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What are the Benefits of a Pellet Stove?

Wood pellet burning stoves have all of the advantages of high-tech wood stoves, but better! These stoves can be vented directly through the wall behind the stove. Modern pellet stoves are almost entirely automatic and only require two simple steps; fill the stove’s hopper with pellets, set the thermostat at the desired temperatures, and watch the stove operate! 

Without prior knowledge, you may not know that there are a plethora of benefits to having a pellet stove installed in your home. Follow along as the experts at The Stove Shoppe go over the benefits of a pellet stove!

Efficiency

Unlike wood chips or solid wood, pellets contain extremely low levels of ash and moisture. Because of this, virtually all of the material will burn and be converted into heat. Combustion takes place in a smaller chamber that is more controlled and given just the right amount of air for more complete combustion, resulting in more heat and fewer emissions. 

Cost-Effective

Compared to other fossil fuels or electric heating options, pellets prices can be much less expensive. Pellet prices also do not frequently fluctuate like the cost of other energy sources do. Pellet stoves are also often dramatically cheaper to install than a wood stove. There is no flue necessary like that of wood stoves. 

Environmentally Conscious

Wood pellets are a sustainable source, and burning them is carbon neutral; the carbon released during the pellet-burning process is equivalent to that absorbed by the tree during its growth; nothing lost, nothing gained. 

Convenience

There is no chore of heaving wood, stoking the fire, and cleaning out the ash with pellet stoves. You simply fill the hopper with pellets and let it do the rest. There is no constant adding of more wood! These stoves are also incredibly convenient because you can adjust the temperature. With traditional fireplaces, the fire chooses the temperature for you. They are also one of the easiest heating sources to clean available. If maintenance is something you do not want to deal with, pellet stoves are for you. 

Contact The Stove Shoppe

The expert team at The Stove Shoppe has over 50 years of pellet stove design and installation experience. Our team would be happy to come out to your space to determine the pellet stove that works best for you and your home. For more information, give us a call today or fill out our online contact form!

living room with focal fireplace

Matching Your Fireplace to Your Decor

There is now a plethora of different fireplace types and styles to choose from these days. With so many choices, it can be difficult to determine which style would work best with your home’s existing decor.  

Follow along for some tips and tricks by the fireplace design and installation experts at The Stove Shoppe to choose the perfect fireplace for your current aesthetic. 

Modern Homes

If your home exudes a modern vibe or perhaps it is a new build, it is likely that your want your fireplace to have the same feel. Instead of going for a traditional fireplace with ornate designs or brick, you may opt for your fireplace to feel much more sleek and contemporary. For modern homes, we feel as though linear lines and more modern materials work best. A linear, concrete fireplace is very modern and trendy at the moment! 

Traditional Homes

If you have a more traditional style home, you may choose to go with a more traditional fireplace look. Traditional style fireplaces can have many different looks; one classic is the wood mantel typically comprised of intricate designs. This is a classic, traditional look that will look incredibly elegant in any traditional-style home. The stunning wood mantle is typically surrounded by brick in order to keep this timeless look. Not only is this a beautiful traditional look, but it also serves as a statement piece for any room. 

Rustic Homes

To achieve a rustic look with your fireplace, we recommend using stacked stone to surround your fireplace. You can decide what feel you are trying to achieve with which stones you choose to use. For an even more rustic look, you can choose a stone with rough edges rather than polished. For a rustic mantle, try using a large slab of your favorite wood atop your chosen stone. 

Contact The Stove Shoppe

For more assistance with fireplace design, be sure to call the professionals at The Stove Shoppe. Our expert team of designers is happy to come out to your home, perform an inspection on your space, and help you determine the fireplace that will work best for you. You can then choose and design your fireplace with our extensive selection of gas, electric, and wood fireplace options! Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form for more information!

2021 Fireplace Trends

Any style of fireplace brings warmth, comfort, and joy to any home. No matter what style or aesthetic you choose, you are guaranteed to love having a fireplace in your home. As 2021 comes to an end, we want to reflect on the trends we saw the most this year! Though the point is to warm a space, fireplaces are a stylish interior element that can match your home’s aesthetic. Follow along as we discuss the most popular fireplace trends we saw in 2021.

Linear

We saw a massive rise in popularity in linear fireplaces this year. They are absolutely gorgeous on their own and typically surrounded by beautiful stone, tile, or marble. They give a very modern vibe to your fireplace as they are incredibly clean-looking with sharp lines and edges. Linear fireplaces can drastically change the look and feel of your space! 

Double-Sided

Double-sided fireplaces were in high demand this year, and it is understandable why! They are a statement piece in any home. They allow you to enjoy the beautiful fire from the comfort of two different rooms, perfect for parties and family gatherings. You could even install these to be indoor/outdoor! Picture the kids enjoying smores outside while you watch from the other side of the fire inside your home; it is picturesque! 

Corner Fireplaces

Corner fireplaces have seen a rise in popularity, and it is because they are perfect for any size space. They give off a clean, modern look while being the best at utilizing the amount of room you have, as they do not sacrifice open space. Being placed in the corner makes them feel and look very luxurious and is a perfect statement for your living space. 

Extra Large Fireplaces

Dramatic, extra-large fireplaces have come back into style this year. These fireplaces are complete with beautiful, visible chimneys and large viewing areas. They are typically paired with gorgeous stone along the sides and up the chimney for a beautiful rustic look. These fireplaces work best in larger homes with higher ceilings as they take up a significant amount of space. 

Contact The Stove Shoppe

The Stove Shoppe offers an extensive selection of all kinds and styles of fireplaces. Whether you are looking for gas, electric, or wood, we have it all! Our expert design team will come out to your home to perform an in-depth inspection of your space to determine what kind of fireplace will work best for you. For more information regarding fireplace styles and installation, give us a call today or fill out our online contact form!

Why You Should Install a Gas Fireplace

Fireplaces of every kind bring warmth, light, and comfort into any space in your home. Everyone who experiences winter has dreamt of cozying up to a fireplace in their PJs, hot cocoa in hand, but that is not everyone’s reality. Many people choose not to install a fireplace in their homes because they do not want to take care of the work and maintenance necessary. What if we told you that you could have a fireplace in your home with virtually zero work and maintenance? You can with gas fireplaces! Follow along as we discuss all of the reasons why you should install a gas fireplace in your home the second you finish reading this blog!

Low Maintenance

When you have a gas fireplace, you do not have to worry about ash and debris like you would if you had a wood-burning fireplace. Wood burning fireplaces tend to leave a mess, and you have to clean them practically every time you use them. You typically only need to clean your gas fireplace only once a year or however much you choose. You will not need to constantly be stocked with wood for your fireplace, and keep an eye on how much is burned because you simply will not need it! 

Realistic Look

Gas fireplaces offer a remarkably similar look and feel to wood-burning. Gas fireplace technology has increased significantly and the artificial logs used are easily mistaken for natural wood. You do not have to compromise the look and ambiance you desire when installing a realistic-looking gas fireplace!

Energy Efficient

Gas fireplaces are the most energy-efficient kind of unit you can buy by a longshot. You have complete control over how much fuel is used. You can easily control how much gas is used and can completely turn it off with the simple flick of a switch. You are also helping the environment by not creating smoke outside or using more wood. 

The Stove Shoppe

If you are interested in installing a gas fireplace in your home, contact the expert design and installation team at The Stove Shoppe! We have over 40 years of fireplace installation and maintenance experience. Our showrooms are constantly stocked with the highest quality gas fireplace units in the industry! For more information regarding gas fireplaces or to begin the installation process today, give us a call or fill out our online contact form

How to Clean Your Electric Fireplace

Electric fireplaces are an incredible substitute for wood burning as they are practically maintenance-free. No ventilation or gas lines are needed, making maintenance extremely easy. Though they are extremely low maintenance, it is essential to take good care of them from time to time so they will last you a solid amount of time; maybe forever! We recommend that you clean your electric fireplace thoroughly at least once a year, and we are going to go over just how easy that cleaning will be! 

Follow these steps:

1. Unplug

Before performing any maintenance on your electric fireplace, ensure the heater is off and disconnected from the power supply. Allow your fireplace to sit for a while and completely cool off before going to clean it. 

2. Inspect

Before officially cleaning, perform a short inspection of your fireplace to check for frayed wires, dead bulbs, or faulty plugs. If you notice something wrong, make sure to bring it to a professional for repair! Your once-a-year cleaning is the perfect time to make sure your fireplace is in its best condition. 

3. Clean the Heater

Using a clean, dry cloth, wipe down the heater surface and surrounding areas. You can use the soft bristle brush attachment on your vacuum to clean further into the heater outlets to remove as much dust and debris as possible. 

4. Clean Glass

For this step, you will want to refer to your specific fireplace manual in order to remove the front glass panel. You will want to take this off completely to clean it well. Once removed, you can go in with another clean, dry cloth to eliminate any dust on the surface. Make sure not to use intense cleaning products on the glass as it does scratch easily. If a dry cloth is not doing the trick, try adding a bit of water. If you are to use water, make sure to use a dry cloth right after to prevent water stains. 

5. Clean Interior

Once the outside of your fireplace is clean, it is time to work on the inside. All it needs is a quality dusting. Make sure to dust around all sides of the fireplace and the imitation wood or glass that is inside. Once this is done, refer to your fireplace manual to get the glass door back on, and you are good to go until your next yearly clean!

Really, the word “clean” can be replaced with the word “dust” when talking about electric fireplace maintenance. It is so simple! 

Contact The Stove Shoppe

The Stove Shoppe has been providing expert fireplace design, installation, and repair services for over 40 years! For more information regarding electric fireplaces and maintenance, make sure to give us a call or fill out our online contact form

Tips For Adding a Fireplace to a Small Room

One universal home decor belief that everyone agrees on is that fireplaces make any space a lot cozier. Homeowners with small spaces may believe that there is not enough room for a fireplace; however, that is far from the truth! You can incorporate a fireplace into a room of any size. If you have a small room and are trying to figure out how to best add in a fireplace, follow along for some tips from the fireplace experts at The Stove Shoppe!

Corner Fireplaces

An unused corner in a small room is the perfect spot to add a fireplace. With a corner fireplace, you will not be taking up a considerable amount of space in the small room. You can turn the small, awkward corner of space into a beautiful focal point that also gives you extra warmth. Decorate the mantel however you like, and you have completely transformed your small room into a warm, cozy place in your home. 

Wall Mounted Fireplaces

If you are entirely out of floor space in your room, a wall-mounted fireplace is for you! They are inserted right into your wall, taking up absolutely no extra square footage. Not only are they practical, but they are gorgeous to look at! There are a variety of styles and sizes to choose from to fit your exact style and vision. 

Free-Standing Fireplaces

Free-standing fireplaces are an excellent solution for renters and those who are unsure where to place their fireplace. These fireplaces require no mounting, drilling, or installation; all you need is an outlet! This allows you to test it out in a few spots throughout the room to determine where it fits best. 

Give The Stove Shoppe a Call

The experts at The Stove Shoppe have over 40 years of experience in fireplace installation. We have a wide variety of wood, gas, electric, and pellet stoves, inserts, and fireplaces. If you are unsure of the best use of space for fireplace installation, there is no need to worry. Our team of experts will come to your home, access your space, and let you know the best way to use your space. For extra inspiration, feel free to visit our award-winning showroom! Give us a call today at 800-892-0456 or fill out our online contact form to turn your fireplace dream into a reality!

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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