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Tips for Buying Wood and Pellet Stoves in MA and RI

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 31, 2013

Trying to cut down on heating costs by buying a wood stove or pellet stove is an attractive option. However, be sure you are buying one that's been tested for MA and RI first.
As the temperatures drop many of us turn to alternative heat sources.

"It may not be built to handle the heat that you are putting into it, and God forbid it could start a fire," said Barbara Vallente from Fireplace Showcase.

A lot of consumers are buying products from out-of-state vendors on the Internet, but what you may not know is that certain models may not be approved appliances. In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, wood stoves must have a UL approval number of 1482, and pellet stoves should have an Americans Standard testing method number 1509 on it. These numbers can usually be found in the owner's manual.

Those two numbers mean that the products have been put through stringent testing to make sure they're safe to operate in your home. In order to install a wood or pellet stove you must get a permit, and city and town building inspectors require the appliance have an approval number.

"It guarantees the safety of the product, and also that your insurance company will cover you," Vallente added.

If an unapproved pellet or wood stove causes property damage, chances are your homeowner's insurance will not cover your losses. Be sure to purchase yours from a reputable company that knows the law, and can put you in touch with professionals who know what they're doing.

For information on wood and pellet stoves that are appropriate for MA and RI, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Replace Your Wood Stove or Insert - Massachusetts Change-Out Program

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Commonwealth Wood stove Change-Out Program assists Massachusetts residents with the cost of replacing non-EPA-certified wood- or wood-pellet- stoves with high efficiency, low emissions wood stoves or fireplace inserts, or pellet stoves or fireplace inserts.

Applications may be submitted on or after Jan. 18, either by mail or electronically at once the second round of funding becomes available.
Traditional wood stoves and inserts and pellet stoves and inserts are commonly used in Massachusetts as a source of heat throughout. A high efficiency, low emission replacement stove or fireplace insert will substantially improve air quality.

For more information on the change-out program, or for information on replacing your wood or pellet stove  or fireplace insert, contact Fireplace Showcase.

There are Many Advantages of Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 25, 2012

With the expectation that heating homes will cost more this winter, many homeowners are looking for better, more efficient ways to stay warm.

Pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts are the perfect way to increase heat efficiency while enjoying a beautiful fire. Combining both beauty and convenience, easy use, clean heat, and the elimination of fossil fuels, pellet stoves can be the answer to the needs of homeowners in Massachusetts. The energy conscious homeowner can reduce heating bills and bring ambiance to their home.

Similar to wood burning stoves, pellet stoves give you similar heat, but have many advantages that wood stoves cannot offer.

  • Pellet stoves are easy to load
  • Pellets can be easily and ecumenically stored in a small space
  • Pellets burn very hot
  • Pellets burn very efficiently creating very little waste
  • Pellet stoves can be set to a thermostat to regulate heat
  • Pellet stoves light automatically and are easy to use
  • Pellet stoves can be programmed to burn at an even rate and can remain at a consistent temperature
  • Overall pellet stoves can save people quite a bit of money over traditional heating costs

For more information on the right pellet stove for your home, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Wood Pellet Stoves for Inexpensive, Attractive, Green Heat

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 27, 2012

Massachusetts homeowners have been looking for less expensive, greener ways to heat their homes for several years now. Using energy in our homes in unavoidable, especially when it comes to heating and cooling. Traditionally, we have had to rely on fossil fuels; oil, gas, and coal.

But there are alternative heating technologies which are available to heat your home without compromising warmth, comfort and convenience; and one of those alternatives in particular is less expensive, wood pellet stoves.

Pellet stoves are very efficient in keeping your entire home warm even in very cold weather. Wood pellets are considered biomass and are made out of recycled sawdust. Sawdust is a byproduct, waste which would normally end up in land fills.

However, by making sawdust into wood pellets, we are using the waste and saving the landfills, a win win situation. Additionally, wood pellets are very clean burning which helps our environment. Pellet stoves create heat that is inexpensive, using fuel that is inexpensive. But pellet stove have another advantage, they are attractive too.

Therefore, wood pellet stoves give homeowners an affordable, beautiful alternative to heat their homes. By using wood pellet stoves, we can heat our homes, save money and protect the planet. Contact the Fireplace Showcase for more information.

Pellet Stoves Are Replacing Oil Heat

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 02, 2012

Oil has long been the primary heating source across much of the Northeast. However, the number of households seeking viable alternatives to expensive oil has continued to rise since the price skyrocketed to more than $4 a gallon.

Sales of pellet stoves have been increasing as more Americans seek affordable alternatives to costly home-heating oil.

In general, pellet stoves pay for themselves in about four years. Pellets are usually delivered on a 1-ton pallet of 50 40-pound bags that costs between $200 and $300. On average, it takes 2 to 3 tons a year to heat a home, which translates to spending about $900 to heat a typical three-bedroom home with a pellet stove.

Pellets also offer price stability, as buying an entire year’s supply in bulk avoids the often-volatile cost of heating oil.

Pellet fuel can substitute home-heating oil as an economically viable source of heating for residential homes.

Pellets offer consumers efficiency and environmental benefits. Pellet stoves burn more cleanly and more efficiently than wood because they effectively generate more heat while emitting less pollution. Specifically, pellet stoves are 80% efficient and come with thermostats. And, unlike wood stoves, they shut off when they reach a determined temperature. They then relight themselves when the desired temperature drops.

The sharp rise of heating oil prices has fueled a consumer thirst for viable alternatives such as wood pellets. Pellets so far have replaced about 8 million barrels of oil annually. Such energy displacement helps stimulate the American economy while enhancing national security and helping protect the environment.

Take advantage of the tax free weekend in Massachusetts, August 11-12, check out our selection of pellet stoves for your home. Contact The Fireplace Showcase.

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