Why have electric fireplaces become so popular?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
There are lots of reasons for this, many of them mentioned above.  The ease and versatility of installation probably tops...
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What kind of maintenance does an electric fireplace require?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
Compared to wood, pellet or gas fireplaces, electrics do not require much maintenance at all.  An occasional bulb may need...
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How do I turn my electric fireplace on/off?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
Most will have an easy to use remote control.  The remote will activate the flame speed and colors, turn the...
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What are the electrical requirements for an electric fireplace?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on the model, electric fireplaces will operate on either 120 volts or 240 volts or electricity.  Most common is...
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Can I use an electric fireplace as an insert for my old wood-burning fireplace?

Can I use an electric fireplace as an insert for my old wood-burning fireplace?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely!  There are many cases where an electric fireplace makes great sense to use as an insert in a wood...
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How much does it cost to operate an electric fireplace?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
This depends on your electric rates, which can vary quite a bit from region to region.  So, check your electric...
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How do I vent an electric fireplace?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike a gas vent pipe or a stainless steel chimney for a wood burning appliance, there are no venting requirements...
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What are by-products of combustion?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Whenever something is burned, there are ‘leftovers” from the process.  It really doesn’t matter what is burned, wood, natural or...
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Can I close my damper a little so I lose less heat up my chimney?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
This is a question that comes up periodically.  And, the answer is always the same:  NO!  Never do this.  The...
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What can I burn in my wood burning stove?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
It’s called a “wood” burning stove for a reason!  The only thing to burn in your stove is: wood!  Yes,...
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What is a connector pipe?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
This is the black pipe that “connects” a wood stove to the chimney system.  It’s often called stove pipe or...
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How is wood-burning equipment sized?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
The literature on wood-burning fireplaces, stoves and inserts will provide lots of information.  Included with these details will be the...
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What’s the difference between a wood burning: fireplace, insert, stove, furnace and boiler?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
The goal is identical, to keep you and your loved ones comfortable by using wood as the fuel.  However, this...
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How often should I clean the chimney for my fireplace, stove or insert?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
That depends on the quality of the wood you’re burning.  Aiming for a moisture content of <25% will significantly reduce...
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Can I install a wood burning stove in my mobile home?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Yes, you can, provided certain conditions are met.  The first thing to do, is to make sure the stove has...
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How do I protect the floor around my wood burning stove?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Adequate floor protection, or an approved hearth pad, is critical to a safe wood burning stove installation.  You must protect...
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Will a wood burning insert use less wood than an older, open burning fireplace?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Most wood burning inserts today operate with efficiencies in the mid 70% range. A properly sized and operated wood burning...
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What is a moisture meter?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
It’s a small device about twice the size of a deck of playing cards.  There are two probes or pins...
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How hot does the glass get on an electric fireplace?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike the glass on a wood burning fireplace or a gas model, the glass on an electric fireplace will not...
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Does the heating element always have to be on?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
No, it does not.  This is one of the appeals of an electric fireplace.  If you want a bit of...
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Will an electric fireplace heat my room?

Electric Frequently Asked Questions
There are many variables that affect how much space an electric fireplace will heat.  Generally speaking, an electric fireplace can...
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How do I properly vent my pellet stove?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
You have a few options for venting a pellet stove. Pellet stoves require type “L” vent pipe.  Most will have...
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How do I vent my pellet insert?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Pellet inserts must be vented vertically through the existing fireplace chimney. The existing chimney is used as a conduit for...
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How do I know how much space my pellet stove will heat?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
It’s all about the BTU’s! The more BTU’s, the more heat you’ll enjoy.  And, this is easily controlled by how...
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Pellet stoves vs. wood burning stoves . . . . which is better?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
This answer depends on several factors, such as: 1) your lifestyle, 2) quick and easy access to a wood supply,...
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What happens to my stove or insert if I lose power?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
If power is interrupted, by Mother Nature or a little one unplugging the appliance, your pellet equipment will not function....
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How much electricity will I use for my pellet insert or stove?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
That depends on your electric rate and your specific model. Most pellet stoves and inserts will use between 200 watts...
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How dangerous are pellet stoves?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Common sense goes a long way when it comes to heating devices. It doesn’t matter if it’s a forced air...
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Will a pellet stove run without electricity?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Pellet stoves and inserts need to be plugged into a 120-volt outlet.  The “brains” of the stove (the circuit board)...
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How long will a 40 lb. bag of pellets last?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
This has everything to do with the “burn rate” of your stove or insert.  One pound of wood pellets will...
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How much does a good quality new pellet appliance cost?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
It’s only natural to want a good deal when buying your pellet appliance. However, it’s important to bear in mind...
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How do I regulate the heat output from my pellet stove or insert?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
There are a couple of ways to adjust the amount of heat.  The rate at which the pellets are fed...
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How do I remove the ashes from my pellet stove?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Your pellet appliance comes equipped with an ash drawer or an ash tray.  Simply pull it forward, remove it and...
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How much maintenance will my pellet stove or insert require?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
This is a great question and should be one of the first things you discuss with your dealer.  If you’re...
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What’s the heating capacity for a pellet appliance?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
This depends on the amount of BTUs your pellet appliance produces. The great the level of BTUs/hour, the more heat...
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How does my pellet stove light?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Most models have an automatic ignition system designed into a circuit board. Simply turn your control to the “on” or...
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Are pellets messy or convenient to use?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
If we’re going to compare pellets to cordwood on the “Messy Scale”, pellets win, hands down!  Pellets are packaged in...
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What benefits will I get from using pellets as a fuel source?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Pellet stoves are environmentally friendly and easy to use, which means they’re very popular today! The pellets they burn are...
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What’s the best way to store the wood pellets?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
First and foremost:  Keep ‘em dry!  And, preferably inside the garage, shed, basement or utility room if you can.  Pellets...
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What kind of chimney or venting system does my pellet appliance need?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Unless you’re going to connect your pellet appliance to your existing masonry chimney or to a factory-built stainless steel chimney,...
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How reliable are pellet stoves?

How reliable are pellet stoves?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Manufacturers of pellet equipment will provide a warranty.  These warranties will vary a bit from each manufacturer, but most covers...
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How do pellet stoves work?

How do pellet stoves work?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Pellet stoves look like a gas or a wood burning stove. But they operate much differently.  There is a hopper...
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What should I look for when I shop for pellets?

What should I look for when I shop for pellets?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Manufacturers of pellets produce a standard or premium grade of fuel. There is an accredited program that is designed to...
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How are pellets made?

How are pellets made?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
Wood pellets are made by recycling wood waste. It’s a fantastic way to keep tons of waste out of landfills...
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How efficient are pellet stove and inserts?

How efficient are pellet stove and inserts?

Frequently Asked Questions Pellet
The literature for most pellet stoves and inserts today list efficiencies in the range of the low 70% to the...
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Can I change over from LP Gas to Natural Gas?

Can I change over from LP Gas to Natural Gas?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
Normally, you can change your gas fireplace from using propane to running on natural gas without a problem. You’ll need...
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Do I need to clean my glass door or is it self-cleaning?

Do I need to clean my glass door or is it self-cleaning?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
Over time, your glass door will eventually start to accumulate deposits, which should be cleaned on an annual basis to...
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Why is there a smoky smell coming from my new gas fireplace or stove?

Why is there a smoky smell coming from my new gas fireplace or stove?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
Initially, a new fire can emit smoke and/or smells produced due to the painting and finish on your stove or...
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How can I make my stove safe for children?

How can I make my stove safe for children?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
Protect children and animals from the intense heat a gas heating appliance can give off. Often, the heat of the...
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Why does my pilot light go out?

Why does my pilot light go out?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
If you follow the instructions above to light your pilot light, make sure you keep holding down the control knob...
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Does my pilot light need to stay on all year round?

Does my pilot light need to stay on all year round?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
Regardless of whether you’re using your fire all year round or not, it’s best to leave the pilot light on...
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How can I re-ignite my pilot light?

How can I re-ignite my pilot light?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
First of all, ensure your gas supply is turned on. When you’re sure that it is, look for your control...
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How do I switch my gas appliance on and off?

How do I switch my gas appliance on and off?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
The functions on your gas appliance will vary depending on the make and model you own. In many cases, you...
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How should I maintain my new gas burning stove or gas fireplace?

How should I maintain my new gas burning stove or gas fireplace?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
You need to have a regular gas appliance check and carry out maintenance for safety reasons. This should be done...
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How much does it cost to operate a gas appliance?

How much does it cost to operate a gas appliance?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
There are adjustable gas valves installed on fireplaces, stoves and inserts.  Adjust the flame height down and you will use...
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What is zone heating?

What is zone heating?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
This is a term that’s used when heating only a portion of your home.  When you think about it, most...
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What does the term ‘zero clearance’ mean?

What does the term ‘zero clearance’ mean?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
A zero clearance (ZC) fireplace is a fireplace that has been designed to be built into a combustible frame wall. ...
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What’s the difference between radiant and convective heat from my fireplace?

What’s the difference between radiant and convective heat from my fireplace?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
In a nutshell, radiant heat, heats objects.  Think of the sunshine when you think of radiant heat.  Ever been sitting...
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What if the power is out to my house, will the fireplace still work?

What if the power is out to my house, will the fireplace still work?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
Yes it will!  Your gas fireplace, stove or insert generates its own electricity to open and closed the gas valve....
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Why does my flame look blue when I turn my fireplace on?

Why does my flame look blue when I turn my fireplace on?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
This is not uncommon.  Combustion air levels could be a bit low and the draft will take a couple of...
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Is there a difference between a gas fireplace and a gas fireplace insert?

Is there a difference between a gas fireplace and a gas fireplace insert?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
Yes, there definitely is a difference!  These are NOT synonymous terms!  A gas fireplace is designed to be built into...
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Is there a burn-in procedure for a new fireplace, stove or insert?

Is there a burn-in procedure for a new fireplace, stove or insert?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
On a new appliance, there are oil residues from the manufacturing process.  Your new equipment has also been painted with...
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Why does the glass on my fireplace turn black?

Why does the glass on my fireplace turn black?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
This can be more of a problem, but can be corrected by a competent fireplace service technician.  The black is...
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Why does the glass on my fireplace fog up when I turn it on?

Why does the glass on my fireplace fog up when I turn it on?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
There is a temperature difference between the air inside of the fireplace and the air in the room.  Warmer air...
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How much should I pay?

How much should I pay?

Frequently Asked Questions General
In this ever changing world, it's interesting to note that over the past 125+ years, some things don't change!  Your...
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How frequently should I clean my chimney and wood burning appliance?

How frequently should I clean my chimney and wood burning appliance?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Recommendations from the National Fire Protection Agency state that cleaning should be carried out on an annual basis. At the...
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How can I stop smoke filling the room when I open the door on my wood burning stove?

How can I stop smoke filling the room when I open the door on my wood burning stove?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
The best way to minimize the amount of smoke entering your room is to open the door to your fire...
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I’m having chimney drafting problems. Why is this?

I’m having chimney drafting problems. Why is this?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
You know you have chimney drafting problems if you see smoke coming back into your home rather than going up...
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Can I convert my wood burning stove into a gas stove?

Can I convert my wood burning stove into a gas stove?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas Wood
Unfortunately not! It isn’t possible to convert wood stoves into gas systems and it’s even dangerous to try. So, please...
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Can I convert my wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?

Can I convert my wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas Wood
You can indeed! Use gas logs, inserts or fit a gas stove to change your wood burning fireplace into a...
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I already have creosote deposits on my glass doors. What can I do to remove these?

I already have creosote deposits on my glass doors. What can I do to remove these?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
If you have stained glass doors from creosote deposits, allow the glass to cool down then wipe it on the...
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How can I prevent the glass doors on my wood burning stove of fireplace from looking dirty and stained?

How can I prevent the glass doors on my wood burning stove of fireplace from looking dirty and stained?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
By-products from the combustion process can cause the glass doors on your wood burning fireplace or stove to have a...
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How do I make my wood burning stove or fireplace safe for children?

How do I make my wood burning stove or fireplace safe for children?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
It’s best way to keep children and animals away from your fire by fitting glass doors or using a sturdy...
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How are radiant heat and convection heat different?

How are radiant heat and convection heat different?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
For convection heat, air blows over a heating element and absorbs the heat, which is then blown by convection into...
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What regulations must I be aware of when installing my wood burning appliance?

What regulations must I be aware of when installing my wood burning appliance?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Firstly, refer to your owner’s manual, which every wood burning fireplace, insert, or stove should come with. In the manual,...
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When choosing a wood burning stove is a catalytic or non-catalytic stove better?

When choosing a wood burning stove is a catalytic or non-catalytic stove better?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set clean air standards, which mean that wood burning stoves must now contain a...
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Are wood burning stoves clean and environmentally friendly?

Are wood burning stoves clean and environmentally friendly?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Recently, the regulations against polluting wood burning stoves have tightened. The Environmental Protection Agency has set out regulations about how...
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How much should I be prepared to spend on a wood burning appliance?

How much should I be prepared to spend on a wood burning appliance?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Buying the cheapest bargain you can find when looking for a wood burning appliance is a bit of a fallacy....
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What is the Best Kind of Wood to Burn

What is the Best Kind of Wood to Burn

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
Your choice of wood will have an effect on how your wood burning appliance performs and how long a lifespan...
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What’s the capacity of my wood burning appliance for heating my home?

What’s the capacity of my wood burning appliance for heating my home?

Frequently Asked Questions Wood
This really depends. The most influential factor is the size of your firebox in cubic feet. Larger fireboxes can burn...
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How should I maintain my new gas burning stove or gas fireplace?

How should I maintain my new gas burning stove or gas fireplace?

Frequently Asked Questions Gas
You need to have a regular gas appliance check and carry out maintenance for safety reasons. This should be done...
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