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Why It’s Important to Sweep Your Chimney and Inspect Your Wood Stove During the Summer

While the weather remains chilly, you still get to enjoy the cozy blaze of your wood stove and fireplace. When summer comes, you’ll be moving your fireside gatherings backyards, of course. Don’t forget to give your indoor fireplace some summertime love! This is the season to sweep your chimneys and wood stoves before getting into seasonal use again.

Let’s talk about how to get your chimney and wood stove ready in the summer for seasonal use. 

Why is sweeping your chimney and inspecting your wood stove so important during the summer?

Sweeping your chimney and taking a careful look at your wood stove or fireplace during the summer in preparation for the colder seasons is important for several reasons. We know that it’s only April, but with our chimney sweeping specials coming this June, you’ll want to start thinking about it now. Avoid waiting in line in the fall and save money too!

The biggest reason you should sweep – prevent chimney fires 

The biggest reason is safety. Sweeping your chimney removes any combustion residues from operating your stove in the low emission mode or low-burn. Over time, a chimney gets clogged with something called creosote – a tar-like substance that forms as a result of burning wood. This becomes very combustible and only a small amount can become flammable. Removing creosote build up is important as a preventive measure, as it protects your home from potential danger that may arise if there are highly combustible products left in the chimney.

By not sweeping, you’re running the risk of a chimney fire. No one wants this to happen, as it can be dangerous and expensive to repair if you even have a house left standing. 

Keep in mind that chimney fires can spread very fast.

What about health problems?

Cleaning the chimney also reduces restrictions in the venting that could reduce the efficiency of your stove or, in the worst case, cause back-drafting of smoke into the house when you feed the fire. If your stove back-drafts, you are breathing in the fumes from the burning wood. This compromises your oxygen supply to the brain, which in the worst case scenario can be fatal. It can also cause nausea, dizziness, fainting, and headaches. 

Prevents Smoke Damage

Another product of inefficient wood burning can be soot. Back-drafting of wood smoke into the room can leave black soot anywhere it goes. Walls, carpet, furniture. All could have permanent stains as a result of not cleaning your chimney. 

Wood Stove Efficiency

When our certified chimney sweep cleans your chimney, he will also inspect the gaskets, lining and internal bits of your stove or fireplace and let you know if something needs to be replaced or repaired. If we don’t stock the necessary materials on our trucks, our service department will provide a prompt estimate of repair cost and material availability. When gaskets degrade, combustion air will come from around the glass or door, causing sooting on the glass and uncontrolled air to the combustion chamber, effectively reducing the efficiency of your wood appliance. Broken bricks, lining or other internal pieces of your appliance also impact the performance of your wood-burning stove or fireplace.

To find out more about chimney and wood stove sweeping, call now and ask! Reserve your appointment for peace and mind before seasonal use. 

10 Reasons to Opt for an Electric Fireplace

Electric fireplaces serve as an excellent alternative to traditional gas or wood fireplaces. Think about it: they require minimal maintenance, are cost-effective to install and don’t call for any chimney cleaning or wood chopping.

Customers often ask our experts why they should opt to purchase an electric fireplace.

Here are 10 reasons an electric fireplace is a beneficial addition to your cozy home. 

They’re Incredibly Realistic

Over the years, electric fireplaces have undergone an impressive evolution. The first few iterations of electric fireplaces on the market were – well, let’s just say less-than-impressive. 

The artificial “flames” and glowing embers looked completely unrealistic. Some models even used red ribbons blown by a fan to simulate the sparking, dancing flames! 

Today, however, advancements in technology and electrics have completely transformed the look and feel of electric fireplaces. 

Most use a technology that includes LED lights reflecting off rotating metal strips for incredible and colorful 3D effects. The realism is so sophisticated, making for a gorgeous addition to any home. 

Powerful Heating Abilities

Unbeknownst to many, an electric fireplace has the ability to adequately heat most rooms up to 400 square feet. If you have an area in your home that could use a little supplemental heat, an electric fireplace is a cost-effective and visually appealing solution. 

Just keep in mind, there are several variables that ultimately impact the amount of heat needed to create a snug and comfortable space – including factors like the age of the home, type of construction, what condition the home is in, the size of windows and doors, insulation levels, orientation to the south, prevailing winter wind direction and geographic location. 

The heating element in most electric fireplaces is up to 1800 watts or 5000 BTU of heat, enough for a small or moderately sized area while still able to use a standard 110 volt/20 amp circuit.

Low Operational Costs

The costs associated with operating an electric fireplace are very reasonable and affordable.  

With the heat turned off, an electric fireplace can operate for mere pennies per day. When the heating element is turned on, costs will be contingent upon elements like how many hours you operate your fireplace daily and what you’re paying for electricity. 

A dime a day, without the heating element on is fairly common. With the heat turned on, you can anticipate paying somewhere between $1.00 — $2.50/day.

No Pipes, Maintenance or Safety Concerns

Unlike gas fireplaces, which require a vent pipe, and wood fireplaces/stoves, which require a chimney, no venting is needed with an electric fireplace. 

Without vents or chimney pipes in the picture, you’ll enjoy lower up-front equipment costs as well as a wider range of installation options to choose from. 

What’s more, there’s virtually no maintenance required, apart from occasionally cleaning the glass. 

The glass on wood and gas equipment can get dangerously hot – which may be hazardous with toddlers in the house. With an electric fireplace, however, the glass does not get exceptionally hot. 

Multiple Media Options Available

Media options refer to the materials that enhance the flames and lighting effects of the fireplace. In the past, this feature was limited to choosing the aesthetic of the logs used. 

Today, however, there’s a myriad of visually-appealing options available to customize the look of your electric fireplace. 

Glimmering fire glass, for example, comes in a diverse selection of colors, transforming the fireplace into a contemporary work of art. 

When it comes to log varieties, birch, oak, driftwood, or charred logs can be leveraged to achieve a more traditional look. You also have the option of mixing together different colors and logs to create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind appearance.

Dozens of Shapes & Sizes

There are countless options to select from when it comes to the size and shape of your ideal electric fireplace. 

From traditional sizes that’ll add a touch of style to your living room to dimensions that are designed for an insert into an open wood-burning fireplace, there are a plethora of options at your disposal. Corner, see-through, and free-standing stove models are all available for specialized projects too.

Easy Remote Control Access

With an easy-to-use remote control, operating an electric fireplace is effortless. If you can change channels, mute and adjust the volume on your TV, you’ll find it simple to navigate these types of remote controls. 

The remote is utilized for turning the heat on and off, increasing or decreasing the brightness of the lighting effects or the liveliness of the flame pattern and adjusting the spectrum of color emitted.

Appealing Special Effects

If you’re seeking to create a more contemporary look, the special effects of today’s electric fireplaces are truly outstanding. 

The spectrum of colors available for the glistening fire glass is mesmerizing to watch – especially when treating yourself to a little R&R. Remember, you can simply turn off the heat with a click of the remote and enjoy your “moving wall art” year-round!

They Can Be Used Year-Round

One benefit that homeowners enjoy, is the fact that an electric fireplace can be used at any time of year – including the summer months. 

You can create an alluring ambiance and beautiful effects by simply switching the heat off on your remote control. This will allow you to enjoy that special feeling and atmosphere created by your electric fireplace year-round, not just during the chilly winter season.

Unsurpassed Versatility

The ease and versatility of installation one of the many reasons homeowners opt to purchase an electric fireplace. 

With no fuel to burn, no chimney upkeep and no need for a vent pipe, an electric fireplace can be installed anywhere throughout your home. What’s more, electric fireplaces can be mounted, hung from a wall or recessed into a wall – depending on your unique design preferences. 

From the bathroom to the dining room to the master bedroom, there’s no shortage of opportunities to add style and value to your home. All that’s required to get up and running is an appropriately-sized electrical supply. 

Have a design in mind for installing an electric fireplace?

We’d love to help bring your vision to life! Call us today to get started: 970-879-7962

7 Ways to Ignite Your Inspiration & Update Your Fireplace

Do you feel like your fireplace is a bit outdated with its retro-style design? Does it need a little facelift to freshen up its visual appeal? There’s a multitude of options available for updating and modernizing your fireplace – regardless of your budget. All you need is a bit of ingenuity and creativity. 

Here are 7 ideas to help ignite your inspiration when it comes to upgrading the look of your fireplace.

1 | Spark a New Flame With a Fireplace Insert

If your old, open wood-burning fireplace is in bad shape, a torrent of cold air is streaming through the hearth, or you simply want to improve its overall efficiency, an insert is a perfect solution. .

Modern inserts improve efficiency by an estimated 50 to 70 percent and furnish your masonry fireplace with an appealing and modern touch. They’re installed inside your fireplace’s firebox, and exhaust vent is installed inside your existing chimney. Gas, electric and pellet-fueled inserts can be remote-controlled for optimal functionality and safety.

2 | Find Your Perfect Match: Fire Screen Style

Changing your fire screen is not only simple, but it can completely transform the look and feel of your fireplace. 

With plenty of versatility available, you can opt for a basic, cost-effective model, or elect to customize your fire screen by adding your own personal touch. When it comes to style and coloring, there are endless options for designing an aesthetic that accommodates your taste preferences and lifestyle. 

3 | Burn Brightly By Upgrading Your Mantel and Hearth

The mantel and hearth can greatly contribute to the final look of your fireplace. And the good news? There’s plenty of room to exercise creativity when it comes to selecting the design materials. 

Choose from a concrete hearth for a contemporary style, a metal one for an industrial feel, or a wooden one for a more rustic and traditional style. Also, mantels are no longer made only of wood – cast concrete, textured and painted to look amazingly like wood, or contemporary metal – can safely add a design feature to your room’s main focus and still be able to have a TV or artwork above.

Always double-check your municipality’s security regulations regarding fireplaces, especially if you are using flammable materials, such as wood, to build your hearth or mantel. Many experts specialize in building fireplace mantels, but if you’re good with your hands, there’s nothing preventing you from taking on a little DIY project of your own. 

4 | De-light-full Decorating for Your Fiery Friend

The simple act of adding or changing up the decor around your fireplace is enough to furnish the space with a whole new look. From hanging a few vibrant paintings above the mantel to switching up the decor sitting atop or around the fireplace are effective ways to create visual appeal and spruce up the overall feel of your living area. 

5 | Rekindle the Flame Surrounding the Unit

Sometimes, it’s not the fireplace itself that needs a little makeover, but rather, it’s the space surrounding it. An easy place to start? Consider repainting the wall behind your fireplace using a modern or vibrant shade – ultimately serving as an accent wall for your space. 

If your fireplace and its vent are behind the wall, you can utilize wood or ceramic tiling to refurbish the area. Additionally, adding a shelf (or several shelves adjacent to the mantle) is a smart and stylish way to introduce some depth to your space. 

Another idea to consider is installing a built-in bookcase that resides on each side of your fireplace. Opt for a custom-built design or a more wallet-friendly option that’ll create the illusion of sprawling shelves lined with books. For the DIYers, you can also accomplish this look by installing two prefabricated bookcases that use moldings to seal the pieces to the wall and ceiling. 

This technique will make it appear as if the bookcases were built directly off of the wall. If you have existing moldings on the ceiling, use the same kind to “connect” the top of the bookcases to the ceiling, making the illusion all the more perfect.

6 | Achieve New Fahrenheits: The Fireplace Façade 

Switch up your fireplace façade to invoke a more modernized and clean design. A popular and painless solution for brick and stone exteriors is to simply repaint the surface area. As a best practice, make sure to thoroughly clean the surface before grabbing a paintbrush and diving in. 

We recommend using a wire brush to dispose of any filth or grime that’s weaseled its way into the smaller nooks and crannies of the exterior. Once clean, apply a suitable primer to the brick or stone before applying a few coats of heat resistant paint.

Another option to consider is covering up a brick fireplace with decorative stone. These fake stones can easily be installed directly over brick using tile cement, and they have the capacity to create a number of different design aesthetics. 

If your gas fireplace has a gold façade that doesn’t blend in with your decor, sand it down with fine-grit sandpaper and apply heat resistant paint. Consult with a specialist before taking on such a project to make sure the products you use are appropriate and safe for a fireplace.

7 | Fuel Your Chimney Wall Creativity

Consider the wall above your fire as a blank canvas on which you can let your creativity run free. Use unique ceramic tiles to give it a particular style, or wood to give it a more rustic feel. Note that all fireplaces have clearance to combustible requirements that you need to research before adding wood above it.

Venture off the beaten track and match two materials for a unique, one-of-a-kind look. For example, install a few rows of black tile, followed by a few rows of wood, and so on. Let your imagination run wild, or hit the internet to find inspiration online.

Exercise Safety When Embarking on a New Project

No matter what method you ultimately use to update your fireplace, it’s always best to consult with an expert before you begin working on or around your unit. Why? It serves as a preventative measure to ensure you’re approaching the project using the right materials and techniques, while also complying with your area’s safety regulations. Once you have the green light, the floor is yours to get creative and design a look that satisfies your desired aesthetic.

Add a Touch of Style By Accessorizing Your Fireplace

Having a fireplace in the living room creates such joy and warmth for your family, right? It’s effective at keeping toes toasty and it can hold a fiery blaze for several hours. However, lately, you feel like it’s beginning to look a little blasé. Womp womp.

The good news is, there are always ways to revamp your fireplace and ensure it adequately reflects your lifestyle. 

So, what are your options when it comes to spiffing up your fireplace? Here’s a look. 

Operational or Not?

If you currently have a functioning fireplace, it’s important to be cognizant of any combustibles nearby.

You must maintain a safe distance between the heat of the dancing flames and any decorations, updates, or changes that are made to the fireplace. For safety’s sake, any wood trim, knick-knacks, fabrics, etc. that could be flammable, should be kept away from the fire for optimal protection. 

If you live in a home with an old, non-working fireplace, accessorizing it will fall more into the ‘decorating’ category.  You will not need to be concerned about objects getting too hot and igniting, since there are no dangerous flames around. 

Functional Fireplaces

If you use your fireplace for heating purposes, or just an occasional recreational fire, odds are you already have a few accessories that help simplify the process and make your life easier.  Tool sets with pokers, brooms, shovels and tongs, gloves, ash buckets, fire safety screens, fatwood fire starters, and grates are all ideal accessories for maximizing how you use and interact with your fireplace. 

Updating an operational wood-burning fireplace with an EPA-certified insert has blossomed in popularity over the years.  An insert not only furnishes your fireplace a new aesthetic, but it also increases efficiency ten-fold over old, open burning fireplaces.

The takeaway? If you’re planning on giving your wood fireplace a little facelift, you should seriously consider an insert as a solution. There are wood, gas, electric, and pellet inserts available. 

Another area that you can update is the mantle and hearth. The mantle, often made of wood, is mounted a safe distance above the opening of the fireplace. There are numerous styles to choose from, including a variety of wood species. From the rustic barn beam or log look to more traditional and contemporary mantles, our experts are on hand to help bring your design vision to life. And, we can help with the necessary clearance requirements for mounting a new mantle on your existing fireplace. You can also select a cast concrete mantel that provide very close clearances to the top of your fireplace – and these look just like wood!

The hearth includes the space in front of the fireplace responsible for protecting the floor from unwanted embers or sparks escaping. As a best practice, get in the habit of checking your local building codes and/or manufacturer’s requirements before making any final selections. In general, however, most require a minimum of 16” or 18” in front and 8” to either side of the fireplace door opening.

We’ve said it before and it bears repeating…when it comes to clearance requirements for wood-burning equipment: more is better! If the minimum requirement is 18”, go with 24” for maximum safety. Another benefit from a two-foot-deep hearth: no more burns and chars on the flooring in front of the fireplace doors! Plus, a larger hearth makes clean-up a bit more convenient.

Non-Functioning Fireplaces

If your fireplace is non-operational, and you do not want to repair and/or replace it, the mantle and hearth ‘makeover’ described above are certainly attractive options to consider. 

Many homeowners opt to mount a mirror above the mantle with a sconce on either side to highlight photos and mementos peppered across the ledge of their mantle. Accent lights from an adjacent wall, or fish-eye spotlights installed in the ceiling, can also be used to spotlight specific items on your mantle.

Additional Considerations When Accessorizing Your Fireplace

When it comes to enhancing the style of your non-working fireplace, there’s also the option of painting it. All you’d have to do is give it a thorough scrub down before painting the inside for a fresh, clean look.

Decorative screens are always an option when it comes to adding a nice touch to your hearth.  In a non-operational fireplace, stack up cut wood on a grate (white birch looks great!) for a touch of realism, or decorate the fireplace with candles, baskets, or other items of interest.

Another option for upgrading the look of a brick fireplace is to reface it with a cultured stone.  All this requires is for you to cover up the old, outdated, and dirty brick with a cultured stone product. There are dozens of options available with cultured stone and lots of color combinations. Or, if a more contemporary look is more your style, there are many tile, marble, stainless steel, and metal options available as well. This type of project is not only popular but worth the investment.

Our team has lots of experience making dream renovations happen. We’re here to help you from the beginning, as you start to look at your options, and throughout the process.

Fireplace Tips to Help You Make the Most of the Winter Season
Fireplace Tips to Help You Make the Most of the Winter Season

Ahh…the crisp aroma of the fresh winter air has arrived. As the chilly months roll in, you’ll likely want to curl up with a good book or cup of hot chocolate beside your cozy fire. Whether your fireplace, stove or insert is fueled by gas, wood or pellets, the goal is to ensure you make the most out of the season without running into any hiccups.

Here are some troubleshooting tips, as well as some insight on how to ignite the perfect blaze. 

Why Won’t My Stove or Fireplace Ignite?

Pellet Stoves & Inserts

If you own a pellet stove, regardless of its age, the owner’s manual should be a close friend of yours! Regular operating and maintenance procedures are spelled out in the manual and an essential troubleshooting section will be noted in the contents.

Today’s pellet stoves and inserts have sophisticated control boards that have the capacity to self-diagnose and troubleshoot. Among other things, this board will monitor heat and pressure sensors, temperature devices, fans, combustion air and other electrical components.

Ignition for pellet stoves and inserts is automatic, with a majority of appliances igniting within 5 to 15 minutes of pushing the start button or a call for heat from a thermostat. During the ignition sequence, it’s normal to see a bit of smoke in the firebox – this will clear and be pulled through the exhaust system once the fire has started.

Electrical and mechanical components can and do fail from time to time.  Here are some of the more common reasons for pellet stoves not igniting.

  • Power Supply: First, ensure the stove is plugged into the wall and the outlet is ‘hot’.
  • Pellet Supply: Are there pellets in the hopper?  An auger delivers pellets from the hopper to the burn pot or platform. If the stove has been run dry, it will take a few minutes for the auger to move enough pellets to the burn pot for ignition.
  • Dirty Burn Pot: Pepper-fine ash can quickly accumulate in the burn pot, causing a buildup of dirt. If it’s not routinely cleaned out, holes in the burn pot will become clogged, and there will not be enough combustion air to ignite the pellets during the start-up sequence.
  • Ignitor Issues: If there is no voltage in the ignitor, the culprit could be a bad fuse.  Make sure the stove is in start-up mode before attempting to ignite it once more. If it still won’t light, the control board or ignitor may be faulty and will need to be replaced.
  • Pressure Sensor: This probe measures the pressure in the exhaust system. Without the right degree of pressure, your stove won’t vent properly – as a safety precaution, this probe prevents the unit from lighting. In this case, check the exhaust ports or venting system to ensure there are no obstructions and the entire pathway is clear. If the vent pipe is blocked, it may need to be cleaned or perhaps it was not installed correctly.
  • Jammed Auger: If the auger is jammed or the motor has failed, no fuel will be carried to the burn pot. You will need to free-up the auger or replace the motor to eradicate the issue – which will require the help of a professional. 
  • Back Draft: This might occur on a very windy day or under unusual weather circumstances. An improper vent profile or termination of the vent pipe may need to be corrected.

Wood Fireplaces, Stoves & Inserts

Most ignition problems with wood-burning appliances can be attributed to one of two factors: a poor wood supply or an inadequate air supply.  

  • Blocked or Dirty Chimney: It is crucial to get your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Clogged or dirty chimneys are extremely dangerous – they can trigger unwanted chimney fires and hinder the draft velocity from your stove or fireplace by reducing air volume.
  • Insufficient Draft: Make sure the damper is fully open and any excess ash that’s present is removed. Certain weather conditions such as strong winds, severe cold or high atmospheric pressure can cause drafting difficulties. In extreme cases like this, it may help to keep the stove door slightly ajar until the fire and coal bed is well established. If you suspect your home may be suffering from negative air pressure, try opening a window to allow more combustion air to the fire. This technique should help get a draft established. 
  • Cold Chimney Flue: If your chimney is very cold, lighting a fire can be rather difficult.  Since cold air is heavier than warm air, a cold chimney may prevent warmer air and smoke from being pulled up the chimney. Sometimes, a paper torch can be held at the top of the firebox to increase warmth and get a draft established. We carry a shaved wood product that can help in these instances. 
  • Oversized or Damp Logs: If your logs are damp, they aren’t able to adequately catch fire. Firewood should be dried for at least a year before being used. We can measure your wood’s moisture content during a regular sweep if necessary.
  • Chimney Is Too Short: If your chimney is too short, it will prevent a proper drafting, causing smoke to back up into your home. To adhere to regulations, your chimney must be 3 feet above your roof and 2 feet higher than any object within a 10-foot radius of its location.

Gas Fireplaces, Stoves or Inserts

Today’s direct vented gas fireplaces are designed to be more reliable, safe and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. Gas can be dangerous, and if there’s an issue you don’t feel comfortable correctly yourself, just give us a call and we’ll send an expert out to assist you. Here are a few reasons why a gas fireplace may not start.

  • Pilot: If the pilot knob on the gas valve is in the ‘off’ position, relight it (see our blog on lighting a pilot). If your fireplace has an Intermittent Pilot Ignition (IPI) system, make sure the batteries are working properly and your switch is in the IPI position. Occasionally, a wind gust can extinguish the pilot light.  With an IPI system, if the pilot flame does not make the correct contact with the flame rectification sensor on the pilot assembly, the burner will not ignite.
  • Thermopile/thermocouple: A small amount of soot, dust, or cotton-like spider webs can prevent the these devices from generating enough voltage to keep gas flowing to the pilot assembly. If you cannot get it lit or it will not maintain a blue flame, it may need to be replaced.
  • Gas Supply:  If applicable, ensure your propane tank has enough gas. Check that valves in the supply line to the appliance are open. Valves are open when the handle is parallel to the gas line.
  • Gas Pressure: If your supply line is too small, bent or kinked, it can prevent an adequate volume of gas to reach the appliance.
  • Thermostat Setting: If your fireplace, stove or insert uses a remote or a wall thermostat, make sure the thermostat setting is higher than room temperature before trying to light your fire.
  • Batteries: Always check to make sure your batteries aren’t dead. If you find yourself changing out batteries on a frequent basis, consult your owner’s manual. Some manufacturers specify certain types of batteries for optimal performance. If you have a standing pilot appliance and a remote control, there will be batteries in two locations.
  • Burner Orifice: If the main burner orifice is clogged, fuel will be unable to pass through, and a fire won’t ignite.  Call us to help!
  • Glass: If the glass is off or incorrectly installed, your fireplace, stove or insert may not ignite. Avoid using a gas fireplace where the glass isn’t positioned properly.
  • Wiring: If you’re cleaning dust, dirt, or pet dander underneath your fireplace or insert, be careful not to damage or detach wires.

Properly maintaining your equipment and recognizing when something isn’t quite right will keep it operating correctly and safely. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and let an expert diagnose and eradicate the issue. By doing so, you will enjoy many memorable moments next to a warm, comforting fire in the days and weeks ahead.

What’s the Best Type of Wood to Burn?

Hardwood Vs. Softwood

A key distinction between the two lies in the density of the wood. Hardwoods are higher in density than their softwood counterpart – and as a result, will burn for a longer duration. Softwoods, on the other hand, ignite quicker. Oak, maple, hickory, walnut and ash are all popular species of hardwoods, while common softwoods include cedar, Douglas fir, spruce, aspen, and red and white pine.

While hard and soft woods have roughly the same BTU head content (from a pound for pound perspective), because softwood is less dense, it requires a sizable pile to equal the same amount of weight as hardwood.

What Does the Wood Drying Process Look Like?

Wood is essentially defined by a series of long cell cavities that run the entire length of a tree.  

Within these cell cavities is water, which nourishes the tree with nutrients, allowing it to grow. Once a tree is cut down, a very slow process of drying begins as the water starts evaporating.  It’s easier for this moisture to evaporate when the wood is not only cut, but split as well. Wood dries quicker through the side grain being exposed than just through end grain cuts.

A dry log will be noticeably lighter than a wet or “green” log of the same size and species. The wood should be left to season in the sun and wind until the moisture content is below 25% – which can be measured with a moisture meter. Where you’re located geographically will ultimately impact how long the drying process takes. Generally speaking, however, we recommend leaving it to dry for about a year then covering it or storing where moisture cannot impact it once it has cured. 

Today’s EPA-certified stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and inserts will not perform as designed if the wood used is not properly seasoned. Sure, the log will eventually burn, but a vast amount of energy will be consumed and wasted on drying out the wood before it truly ignites into a cozy blaze.

There are other factors to be concerned about when burning wood that’s too green. The glass on your insert or stove will blacken. More importantly, smoke from the chimney means that tars and other by-products from combustion will cause creosote to form in the chimney.

Bringing It All Together

So, with that being said, what’s the best type of wood to burn? The answer is simple: DRY wood is always best. DO NOT cut wood and burn it today, or tomorrow or next month. Cut it, split it, stack it, cover it from the rain and snow and leave it for one year. Try to get a year ahead with your wood supply. I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s critically important to burn dry wood.

With chilly months ahead of us, we hope these tips will help you stay warm and snug throughout the season!

Why choose us?

“Whether you are looking for a contemporary gas fireplace or rustic wood stove, we have plenty of options for you to choose from. With over 18 years of experience under my belt, I can confidently guide you in selecting the right fireplace for your home or business.” –Wolf Bennett, Owner

About Us

A family-owned and operated local business, Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace has been keeping the Yampa Valley warm and happy since 2002. Our mission is to be the Steamboat Springs area’s go-to resource for safe, quality products and services, with a personal touch.

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Address: 2620 S. Copper Frontage Rd Unit 6b, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(Between Kitchen Perfection &
Granite Haus off highway 129/Elk River Rd.)

E-Mail: mountainhomestove@gmail.com

Phone: 970-879-7962


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