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Heating stoves are a great way to lower home-heating bills while providing proper heat for your home. With a heating stove, you can save money by concentrating your home-heating budget on the rooms you use the most. You can also add duct work to your stove to pipe heat throughout your home. If you’re ready to add supplemental heat to your home with a stove, you’re likely wondering what type of stove is right for you: wood, pellet or gas.

Wood heating stoves

Wood is the traditional choice for hearth appliances. Wood-burning stoves is very popular, especially for homeowners who have access to firewood. While wood is an ancient source of heat, modern EPA-certified wood stoves allow homeowners to use this inexpensive natural resource to heat their home, while implementing technology that allows them to get the maximum amount of heat from their firewood and emits little pollution. Depending on the type of wood stove you choose, you can find a wood stove with high heat efficiency.

Pellet heating stoves

Pellet heating stoves are growing in popularity. They’re an inexpensive home-heating solution, and they provide the look and feel of a wood-burning stove without the labor involved in procuring firewood. Pellet stoves can burn for a day or more without being tended, thanks to hopper systems that automatically feed the fire. They are also an environmental friendly option to heat your homes.

Pellet stoves burn compressed wood pellets that are produced from wood shavings. They also burn agricultural waste such as nut shells, cherry pits, corn or soybeans. Because they burn organic matter, many environmentalists consider pellet stoves to be carbon neutral heat sources. EPA-certified pellet stoves have are highly heat efficient.

Gas heating stoves

Gas heating stoves burn cleaner and more efficiently. They also take little work to maintain while producing great amount of heat. Gas heating stoves are a great addition to a cold room. They can even be wired to a thermostat so the flame adjusts automatically to provide the right amount of heat to your living space.

Gas stoves are incredibly versatile. Direct-vent models can be placed anywhere a vent pipe can be exhausted through an exterior wall or rooftop. Ventless models can be placed anywhere within a home. Gas heating stoves burn cleaner and returns little pollution to the air. Gas stoves are the most heat efficient of all the stoves.

If you’re ready to choose a heating stove to warm a chilly room or lower your home-heating bills with supplemental heat, stop by FireSide Hearth & Home, and our hearth experts will help you find the right type of stove for you.

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Fire Safety Tips for Operating Your Gas Heating Appliance

One of the biggest advantages to gas hearth appliances is safety. Unlike their wood-burning counterpart, there are no popping embers or shifting logs that could start a fire in your home, and no dangerous buildup of creosote in your chimney. But that’s not to say that gas fireplaces, inserts and heating stoves are without there dangers. When you use your gas heating appliance this winter, there are some fire safety tips you should be carefully observing.

Keep Flammable Objects Away From the Fireplace.

There might not be the risk of embers jumping out of the fireplace and igniting nearby objects, but that’s not to say that gas fireplaces can’t burn nearby objects. Many gas fireplaces and stoves put off enough heat to ignite nearby objects. Keep anything flammable, such as curtains, pillows, books and furniture at least three feet away from your gas fireplace.

Use a Fireplace Screen.

You might think that fireplace screens are reserved for wood-burning fireplaces, but they do provide a safety benefit for gas fireplaces, especially if you have an open-hearth gas fireplace. Fireplace screens can stop children or pets from accidentally getting too close to the fireplace. Even with a closed gas fireplace system, a fireplace screen that covers the fireplace doors can remind children of the burn hazard the fireplace presents.

Have your Fireplace and Chimney Cleaned and Inspected by a Professional.

Gas fireplaces and heating stoves, and their chimneys, require annual cleanings and inspections, too. Gas fireplaces can collect dust and clog blowers and fans. Additionally, chunks of ceramic logs break away over time and can impede the functioning of the fireplace. Soot can gather in the chimney and cause corrosion. While an annual cleaning will make sure that your fireplace and chimney are clear of debris that might pose a hazard, your annual inspection will make sure that all components of the fireplace or stove are operating properly and that the appliance and chimney are safe to use for the coming year.

Make Sure our Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms are Working.

While gas heating appliances are incredibly safe, it’s important to take precautions in case of an emergency. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor of your home and in all sleeping areas. Check your alarms at least once every six months to make sure they are functioning properly.

If you’re looking for accessories, like hearth gates and fireplace screens, to improve the safety of your gas fireplace or heating stove — or if you’re searching for a new gas hearth appliance — stop by one of the FireSide Hearth & Home showrooms today! We have everything you need to increase the safety of your gas appliance, as well as a lineup of beautiful, safe and efficient gas hearth appliances.