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Take care of Stove Repair this Summer!

Summer is a great time to schedule stove repairs before Fall

Summer is a great time to schedule stove repairs before Fall

Stoves can be used for a variety of purposes such as a primary heating appliance, for additional zone heating, or as a rustic alternative to a fireplace it is an important part of your home during the cold months of winter. During the spring and summer, however, most homeowners do not use their wood stoves, cleaning them out at the end of the season and waiting for the temperatures to drop before using them again.

Whether your stove needs regular maintenance or has damage that needs to be fixed, summer if the perfect time to take care of stove repair. Having your stove repaired in the summer will leave it ready to use again in the fall.

Importance of stove repairs

Although stoves are sturdily built and designed to withstand years of use, they need regular maintenance in order to work their best. While some stove maintenance, such as interior and exterior cleaning, can be done by homeowners, all stoves should be inspected and cleaned at least once per year.

Just like a regular fireplace, a stove needs to have its chimney swept each year. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America chimneys should be swept at least once per year or any time there is a buildup of 1/8th of an inch of soot in the flue. This amount of buildup typically occurs after a full cord of wood is burned; depending on how much wood you use each season, your chimney may need to be swept more than once per year.

Why have stove maintenance done during the summer

Stoves experience their heaviest use periods during the fall and winter. Because of this, many homeowners do not want to do repairs during this time, as this can impact their ability to use their stove. This is especially true of homeowners who use a stove as their primary heating appliance. However, it is easy to disregard or forget stove issues while they are not being used in the spring and summer.

This year, have your stove maintenance or repairs done during the summer. Because the fall is the busiest time of year for chimney and stove repairs, it is often more difficult to schedule an appointment at a convenient time during this part of the year. Likewise, waiting periods for appointments can be as long as several weeks; this may leave use without a working stove as you wait for repairs to be made.

By having your stove repaired in the summer, you can avoid the long waiting lists that come in the fall. Likewise, having your stove repaired now ensures that it will be in excellent working condition by the time the temperatures drop in the fall, allowing you the peace of the mind to safely enjoy your stove all season long.

Whether you use your stove as a primary heating source or just as a rustic way to add heat to a room, maintenance and repairs will keep your stove running and working its best. This year, have your stove repaired during the summer so it is ready to use when temperatures drop again in the fall. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today to schedule your summer stove repair!

By Jake Johnson on July 15th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , | Leave a Comment

EPA Versus Non-EPA Fireplaces and Stoves

Not sure the difference between EPA vs Non-EPA stoves? Read on to learn more or call Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney!

Not sure the difference between EPA vs Non-EPA stoves? Read on to learn more or call Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney!

During the cold months of winter, most homeowners consider their fireplaces and stoves to be a necessity. However, telling the difference between a “good” or “bad” heating appliance can sometimes be difficult.

Many homeowners base their decision on whether or not to purchase a stove or fireplace based on its EPA rating. Others may purchase a home with an older heating appliance only to discover that it is not EPA certified.

While EPA certifications are an excellent way to evaluate the energy efficiency of a new appliance, there are also many units that do not have these ratings yet still work well. In this post we will discuss the difference between EPA and non-EPA certified fireplaces and stoves.

What are EPA certifications?

The EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, created regulatory emission requirements for heating appliances such as stoves, fireplaces, and inserts. These requirements were developed in order to help minimize air pollution.

What is the difference between an EPA certified and an EPA qualified appliance?

Currently, only wood and pellet stoves can receive EPA certifications. To make this certification, this must meet strict regulatory emissions standards.

Fireplaces and outdoor boilers, also called hydronic heaters, cannot be EPA certified because their emissions cannot be as closely regulated by the EPA. However, many of these appliances can be EPA qualified. To earn the EPA qualification, manufacturers can voluntarily meet emissions standards set by the EPA. While this does not make them certified, units with this qualification do burn cleaner and more efficiently than those without it.

How can I tell if my appliance is EPA certified?

Wood burning stoves that are EPA certified should have a tag or label located on the back of the stove. If you cannot find a tag, the current list of EPA certified wood heaters can be found here. Homeowners should also look for labels for safety certification groups such as Underwriters Laboratories.

Finding the EPA qualification tag of an existing fireplace unit may be difficult. Often, the labels for these appliances can only be viewed before they are installed. If you have questions about the qualification of your unit, the list of EPA qualified fireplaces can be found here. If you are purchasing a new fireplace, look for the tag that labels the appliance as Phase Two Qualified.

Benefits of an EPA certified appliance

Many homes may have older appliances that do not meet current EPA standards. While these appliances might still function well, there are a number of benefits of upgrading to an appliance that meets modern EPA standards.

The main benefit of upgrading to an EPA certified or qualified appliance is in the improved efficiency. An older, non-certified wood stove may create as much as 30 grams of smoke per hour. Newer certified models, however, create as little as two grams of smoke per hour. Less smoke means that more of your fuel source is being burned, which translates to savings for you by purchasing less wood or pellets.

While you may love your old stove or fireplace, consider upgrading to a new EPA certified or qualified model. You will make your home safer and healthier by reducing smoke and emissions, as well as potentially save money by burning your fuel source more efficiently. If you’re ready to upgrade your heating appliance and live around Littleton, CO, contact the staff at Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today. Our expert staff can help you find the stove or fireplace that is right for you!

By Jake Johnson on January 30th, 2015 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment