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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.

Get Free Fuel with the New 2011 Tax Credit for Hearth Products

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Save energy costs and contribute to a greener Earth by heating all or part of your home with biomass fuels. U.S. homeowners who purchase a 75%-efficient biomass (wood or pellet) burning stove, fireplace or insert during 2011 can receive a U.S. federal tax credit for 10% of their cost, up to $300.

Most of The Fireplace Showcase's heating products qualify for the tax credit. Featuring the industry’s most advanced technologies for heat efficiencies, these products are also protected by a limited lifetime warranty. There are many designs and styles to choose from that will provide ambience, warmth and comfort to your home.

For tax years 2006-2011, there is a $500 cap on home efficiency tax credits claimed by a single consumer. For example, if you claimed $300 in 2007, you can claim only $200 in 2011. It is important to note, however, that a consumer who claimed a $1,500 tax credit as part of the 2009/2010 tax credit, will benefit from the full amount but is not eligible for the new $300 credit. Contact us today to learn more about the 211 tax credit and be sure to check out our hearth products for your home.

You Haven't Seen Anything Quite like Our Featured Product: The Solaris

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Inspired by the setting sun, the Solaris see-through direct vent gas fireplace is the most innovative and unmatched hearth product in the industry. Featuring our patent-pending continuous levitating flames and transparent Razor(TM) burner, the Solaris is a contemporary and award winning fireplace on trend with consumer demands.

The Solaris
is available in two models. Solaris36-ST is the world's thinnest see-through fireplace with a levitating flame and transparent Razor burner. Solaris 36-MR is a two-sided fireplace featuring the infinity flame, which provides a 6-foot deep illusion of flame and lighting effects.

Featuring consistent panel colors, the Solaris gives drama and visual impact to the room. The infinity flame provides a 6-foot deep illusion of flame and lighting effects. The Solaris is ideal for commercial applications elevating the style and sophistication in any space. Easily installer in a 2" X 6" studded wall, the Solaris is the world's thinnest direct vent gas fireplace. The inspired 33" diameter of the Solaris is easily adaptable in any room.

One side is installed with a clean and simple trim ring where the continuous levitating flames become the focus. With 32 color combinations available, the Solaris offers a unique level of customization for a truly one of a kind, modern fireplace. Contact us today to learn more about the Solaris or any other of our fireplace products.

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.

History and Information on the Big Green Egg Grill

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
A keystone of backyard cookouts across the nation, the Big Green Egg barbecue is configured for amateur and master chefs who are serious about the caliber of their cooked meat. Based on ancient design precepts, the cooker uses dense ceramic walls with a build similar to that of an egg to hold in heat and reduce charcoal use. The manufacturers claim a 20 pound bag of charcoal will run the Big Green Egg for four to six months.

The modern and updated version is actually based on a 3,000 year old Nipponese cooker called the Mushikamado. When an American airline pilot brought the traditional engineering back to the United States, he dubbed it the Kamado. In 1974, BGE began producing outdoor barbecues based on the Kamado's design principle and ceramic structure. The Big Green Egg combines grilling, barbecuing, and smoking powers for any kind of meat, fish, or veggies. Mufflers allow for precise control of the temperature from 50 degrees to 750 degrees. Smoking occurs at low temperatures between 150 and 250 degrees, whereas barbecuing commonly is executed at much hotter temperatures.

Many barbecue lovers claim the grill produces juicier, more tender meat since the ceramic exterior holds in moisture better than metal grills. Like other grills, the Egg comes with a variety of grill sizes, from 13 inches in grill diameter to 24 inches in grill diameter. The cooker is designed to allow for easy lighting even with strong winds, as well as easy charcoal replenishment and removal. Contact us today should you have any questions regarding fireplace accessories or fireplaces in general.

Bring Back The Warmth And Coziness This Winter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 28, 2010
If you have been thinking why all this hype about a vented gas fireplace, then it is time that you read the following. A Fireplace in general brings back memories of one's grandparents' hearth that radiated warmth, love and not to forget the never ending supply of warm cookies and milk! Well that is a thought that most people relate to when talking about a conventional fireplace. They also think about the times when their grandparents had to struggle on days when the fireplace's chimney was clogged and when it had to be cleaned.

Well, thanks to the advancement in technology, now you can actually have a vented gas fireplace in any room and not worry a bit about wood logs or cleaning out the chimney. All you would now have to do is turn it on, and play some good music while you enjoy the warmth of the fireplace with some nice cookies and warm milk.

Such fireplaces are also the best bet for people who are worried about the central heating system that runs on electricity. Conventional heating systems are popularly known to consume a lot of electricity and would end up heating rooms that are not even occupied. With a vented gas fireplace, you do not have to worry about your electricity bill, since they run on gas and you would not have to worry about the wrong rooms being heated unnecessarily, since each heater would heat only those rooms that you wish to have heated. So please feel free to contact us to find out more information on vented gas fireplaces or even any other fireplace questions you may have. We the experts at Fireplace Showcase would be happy to help.

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.

One Stove That Can Meet All Your Heating Needs

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

For most people home heating is a necessity, and the traditional forms of heating are now for many simply unaffordable. Due to conflicts creating problems with fuel supply, and increasing global demand, the price of oil is generally increasing. There are several factors driving the rise in prices. The first is a limited supply of the resources, and year on year increase in demand.

Looking at this situation, Fireplace Showcase knows we need to diversify our sources of energy. Home and business heating for example is one area where we can make changes, with wood pellets and pellet stoves. Wood has been used for heating for thousands of years, but really burning logs is not a modern practical solution. Therefore processing the wood into wood pellets produces a modern fuel, which can be used automatically in a pellet stove.

A pellet burner is designed with an internal fuel hopper. This hopper can hold at least enough pellet fuel to run the stove for 12 hours. Hopper extensions are available, which can extend the running time of some pellet stoves up to a week. To remove the need to fill the pellet stove at all, it is possible to get a large external hopper fitted, which can feed the stove automatically. An external hopper can hold a years’ worth of fuel, you simply order a pellet delivery and a tank will fill the hopper.

The pellet stove can feed fuel automatically as well as start the fire on demand, running from a standard wall thermostat for example. Depending on what type of fuel you are running on, you may need to only empty the ash draw once a month. If you feel as though this is the right stove for you, or wish to know more information on pellet stoves contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.

Add Safety And Style To Your Home With A Hearth Rug

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 25, 2010

It's cold outside and getting into the warmth of the home is first on the list. Once in the door the next stop is in front of the fireplace where the rugs are at the hearth. These rugs keep our feet off the cold floor and protect our homes as a first line of defense from errant sparks and embers. Beauty and safety are possible with a rug in front of the hearth.

Safety: While it is important to keep our homes warm we want to be safe also. The primary line of defense for an open fireplace is a screen and hearth rugs that are fire resistant. This is important on so many levels. The fireplace screen will help to knock down the majority of flying embers and a fire resistant rug will reduce damage to the floor and possible fires. Hearth rugs of fiberglass are very easy to find and are one of the safest types to use. The rug actually melts and does not burn.

Fireplace Decor:
Safety is first, but you can have a hearth fireplace rug that matches a present room decor or set the tone for a change. Hearth rugs do come in a couple different styles. Half circle hearth rugs for a close fit to the front of the hearth brick area or a braided oval shape. The oval has been a staple for decades. Often in older times they were made as a rag rug. However, unless made of wool, these are not fire resistant. Wool is another style of hearth rug. While considered fire resistant they protect by not breaking into flame. The wool will smother the ember. This will leave a char spot on the rug but it can be worked out and is still far better than a fire in the house.

Hearth rugs are a great addition to any home with a fireplace. Not only will they protect your home from being damaged but they can add elegance to your home as well.


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