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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.

Have A Wood Burning Fireplace? Then Here Are Some Cleaning Tips To Keep In Mind

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A wood-burning fireplace is by far the dirtiest fireplace there is. With the comfort and coziness of real wood burning comes soot, smoke, dirt, dust, debris -- even critters! Plus, it also requires constant maintenance throughout the winter -- removing ashes and adding new wood. However, when it is clean the rewards for having a wood stove far out weigh the maintenance factors.  So to help out our fellow wood fireplace lovers we will share with you all on how to prepare and clean your wood-burning fireplace.

  •  Give the exterior and interior a good once-over. Take note of any damage and missing or broken parts. Look outside at the exterior of your chimney. Any cracks will need to be repaired.
  • Check the flu for leaves, birds nests and other critters.
  •  Assess how much cleaning is needed. If you have layers of ash that are one or more inches thick, you're in for a dirty job. Cleaning a wood-burning fireplace is a messy task, so old clothing and rubber gloves are necessary. Place a protective drop cloth in front of the fireplace to protect your floors and carpeting from soot. Also, make sure to grab a shovel if your ash bed is high.
  • Remove the layers of ash and debris using a vacuum cleaner. Put it all into a trash bag and place aside.
  •  Scrub the fireplace. Using a scrub brush and a bucket full of soapy water, scrub the inside walls and floor of the fireplace.
  •  Don't scrub too hard on older brick. Doing this might cause it to crumble.
  •  Clean fireplace accessories. Screens, fireplace tools and log beds also get dirty and need to be cleaned. You can clean glass screens with a household glass cleaner. Mesh screens can be vacuumed. Tools can be cleaned inside or outdoors; give them a once-over with the scrub brush and soapy water, then spray them off with a hose. If you clean the tools inside, rinse each tool with water in your utility sink or using the spray nozzle in your kitchen sink.
Following these simple steps will ensure a nice and clean wood stove that everyone in the family can enjoy. Now, all you have to do is wait for the cold weather so you can curl up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate! Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about fireplace accessories or fireplace maintenance.

Utilizing An Ash Bucket At Your Fireplace Can Help Prevent Fires

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Whenever you burn a solid fuel, such as wood, coal, or pellets, in your stove, fireplace, or insert, you will be left with ashes to remove. These ashes must be removed periodically as they can affect both performance and durability of the product. The frequency of this ash removal will depend on the product itself, the type of fuel being burned, and the species of the fuel. Small bits of hot coals removed, mixed and buried within the ashes, represent a hidden danger. What many consumers are unaware of is that these hot coals can stay dormant for weeks when buried in ashes. The ash acts as an insulator keeping coals from burning out. All these coals need to flare up once more is oxygen. It’s for this reason fire departments often return to a scene to place more water on smoldering timbers and newly flared coals.

The key is a safe removal of ashes and coals from the product, and from the living quarters. The proper type of ash “holder” or pail, for ash removal and storage should also be sheet metal. The bottom should be slightly offset from the bottom so that the actual bottom does not make contact with flooring. The edge will and should make contact, but the majority of the bottom is elevated. The pail should have a large wire handle for easy carrying. And, most importantly, the pail should have a lid that closes tightly. This is the key for safety. Spend the few extra dollars to purchase an ash bucket that has the features just mentioned. There are many ash buckets in our industry that are quite decorative as well so aesthetics need not be too ignored. And, do not place the bucket directly on a wood porch or breezeway floor, but instead, on a non-combustible surface such as stone, concrete, brick, or slate. Contact us today if you need any fireplace accessories or even questions about fireplace inserts and stoves.


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