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Advantages of Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pellet stoves are the perfect way to enjoy a nice, cozy fire while increasing heat efficiency. They offer an alternative means for heating your house. Pellet stoves combine beauty with convenient, user-friendly operation, and powerful heating. And, are helping the energy conscious home owner reduce home heating bills and bring ambiance to their living space.

Pellet stoves are traditionally compared to the wood burning stove, because the heat they put out is similar, but many believe that pellet stoves offer some advantages over traditional wood stoves.

The main advantage is the fact that pellet stoves are easy to load as compared to wood burning stoves. The pellets themselves are small and can be stored in a small space efficiently, whereas wood needs to be stacked and hauled, and needs a large space to be stored. Pellets burn very hot therefore they create very little ash because they burn very efficiently.

Pellet stoves run on electricity. The hopper electronically feeds the pellets into the stove and can be programmed to evenly and consistently dispense the pellets, so in effect; pellet stoves can be programmed to burn at an even rate and can remain at a consistent temperature over time which is a huge advantage.

Overall pellet stoves can save people quite a bit of money in regions where heating costs are typically higher than in other parts of the country. To take your time making an educated decision on your home heating options this fall, call Fireplace Showplace today.

Pre Season Pellet Special at Fireplace Showcase

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A few years ago we witnessed the same dramatic increase in home heating oil prices that we are seeing right now and pellets and pellet stoves were being bought and installed at record rates. Forecasters are again predicting the slow and steady rise of oil and gas prices and as fuel prices increase there is an increase in the spring and summer sales of pellets and pellet stoves.

Take advantage of price savings on pellets at Fireplace Showcase. There are only 5 days left to take advantage of our pre-season pellet specialSave $20 per ton on New England Pellets.  This sale ends Saturday, April 30.

New England Pellet makes premium-grade pellets. Every pellet in the bag exceeds industry standards. They don’t just make the best performing wood pellets in America, but the most trusted, too. Come in to Fireplace Showcase and save big on wood pellets, sale ends Saturday.

Vermont Castings Wood Burning Fireplace Offers Warmth and Comfort

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Have you ever been into a home in the winter and felt a sense of overwhelming comfort and joy? You probably have, and there's a good reason for that. If you haven't guessed yet, the actual item that made you feel so great was some type of fireplace, and the reason it had that effect was its power to evoke memories. Don't you want this to be the same with your home or apartment with Vermont Castings Wood Burning Fireplace.

The heat generated by a Vermont Castings remarkable Sequoia EPA wood burning fireplace is just the beginning. Meeting Washington state emissions standards, EPA Phase II certified and featuring clean-burn technology, the catalytic Sequoia can heat up to 2,500 square feet of your home as efficiently as a wood stove. It’s a new tradition in fireplace design and it’s only available from Vermont Castings.

Fortunately, fireplaces have only become more affordable as their technology has improved. Such as a popular new type, fireplace inserts which can be installed very quickly and are much less expensive than trying to buy an entire new mantel. The only downside to these is the fact that some people are not quite accustomed to the black cast iron look of them. Not to mention the traditional look and smell of a wood burning fireplace brings people more comfort, but the choice is entirely up to you, and we offer both types so feel free to contact us to inquiry about either type and let us warm your home this winter.

Fireplace Showcase Presents: The One Match Fire Starter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It does not require the skill of an Eagle Scout to make a good fire in your fireplace. You just have to use a tried and trusted fire-starting method and what better way than to use an easy one step method using fatwood?

Before you start your fire crumble two or three sheets of paper such as yesterday’s newspaper. Avoid burning plastics or paper with color printing (such as the Sunday comics, magazines, or gift wrapping paper) as they give off toxic fumes. Put the crumbled paper on your fireplace grate. The grate elevates your fire, allowing it to pull in plenty of air to keep a good draft going up the chimney.

On top of the crumbled paper place a couple of sticks of fatwood, a natural fire starter. Fatwood comes from the stumps of pine trees, the section of the trees that naturally collects the highly combustible resinous sap or pitch. It is a sap soaked southern yellow pine natural fire starter. Purchased in easy-to-use sticks about 8 inches long, fatwood is known as nature's one-match fire starter.

When using fatwood as your fire starter, add 3 pieces of split, dried firewood on top of the fatwood. This will ensure that the fire will start and heat the right way, and will help to avoid any smoke coming into the room. As the fire burns, use the tongs from your fireplace tool set to add more split firewood as needed. Place a fireplace screen in front of the fire to protect your home and loved ones. Now, sit back and enjoy your fireplace fire! If you have any questions about fatwood or any fireplace needs feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.


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