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Fireplace Inserts for More Efficient Home Heating

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop - Harvard, Ayer, MA

The first day of fall has come and gone, and the evenings are getting cold in Massachusetts. The first frost followed by snow are right around the corner. If you've been thinking about adding a fireplace insert to your open fireplace and improve home heating efficiency, there couldn't be a better time. It seems like each year winter gets a few weeks longer. Fireplace inserts can help you heat your home more efficiently and effectively for less.

Fireplace inserts make home heating more efficient, are environmentally friendly, and put more heat into your living area. Wood burning fireplace inserts transform your inefficient open fireplace into an efficient, heat source and they will heat your home even when there is no power. Fireplace inserts look beautiful and work perfectly because they are especially designed for your existing fireplace.

You may have heard about the increased efficiency of a wood burning fireplace insert. This is because an insert burns wood better and cleaner than an open fireplace giving you more heat from each log. They also allow less warm air to escape through the chimney, letting more heat into your living space.

For more information on wood burning fireplace inserts, contact The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop.

Heating Your Home with Renewable Fuel Has Many Benefits

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop - Pellet Stoves - Concord, Carlisle, MA

Below are some of the benefits of heating your home with pellet stoves and pellet fireplace inserts.

Pellet stoves and inserts are far more attractive and are taking a much more prominent place in the home than ever before. They no longer heat from the basement; pellets stoves offer main floor heating, easy access, and undeniable ambiance.

Fuel in unlikely places

Another benefit, less specific to households, but just as important is the waste and ‘trash’ that pellet stoves and pellet fireplace inserts are able to keep out of the landfills.

As technology develops and green energy becomes more of a focus, creative minds continue to explore ways to improve on renewable energy. People across Massachusetts are embracing ways to heat their homes for less; with fuel that is renewable.

Pellets are made from wood scrap. The wood scrap is compressed to make pellets which are sold in 40 lb bags which is less expensive than fossil fuels and easier to use, transport, and store than wood.

Investing in local communities

A pellet stove or insert allows home owners to shop for local renewable fuel and burn what is most readily available and low in price. Wood pellets are a renewable resource that can be bought locally which helps keep money, and jobs, in the local economy.

The decision to heat with a pellet stove will save money, keep dollars local, and make a huge difference in the warmth of your home in the winter.

There are countless benefits of heating with renewable fuel that thousands of homeowners have discovered for themselves.

For more information on pellet stoves, pellet burning fireplace inserts, contact The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop.

Make Your Fireplace More Efficient

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 12, 2019
The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop - Fireplaces in Littleton, Acton, MA

If you've got an inefficient fireplace, you might as well be burning dollar bills.

Any heat generated is offset by the warmth of your house being sucked up the chimney and outside.

An open-masonry fireplace might be only 15 percent efficient. But if there is no fire and the damper is left open, it can have negative efficiency as warm air escapes.

The quest for efficiency starts with the type of fireplace you have. Or want. Gas and electric fireplaces are the most efficient, wood-burners are the least. Open-faced, traditional wood-burning fireplaces are very inefficient.

Go into a fireplace shop and look at all the difference fireplaces.

When you do renovations, wood-burning fireplaces generally don't click design-wise. A redesigned room doesn't have the bang with an open fireplace that looks and feels outdated because it burns wood. You get a better return for your dollar with gas.

So let’s talk about efficiency.

If you already have a fireplace, there are things you can do to improve efficiency. First, make sure your chimney is clean and safe. After that, it's mostly about the features.

Glass Fireplace Doors

Without doors, your fireplace will suck the heat out of your home and send it up the chimney. There's an endless variety of designs for fireplace doors with tempered or ceramic glass. An advantage of the latter is it lets some heat radiate back into the room. Doors

also add another level of safety, especially if there are kids around.


The throat damper is made of cast iron and sits near the bottom of the chimney and regulates air flow. It can warp or rust over time, compromising the seal and becoming less effective. The top mount damper sits atop the chimney and is preferred by some experts. Either way, keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.

Fireplace Grates

Steel grates have a tendency to warp and wear out. A heavy-duty cast iron fireplace grate is recommended. Another possibility is one with a blower on the bottom that sends heat back into the room. This makes them 10 times more efficient.

Fireplace Inserts

Fireplace Inserts are enclosed cast iron boxes that use gas, pellets, or wood, and are retrofitted into existing fireplaces. They are very efficient, and can reduce a home heating bill between 20 and 40 percent.

For more information on making your fireplace more attractive and efficient, contact The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop.

Source: Chicago Tribune

The Advantages of Wood Burning Fireplace Inserts

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Woodstove Fireplace Shop and Patio, MA

If you are considering a fireplace insert for your home, there are lots of advantages and benefits to consider including beauty, efficiency, cleaner burning, and a warmer home while spending less on heating.

A fireplace insert is a steel firebox that fits into your existing open fireplace. Air from inside your home is drawn into it, warmed from the fire, and then blown back into your home. This radiant heat is one of the advantages of a wood insert. Open fireplaces lose hot air up the chimney, fireplace inserts improve the efficiency of an open fireplace by putting more heat into your home.

Wood Burning Fireplace Inserts are much more energy efficient, which means they improve the efficiency of your whole home. Fires make more heat, so your thermostat stays low. They burn efficiently, so they make less smoke than an open fireplace too.

Fireplace inserts also have an advantage over an open fireplace in regards to air quality as well. Because it is enclosed, less particles are put into the air. They burn hotter than an open fireplace, which means they get more heat out of every piece of firewood. So not only they do they “burn cleaner,” this also means you will save money on heat. But, even though they are enclosed, they are designed with large glass doors for a full view of the fire.

But besides all of these practical advantages, they are more attractive as well. Fireplace inserts often offer design options so that there is a style to match your home décor. Surrounds can be blended with your living space to ad to your home's personality and comfort.

For more information, contact The Woodstove Fireplace & Patio Shop.