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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…

Value of Owning an Efficient Gas Fireplace

Modern gas fireplaces offer clear benefits that have more and more homeowners choosing gas over wood-burning fireplaces. A gas fireplace is an eco-friendly option that can significantly cut energy costs in winter. There are many ways to calculate the value of owning an efficient gas fireplace. In addition, there are also certain features which can increase the benefits. How Do Gas Fireplaces Compare to Wood Fireplaces? Read more…

Sorting Through the “Gas vs. Wood Fireplace” Debate

Adding a fireplace to your home is a great way to increase your house’s resale value and add extra pleasure for yourself. It has never been easier to have a fireplace installed. The installation process for pre-fabricated fireplaces is quick and easy compared to traditional brick and mortar fireplaces. These pre-made fireplaces are just as aesthetically appealing and even more energy efficient. The hardest decision for Read more…

Why are Fireplaces so Loved by Home Buyers and Sellers?

Research done by real estate agents consistently provides convincing proof that fireplaces are in high demand. A solid 40 percent of homebuyers stated that they would be willing to pay more for a home with a fireplace. One study showed that fireplaces add about 12 percent, on average, to the selling price of a home. Read more…

Spring and Summer are Perfect for Adding a New Fireplace Insert

If you like the idea of potentially cutting your winter heating costs by as much as 40%, it’s a great idea to have a new fireplace insert installed during the off season. Due to the gross inefficiency of an old, worn out masonry fireplace, a fireplace insert is an excellent home upgrade. The primary reason Read more…

Considerations When Choosing A New Gas Fireplace

Are you thinking about adding a gas fireplace to your home?  That could be a smart choice.  Modern gas fireplaces are among the most efficient and convenient supplemental heating sources available, and the variety of lovely designs make it easy to match your current décor. When considering a new gas fireplace, you’ll want to focus on three key elements: 1. Preferred venting system 2. Fuel type Read more…

Fertilize Your Garden with Ash from Your Fireplace

Ash from burning firewood contains many of the nutrients that soil needs including potassium, magnesium and calcium. It can also be used as a liming agent because it is alkaline. If you have a garden, don’t waste the ash from your fireplace by tossing it into the trash or haphazardly outside! Instead, use it to Read more…