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Get Your Wood-Burning Stove Ready For Winter

It is almost holiday season! This means it is time to make sure your wood-burning stove is ready to use this winter. Want some tips on preparing for colder weather? Well, The Hearth & Patio Shoppe would like to give you important tips to get this heating appliance ready to go.

Schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection services.Wood-Burning Stove Image - Opelika AL - The Hearth & Patio Shoppe

Many national fire safety organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), recommend that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected at least once a year. This would be done before lighting the first fire of the year. These essential chimney maintenance services will ensure your chimney has no damage or other problems that could possibly cause a chimney fire or a carbon monoxide leak.

During a professional chimney sweeping, the chimney technicians will remove all of the flammable creosote residue from the chimney walls. This is to reduce the risk of a chimney fire. Then, the chimney technicians will inspect the chimney to make sure there are no flue blockages or any other type of damage. Blockages and damage can lead to the poisonous gas, carbon monoxide, leaking into your home!

Only burn seasoned firewood.

You will also want to get your firewood supply for the winter. The CSIA strongly recommends only burning seasoned firewood in your wood-burning stove. This type of firewood has been allowed to dry for at least six months after it has been cut. Since wood has a high moisture content, burning freshly cut wood can cause several problems. Such problems include an accelerated development of creosote and an overproduction of smoke. Seasoned firewood will give you warmer, cleaner, and longer lasting fires without having to use as much wood!

Once you have purchased your seasoned firewood, you will need to store it properly to keep it dry. This means it should be stacked off of the ground. Don’t have a storage shed for your firewood? No worries! You can stack the wood on top of pallets, concrete blocks, or gravel. Cover the top of your stacks of firewood with a tarp, but leave the sides open to allow air to circulate to help to keep the wood dry.

Are you in need a new wood-burning stove this winter? The Hearth & Patio Shoppe offers a wide selection of these appliances from well-known national brands like Regency, Vermont Castings, and Enerzone. Contact us today to find out more about this economical way to heat your home during the coldest months of the year!

We Offer Electric Fireplaces – No Chimney Needed!

Are you looking for a way to provide supplemental heat to your home this winter? If so, you may want to think about an electric fireplace. This choice is especially a great one to make if you would like to be able to move it from room to room. How is this possible? Well, because you can find models of electric fireplaces that are portable! You can even bring one outside to enjoy on your deck or patio. Would you rather have a permanent fireplace? No problem! You can also find electric fireplace styles that look traditional. The Hearth & Patio Shoppe has several different types of electric fireplaces in our showroom from well-known national brands like Dimplex and Amantii. Adding an electric fireplace has several advantages. That’s why we would like to tell you more about how this economical hearth appliance can benefit your family and home this winter.

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Whenever you are dealing with fire, safety is a top priority. There is no internal combustion involved in the operation of an electric fireplace. Therefore, you do not have to worry about safety hazards like carbon monoxide being present. The Hearth & Patio Shoppe also appreciates the longevity of an electric fireplace. According to Dimplex, electric fireplaces have no moving parts that can break down or wear out. So, you can depend on your new hearth appliance to last for years!

Economical Heating

The great thing about electric fireplaces is how energy efficient they are. This is because all of the electricity it uses is converted directly into heat. You will not have to be concerned about wasting energy or money when you turn on your electric fireplace. You will also pay less when it comes to maintaining this type of hearth heating appliance. Since an electric fireplace does not have to be connected to a chimney or other venting system, it does not require an annual chimney sweeping and inspection!

Environmentally Friendly

If you are concerned about the environment, an electric fireplace is a great choice. This method of heating produces no emissions or particulates that create pollution. When you use electricity, you are reducing the consumption of wood and fossil fuels. This helps preserve natural resources!

Are you looking for a way to provide supplemental heat to your home this winter? If the answer is yes, you will find a wide selection of different sizes and styles of electric fireplaces in our showroom! Contact us at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe to find out how we can help you find the right one for your lifestyle.