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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.

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.

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