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Author: Rachel Martin

Benefits of Electric Fireplaces

Everyone’s idea of a cozy living room involves a fireplace. What more comfortable place to be than snuggled on the couch with your family enjoying the heat from your fireplace? We can’t think of anything! However, the dream of a fireplace does not come to life for many because of how expensive and time-consuming it can be. 

If the reality of a wood-burning fireplace is not practical for your lifestyle, the dream is still not dead; there is an option for you… Electric fireplaces! With electric fireplaces, you get the warmth and beauty of a fire without the excessive time and maintenance required for wood burning. Read along for the best benefits of installing an electric fireplace. 

Low Maintenance

The extensive maintenance involved in wood-burning fireplaces is enough for most owners to say never mind. Burning wood with real fire creates ash, fumes, and smoke, which will then travel up to your chimney. Not only will you have to clean up your fireplace area, but you will have to clean your chimney regularly to discard any soot residue. Once your fire is done, you have to remove the burned logs and ash. 

With electric fireplaces, you do not need to worry about anything like this. There is no wood or ash to clean in your fireplace or chimney ever. You simply turn a switch on and off with no clean-up necessary; perhaps just a dusting every so often. 

Lower Cost

Wood fireplaces require a big budget for installation that is furthered into purchasing firewood and chimney cleaning materials or help. Electric fireplaces require one upfront installation cost that is typically a fraction of wood-burning installation. Once your electric fireplace is installed, there are no purchases necessary to make post-installation. 

Design Choices

Many electric fireplace styles and design options are available, so any homeowner will find a look that they will love in their home. You could go for your traditional fireplace mantel, get a style that has storage built-in and turn it into your TV stand, or even get a corner-sitting fireplace if you have limited space. The options are endless! 

Safety

Electric fireplaces are perfect for families with kids or those who do not want any fire or safety hazards in their homes. There is no possibility of anyone getting too close to open flame or the open flame and fumes coming into your home. Electric fireplaces can heat a room and stay cool to the touch. Bring the coziness of a fireplace into your home without all of the safety hazards that come along with wood burning! 

The Stove Shoppe

If you are in the market for an electric fireplace to bring coziness into your home, The Stove Shoppe is the place to go. We have an award-winning showroom that is one of the largest in New England, guaranteeing you will find a fireplace you love. We have over 30 years of experience in fireplace design and installation. For more information regarding electric fireplaces, call us today or fill out our online contact form!

Wood-burning fireplace

Tips on Maintaining a Wood-Burning Fireplace

Wood-burning fireplaces are a great addition to your home. On top of making your living space a cozy area to spend time in during the winter, they are also a great aesthetic addition to a room, creating an ambiance while giving your living space a “homey” feel. Like any other appliance in the house, a fireplace requires regular maintenance in order to keep functioning correctly and last for a long time. Here are some ways you can maintain your wood-burning fireplace and ensure that you keep it in great condition for years to come. 

Regularly Clean the Interior 

Cleaning the inside of your wood-burning fireplace is important for your own personal safety as well as your fireplace’s. By regularly cleaning it, your fireplace will look nice and presentable while being able to burn wood efficiently. If you neglect cleaning it, chances are that small particles can manifest themselves in your fireplace, causing them to turn into potential airborne hazards when burnt by fire. 

Keep an Eye Out for Soot 

Soot tends to be the result of burning wood. When not checked on properly, it can actually worsen the spread of your flames as you burn wood, making it dangerous for your home. Look out for soot as you clean your fireplace. 

Burn Fireplace-Appropriate Wood 

Funny enough, there are certain types of wood that are meant specifically for burning in fireplaces. Burning the right kind of firewood is considered good fireplace practice, which must be followed closely if you want to safely have a fire burning.  Hardwood is your best option when it comes to burning one that will last for a long time and will cause less buildup of debris. Different types of hardwood you can burn in your fireplace include, 

  • Ash
  • Birch
  • Oak

Burning the right type of hardwood will keep your fireplace a cozy and safe environment for you to enjoy at any time. 

Contact the Stove Shoppe 

Looking for the right wood-burning fireplace for your home? Contact the Stove Shoppe today to have a look at our vast selection. Regularly showcasing products from some of the most recognizable brands in the business, we know that you’ll find something that is a great fit for your living space. We’ll be sure to help you every step of the way, from selection to final installation. Contact us today at 1 (800) 892-0456

The Importance of Annual Pellet Stove Cleaning

Annual pellet stove cleaning and maintenance is important for ensuring optimal heating throughout the cold winter months, as well as the safe operation of your stove, which can lead to an extended lifespan of your unit. While the cleaning frequency of your pellet stove depends on how often you’re utilizing your unit and these quick, easy cleanings can be done by the homeowner, but planning for a thorough, professional cleaning after every ton of pellets is burned.

Scheduling an annual pellet stove cleaning appointment prior to the heating system beginning will help tackle any issues your pellet stove might be having and ensure a great start to the heating season. This makes summer and early fall the perfect time to accomplish this task!

Benefits of Keeping Your Pellet Stove Clean

There are several benefits of annual maintenance of your pellet stove.

– Maximizes the lifespan of your pellet stove

– Ensures your system runs as efficiently as possible

– Keeps your system running properly all winter long

– Helps reduce your heating bills

– Keeps your family during the cold winter months

Here’s what you can expect when scheduling your annual pellet stove cleaning appointment with Stove Shoppe.

– Removal of pellets and vacuuming of the unit

– Inspection of the hopper, auger plate, pressure, and latch switches

– Cleaning and lubrication of combustion and convection blowers

– Cleaning and lubrication of auger motor

– Visual inspection of electrical wiring, heat switches, and sensors

– Cleaning of the entire unit

– Inspection of the door and exhaust seals

– Cleaning of the glass door

– Testing of electrical sensors and ignitor

– Start-up of the stove to make sure it’s working properly

If it’s been a while since your last professional pellet stove cleaning, now is the time to schedule yours. Contact our team at Stove Shoppe today to make your appointment at 800-892-0456.

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