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Awnings, Swing Sets and Stoves at the Rhode Island Home Show

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring is here and it is time to get out in the yard. Does your yard need a facelift? Maybe a new wooden swingset, or an awning over the deck? Perhaps you are still thinking about a new wood, pellet, or gas stove for next winter. Preview our great grills, awnings, inserts and swing sets at the Rhode Island Home Show, today March 29 thru Sunday April 1st.

Besides showing our wood, pellet and gas stoves we will be debuting our new line of Durasol Awnings as well as offering Free installation on awnings, stoves, inserts, and jungle gyms. Put down a deposit by April 14 and save up to $600.
 
Can’t make it to the show? No problem, come  on into Fireplace Showcase and see our new spring products. Everything you need for every season can be found when you visit us. Head on over to the Rhode Island Home Show, booth 701 and take advantage of our Show Specials.

Wood Heat is on the Rise in Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 27, 2012

With the cost of heating oil showing no signs of decreasing, many homeowners, particularly in the Northeast, are dusting off their hearths and relying on wood to heat their homes during the winter.

Because of the escalating cost of home heating oil, an increasing number of homeowners are turning to their wood burning fireplace inserts and wood stoves to heat their homes during the winter months.

What is surprising is that a bulk of homeowners aren’t leaving oil and using wood as a supplementary, special-occasions-only heating source but as a primary method of heating their homes.
 
According the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the number of U.S. households using wood as a primary heating source grew from 1.6 percent (1.8 million households) in 2000 to 2.1 percent (2.4 million households) in 2010.
 
Statewide, the number of households relying primarily on wood doubled in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
 
Recent rates for residential heating oil in the Northeast stood at $3.97 per gallon, a 58 cent increase from around this time last year. A decade ago, the cost was $1.19 a gallon.
 
Many homeowners are turning to wood as a primarily source of home heating fuel because it’s renewable, locally sourced, and often free. The shift away from oil is under the radar. It’s more a popular movement. It's driven by individuals.
 
Have you switched from oil to wood as a primary heating source at home? Have you invested in a new, EPA-approved wood stove over the past several years? If you are interested in doing so, contact Fireplace Showcase.

Original Article – Boston.com

Heat Your Home With Direct Vent or Vent Free Gas Fireplaces and Inserts

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gas fireplaces and inserts are an excellent addition to any home. Gas fireplaces and inserts project warmth that is very similar to a wood fire. They are an excellent value and highly efficient and they come in two types, vented (direct vent) or vent free.

The main difference in these two types of gas fireplaces or fireplace inserts is the amount of fumes that are released. Every thing that burns produces carbon monoxide, so the most frequent question in regards to vent free gas fireplaces is “are they safe?”The answer to this question is “yes”.

Vent free gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts are safe because the heat they produce is very hot, which means almost total fuel combustion which decreases the amount of carbon monoxide and the amount of soot that is produced. Keep in mind that they also come with carbon monoxide sensors which automatically turn off the gas if too high levels of carbon monoxide are reached.

A vented gas fireplace or insert produces more carbon monoxide but when the venting is installed professionally there is no risk of inhaling noxious fumes. Gases are carried out of the room through the chimney. Vented gas fireplaces and inserts are perfect to use in your existing fireplace or in an installed firebox.

For information on the very efficient gas fireplaces and inserts, contact Fireplace Showcase.

Advantages of Gas Fireplace Inserts and Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 12, 2012

There are advantages of gas fireplace inserts and stoves over traditional wood burning fireplaces. Neither requires the work of a wood burning fireplace; there is no cutting, hauling or stacking of wood and no mess. But they are very different beyond that.

Gas stoves and inserts  have a real flame. The flame is designed to be very hot in order to completely absorb the gas, so gas fireplace have a very cozy heat. Gas stoves and fireplace inserts are very convenient too; you don’t even have to worry about lighting a fire. Just flick a switch or push the remote control, and you have a fire in your fireplace.

With gas fireplace inserts and stoves, a warm, romantic fire is just the touch of a button away. Gas stoves and inserts add ambiance and warmth to any room in your home. Enjoy the comfort of a warming fire in your home while benefiting from the cleanliness and efficiency of gas. For information, contact the Fireplace Showcase.


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