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Interested In A Pellet Stove? Use The $1,500 Tax Credit!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 01, 2010

Included in the 2009 Economic Stimulus legislation signed into law by President Barrack Obama on February 17th, 2009, is a 30% (up to $1,500) consumer tax credit in 2009 and 2010 for the purchase of a 75% efficient biomass-burning stove as measured using a lower heating value. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association and the Pellet Fuels Institute, succeeded in their efforts improving the tax credit to promote renewable energy and help consumers fight rising year to year home heating costs.

The pellet stove biomass tax credit provisions in this new legislation contain improvement amendments to the legislation passed back in October 2008. The major changes made were an extension of the credit to 2010 and an increase of the credit from $300 to 30% of the total cost of stove.

Guidelines for determining what pellet stoves meet the efficiency requirements to qualify for the credit are determined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS. The pellet and biomass tax credit took effect January 1st, 2009. These guidelines were released on March 31, 2009, and the credit applies to all qualifying pellet stoves sold in 2009 and 2010. Make sure you contact us soon as this tax credit will only be in effect for a couple more months. So be sure to check out our selection of pellet stoves and take the government up on this terrific offer! Below we have added in a couple important questions that were asked about this tax credit.

Q: What is a federal consumer tax credit?
A: Consumers claim the credit on their federal income tax form at the end of the year. The credit then increases the tax refund or decreases the amount the taxpayer has to pay.

Q: When does this pellet / biomass tax credit go into effect and how long will it last?
A: The pellet tax credit goes into effect January 1st, 2009 and is valid only for the purchase of a qualifying stoves in 2009 and 2010. The sales receipt must indicate that the purchase was made between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.

Q: How does the language in this legislation differ from what was passed in October 2008?
A: The new legislation 1) increases the pellet - biomass tax credit from $300 to 30% of the total cost of a biomass-pellet burning stove, 2) extends the tax credit to purchases in 2010, and 3) measures the pellet-biomass stove’s efficiency based on the lower heating value.

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.

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.

Give Dad The Perfect “Turkey Grillin’ Machine” For Thanksgiving

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 11, 2010

It happens every year.  The turkey owns your oven and you are out of oven spaceThe Fireplace Showcase has your answer.  The XL EGG grill which is large enough to grill TWO 20-lb birds for you this Holiday season.  Maybe you are not doing turkey this year.  The XL EGG will easily do 12 steaks at a time.  She really is a grillin’ machine.  For many years the Large EGG was our most popular size. It has substantial capacity (one 20-lb turkey, 6 chickens, or 8 steaks), but as consumers increased the frequency of their outdoor cooking, they discovered that entire meals could be cooked over the coals. We realized there was a substantial demand for an even bigger EGG so we developed the XL Big Green Egg.

With any great product come customized product accessories.  Be sure to check out our Green Egg accessories to include 3Tier Racks, Flexible Skewers, cookbooks and more.
 
We want to remind you that time is running out on the incredible Vermont Castings rebate offer on all  stove and insert products.  Their product rebates offer (up to $250) expire on October 31st.  And of course, The Fireplace Showcase has a host of discount web coupons ranging from stove purchase discounts to stove and chimney cleaning services.  View them all on our Specials page.  

Eliminate Fire Risk – Get Your Chimney Swept Before Firing Up

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 04, 2010
The Fireplace Showcase cares about you and your family.  Soon the local news will begin to buzz about area home fires that originate in the chimney.  Hopefully those fires remain localized to the chimney, but sadly that is not always the case.  

Our trained, licensed, and professional chimney technicians have knowledge, experience, and the tools to tackle any job, big or small. We sweep, clean, service, install, repair, and inspect all types of fireplace chimneys.  

Of course now is the time to consider replacing that old, inefficient, and dated fireplace.  If you haven’t done so recently, check out our “Fireplaces” section of our website.  There you will find an assortment of beautiful, affordable, and energy efficient fireplaces.  Choose from vent free or vented solutions, natural wood, or pellet stoves and fireplace inserts.

We need you to realize that the cost of chimney service is nominal (as low as $125 and rarely exceeding $200) compared to the damage that an non-maintained chimney can do to your home.  Call The Fireplace Showcase today before you fire-up your fireplace.  The safety of your family depends on it.

Get A “New” Fireplace By Re-Facing Your Old

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

When living in any home for years (or when moving into a new home) certain things about the home will naturally bother you.  For example, that dated fireplace begins to scream at you but your ears tend to tune it out for fear of a huge expense associated with replacing the eyesore.  Acquiring a modern and attractive looking fire place is actually quite affordable with The Fireplace Showcase re-facing products and services.

Re-facing the fireplace involves using different fireplace accessories on the exterior face of the fireplace. Our professionals create a high-end elegant look with marble slabs, a modern look with concrete slabs, or a Craftsman look with small tiles in different shades and complementary woodwork. You can either add a mantel or remove one. You can change the shape or the size of the mantel to provide different proportions to your fireplace. Another option is to sheetrock or plaster parts of the fireplace. If the mass of the fireplace is too much for the room, you can reduce it by adding sheetrock or paneling to the exterior. There are even veneer stone and brick materials that are fairly easy to apply that can give your fireplace a very traditional look.  Finish it off with new fireplace glass doors.

The important thing to remember when re-facing a fireplace is to understand your local code. Combustible materials such as wood mantels and paneling must be kept a certain distance from the firebox (generally 6 inches or more). The building code also limits how far these materials project from the face of the fireplace, how large the hearth extension must be, and so on. Codes vary around the country - it is important to evaluate your project relative to the codes enforced in your area.

This is a good project to invest in if you are unsatisfied with your current fireplace. Let us evaluate your fireplace and give our expert opinion on which option is best for you and your fireplace at home.

Wood Stove Steamers -- Superb Humidifiers And Source For Aromatherapy

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 22, 2010

With winter comes that familiar dry New England air.  Indoor air quality suffers with the house buttoned down tight.  For the health of both your family and delicate wood, think now about how you will keep your home humidified.  Introducing one of THE most practical fireplace accessories on the market today, Wood Stovetop Steamers.

The Fireplace Showcase steamers come in many shapes and sizes; teapots, animals and other shapes. They are also quite easy to use as you simply fill with water and place on the stove. Some people may not like the smell of burning wood.  In that case, simply add potpourri or your choice of spice to the water. Once the steam begins releasing into your home, it will release the sweet smell of fragrance as well.

In some cases, a wood stove steamer is not suitable for heating drinking water. If your intention is to purchase this type of steamer for making tea or other similar reasons, be sure to read the instructions before purchasing.

One of the most notable ideas behind purchasing a wood stove steamer is the decorative value it can add to your kitchen. Due to their wondrous shape and quality, just leave these beauties on the stove for all to see. If you wish to add decor to your kitchen, need that extra humidity for your home or simply wish to entertain guests over a cup of warm tea; a wood stove steamer is what you are looking for. 

Of course, The Fireplace Showcase offers a full range of fireplace accessories to include fireplace glass doors, facing doors, chimney caps, and fireplace wall cabinets.
 

Wireless Remote - Room Temperature and Control Made Easy

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Fireplace Showcase offers a wide range of fireplace accessories that add to luxury, convenience, and economy to your life.  One of the hottest product lines on the market today is Skytech System's fireplace remote control units. Skyteck products put constant control of your fireplace in the palm of your hand. The concept of fireplace remote control is years old but only recently became affordable an affordable fireplace control option.

Indeed, you can control the temperature of any room via the central heating system’s thermostat, however, central heating does not provide the same cozy warmth of a gas fireplace. The central heating thermostat does not target any one specific room. Why heat the entire house when you only really need heat in the den?   Skytech systems empower you to apply targeted heat right where and when you need it.  
 
Simply replace the existing switch on your wall with this wireless system and you'll be able to conveniently control your fireplace within 20 feet of the fireplace.  The Wireless Fireplace Thermostat/Remote system works with any fireplace system whether it your brand new Vermont Castings  fireplace or they system that has served you faithfully for years.  The thermo-safety feature built in to the receiver turn the system off if ambient air temperatures exceed 130 degrees. Use the programmable timer on some models for even added convenience.  

This neat little family of products is one part practical and one part convenience.  The system can pay for itself quickly in decreased energy costs associated with your central heating system. Look at the wide variety of fireplace technologies and accessories sure to add quality to any room in the house.  Contact us today for more information on how you can get started with the Skytech Systems Remote Control system.

Top Quality Wood Mantel Pieces

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 10, 2010

Fireplace mantels are arguably the centerpiece of any fireplace in your home. The mantel is used to store antiques, collectibles, or other personal memorabilia that you would like to share with friends and family. With today's fireplaces, many people opt for a custom fireplace mantel. Here's a look at some of the things you will want to know about a mantel before making a decision.

One of the first things you will want to decide on is what type of style you want in a custom fireplace mantel. We have many different finishes available for all your mantel needs. Not only can you create a one of a kind look with your mantel, but it will also last forever. For a wood fireplace mantel you can choose to use everything from available in Honey Oak, Dark Cherry birch, unfinished oak or birch wood.. The advantage here is in reduced costs. You can also paint the wood to give it a custom look that matches your rooms color scheme as well.

Choosing wood would definitely bring out the beauty of surrounding wooden furniture, the uniformity of it all making it easy on the eyes with continuity throughout the room. Wood mantels have been around since World War I and are still one of the most chosen.

One of our most popular types is the oak mantels. Oak is indeed a superior wood, which brings its outdoor beauty into the home. Because this is a versatile type of wood, it blends nicely with other natural textures. For instance, an oak mantel will go well with a fireplace that has a marble facing. And when it comes to accessories, brass and or wrought iron would just about do the trick.

Fireplace Showcase Tips On Buying A Gas Fireplace

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 03, 2010

For some gas fireplaces have increasingly become a favored choice over traditional fireplaces. They are easy to turn on with the flip of a switch, making them far more convenient to use than wood burning fireplaces. Many gas fireplaces are also available with remote controls and wall thermostats. Gas fireplaces do not require the purchase of wood nor the labor associated with purchase and storage. Avoiding wood piles means avoiding the termite risk that accompanies all wood storage areas. In multiple ways, gas fireplaces are simply a cleaner option.

Gas fireplaces are clean burning, energy efficient, and save the customers money over time. If you prefer liquid propane, The Fireplace Showcase can accommodate either version. Fireplace Showcase offers many models, sizes and styles to all their customers. The small downside however, is even the best ones don't offer the same flame look as a wood fire. But the amount of energy and money you'll be saving might out weigh the loss of the natural aesthetic look.       



There are both direct vent and vent free gas fireplaces available. Direct vent fireplaces use zero-clearance technology, meaning they don't need chimneys or foundations. A direct vent allows all of the combustion gases and moisture to leave your home without all the build up in chimneys. Venting is usually though a wall or roof, allowing for more flexibility than if a chimney was required. They are also easier to install than units with a chimney and give you greater placement options. 



A gas fireplace can be installed anywhere that a gas line is available, both in the middle of a room and along an outside wall. So you can have that traditional fireplace look along the wall, or try for a new sleek modern look in the middle of the room. Fireplace showcase can help with any installation and answer any questions you may have about placement. One last great perk about a gas fireplace is that they are easily maintained. All you need to do is have an annual inspection of the burner, fan, venting, pilot light and thermostat.

Gas fireplaces are not for everyone. The beauty and reward of traditional fireplaces and natural flame is undeniable. So of course, it always comes down to personal preference. Whatever your preference is, The Fireplace Showcase is there to deliver quality and valued solutions that will last a lifetime.