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Wood Stoves Continue to Improve and are a More Effective Alternative for Heating Homes– Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 15, 2014

Nothing has advantages quite like wood stoves in Providence, RI when it comes to making your home cozy and comfortable in the winter. When burning, the fire looks attractive while it generates heat with an economical and ecological fuel.

Homeowners are looking for an effective alternative heating source for winter home heating. Wood-burning stoves have always been a popular choice in Massachusetts and all of New England, and they remain popular today, especially for those homeowners who have an easy source of firewood for fuel. The radiant heat of a wood burning stove can warm your living space in a way that hot air systems cannot. Plus, it is possible to generate heat without electricity so your home will be warm and comfortable even during winter storms when the power goes out.

Wood stoves are also now more environmentally friendly than the wood stoves of the past. Efforts have been made that have succeeded to improve the amount of pollutants they emit in the wood smoke, making them an environmentally friendly heating alternative. This makes wood stoves a more effective heating solution than they once were. Additionally, wood burning stoves use a renewable resource for fuel.

A wood stove can be used as your home’s main heat source or as a supplemental form of heat. For more information contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Wood Burning Stoves Minimize Home Heating Expenses During Fall and Winter - Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 13, 2014

Your home heating bills during the cool fall and the cold winter months obviously increase. But by how much they increase can be up to you. There are numerous ways to conserve energy and save money during in the fall and winter; one is by using a wood burning stove.

Despite the extreme cold weather conditions that may occur this winter, your house can still remain cozy and comfortable. Wood burning stoves in Boston, MA will heat your home efficiently and they are also known for the unique ambiance that they add to the living area. A chimney and fire wood for fuel are all the stove needs to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors.

Wood burning stoves have been around for decades. They are a useful timeless piece of heating equipment. However, over those decades they have dramatically improved in beauty, efficiency and are more eco-friendly.

With wood stoves, even when the power goes out, you do not have to worry about home heating. Light the fire and the stove will continue to heat your home and keep you and your family warm even during winter storms and power outages. Nothing compares to the warmth and the sound of fire crackling as the heat surrounds your home, especially on a chilly winter night.

If you want to have sufficient and efficient home heat to keep you warm throughout the winter, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Pellet and Wood Stove Federal Tax Credit

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 18, 2013

If you bought a new wood stove or pellet stove in 2012 or are thinking about buying one now, the Federal Tax Credit for Wood Stoves was Reinstated for 2013 and Retroactive to 2012.

Last year’s federal tax credit of $300 was reinstated for all wood and pellet stoves and inserts that are at least75% efficient.

Homeowners can use the tax credit towards the purchase price and the cost of professional installation of a new wood stove, pellet stove or fireplace insert.

The Federal Biomass Tax Credit provides for a 10% tax credit up to $300 for wood and pellet stoves bought in 2013 and it is retroactive, so that all eligible stoves purchased in 2012 can also get the credit.

If you purchased a wood or pellet stove or insert in 2012 and did not take advantage of this tax credit, you can still take advantage. If you are in the market for a new biomass stove or fireplace insert, the tax credit is valid through December 31, 2013.

For more information on the tax credit or on the best wood or pellet stove or insert for your home, contact the Fireplace Showcase.

Important Tips for Buying a Wood Stove

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 04, 2013

Unapproved models can cause damage to your home

(WPRI) -- Trying to cut down on heating costs by buying a wood or pellet stove can seem like an attractive option, but unless you're buying one that's been tested, you could be putting yourself and your home at risk.

As the temperatures drop we begin to turn up the heat, and with oil and gas prices where they are, 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 stove or wood 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.

Also, when hiring a contractor to install your stove, make sure they are licensed or registered. For more information, visit the RI Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board's website.

Original Article: WPRI.COM

Wood Stoves and Inserts are Environmentally Friendly

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 06, 2012

Many believe that fireplaces and wood stoves, even though cozy, may not be great for the environment. But this is not necessarily true. All you need is the right equipment and proper burning techniques.

1. If you have a traditional fireplace, consider a fireplace insert. A fireplace insert is like a wood-burning stove that fits right into your fireplace. EPA-certified models burn 70% more efficiently than an open fireplace.
 
2. Upgrading to new equipment could save you money. If your fireplace insert or stove was made before 1992, you might want to consider a newer, EPA-certified model. These stoves and inserts not only produce less smoke and soot, they're also 50% more efficient than traditional models. So, you'll end up spending less on fuel.
 
3. Burn the right kind of fuel. The cooler your fire, the more particulate emissions and soot it produces. Ensure that your fire is hot enough by using only wood that has been "seasoned" for at least a year, and hard woods burn hotter than soft woods. Most importantly, never burn wet wood. Pellet stoves generally burn cleaner than wood.
 
4. Skip the home chimney-cleaning remedies. For newer model fireplace inserts and stoves, a professional chimney inspection and sweeping about every two years is recommended, or one cleaning for every cord of wood burned. But if you have older equipment, or if you regularly burn wood that isn't properly seasoned, you could end up needing a sweeping much more frequently.

Increasingly more and more homeowners are using pellet stoves and wood burning stoves and inserts as a primary source of heat. For more information on these products, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

www.motherjones.com/environment/2012

Wood Stoves and Fireplace Inserts Add Ambience to the Holidays

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 15, 2012

The cold weather is here and so are the holidays. Wood stoves or fireplace inserts can be installed in your home in time for the December holidays. Add ambiance to your holiday parties, whether with family or friends, a wood burning stove or fireplace insert enhances the atmosphere of your home.

For your holiday get together , there is nothing better than a fire in your living room. But rather than an inefficient fire, improve the efficiency and beauty of your fireplace with a wood burning stove or fireplace insert. Containing the fire, allowing it to burn hotter, and forcing that hot air out into the room not up the chimney, stoves and inserts will better the way you heat your home; and change the way your enjoy your home.

With so many choices, colors and styles, you will be able to find a wood stove or fireplace insert to match your décor and enhance your holidays.

Contact Fireplace Showcase for more information on wood burning stoves and inserts.

Warm up Your Evenings Right Through Spring with a Wood Stove

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interest in wood burning stoves has jumped recently because they have a reputation for being environmentally friendly as well as allowing home owners to “get off the grid”. Despite the mild weather, there is still no better time to buy a wood burning stove or insert.

On the Cape, chilly nights last well through the spring and often into the summer. Wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts can heat your home and bring relaxing warmth to your evenings. Not only will you save money with wood heat, you add a relaxing and comfortable ambience to your home.

Spring is nearly here which means we need to clear out the showroom. And while the weather has been mild, many homeowners are still interested in buying a wood stove or wood burning fireplace insert. But all types of products are on sale. Wood, gas and pellet stoves, inserts and fireplaces have been red tagged so we can sell them and restock.

Come on into Fireplace Showplace, see what wood stoves and inserts we have red tagged, and enjoy your evenings by heating with wood.

How to Decide on a Wood Stove

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 17, 2011

Have you considered heating with wood? In the Northeast, firewood is cheap and available, so wood heat can save you money. Not only do wood stoves give you a reliable source of heat even when the power goes out, it’s also a green option. Wood is a renewable resource.

But deciding which wood burning stove to buy can be tough. There is a huge range of options in sizes, styles and models. So how do you choose the best woodstove for your home?

Wood stove Dealers and Brands

Find a good stove dealer first, then select from that store’s stock. No one can tell you exactly what wood stove to buy; your personal preferences and lifestyle influence the final choice. But a good stove retailer can be a great resource. Look for one who has been in the business for a number of years, heats his or her home with wood, and has burning models in the showroom.
 
Pay attention to wood stove brands. The ideal stove is built by a company with at least 20 years’ experience because it’s more likely to honor the warranty and continue to carry replacement parts.

Contact Fireplace Showcase for help in deciding on a wood stove for your home.

Original article Mother Earth News

Tax Free Weekend and an In-Store Sale Make it the Perfect Time to Buy Wood Burning Stoves and Inserts

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 10, 2011

This weekend is a tax free weekend in Massachusetts, so now may be the best time visit Fireplace Showcase for our In-Store Only specials on wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts.

Many people ask us, “Are wood burning fireplace inserts more efficient than a traditional wood burning fireplace?”  If you have a wood fireplace and you want to save money and energy, a wood burning insert is a perfect solution.
Traditional fireplaces have very low efficiency ratings.  A fireplace insert is an easy and effective way to update the look of your home, but they are also very energy-efficient. They hold the heat inside the fireplace rather than let it escape up the chimney with the draft.

Massachusetts winters are almost synonymous with fires roaring in the living room. But these days, we want our fires to be more efficient and cost effective. Many of the wood burning stoves today have efficiency ratings higher than 80% so it is not difficult to see why wood stoves are so popular. With a modern EPA certified wood stove, a wood burning stove can be very efficient. With all the different styles along with efficiency, for many people a wood burning stove is not just a heating source but a focal point of the room.

So if you want to add beauty and functionality to your home, while making your home more efficient, visit us this weekend in Seekonk, MA for our Tax Free Weekend  In-Store only sale.


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