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Tools and Accessories For Your Fireplace

 

Accessories have always played an important role in the expression of unique qualities and individuality. Endless possibilities create countless ways to make our homes an expression of individual personality and style. Chaddsford Fireside Shop’s accessories are a triple threat offering safety, convenience and luxury.

Safety

Fireplace-ToolsThere are many products created for the protection of your fireplace, your home and your family. Fireplace screens and glass doors sit in front of the fireplace to block larger embers from popping out into the room and damaging floors, furniture, and rugs. Few fireplaces have built in doors or sliding screens making this accessory a necessity for those that do not. Chadds’ recommends flat or spark guard-style screens because they cover the entire fireplace opening, eliminating the risk of a spark or ember popping out and over the screen Many are elaborately designed or embellished with chic materials such as nickel, copper and brass, while others may be quite plain. Like any other accessory, there are many options for every personality.

Pokers, hearth gloves, and flame retardant hearth-rugs are other necessary fireplace accessories that offer safety as well as style to your hearth area. Pokers are fundamental as the main tool necessary to control and finagle your active fire. They create a safe means of managing a fire from a secure distance. Hearth gloves also offer a sense of security when dealing with high temperatures and wild flames.

Convenience

Other products are created for sheer convenience. Fireplace shovels, and brooms are generally purchased in sets along with pokers and accompanied by a stand or other storage apparatus. It is important to be diligent when purchasing these sets. Chaddsford Fireside Shop’s quality products are durable and made to withstand the heat of the hearth. If you have a wood-burning fireplace these products are very useful. The shovel is multifaceted, used to trowel ash from the fireplace and as a dustpan to sweep ash when cleaning.

Buckets and ashbins are also accessories created with convenience in mind. Buckets and baskets act as wood cradles to neatly store wood near the fireplace for easy access. There are various buckets and basket types matching all design aesthetics. Wood holding apparatuses can stand tall or lay flat. In the alternative ashbins, which could also be used as wood holding buckets, are used to store ashes after cleaning and before dumping. Some functioning wood-burning fireplaces actually have an ashbin stored out the back of the chimney or underneath the grate where ashes can be swept between uses.

Luxury and Style

Regardless of the accessory’s purpose, modern design schematics include a wide range of patterns, colors and textures. Traditional fireplaces can be drab and boring. Whether you update the exterior with a custom designed glass door insert or dress up the surrounding area with a screen and tool set kit, Chadds Ford Fireside Shop sells only the best accessories that suit everything from a classic traditional style to a unique eclectic panache.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadd’s at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Wood Burning: Best Wood and Best Practices

With the use of fireplaces making a swift comeback as both an aesthetic centerpiece of the modern home and as a practical means to heat, lighting and ambiance, it’s time we refresh our understanding of a seemingly simple process of wood burning  Factors of the best practices in wood burning range from types of wood, purchasing and selecting the best wood for your situation, the best ways to store and preserve wood to little known tips that can avoid serious injury or bodily harm due to ignorance or recklessness.  A few minutes spent understanding firewood will be time well spent.

Placing-Log-In-FireplaceTypes of Wood

There are essentially hundreds of varying tree types, thereby hundreds of types of wood that could be used for wood burning.  For this intent and purpose seasoned softwood is the only type of wood used for fireplace burning.  Firewood that is freshly cut contains up to 45% water.  Well seasoned firewood has about 5% – 20% water depending on the length of storage time and location.  Seasoned firewood is always recommended because it is easier to start, produces more heat, and burns cleaner.  Softwoods, made from gymnosperm trees (needle and cone trees such as cedar, juniper, pine, and redwood) have no visible pores, which reduces its water retention.  About 80% of all timber comes from softwood but it is also used in building components, furniture and paper production.  Softwood is typically less expensive compared to hardwood and it has a faster rate of growth.

Purchasing the right firewood for your situation will greatly influence how well your fireplace structure performs.  Quality, well seasoned firewood will promote cleaner and more efficient fires in wood stoves or fireplaces.  Adversely, green freshly cut, (wet) wood causes smoking problems, odor problems, rapid creosote buildup and possibly even dangerous chimney fires.  Freshly cut wood is not recommended.  It is important to understand the difference when making the decision on which wood is best for you.

What to Look For In Seasoned Wood

Well seasoned firewood generally has darkened ends with visible cracks or splits.  It is relatively lightweight, and makes a clunk sound when two pieces are beat together.  On the other hand, green wood is heavier (due to the concentration of water), the ends look fresher, and it tends to make a thud sound when struck.

Storing Firewood

Where you store your firewood is just as important as knowing the best wood to buy and taking the time to find it.  Even the most suitable wood will become damaged by improper storage.  Exposure to rain or snow can cause well seasoned wood to reabsorb moisture.  It is important to choose a storage location that provides, sun, continuous airflow and protection against the elements.  Chadds Ford Fireside Shop has the accessories you need to ensure you properly store firewood in a safe and effective manner.  Contact them today for a list of products and ideas for your firewood storage needs.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. They are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line.  They service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadd’s at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Regency Fireplace Event

Come this weekend to the Regency Fireplace Event (January 24-25).  Be sure to use this Winter Rebate Coupon!  See you on Saturday or Sunday!

If this Saturday/Sunday get snowed out, the event will be rescheduled for next Saturday the 31st.  Please call the store to confirm.

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Regency Fireplace Event

Come this weekend to the Regency Fireplace Event (January 24-25).  Be sure to use this Winter Rebate Coupon!  See you on Saturday or Sunday!

If this Saturday/Sunday get snowed out, the event will be rescheduled for next Saturday the 31st.  Please call the store to confirm.

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Wood Burning: Hot or Not?

Wood burning concepts have become the topic of recent discussion and debatable controversy due to its professed benefits and to its preconceived ill side effects.  Experts in the field argue for both its use and its ban in every day households.  Here, we will take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of burning wood as a source of home heating in 2015 and the regulations that guide it.

Pollution and Emissions

Wood-BurningSmoke from residential wood heaters, fire places and wood burning stoves contains fine particle pollution including carbon monoxide, black carbon, and air toxins, such as benzene.  Residential wood smoke can increase pollution to levels that pose serious health concerns, and in some areas constitutes a significant portion of a city’s pollution problem.  The fine particles in smoke can invade the body, harming the lungs, blood vessels and heart.  However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates residential wood burning practices keeping tabs on the problem.

EPA Regulations

Since 1988, EPA has required manufacturers of wood burning products to certify that each product complies with the EPA particulate emissions guidelines in the Clean Air Act.  EPA-certified wood stoves are cleaner and more efficient than uncertified wood stoves, heaters or fireplace inserts.  As part of the certification process, each wood burning product model is required to undergo emissions testing in accordance with EPA Standards making certified products, safe, efficient and valuable home assets.

Benefits of Wood Burning Products

  • Renewable Energy Source:  More renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric, tidal power and biomass enable the United States to cut greenhouse emissions and help it to become less dependent on other countries and their imported energy (i.e. fossil fuels).  Biomass (plant life, including the bark of trees used in wood burning) is harvested as part of a constantly replenished crop.  Fossil fuel production is becoming scarce and pricey because of its presumed inevitable extinction.
  • Lowers Pollution and Emissions:  Studies show that burning wood produces about 65% to 95% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to other fossil fuels.  Trees can be replanted, whereas coal and other burning sources are limited.  Emission gasses such as sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and mercury are also lower in wood burning fumes than other sources.  Burning fire wood also reduces net greenhouse gas emissions, thereby supporting aid for global warming.
  • Effective Available EPA Products:  The new wood burning technology found in EPA certified products work to solve the three major wood smoke problems: airshed contamination, nuisance wood smoke and indoor air pollution.  EPA certified products (stoves, inserts, fireplaces and furnaces) cut wood smoke by up to ninety percent compared to older seemingly ‘airtight’ products.

Overall, wood burning is a great source of alternative or primary heat when used properly and in accordance to standards.  On January 3, 2014, the EPA drafted further revisions that only apply to newer products.  However, it is highly suggested that home owners upgrade existing systems to follow current standards.  It is important to contact a dealer with familiarity of these requirements and obtain information on the finest and most efficient wood burning products available.  Chadds Ford Fireside has a vast assortment of products in stock that meets or exceeds EPA standards as well as keen insight into which products work best for your specific living situations.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call us at 610-358-9355 or stop by today.

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Fireplace Safety During The Holidays

Christmas-FireplaceNothing is more relaxing during the holiday season than snuggling up with the family around a cozy fire after a big meal, bonding as you share the events of the day.  This family time is precious and moments such as these create valuable memories.  In order to keep these memories sacred, it is important to stay safe during the winter months when use of the fireplace becomes more frequent.  Between the holiday season and cold winter nights, a fireplace will come in handy and the proper accessories will help you optimize its use.

Fireside Safety Products

Homes with existing fireplaces, stoves or inserts will benefit from a physical barrier to eliminate the risk of jumping flames or serious burns.  The use of safety products such as glass doors, attachable safety screens, and freestanding safety gates have streamlined fireplace safety making them efficient and their implementation easy.

Glass fireplace screens and doors help to reduce the chances of sparks hurling about your living room or flaming logs accidentally tumbling out of the fireplace, causing damage to flooring (tile or wood), destroying carpets, melting linoleum or even worse, harming anyone standing near the fireplace.  In a worse case scenario, these reckless embers can cause home fires, if it comes in contact with a curtain or other flammable object.

Glass doors help to minimize the risk of fire or harm to both your property and your loved ones. The glass door air damper is useful to control the veracity of a fire by reducing the amount of oxygen being let into the fireplace. It is also used to snuff out a fire when it’s time for bed, without having to worry about hot embers. Glass doors reduce the amount of interior room air that is lost up the chimney of the house overnight after a burn…and even when the fireplace is not in use.

Attachable safety screens fasten to the front of direct vent gas fireplaces to create a barrier in front of the hot glass front. Aftermarket safety screens that attach to the fireplace, stove or insert could adversely affect the safe operation of your unit if the product is not operational and the installation process is not accurate. It is imperative that you consult a Chadds Fireside representative for the best products and practices in the industry.

In the alternative, freestanding fireplace safety screens are set in front of the fireplace or stove to prevent direct access. These screens also help prevent sparks and embers from popping out of the fireplace and landing on your flooring or furniture. As with any hearth product, safety gloves should be used to move free-standing screens.

Damper caps are used to close the chimney flue, when the existing damper is broken or missing.  Chimney caps are used to cover the top of a chimney.  Each of these items keep the chimney clean from outside debris and rain, and help keep the flue from disintegrating or being damaged. They also prevent unwanted visitors like birds or squirrels from entering the home.

Holiday Decorations

Where it is visually customary to decorate the mantel or hearth area for the holidays, tis the season to be mindful of where and how you hang certain holiday decorations.  Refrain from placing anything combustible near the fireplace to avoid accidental ignition.  Stockings, wreaths and Christmas trees are all very combustible items.  Decorate your mantle with caution or in the alternative, remove all decorative items from the mantle when using the fireplace.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadd’s at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Chadds Ford Fireside Shop Holiday Mantel Decorating Contest!

Show us how you decorate your fireplace mantel for the holidays! Get the most likes and win a $75 Visa gift card! Submissions begin December 4th. Deadline for submissions is December 23th at midnight EST. Votes begin tabulating as they are posted. Voting ends December 25th at midnight EST.

Click the image below to enter on our Facebook page!

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Energy Efficiency and Preventing Energy Loss

 

Watching-The-FireplaceAs we continue to look at high-energy costs associated with cold winter months, the loss of energy is another expensive drain on your wallets. The poor insulation of a home, improper installation of your current heating system and prolonged unknown needed repairs are all probable causes of energy loss.

Insulation

A well-insulated house reduces the amount of money you spend on heating and cooling. Proper insulation makes all the difference in reducing your winter energy bill. According to the Edison Electric Institute, an organization that provides power industry statistics, drafty doors and entrances could account for 15-30 percent of a home’s total heating costs. If you are not in the market for a complete re-insulation of your home, (of which we are sure most are not) it is a good idea to check any visible openings and properly seal them, particularly in areas where you have implemented a zoned heating system and other alternative sources of warmth. A ministerial task such as placing weather-stripping and caulking over open spaces and gaps around doorframes can cut down on wasted energy and high energy bills.

Fireplaces are also a huge cause of heat loss. As the winter months approach, make it a point to check your chimney to guarantee it is closed tightly along all four edges. When the fireplace is not in use, closing the damper will greatly support your fight against heat loss. Making use of glass doors in front of the fireplace also works well to prevent heat loss in hearth areas. Chadds Ford Fireside Shop has an array of glass door inserts and damper cap products that help properly insulate any room with a fireplace. In the end, you do want to save money using efficient alternate heating concepts such as zoned heating and high-efficiency products, not lose money because of poor insulation.

Professional Product Choice and Installation

In conjunction with proper insulation, the proper installation of any alternate heating systems such as a Zero Clearance fireplace, freestanding stove, fireplace insert or masonry heater, will save homeowners quite a few dollars on their winter heating bills and the need to fix improperly installed products. Proper installation prevents smoke, drafts and dangerous odors from fireplaces from leaking into homes. Finding a knowledgeable company, promoting the proper products and possessing the skills and expertise to properly install all fireside needs will save you a lot of money, time and heartache in the long run.

Regular Checks And Maintenance Of Your Heating System

Lastly, check your fireplace and hearth products before each winter season to prevent prolonged unknown needed repairs, which can cause serious damage or loss of heat when unidentified. If any problems or issues are found, contact Chadds and a representative will be happy to assist you.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call us at 610-358-9355 or stop by today.

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Make The Fireplace More Efficient

Energy efficiency is an important aspect of homeownership. It is important to insulate your home to ensure that energy is economically used and accomplishing its desired tasks, i.e. heating or cooling. The average insulator will come into a home and seal the windows and doors as well as ensure that the insulation within the home’s walls is up to code…but what about the energy efficiency of your fireplace?

Often times, builders’ wood-burning fireplaces have similar effects as an open window in a house: causing the loss of energy and/or conditioned air through the chimney during the summer. In addition, cold air infiltrates the home during the winter in the same manner. This can occur even when the damper of a chimney shaft is closed. Homemade solutions such as hanging a blanket or plastic sheet over the fireplace to block the chill, offer little solace to the actual problem. Consider more efficient and permanent solutions, such as installing a set of glass doors or a direct vent gas or electric insert depending on your specific need.

Fireplace-EfficiencyIf the issue at hand is a strong draft, either blowing in or being sucked out of the fireplace via the chimney, a set of glass doors will help reduce airflow. Although the National Fire Protection Institute (NFPI) code prohibits pre-fabricated or factory-built fireplaces from being completely sealed with a set of glass doors, the addition of glass doors considerably reduces the amount of airflow in or out of a fireplace opening. Glass doors also make exceptional additions to the hearth décor of any room. Glass doors can be customized with an almost endless combination of finishes, handle styles, and designs.

Another solution is direct vent gas or electric inserts. Direct vent gas or electric inserts deter unwanted airflow through the chimney like glass doors, even when they are not in operation. A direct vent gas or electric inserts is an attractive upgrade to an old dowdy fireplace, in addition to providing high efficient heat. If you already have vented gas logs installed in the fireplace, we can replace them with a higher-efficient insert. This solution not only helps deter energy loss, but also turns a notoriously chilly spot into a warm hangout area that the whole family will enjoy. Gas inserts do not require electricity in order to operate the burner, so they are fantastic back-up heat sources in the event of a power outage. Gas inserts are zone-heat sources and can help reduce overall energy bills. These inserts are easy to use, does not emit odors, require little maintenance, and come in various traditional and modern styles.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call us at 610-358-9355 or stop by today.

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Beautifying a Fireplace

According to Frank Lloyd Wright, the fireplace is the heart of the home. It is where people gather to enjoy the warmth of each other’s company, or where they retreat to spend time alone with a book or their thoughts. The fireplace is always the focal point of a room and it should be inviting to others, but reflect the personality of the homeowner. There are various options available for eclectic personalization or special touches to your fireplace. From the simple addition of an eye-catching new toolset, to the complete modernization of the fireplace wall with a specifically chosen stone, there are many ways to upgrade a builder’s fireplace that cater to all budgets and lifestyles.

The quickest fireplace accessory upgrade is the addition of a new set of tools, screen and wood holder. Fireplaces have come a long way since the basic brass doors and sliding mesh curtains. Modern embellishments have graced hearth décor and style sectors. Doors are solidly built with updated finishes and designs. Unimaginative molding is easily replaced by luminescent designs around the fireplace to create a more substantial and attractive full mantelpiece. Revamp that boring drywall background into an impressive stone and hearth area.

Fireplace-ScreenA builder’s wood-burning fireplace, or a builder’s direct vent gas fireplace, can be completely removed, and replaced with a new fireplace (usually a new direct vent gas fireplace). This type of project is considered “major surgery” in the hearth world, but it is not an uncommon request from clients. In many cases, what seems like cold air coming into the room via the chimney is actually cold transference coming from the outside of the house, through the house framing and metal fireplace, and into the room. This is typically due to inadequate insulation of the fireplace chase – the built-out “box” that houses the fireplace that is usually sticking out of the side of the house, either the height of the fireplace, or all the way up the side of the house. This upgrade is practical when a complete overhaul is needed. In order to get a fireplace operating properly, these repairs become necessary. In this situation, glass doors and inserts may not solve the entire problem. The old fireplace is torn out and a replacement will be installed with better insulation than what existed before (or didn’t exist at all).

This type of upgrade will offer the customer more options for product style, usability, viewing size and quality. Customers who visit Chadds Ford Fireside are amazed at the options in style available for gas, electric and wood burning fireplaces. Chadds Ford Firesde offers products that will please any consumer. Big or small, simple or fancy, they have the product that is perfect for you.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202, in the Springwater Plaza Shopping Center, close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call the Chadds Ford Fireside Shop at 610-358-9355 or stop by today.

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