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Let’s Keep You Safe: Fire Safety in the Outdoors!

As a family-owned and operated local business, we’ve been keeping the Yampa Valley warm and happy since 2002. It’s our mission to be the Steamboat Springs area’s go-to resource for safe, quality products and services, with a personal touch. We love our outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, and we want you to enjoy them as well! Part of enjoying an outdoor fire is knowing how to have one safely. When you’re relaxing in your backyard, we don’t want you to worry about accidentally causing harm to the environment, let alone yourself or others. Knowing safety protocols creates a safer and happier outdoor experience for us all. Let’s keep our fellow Steamboat Springs residents safe, together!

What are Fire Restrictions?

Fire restrictions are in place to help in the reduction of wildfires and fire risk. They can change due to many variables, such as the weather and drought. There are three stages of fire restrictions:

  • Stage One: The first stage occurs when there is an increasing fire danger and/or an increasing preparedness level, and the risks of keeping the forest open to all activities begin to be outweighed by the risks of doing so. Stage I imposes relatively minor restrictions aimed at preventing the start of wildfires based on human activities that are known to be high risk, specifically smoking and campfires.
  • Stage Two: This stage intensifies the restrictions from Stage I by focusing on activities that, although normally managed under permit or contract, have a relatively high risk of causing a fire. Restrictions under Stage II will affect forest users and will have economic impacts on contractors, permittees, and others. Therefore, the decision to move to Stage II will involve a risk/benefit assessment, as well as consideration of economic and social impacts. Stage II prohibits all open flames except gas-fueled devices that can be turned off. Routt County is under Stage II restrictions effective 12:00 pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
  • Stage Three: This stage means closure. Stage three is met when the risks of fire are extremely high. At this point, the social or economic impacts are outweighed by the benefits of virtually eliminating the potential for human-caused fire.

Go to http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html for information on local and federal fire bans. Now that we’ve covered your bases with fire restrictions, we’ll discuss the best practices on how to have an outdoor fire in a safe manner next.

How to Safely Have an Outdoor Fire

If you’re planning on having an outdoor fire, either in a backyard or a wilderness setting, it’s important to be responsible. Ignoring safety regulations could result in financial loss and could end up being deadly. It’s the summer and we all want to have fun, so let’s be safe first!

  • First, consider whether you really need to have a wood fire and if that fire is currently allowed under local or federal fire restrictions.  There are lots of portable gas-fired alternatives to a pile of wood and a blaze that can last for hours. In Routt County, go to https://co.routt.co.us/311/Critical-Emergency-Information for more information about current restrictions.
  • Check the wind conditions. If it is particularly windy, then consider waiting to have that fire.  It becomes difficult to light kindling and high winds could accidentally send sparks nearby dry brush or structures that could potentially ignite and get out of control fast.
  • Don’t light a fire under trees or a building – make sure your fire is out in the open so to not endanger anything nearby. In addition, keep wood chairs well away from the flames. 
  • Always have an extinguisher nearby. Be ready to put out a fire quickly if needed.
  • Never leave a fire unattended. Even if there are just embers in the pit, do not leave it unsupervised.
  • When you are ready to turn in, drench and stir your wood fire – making absolutely certain that the fire and embers are cold. 

Not All Wildfires Are Bad

We’ve become accustomed to seeing larger-than-life wildfire events that have been catastrophic to the environment. The East Troublesome and Cameron Peak wildfires were uncomfortably close and our current season is well underway. However, what if not all wildfires in the outdoors are bad? What if some are intentional? Truth is, some fires in forests are intentional and are done to help create barriers – specifically to set a path for approaching wildfires. This takes away any flammable material, and allows the fire to die out faster.

Intentional fires can also be used to burn off any aggressive vegetation that isn’t suitable for the wildlife in the area. Of course, intentional fires are often conducted by professionals and even intentional fires can get out of hand – such as the intentional fire set in the Brazilian Amazon.

Overall, we hope that you found this article useful and educational. Steamboat Springs is our home; let’s protect the community and one another by staying informed. We want everyone to be safe when they’re outside – by keeping safety in mind at all times, you can help ensure you enjoy any fire that you set outside. Remember, Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace is here for you! Got questions? Call us anytime at 970-879-7962!

Summer Is The Best Time to Inspect & Sweep Your Wood Appliance

You’re celebrating the beginning of summer right now. After the year we’ve all had, we’re looking forward to a few great months of beautiful weather. In between getting a tan at the beach and enjoying a scrumptious afternoon BBQ with your loved ones, take a moment to remember the importance of performing an annual inspection and sweeping of your wood chimney vent. 

So, why is it so important to schedule your annual inspection and sweep this summer? Read on as we delve into all the benefits. 

Sweep Now, Enjoy Later

Whenever warmer weather approaches, it’s hard to redirect your focus from summer activities to the upcoming fall season. However, it’s always a smart idea to think ahead – and that includes ensuring your wood chimney vent is properly inspected and swept, so it’s ready to roll when colder days stream in.

Why should you sweep your wood appliance? And why should you do it now? 

While it’s easy to put the task off until colder weather arrives, if you delay getting it done until fall, you could run into operational issues when it’s time to light the first fire. Also, our labor rates will be increasing August 1  – be safe and save some money, sweep now! 

From avoiding back-drafting of smoke into the house and potential chimney fires to protecting your health and removing any clogs, prepping your wood appliance in advance of the fall season will ensure it functionals at an optimal level. 

Wood burning fireplace

A scheduled sweep will also look out for any problems that may be lingering – such as unwanted leaks or weakened parts that could threaten the integrity of the structure. 

Industry experts state that you should have your chimney inspected once a year. If you are the proud owner of a wood appliance, your chimney can develop sooty buildup during colder months, leading to potentially hazardous situations if not addressed by a professional.  

Getting your chimney swept before fall arrives is a vital part of ensuring you’ll be able to safely enjoy your wood appliance once the weather gets chilly.

How Does the Sweeping Process Work?

When you make an appointment for an annual sweep at Mountain Home Stove and Fireplace, one of our experts will perform a comprehensive inspection of your appliance.

Our certified professionals will assess the gaskets, liner material, clearances, and the condition of the cap and flashing/masonry cap. During the course of the process, our specialist will explain their findings and perform any repairs that may be needed – with your approval, of course. Any findings will be written up in the event that you wish to wait to have repairs done. 

It’s important to get your chimney swept as soon as you can – not only so you can enjoy the rest of your summer without worrying about the winter, but also because our labor rates will increase after August 1st.

Bookings for annual appointments are filling up fast! Give us a call today to schedule your inspection and sweeping, and you’ll enjoy our special summer prices. We want you to be safe and happy this upcoming fall season and that starts with a clean wood appliance.

Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace staff

Break Out the Grill! It’s Summer Time

Perhaps the tastiest time of the year is upon us — grilling season! Time to rev up that beautiful grill of yours, gather round the backyard, and serve some delicious food. 

The grill marks, the smokey flavor, the aroma that makes your whole family hungry — Our mouths are watering just thinking about it. 

Ready to mix things up this summer?

Three BBQ Marinade Combos to Make You Salivate

1. Fajita & Chicken

Make sure your grill is set to 350°F and remember that chicken should always be at least 165 °F inside. Chicken cooks anywhere in between 6 to 8 minutes and can take up to 30 minutes to grill the whole chicken. 

We know a great fajita marinade will liven up the party. This marinade is oh so tasty.

Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef.

Chicken

  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 pounds chicken tenderloins or boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest, from 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8-12 small soft flour tortillas

Fajita Peppers

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large red onion, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

2. Honey Balsamic & Vegetables

Cut up your veggies big enough to not fall through the grill grates, and heat your grill to 350-400°F. This mild marinade brings out the natural taste of the vegetables and gives a kiss of sweet and tangy.

Recipe adapted from Garlic and Zest.

Vegetables

  • 1 medium zucchini cut into 1/2″ half moons
  • 1 medium yellow squash cut into 1/2″ half moons
  • 1 sweet bell pepper cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 cups assorted cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella packed in water cut into 1/2″ chunks
  • 1/4 cup basil thinly sliced into chiffonade

Dressing

  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • grind black pepper

3. Fish & Curry

Get creative with a mild curry marinade that will make your tastebuds sing!

Preheat the grill 400 – 450°F and cook on top of a bed of lemons to help avoid sticking. 

Recipe adapted from Chatelaine.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dark sesame oil
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 4 firm fish fillets , such as catfish or haddock
  • 2-Jan English cucumber
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • pinches salt

And while you’re out enjoying the warm weather…

Give your fireplace some TLC. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, schedule a sweep and inspection. If you have gas appliances, schedule a cleaning and testing. 

Annual maintenance on wood-burning appliances in the off-season saves money — and potentially lives! Keep your home safe and make sure your fireplace or stove is ready for fall.

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

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.

Our Location

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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