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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it for several weeks yet), we can perform the necessary annual service on your hearth appliance, or we can replace your outdated fireplace, stove, or insert.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Is your outdated wood stove leaving you out in the cold?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

Should I Switch My Fireplace’s Pilot Mode?

Let’s talk about your gas fireplace. There are two types of ignition systems, standing pilot or millivolt and electronic ignition. In the millivolt systems, the pilot can be on 24/7; if that’s what you have, you’re all set! However, most new gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts have electronic ignition systems with multiple pilot modes.

These systems have two modes for your pilot light: Intermittent Pilot Ignition (IPI) and Continuous Pilot Ignition (CPI). For those of you who have an electronic ignition system, it’s time to put your fireplace in continuous pilot mode. Not only does CPI make your appliance easier to start in the cold, there are other benefits:

Benefits of Continuous Pilot Mode

A fire burns in a FireplaceX 6015 gas fireplace with glass burner media and driftwood logs. Installed in Hiwan in Evergreen, CO.

Continuous Pilot Maintains Draft in Your Chimney

Keeping your pilot mode set to continuous during the colder months helps maintain a draft in your direct-vent gas system. Direct vent gas units are sealed systems and do not mix air with your living environment. This means that when it’s cold outside, the firebox of your fireplace is colder than the interior of your home. A hot flue is a happy flue. It is easier for a fireplace to ignite and better for the components when the pilot warms the firebox and creates draft.

Choosing the Right Pilot Mode Reduces Moisture in Your Fireplace

Additionally, when it is cold outside and your pilot is off, moisture collects in your fireplace and venting. This is evident on a cold start when you can see condensation on the glass front. Water vapor is a normal byproduct of combustion. When your fireplace doesn’t exhaust the water vapor using a continuous pilot, droplets collect in your fireplace and venting. The internal electrical components in the fireplace can become rusted and damaged due to this condensation.

Continuous Pilot Keeps Your Chimney Cap Clear of Snow

If it is snowing and your pilot light is on, the warmth from the pilot will melt the snow off your termination so it is not covered in snow.

CPI Increases Fireplace Reliability

Finally, in CPI, your fireplace can start during a power outage. Electronic ignition systems require electricity to light the pilot. If the pilot is already lit during a power outage, your fireplace burner can start right up and heat your home! Although newer units often have a battery backup that can light the pilot during a power outage, keeping your fireplace in CPI mode is the most reliable way to keep your unit up and running in a pinch.

A fire burns brightly in a Kozy Heat Chaska Gas insert that we installed in Evergreen, CO.

Keeping your pilot on during the winter is the best way to ensure your fireplace will start right when you want it to and to reduce wear and tear on the unit. If you need assistance changing your fireplace from IPI to CPI, check your owners manual, watch this helpful video, or give us a call at (303) 679-1601. If you’re looking for a new fireplace, stove, or insert, visit our retail showroom, Mountain Hearth & Patio, at 7001 Highway 73 or visit the Mountain Hearth & Patio website at MtnHP.com.

By Scott Rupe on October 30th, 2019 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Does Your Gas Stove Or Insert Need Repairs?

Has your gas stove or insert been functioning less than efficiently lately? If so, you should get it checked out by a professional sweep right away! It could be in need of repairs or a sweeping, and using a damaged or dirty stove or insert can put your home and family at serious risk. If you suspect something is awry, call in the expert team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today. We can set you up right!

Dangers You Could Face

So, what could happen if you use a broken down appliance? Well, for one thing, you’re at risk for gas leaks. Inefficiency and poor drafting caused by cracks and holes can force harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, to pour into your home and trigger illnesses or, if not promptly treated, death.

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and makes no noise, making a damaged stove or insert a huge risk! Ensure you stay safer by investing in yearly inspections, and be sure to have your home equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, too, so that you and your loved ones can gain the peace of mind you all deserve.

Along with exposure to toxins, your risk for chimney fires increases, too. Broken down parts often lead to build-up, which increases your likelihood of fires. Chimney fires significantly shorten the longevity of your chimney and fireplace, and they put your home at risk, too. An event like that causes brickwork and mortar to crumble and damages your liner, making easy pathways for flames to escape to adjacent woodwork.

When it comes to maintaining a home and family, safety is always the number one priority and, here at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we take our customers’ needs seriously. We strive to make your chimney and fireplace function as safely and as efficiently as possible, so you don’t have to stress year after year. Call us in today, so you can rest easy come fall!

We Handle It All!

Our CSIA trained and certified team is more than confident that we can diagnose any issue you may be facing, then guide you down the right path for getting it resolved. In the 15 years we’ve been in business, we’ve handled countless repair jobs all throughout Littleton, Pine, Bailey, Golden, Indian Hills, and tons of other cities and towns in the area. You can trust that we know our stuff!

When you work with us, you won’t get anything less than our very best, and we’re happy to provide you with advice and tips for better operations day after day. We’re ready to be your go-to fireplace company for years to come. Give us a call and book an appointment with us today!

By Jake Johnson on March 23rd, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment