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Wood, pellet or gas stove

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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Caring for your woodstoves

Your Woodstoves Image - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeWoodstoves provide an excellent source of heat for your home. They’re incredibly efficient, the wood to fuel them is cheap — sometimes as low as the cost of your labor — and they add beauty and ambiance to your home. On top of all of that, woodstoves are also very low maintenance. With regular cleanings and care, your woodstove can serve you well all winter long.

Cleaning and inspection

The most importance piece of maintenance for your woodstove is an annual cleaning and inspection with a certified chimney sweep. Your chimney sweep should not only clear away creosote and debris from your chimney; he or she should check all of the components of your woodstove to make sure they are in good repair and working properly. During your annual woodstove cleaning and inspection, your chimney sweep should be checking gaskets, blowers, catalysts, vent pipes, castings and door glass. Make sure that if your chimney sweep recommends any additional maintenance or part replacement, it is crucial to the safe operation of your woodstove that you have those repairs taken care of before you burn any more fires in your woodstove.

Proper fuel

Between your annual woodstove servicing, you can keep your woodstove in good working order by burning the proper fuel. You know that a woodstove is intended to burn wood only, and burning fully seasoned firewood will keep your woodstove burning hot and efficiently and prevent creosote from building up too rapidly in the chimney. Avoid prefabricated logs, and never put paper or cardboard in the stove, as they can cause the fire to burn too hot, which can put your woodstove in danger of a chimney fire. Never burn garbage or treated wood, as they can emit dangerous chemicals into your chimney and into your home.

Ash removal

One of the most basic pieces of woodstove maintenance you’ll have to perform is ash removal. How frequently you remove ashes from your woodstove will depend on how frequently you use your woodstove. While ashes will need to be removed regularly, avoid the temptation to over clean your firebox; a bed of ashes an inch or so thick can insulate the fire and help you to build a hotter, more efficient fire. When you do remove ashes, use a metal ash shovel and scoop the ashes into a metal bucket with a tight fitting lid.

Glass cleaning

While most woodstoves are designed to create an airflow that clears the glass of soot, the glass can become cloudy from time to time. Cleaning the glass on your woodstove is relatively straightforward: When your stove is completely cooled, use a wet cloth to wipe the inside of the glass. You can dip your rag into the ashes of your fireplace; the ash will serve as a gentle abrasive to clear away difficult spots. Never use a harsh abrasive on your fireplace glass, and never scrape at difficult stains with a razor or other hard object; that can permanently weaken or damage the glass.

And remember that when it comes to caring for your woodstove, the FireSide Hearth & Home fireplace experts are always here to help.

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