Recent Stoves & Fireplaces Articles

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How to Save Money on Home Heating This Winter

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 03, 2015

When the weather turns nippy outdoors, it's nice to feel warm and cozy inside your home. Trouble is, you probably won't enjoy that cozy feeling so much if you're busy worrying about...

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What in the World is a Chimney Balloon?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Mar 12, 2015

On a winter's evening, there's nothing like sitting next to the cozy warmth of a crackling blaze in your fireplace. But what happens when the flames die away? Since cold air moves downward,...

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How to Combat Condensation on Your Windows

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 03, 2015

Oh no! You just installed energy-saving (and expensive!) new windows, and now all of a sudden you see that they’re covered with drops of water. Even worse, this condensation is...

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Is a Gas Fireplace for You?

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 30, 2013

The crackle of flames in a fireplace is especially appealing this time of year. It conjures up images of lounging on comfortable furniture, drinking hot chocolate, and snuggling into...

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Your Fall/Winter Chimney Safety Guide

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 29, 2013

Whether you rely on wood, pellets, or coal for heat, or you just like a blazing fire now and then for the atmosphere, it's time to start thinking about chimney safety, because it's...

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Year Round Pellet Stove Maintenance Tips

Posted by Cris Carl | Dec 17, 2012

Pellet stoves are a great way to save energy and money, but they must be maintained properly. Unlike a wood stove, pellet stoves are operated electrically and have circuits and moving...

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Keeping the Home Fire Burning, Safely

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Jan 03, 2012

A fireplace can provide ambiance, warmth and a bit of style to a home. It can also be a liability if not properly maintained or operated. For instance, the tragic Christmas fire in...

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The Fiery Hazards of Home Heating

Posted by Philip Schmidt | Dec 19, 2011

According to a recent report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 1 in 5 home fires in 2009 were caused by home heating equipment. This puts heating at a very...