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What Does Spring Mean To You?

We all know “Spring” in Colorado is more of a concept than a season. Winter holds onto our foothills communities long after we get pictures of flowers and baby animals from our friends and family elsewhere. Spring here is more like “less-winter”, and we get through it by cozying up next to the fireplace.

Spring cleaning for your fireplace!

We can fix your broken fireplace (you know you’re
still going to need it for a few more weeks).

To you, Spring may mean the perfect season for catching up on overdue maintenance, deep cleaning, and organizing in your home. To us, that’s what it means too! We can help you cross your fireplace and chimney off your Spring to-do list—and you can help us make some room in our store!

We can fix your broken fireplace (you know you’re still going to need it for several weeks yet), we can perform the necessary annual service on your hearth appliance, or we can replace your outdated fireplace, stove, or insert.

Save on a new stove & help us with our spring cleaning!

Mountain Hearth & Patio (our fireplace retail store) is doing some Spring cleaning too! For our Spring Cleaning, we have several overstocked models we are eager to get into your home. Not only can you have the fireplace, stove, or insert of your dreams, it will also be safe, beautiful, warm, and saving your money on your energy bills.

If you’ve ever thought about that room in your home that is consistently chillier than you’d like- we have a solution for you! A new Hearthstone Stowe gas stove can warm that space with its thermostat settings, keeping your room consistently comfortable. This stove heats up to 800 square feet (74.32 m²)! We have this model on overstock in beautiful matte black finish which will compliment any style.

Is your outdated wood stove leaving you out in the cold? We can help you fix that! We have EPA-compliant, high-efficiency wood burning stoves, inserts, and fireplaces! These units are designed to heat your home and look good too. Replacing your inefficient wood burning hearth appliance with one that heats better, uses less wood, and is better for air quality is easier than you think.

A new wood stove comes with a tax benefit!

Does Springtime make you think of tax season? Taxes are nearly always dreaded, but it doesn’t have to be that way! We have good news that will make Springtime a little brighter. There is a new tax credit available for those who purchase a 75% efficient or higher solid fuel hearth product. We have many wood and pellet-fueled appliances that qualify! Some qualifying appliances are overstocked in our showroom right now! With a new biomass fireplace, stove, or insert purchased before 12/31/2020, you can get up to a $300 tax credit. Learn more about the biomass stove tax credit.

Our NFI-Certified installers put this Heartstone Shelburne into a home in Evergreen, CO.
Our NFI-Certified installers put this Heartstone Shelburne into a home in Evergreen, CO.

Get in touch with Mountain Man for all your fireplace & chimney needs

If you’re happy with how your fireplace is holding up, make sure you take care of it after it has kept you comfortable all winter. Spring is the best time for annual maintenance! Not only do you avoid the long wait times of Autumn, but there is a scientific advantage to getting your chimney cleaned in the Spring. The soot and creosote that accumulates during the burning season is highly acidic. Combined with the humidity of Spring and summer, this is corrosive and causes degradation to your chimney system. Getting your chimney cleaned right after the burning season ends is the best way to prevent this damage.

Do you think that because you don’t burn wood you don’t need an annual cleaning? You are mistaken! Your gas fireplace, insert, or stove also needs an annual Spring Cleaning and inspection. This helps to maximize your appliance’s performance and keeps your home safe too.

Our NFI-Certified installers put this Heartstone Shelburne into a home in Evergreen, CO.
Our NFI-Certified installers put this Heartstone Shelburne into a home in Evergreen, CO.

You may wonder, how do you service something that burns gas? The process is different but just as important. With a gas unit, our certified technicians clean the glass, logs, inside the firebox, and refresh the burner media. We also perform an inspection on the appliance to check that all the components, like the pilot and thermocouple, are working well, and we check for gas leaks to keep your family safe.

Our technicians are certified for specialties in wood, gas or pellet fuel. For basic repairs, we may even be able to solve your problems that very same day. You can be confident in our technicians, who are always in uniform, with ID badges and lettered trucks. Every day, our certified technicians are keeping families safe and warm with these fireplace services.

Come by our showroom to find out more!

This Spring, we’ll help you check your fireplace and chimney
off your Spring-Cleaning list!

This Spring, we’ll help you check your fireplace and chimney off your Spring-Cleaning list! Get your chimney cleaned, your hearth appliance evaluated, a leaky chimney inspection, and discuss a new appliance with just one phone call to Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney at (303) 679-1601. We have been servicing and installing fireplaces in the Foothills and Denver Metro for over 20 years.

You’re invited to see for yourself! Visit our showroom at 7001 Highway 73 in Marshdale. Give us a call at (303) 679-1601 or email Office@MtnHP.com.

Post originally published on MtnHP.com, our retail site.

By Scott Rupe on February 26th, 2020 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Modular Fireplaces and the Importance of Inspections

Not having your modular fireplace inspected could lead to a house fire

Not having your modular fireplace inspected could lead to a house fire

Since their introduction to the market nearly 25 years ago, modular fireplaces have been seen as a more affordable option to a traditional masonry fireplace. And while modular fireplaces can work safely for decades, they do come with a number of safety risks and hazards.

Even if you have a modular fireplace, is it still important to have an annual chimney cleaning and inspection. Having an inspection ensures that your modular fireplace remains in good condition, free from any damage that could potentially put you and your family at risk.

What is a modular fireplace?

Modular fireplaces are often viewed as less expensive alternatives to full masonry fireplaces. Because they can be installed without the use of a mason, homeowners can save considerable time and money when installing their fireplace.

Modular fireplaces can typically be purchased from a number of big box home improvement stores. Sold in kits that include several large fire bricks along with the chimney and firebox pieces, most modular fireplace pieces are created by compressing lava rock, concrete, and other stones. These pieces can then be fit together at the building site, much like building blocks or Legos. In addition, many online retailers specialize in the sales of modular fireplaces. Units are available in a wide variety of finishes in addition to having the choice of gas or wood as a fuel source.

When choosing to add an outdoor fireplace to their yard or patio area, many homeowners choose modular fireplaces over their masonry counterparts. Because outdoor fireplaces are typically used less, homeowners feel more comfortable installing a less expensive modular unit.

Modular fireplace safety

When regularly cleaned, inspected, and maintained, modular fireplaces can be just as safe as their masonry counterparts. However, sometimes modular fireplace undergo subtle shifting or settling that may impact their performance and safety.

“The reality is that many of those things remain hidden until someone does some serious investigation,” said the Chimney Safety Institute of America’s Director of Education Ashley Eldridge. “It’s not uncommon for a component to get missed. If it comes at no additional cost, nobody’s ever going to notice.”

One prime example of this is the baseplate on which modular fireplaces are installed. If the baseplate becomes cracked or damaged due to issues such as overuse or settling, it can leave the plywood subfloor underneath exposed to the heat from the firebox. If left unrepaired, this can lead to an accidental house fire.

Importance of modular fireplace inspections

In order to ensure that your modular fireplace is safe to use and free from damage, homeowners should have annual chimney and fireplace inspections performed. These inspections can help uncover hidden problems – such as a cracked baseplate – before they become major safety concerns.

If you have a modular fireplace that has not been recently swept or inspected, contact Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today. Our trained team of certified chimney sweeps can make sure your modular fireplace is clean, safe to use, and free from any hidden safety issues. Serving Littleton, CO and the surrounding areas – call for more information!

By Jake Johnson on March 5th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Pellet Stove Benefits

Not sure about pellet stoves? Learn more about their benefits here!

Not sure about pellet stoves? Learn more about their benefits here!

While some still view wood-burning stoves as an old fashioned addition to a home, today’s stoves are vastly different from their older counterparts. Modern stoves are available in a variety of sizes and styles at several different price points. With stoves made out of cast iron, soapstone, and stainless steel, Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney can help you find a stove that fits your heating, aesthetic, and budget needs.

In addition, stoves have become more energy efficient than ever. Those certified by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, are designed to produce less smoke and burn safer. When properly vented and installed, freestanding stoves can create a low cost way to heat a room or area of a home.

As fuel costs and energy bills continue to rise, one of the stove types gaining popularity is the pellet stove. These appliances are between 75 and 90% efficient and have a BTU output that is 4-5 times higher than traditional firewood. In addition, pellet stoves create 50 times less particulate emissions compared to older, non-EPA certified wood stoves; their emissions are still 2-5 times lower than even modern EPA-certified wood-burning stoves.

What is a pellet stove?

Like all traditional stoves, pellet stoves are run by burning a fuel source. In this case the fuel source, or pellets, is made of recycled materials such as sawdust and other small wood particles. Because of this, many consider the use of pellet stoves a green energy source.

Most pellet stoves require a small amount of electricity to run, meaning that they would be inoperable during a power outage. However, small generators easily produce enough electricity to power a pellet stove. Additionally, some brands have begun developing stoves that can run without electricity.

Benefits of pellet stoves

Unlike firewood, which must be purchased in advance in large quantities and stored in special locations, pellets are extremely easy to transport and store. Typically sold in 40 pound bags, pellets can be stacked in garages and sheds with a minimal amount of space and mess. The storage space needed for pellets is 80 cubic feet per ton, versus the 128 cubic feet for a heat-producing equivalent cord of firewood. In addition, as they are widely sold in a variety of stores pellets can often be purchased as needed, negating the necessity of a large, bulk order each winter.

Another considerable advantage of pellet stoves is that they do not need to be regularly stoked or tended. Depending on the size of the stove and the amount of heat it needs to produce, many stoves can go for up to 18 hours – if not several days – without being reloaded. Pellet stoves also burn without the unpleasant odors sometimes associated with wood-burning appliances.

When purchasing a new pellet stove, it is important to work with a supplier and installer who are knowledgeable with both the product and its specific care instructions. Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney can help you select a pellet stove to meet your heating needs, as well as give instructions regarding the care, upkeep, feeding, and cleaning of your specific stove.

By Jake Johnson on September 16th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment