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How to Clean Glass Windows on Your Fireplace or Stove
How to Clean Glass Windows on Your Fireplace or Stove

Who doesn’t love the warmth and aesthetic appeal of a cozy blaze? Throughout the year, it’s important to give the glass on your fireplace, stove, or insert a little scrub-a-dub-dub to keep it clean. Like many, you may be surprised to discover that cleaning your fireplace glass requires more than just a spritz of window cleaner and a quick wipe down. 

In fact, cleaning your glass comes with its very own set of do’s and don’ts – and by following these tips, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in the process. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Type of Glass Is It?

Unlike the window you gaze out of while enjoying your morning cup of Joe, your fireplace uses one of two different types of glass: tempered or ceramic. Why? Because these materials were designed to weather high temperatures. Of the two, however, ceramic glass can adapt quicker to thermal changes and withstand exposure to higher temperatures. On average, ceramic glass can hold up against temperatures of 1000°F.

Ceramic glass is typically found on wood-burning stoves, high-quality meant-to-heat fireplaces, inserts, and gas models containing large burners or elevated levels of heat output. For regular gas fireplaces or fireplaces designed to be more for ambiance than heat, you can expect to be dealing with tempered glass. You may also find tempered glass on wood-burning fireplaces crafted with bi-fold doors. 

Both types of glass require routine upkeep in order to remove dirt and soot and safeguard your unit from sustaining unwanted damages. Unless you’re looking to get slapped with a $200-$300 bill to replace your ceramic glass (we hope not), you’ll definitely want to show your glass a little TLC. 

Are You Using the Correct Type of Cleaner?

This isn’t like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where Windex is the answer for everything. Instead, we encourage you to visit our showroom, where we’ve stocked up on glass cleaners designed for both wood-burning units and gas appliances. Using the correct cleaner is a cost-effective solution that’ll make cleaning substantially easier, while ensuring your wallet is protected from paying for unnecessary repairs. 

Keep The Owner’s Manual Handy

While we love creativity, there’s no need to improvise under these circumstances – simply follow the directions provided in your owner’s manual and on the glass cleaner. Make sure to cushion any glass that is removed by placing it gently on top of an old towel.

For gas fireplaces, the cleaner will closely mimic car wax. Essentially, all you’ll need to do is rub on the recommended amount and polish it off using a soft, clean rag. When cleaning any wood-burning appliances, we suggest placing newspapers or rags under the door. Because most glass cleaners for wood-burning units come in a spray form, you’ll want to protect the surrounding floor area while you’re wiping down the glass. Otherwise, soot, dirt, and cleaner may drip down the surface of the glass and onto your floors. 

Reserve Scraping for Cleaning Your Icy Vehicle

Using any kind of blade or sharp edge to clean your ceramic glass will wind up damaging its surface. This style of glass is coated with microscopic polycrystalline structures that will chip, peel, or be completely stripped away by a razor blade. So, close up the “sharp objects” section of your tool box and adhere to the guidelines found on your glass cleaner. 

Is Cleaning a Must?

We all have hectic schedules with plenty of errands and chores already on our to-do lists. So, you may be asking yourself why bother cleaning the glass when soot is going to find it’s way back onto the surface again. This question can really be applied to most chores and cleaning habits we perform on a regular basis. For example, why make the bed if you’re just going to get back in it? However, like most maintenance-related activities, keeping the glass on your fireplace, stove, or insert clean will ensure you fully experience the beauty and ambiance of the fire. It’ll also help lengthen the lifespan of your unit.  

Just like cleaning your car windshield, which vastly improves your vision while out on the road, soot-free glass on your wood or gas appliance will create an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere.

How to Light a Pilot Light Gas Fireplace Stove
How to Light a Pilot Light

There’s nothing cozier than curling up by your fireplace or basking in the warmth of your stove on a chilly night. In order to indulge in the pleasant blaze, however, you need to understand how to light a pilot light and prepare your fireplace for the upcoming cold season. 

As the winter season approaches, it’s incredibly important to make sure your stove and fireplace are working properly. No chilly bare feet allowed here – only toasty, snug ones. A gas fireplace or stove makes keeping your home at a comfy temperature easy. 

Is your fireplace ready for winter?

A majority of natural or propane-gas stoves and fireplaces have a standing pilot light — a small flame that continues to burn even while your unit isn’t actively in use. While this feature allows homeowners to quickly and conveniently start their fireplace or stove on a frigid day, many people opt to turn off their pilot light during warmer weather in an effort to conserve gas. 

To help get your home warmed up once again, here is a step-by-step guide on how to light your pilot light.

Step #1: Start by locating the gas valve on your fireplace or stove (or water heater). If you take a look at the bottom, usually behind a louver or screen, the pilot lighting instructions are typically located in this area.

Fireplace or Stove Gas Valve Pilot Light

Step #2: Set the main burner switch, thermostat, or remote control to “OFF.” Turn thermostats down below room temperature to ensure the unit doesn’t call for heat. 

Step #3: Locate the gas shut off valve located on the gas line of the unit and confirm that it is in the “ON” position. When on, the valve’s handle will be in line with the gas pipe; when off, the handle is perpendicular to the gas line.

Step #4: Next, locate the gas control knob, which you can find on the gas valve. The knob will contain 3 markers: Off, Pilot and On. You will also see a hatch mark or arrow on the valve body – you will line up the markers on the knob with that arrow. In the picture above, the mark is to the left of the OFF mark. This means the gas valve is set to off.

Step #5: Locate the pilot ignition/sparker button – it’s typically cylindrical in shape, and often red in color. You should be able to push it in and hear/feel a click.

Step #6: Turn the Gas Control Knob to the Pilot position by pushing it in and rotating it until the word, “PILOT” lines up with the appropriate mark.

Step #7: Push the Gas Control Knob in – you should hear the hiss of gas – and hold it in while pressing the igniter button. The hiss is simply the sound of gas flowing through the pilot assembly. You may be able to see a small spark at the pilot assembly. If you don’t hear gas or don’t see a spark at the assembly, the main gas supply may be off or the system may need servicing.

Step #8: If you hear a hiss and smell gas, but don’t see a spark at the pilot assembly, it may be a sign that the ignitor is faulty or malfunctioning. You can light the pilot with flame (lighter or match). The trick is to get the flame to where the gas is coming out. 

Step #9: Once the pilot lights, continue to hold the pilot knob in for one minute, then release the knob slowly. At this point, the pilot should continue to burn on its own. If the pilot goes off, you may need to repeat the process and hold the gas control knob in a bit longer – count to 60 seconds. If it still goes out, call for service.

Step #10: Now that the pilot is burning, turn the knob to the ON position and leave it there.

Step #11: Now you can operate the fireplace or stove by thermostat, switch or remote. Note – this is counter-intuitive: If you operate a millivolt (standing pilot) appliance with a battery-powered wireless remote or wired thermostat, the main switch on the appliance (lower right in photo above) must be in the OFF position.

If you have a pilot light, the Gas Control Knob is set to ON, the switch is OFF and the thermostat or remote is calling for heat and you still don’t have fire, you may need  to change out an old set of batteriesIf your gas stove or fireplace has a standing pilot and it has a remote control or wireless thermostat, there are two places in which the batteries may need to be swapped out for new ones. (If it has a wired thermostat, there are no batteries – just wires that a mouse or vacuum might have chewed on.)

Once that’s done, you’re all set and ready to enjoy your gas stove or fireplace for the upcoming cold season!


Inserts: Save energy & add value to your home with a fireplace insert

If your home has an old open wood-burning fireplace, or an older gas or wood insert, it might be time for an upgrade.

Many wood fireplaces or inserts that are 20 or more years old are unsafe, made with old technology or simply have worn out.

Installing a modern fireplace or gas- or wood-burning insert into an old, inefficient open wood fireplace is energy-saving, beautiful and adds to the value of your home.

Designed to slide into an open masonry or zero-clearance (manufactured) wood fireplace, inserts provide a solution to outdated units. In general, wood-burning inserts cannot be installed in a manufactured wood fireplace box – only into a masonry fireplace.  With a couple exceptions, gas-burning inserts can be installed in a masonry or manufactured fireplace.

Considerations for installing a fireplace insert

Are you renting, or do you own your home? Inserts are investments that save energy and money over time and add value to your home. As such, inserts make sense for homeowners, but not for renters.

What type of unit do you have now? How efficient is it? Do you want to reduce consumption and emissions and be safer? Inserts replace unsafe and inefficient units. Weigh the cost of installation with the benefits you’ll experience: A safer unit, lower energy costs over time, and reduced emissions.

Insert, fireplace or stove? A few definitions.

A fireplace insert slides into an existing wood-burning fireplace cavity. A zero-clearance fireplace is designed to be built into a frame wall during a remodeling project or new home construction – these can be wood or gas-burning.  And, a stove is a stand-alone unit that is on legs or a pedestal base, usually installed a 10” – 20” away from a wall.

The primary appeal of an insert is to make your inefficient fireplace operational so it can become the functional centerpiece of your home.

Fireplace inserts provide lots of heat from the fuel that’s used, offering an efficient way to heat your home while providing a cozy ambiance.

Choose your fuel

Fireplace inserts are made to burn wood, gas or pellets.

The first step in choosing an insert is to decide which fuel you prefer.

If you have quick and easy access to a wood supply and are equipped to cut, split and haul wood, a wood-burning insert will save you thousands of dollars in heating costs over the course of its life. 

A wood-burning insert looks like a wood stove, without legs or a base, and slides into the existing fireplace. Decorative panels are installed around both sides and the top of the insert to hide the rest of the fireplace opening, and blower fans are recommended to increase their heating power.

If you like the idea of burning a renewable resource and want to minimize the time handling wood, you might consider a pellet insert.

Pellet inserts normally protrude out on the hearth a bit because of the pellet hopper or bin.  Pellets come packaged much like water softener salt, in easy to handle 40-pound bags. You should be able to keep a full year’s supply of pellets if you have four to six feet of space in a corner. Something to note: Pellets must be kept dry.

If you want convenience and the easiest operating insert, go with gas.

Gas fireplace inserts are normally setup for natural gas, but are easily converted to liquid propane. Gas inserts come with an on/off remote control or a multi-function remote that can operate in a thermostat mode and operate other features of the insert.

How to weigh your options: Looking at numbers

Every fireplace insert is tested to specific standards and efficiency data is available on every model that is manufactured. Generally speaking, the efficiency of most wood burning inserts is in the range of the mid 70%.

There are a few different ways to measure and list efficiencies, particularly with gas. Energuide, AFUE and steady state efficiencies are the most common.

An AFUE rating stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Energuide has become the official efficiency rating for gas fireplaces. Energuide represents the amount of heat made based on the amount of gas that is used. You can equate it to the miles per gallon rating on your car over a long trip. The vehicle starts and stops in traffic and speed varies between city and highway driving.

Steady state efficiency is the amount of heat produced when the insert is operating. This number is usually a higher percentage rate than the AFUE rating. It’s a measurement of how efficiently the insert converts gas to heat once it’s warmed up and running steadily. This number can be compared to driving your car under optimum conditions: The mileage is better.

All that being said, efficiencies of gas inserts do not vary much from natural gas to liquid propane. The Energuide numbers are usually in the mid 70’s on the lower end to the mid/upper 80’s on the higher end of the range, again depending on the model. 

Visit us here at Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace, and we’ll give you the specs on all the inserts you see in our showroom.

Installation considerations

There’s much to think about when it comes to installing an insert: Clearance requirements to combustibles, the condition of the existing fireplace and chimney, size restrictions and code considerations are all critical to the safe installation of an insert.

Our team has lots of experience installing inserts, and we’re here to help you from the beginning, as you start to look at your options and decide if an insert is the right path for you.

How to Prepare Fire Pits & Fireplaces for Winter

Snowy nights are already just around the corner. Will your outdoor fire pits be ready?

How to winterize outdoor fire pits

Rain and snow inside your fire pit can make it difficult to light when you return to use it again. Keeping it clean and dry through winter are the most important ways to winterize.

  1. Remove debris from your fire pit so it doesn’t rust or clog up over winter.
  2. Cover your fire pit with a fitted weather-resistant cover. This keeps moisture and leaves out of your fire pit during winter. Choose a cover that fits the precise dimensions of your fire pit for best results
  3. Turn off gas to the feature and the power.

Return to your indoor fireplace: Got batteries?

Ready to bring your warm, cozy nights indoors?

In spring, you might have turned off the pilot light on your fireplace. Remember to turn it back on!

Or maybe, your heating control system needs a new set of batteries. Even if they still have charge, changing out batteries each year at the start of heating season is a good habit — that way, you don’t have to worry or think about it all winter.

Does your heating appliance have batteries?

If your gas stove or fireplace has a standing pilot (also called a “millivolt”), and it has a wireless thermostat or remote control, there are batteries in two places that now need to be changed.

If, on the other hand, your appliance has a wired thermostat, there are no batteries. If it’s not lighting, there’s a chance the wires might have been chewed up by a mouse or a vacuum.

Finally, if you have an electronic or intermittent ignition appliance, there are batteries in the remote that need to be changed.

How to change batteries in your heating appliance

The device that has the up-down button for temperature is called the remote or transmitter — and it transmits the air temperature to another device called the receiver.

The receiver is wired to the appliance gas valve, so it’s located where the pilot knob and gas valve are — usually underneath the unit.

It can have a 3-position switch:

  1. Set to ON, the appliance will operate until you reach in there and turn it to OFF.
  2. Set to REMOTE, the appliance will automatically operate to meet the set point of the remote/transmitter (or thermostat). Note: Sometimes after changing batteries you must re-sync the system by setting the switch to REMOTE, bring the remote close to this black box, and use a sharp point like a pen to press in the LEARN button, which is recessed. You should hear a beep.
  3. Set to OFF, the appliance will operate until you reach in and turn it to ON.

If you always have to light a pilot light at the beginning of the heating season, and it stays on all the time, there’s a good chance you have another box in the system with a set of batteries.

If you’re preparing your indoor fireplace for winter and don’t feel like doing it yourself, it’s a great time to have your unit cleaned and inspected! Click here to request a visit from our professionals.

We’re moving! Our new fireplace showroom in Steamboat Springs

Mountain Home Stove and Fireplace is moving across town! As our small, family-owned and operated local business continues to grow and keep Yampa Valley warm, we need a bit more wiggle room.

Beginning August 1, 2020, our new office and showroom will be located at 2620 S. Copper Frontage Rd. Unit 6B in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

We’re excited to be moving into a bigger space where we can show more fireplace units and wood stoves, so you can explore the possibilities of your dream home.

Our mission is to be the Steamboat Springs area’s go-to resource for safe, quality fire products and services, with a personal touch. And since your wood stove or fireplace experience begins when you add one to your home, we believe our expanded showroom is just the way to better serve you from the start.

We’re looking forward to increasing our productivity and efficiency by having more room for our service equipment, too. Our in-house servicing team is a group of expert installers, and sweep and pellet techs. Whether you need an annual chimney sweep, pellet stove service or renovation, our team is here to help.

We’ll be closed to make the move from July 29-31. Visit our new location beginning August 1st!

In the meantime, take advantage of our summer deals. Sweep and service specials expire July 31. To enjoy the big savings happening now, you must book before July 31 and have the service completed in August.

(By September, wait times for service and installations double — from 1-2 weeks to 3-4 weeks. Fall brings big projects, hectic contractors and lots of special requests. So now’s the time to have your units serviced and your chimney swept!)

Call 970-879-7962 to schedule your service, or click here to submit a service request online.

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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