips & FAQs

Temperatures are dropping here in Connecticut. It is the perfect time of year to stoke up a fire in your fireplace or stove. Heating up next to a roaring hearth, listening to the soothing crackle of burning firewood, can make this chilly season more enjoyable. Wood is an environmentally friendly heating source compared to coal Read more…

What is the Difference between Radiant and Convective Heat?

When you are choosing a new heating appliance for your home, it can help to understand the difference between radiant heat and convective heat. The various types of hearth appliances you can choose from provide radiant heat, convective heat, or a combination of both. Hearth experts can advise you of the benefits of the different Read more…