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Chimney Caps Protect Your Chimney from Nesting Birds

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The warmer weather is on its way, and like many in Massachusetts, you love your hearths, but cannot wait to stop heating your home and open the windows. For many, the time to shut down and clean up the fireplace is just as fun as the first time we light it for the season.  It is time to clean out and clean up your fireplaces, stovesinserts and chimneys.
 
Chimney Caps are an integral part of the venting system for your fireplace and the venting system is an integral part of your overall fireplace system. The weather and the wildlife are the biggest enemies of your chimney. The birds are out and trying to find a great place to make their nests, what better place than your cozy, dark chimney. Birds and other animals contribute to your chimneys’ demise. All kinds of animals like to make their homes in chimneys especially if the fireplace has not been used for a couple of years.
 
When chimneys are not correctly sealed, moisture gets into the cracks and seams and can ruin the chimney. Brick chimneys are extremely susceptible. This is where chimney caps can provide extra protection. Chimney caps protect against all types of weather and wind, all of which can erode a chimney. Chimney caps can really prolong the structural integrity of a chimney.

If chimney caps are not in place this spring, the risk from weather and animals is dramatically increased. There are different kinds of chimney caps for masonry or stainless steel chimneys. And Fireplace Showplace can help you decide which style is best for your home.

Five Great Accessories to have With Your Pellet Stove

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A Pellet Stove is an integral part of peoples homes so it's vital to keep it happy and healthy. Why not consider these top 5 accessories to keep your appliance looking great and operating properly all year round.

1. A vacuum specially built to reduce Ash
Despite the fact that these particular efficient stoves produce much less ash when compared with regular wood burning stoves  an ash vacuum will nevertheless be very handy. This machine is actually manufactured to get rid of warm or cold ashes safely and securely. It traps the fine particles, keeping it contained which means that it won't cover the room in your home. There are no bags to fill or empty, and since it's made of fire-retardant materials, there is no hazard of flames as there might be should you just tried to use some sort of ordinary vacuum.

2. Fireplace Device Kits
A kit may include things an individual would not make use of very often (like a poker) and things that will get heavy use (like a brush and shovel). Tool kits come in a wide wide variety of styles and finishes that look great next to your pellet stove. Purchase a kit especially if you opt against the ash vacuum.

3. Pellet Stove Cleansing Systems
Pellet stoves require to be cleaned on a yearly basis.  The most effective kind is really a rotary cleaner along with some sort of stiff, plastic brush which links to your power drill.

4. Pellet Hopper Extensions
Pellet stoves are generally enormously efficient appliances and make use of pellets very slowly. However, with a pellet hopper extension, you'll be able to make that slow burn last even longer. This kind of device could just about double the actual quantity of pellets a wood stove can carry, thereby doubling the days you can go not having having to stock up the fuel.

5. Warmer and Steamers
There are lots of stove top potpourri or scent warmers which take a seat upon the actual top of a pellet oven and infuse a home with wonderful aromas. The warmers come in numerous patterns as well as shades, and can generally use a variety of potpourri or liquid scents. Steamers are attractive forged iron or coated enamel pots which allow the water to warm on the pellet stove and release humidity into the surroundings. This makes life more comfortable for those living in the home.

Once you've actually gone on to select your own pellet stove, the opportunities are endless, it should be mentioned that whenever purchasing the pellet stove, that would be the best time to add upgrades to your unit. Contact us today to learn more about pellet stoves and our accessories we have.

Make Sure You Wood Stove Enthusiasts Follow Proper Safety Measures

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Fireplaces and wood stoves are used  to help heat homes all across the country during the chilly months of the seasons. And if you have a wood stove then you know that wood heat is a renewable energy source that has many benefits. However, if not careful the use of wood heat can result in problems. So we want to provide some safety tips to remember during the winter time.

The first thing to do each and every year is to have a chimney sweep clean the flue. This will remove the creosote that had built up. Creosote is the black substance that condenses in the flue or stove pipe. Check the clearance of combustible materials from the fireplace or wood stove. The needed clearance will vary depending upon the model of the wood stove. Hearths should extend at least 18 inches on the floor in all directions and of course be non-combustible. The clearance from the wall depends upon use or not of a heat shield. A good rule of thumb is keeping combustibles 36 inches away.

Care should also be taken with the wood that is intended to be burned. Firewood should not be stored directly next to the house or inside. To do so risk bringing in wood destroying insects such as carpenter ants, termites and powder post beetles. It is better to bring in the wood as you need it. Always burn suspect wood immediately once brought inside to kill any bad bugs. Wood stoves are a great investment and if you’re like many Americans who love the feel and smell of a wood burning stove, then we have the perfect stoves for you. Contact us today to find out how you can get your very own wood stove, or even if you need any accessories for your fireplace needs. We have a wide selection of stoves, fireplaces, and accessories, so be sure to check them out!

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