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Stove Cleaning Services for a Complete Cleaning and Visual Inspection for Your Gas, Pellet, or Wood Stove - Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stoves in Providence, RI come in several sizes and styles so you can select the one that matches your specific requirements and preferences. But just like other heating appliances, stoves require regular maintenance and cleaning regardless of what kind of stove you have at home.

This coming winter, you spend more time at home and in front of your fire. In order to stay warm and comfortable your gas stove, pellet stove, or wood stove needs to be an efficient, safe source of heat for your living space. Stoves are freestanding and can easily be added to any room where optimal heating is mostly desired or to supplement your existing heating system. Most homes with wood burning, gas or pellet stoves keep them burning all winter long.

Regardless of what kind of stove you have, it is important that you take care of cleaning, maintenance, and repairs annually, generally in the late spring or fall. Using wood stoves regularly to heat your home means that there is often build up and wear and tear. Annual stove cleaning services ensure that your stove and chimney are safe for regular, constant use all winter long. Thorough wood, gas or pellet stove cleaning can prolong the life of your stove. The maintenance services ensure that your stove works safely and a visual inspection is performed for worn parts and other defects.

To find out more about stove products and services, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Buy a New Wood Stove or Insert on the Tax Free Holiday

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 03, 2011

August 13th and 14th is the Massachusetts Tax Free Holiday Weekend. This is the perfect time to shop for a new pellet or wood burning stove or fireplace insert.

Wood burning fireplace inserts can warm up a room and increase heating efficiency. Wood Inserts have closed insulated doors which slow down the fire and increase its temperature which results in increased energy efficiency. They also have added features like blowers, fans and thermostats. Together, they provide a good way to help lower utility bills as well as adding charm to any room.

Wood burning stoves provide warmth, charm, and efficiency and are a renewable source of energy. Wood burning stoves put out an efficient, comforting dry heat. Wood burning stoves look great in old and modern homes alike and are a great alternative to a standard fireplace. Wood burning stoves come in many styles and finishes and match any kind of décor.

At the Fireplace Showcase we carry a very broad selection of wood, and pellet stoves and inserts including models from Quadra-Fire, Napoleon, Monessen and Vermont Casting. Our showroom is the largest in the area as is our inventory. Also, we cater to both the home owner and the contractor.

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.

How to Maintain and Clean your Wood Stove

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 08, 2011

If you own a wood stove, then you know it can be a wonderful addition to a home. There is something comforting about radiant heat in the wintertime, plus a stove will save you money on your heating bill. Along with the benefits of heating with wood, though, comes the extra work of maintaining your wood stove. Here are some tips to help you maximize its safety and efficiency.

First, make sure the stove door closes tightly. It is easy for the door latch to work loose since it is opened and closed frequently. Test the seal by sandwiching a dollar bill between the opening and the door. If you can slide the bill out while the door is closed, it's too loose. Adjust the latch and inspect the gaskets for wear and tear, replacing as necessary. If your stove features a separate door for the ash pan below the grate, be sure to check it too, using the same dollar bill method.

Next, inspect the firebrick liner inside your stove if your particular model has one. These bricks can crack over time and affect your stove's efficiency. There are two types of bricks: conventional firebrick, and a special low-density firebrick. Consult the owner's manual for your stove to find out which type you need. While you're looking inside the stove, check the baffles. Not all stoves have them, so look for a series of plates and chambers toward the top or back of the stove near the flue opening and inspect them for cracks and distortion.

Many wood stoves have transparent doors made of ceramic or glass that tend to build up soot quickly. Keep them looking good by burning only seasoned hardwood and avoiding choking off the air supply with the damper adjustment. An economical way to clean it is to use wadded up newspaper dampened with water and dipped in wood ashes as an abrasive.

Keep the outside finish of your stove clean. If it has a matte finish, you can paint it with stove paint and even change the color to your liking. Be sure to let the stove cool off completely before you apply paint. Wood stoves with glossy finishes are enameled and can't be repainted, but you can touch up nicks in the finish using color matched paint from the manufacturer. Contact us today to learn more about wood stoves or any of our other fine heating products we offer.

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.

Have A Wood Burning Fireplace? Then Here Are Some Cleaning Tips To Keep In Mind

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A wood-burning fireplace is by far the dirtiest fireplace there is. With the comfort and coziness of real wood burning comes soot, smoke, dirt, dust, debris -- even critters! Plus, it also requires constant maintenance throughout the winter -- removing ashes and adding new wood. However, when it is clean the rewards for having a wood stove far out weigh the maintenance factors.  So to help out our fellow wood fireplace lovers we will share with you all on how to prepare and clean your wood-burning fireplace.

  •  Give the exterior and interior a good once-over. Take note of any damage and missing or broken parts. Look outside at the exterior of your chimney. Any cracks will need to be repaired.
  • Check the flu for leaves, birds nests and other critters.
  •  Assess how much cleaning is needed. If you have layers of ash that are one or more inches thick, you're in for a dirty job. Cleaning a wood-burning fireplace is a messy task, so old clothing and rubber gloves are necessary. Place a protective drop cloth in front of the fireplace to protect your floors and carpeting from soot. Also, make sure to grab a shovel if your ash bed is high.
  • Remove the layers of ash and debris using a vacuum cleaner. Put it all into a trash bag and place aside.
  •  Scrub the fireplace. Using a scrub brush and a bucket full of soapy water, scrub the inside walls and floor of the fireplace.
  •  Don't scrub too hard on older brick. Doing this might cause it to crumble.
  •  Clean fireplace accessories. Screens, fireplace tools and log beds also get dirty and need to be cleaned. You can clean glass screens with a household glass cleaner. Mesh screens can be vacuumed. Tools can be cleaned inside or outdoors; give them a once-over with the scrub brush and soapy water, then spray them off with a hose. If you clean the tools inside, rinse each tool with water in your utility sink or using the spray nozzle in your kitchen sink.
Following these simple steps will ensure a nice and clean wood stove that everyone in the family can enjoy. Now, all you have to do is wait for the cold weather so you can curl up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate! Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about fireplace accessories or fireplace maintenance.

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.

Fireplace Showcase Web Coupons Are About To Expire!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 18, 2010

As you all may be well aware of, we have been having a special on certain items this month and had coupons on our site that you could print out and bring to our store. Most of the coupons are money saving coupons that can help you all out for the month of October.

Our coupons include $100 off any regular price stove that is regularly priced over $1,000. We also have coupons for $10.00 off any Chimney, wood stove and wood insert cleaning. Our third coupon is $20.00 off pellet stoves and inserts. Then our final money saving coupon is 10% off custom glass enclosures, gas logs, mantels and marble or granite enclosures.

These coupons are only good for this month, and time is running out folks! The offers expire on October 31st. Make sure that you all print out these coupons and cut them out and bring them to our location to save you money on your next purchase. If you have any other questions or concerns give us a call or contact us via email and we’ll be glad to help.


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