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Wood-Burning Stoves: Improve the Energy Efficiency of the Traditional Wood Fire

As the weather is starting to cool down, it is time to make sure the heating system in your home is ready to go. If you have a traditional masonry fireplace, you may be considering updating it to improve the energy efficiency in your home to get more heat as well as to save money on your heating costs. The Hearth & Patio Shoppe can help you make this improvement with a new wood-burning stove.Wood-Burning Stoves Image - Opelika AL - Hearth & Patio Shoppe

We are proud to carry a wide variety of stoves in different styles and sizes from the best brands in the market, including Regency, Vermont Castings, High Valley, and Lopi. While many people think you need a gas-fueled fireplace or stove to be more energy efficient, newer wood-burning stoves are manufactured with the latest technology that allows them to be just as efficient. This is excellent news for people who love the sensory experiences provided by a wood fire. We would like to tell you some tips to remember when shopping for a new wood-burning stove.

Two Types of Modern Wood-Burning Stoves

When deciding on which wood-burning stove is the right one for your home, it is important to know more about the two different types of these heating appliances: catalytic and non-catalytic.

If you will be depending on your new stove to provide the majority of the heat in your home, you will want to focus on catalytic stoves as they are able to burn for longer periods of time. Keep in mind that this type of stove requires more maintenance and can be more expensive and difficult to operate. If you only need supplemental heat, a non-catalytic, wood-burning stove is an excellent choice. Easy to start, operate, and maintain, this type of stove is more affordable, which is perfect for those on a budget.

EPA-certified Stove

While the wood-burning stoves of the past were heavy polluters that produced more smoke than heat, newer models provide more heat with almost no smoke and fewer ashes. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives certification status to wood-burning stoves for being a green way to heat your home. To receive this certification, a stove is limited to producing no more than 4.5 grams of smoke per hour. This is a huge difference from the 15 to 30 grams of smoke typically produced by wood-burning stoves that were made before 1988. As wood-burning technology continues to improve, the EPA is planning to lower its certification standard to 2.0 grams of smoke per hour in the year 2020.

The Space Factor

If you are looking to save money and reduce your consumption of fuel to save energy, The Hearth and Patio Shoppe recommends zone heating, which can be done by installing a small wood-burning stove in your most commonly used room and turning down the thermostat in the rest of your home. If you need to heat your entire home, you will need:

  • a medium-sized stove for smaller homes
  • an energy-efficient mid-sized homes and,
  • larger stove for larger houses with open floor plans.

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Considering updating your traditional masonry fireplace this fall? Contact us at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe to find out more about how a new wood-burning stove can improve the energy efficiency in your home without sacrificing the beauty of a natural wood fire.

Maintain a Stylish Fireplace with Mantel Accessories

As you prepare your home for fall, you may consider updating the look of your hearth area. You want your fireplace to be the focal point of your living room, but its appearance is old and outdated. If you want to make some changes, but unfortunately, a new fireplace unit is not in your budget. You have a more economical option to update your fireplace: stylish mantel accessories.

The Hearth & Patio Shoppe carries a wide variety of fireside accessories from well-known brands like Stoll, Fireside America, and Pilgrim Home & Hearth. We can help you find the best pieces to give your fireplace a new look. We want to tell you more about a couple of mantel accessories that can help you maintain a stylish fireplace.


MaintainaStylishFireplacewithMantelAccessories-OpelikaAL-HearthandPatioShoppeAn economical way to update the look of your fireplace is professionally installing a new set of glass fireplace doors. The Hearth & Patio Shoppe proudly sells and installs a wide variety of doors from Stroll. Whether your tastes are simple, ornate, or modern, you will find a large choice of styles with many different colors and trim accents.

Not only will a new set of glass fireplace doors add beauty and style, but they have other benefits as well. Your home will be safer because of Stoll’s positive latching cabinet mesh doors that protect your children and pets from getting too close to the flames in your fireplace. You won’t have to worry about logs falling out of the firebox and starting an accidental fire. Another benefit of new glass fireplace doors is increased energy efficiency in your home. When your fireplace is not in use, a lot of the climate controlled air in your home escapes out through the chimney, but a set of glass fireplace doors will reduce this loss of air by 99 percent.


Another way to update the look of your fireplace is to place a free-standing screen in front of your hearth. In our showroom at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe, you will find a large selection of different shapes and styles of mesh metal screens that fit any type of home decor. This mantel accessory functions similarly to glass fireplace doors. In regards to safety, the doors keep children and pets at a safe distance from the fireplace. It also stops hot sparks and embers from jumping out of the firebox and landing on the floor, curtains, or nearby furniture and starting an accidental fire.

You will find more types of mantel accessories, including tool sets, hearth rugs, and grates and baskets, in our showroom that can update the look of your fireplace without blowing your budget. Contact us at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe today to find out more information.