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Learn The Difference Between Gas And Wood Stoves

Homeowners love fireplaces, but it’s not always possible to construct a fireplace and chimney system in an existing home. In fact, it can be impossible either because of logistics or because of cost. A great option for homeowners who would like to use fire heat and want the beauty of a crackling fire is to install a stove. At the Magic Sweep showroom, we get a lot of questions about gas and wood stoves. Here is the lowdown:

Gas Fuel

When you choose gas fuel, you are choosing the most efficient option. Gas stoves are highly efficient, safe, and perfect for zone heating. They come with the added convenience of low-maintenance, high-performance products that are easy to light (sometimes with an easy on/off switch), and temperature control. Gas stoves should be piped up, either through the ceiling and out of the house, or through an existing chimney. Because gas burns so efficiently, and the stove uses most of the heat for the room, there isn’t much heat left to push up the chimney. A properly-sized flue keeps the byproducts from the fire moving up and out, the system efficient, and the fire safe.

Wood Fuel

Wood is a great option for homeowners who have access to their own wood supply, or a local supplier. These stoves are efficient and safe, especially the products we sell at Magic Sweep. However, even the best wood stove products can see a significant drop in both efficiency and safety if they aren’t operated properly.

  • Only burn properly seasoned wood in your wood stove.
    Burning trash, clothes, and other materials in your wood stove can lead to excessive ash, creosote, and soot.
  • Clean ash out of the stove regularly.
    Too much ash can cause wood to smolder, leading to less heat, and more creosote and soot. Keep 1/4 inch of the ash on the bottom of your stove to serve as an insulator.
  • Use the damper to help light the fire and control the flame.
    Do not burn a fire with the damper completely closed. This causes the wood to smolder and burn too slowly and incompletely.

Visit Our Showroom!

Whether you use wood or gas, a stove is a great option for any homeowner. While wood is a popular option, it isn’t as convenient as gas, and many homeowners wince at the idea of hauling and splitting wood, let alone the wood dust and ash that comes with a wood stove. When you let Magic Sweep help you decide on your stove, we can show you the full range of styles and designs for both wood and gas. Manufacturers have created designs to complement traditional and contemporary decor, even creating realistic logs for gas stoves to look just as pleasing as a wood stove.

You can call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400 or visit our showroom at 938 Providence Road in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Start the New Year with a New Fireplace

There is no better time to give your home a face lift than New Year’s. The rest of the country is focused on resolutions and goals that may not make it past January. However, you can start the year with a sure thing – the fireplace of your dreams!

At Magic Sweep we don’t just sweep chimneys. We offer the industry’s best and most beautiful fireplaces rated for the highest efficiency and safety standards.

Start With The Vision

You may not know what you want in your fireplace yet. To help you decide, visit the Sweeps America complete online store. This site features beautiful, full-color pictures of all the products we sell, install, and service.

Magic Sweep sells and installs the best gas and wood fireplaces. We even sell outdoor fireplaces. Believe it or not, winter is a good time to start thinking about a new outdoor fireplace. Why? It’s because you will be ahead of the spring rush for outdoor products and installations!

We also sell gas, wood, and pellet inserts. These inserts burn at the highest efficiency of any fireplace. This is due to their closed system that keeps and uses the heat produced. Many homeowners choose to “go green” with the pellet stove. Why? Pellets are manufactured from wood byproducts in order to cut down on waste and use all of the tree. Fireplace inserts burn more cleanly and efficiency than a traditional fireplace. Therefore it promotes a longer life for your chimney system, and less required chimney sweeps.

We Also Offer A Variety Of Stoves & Logs

Finally Magic Sweep sells wood, pellet, and gas stoves. All of which offer the same benefits as a fireplace insert. However, a stove is more versatile since it can be freestanding. With correct professional installation you can even place a stove in a corner. You can do this by using heat resistant boards or tile to protect your walls from heat.

If you’re looking to keep your existing fireplace, there is even an option for you when you choose a gas log set. You can choose a gas log set even if your chimney isn’t safe for use. Your fireplace expert can vent your gas log set through a wall instead of the chimney. You can also choose a vent-free log set that is rated for indoor use without a vent. This is an efficient product, but many homeowners dislike the unrealistic blue flame, and opt for the yellow flame of vented log sets.

Magic Sweep Fireplace Experts

Our chimney sweeps are not merely salesmen. They are CSIA certified chimney sweeps who can match you with the best fireplace, fuel, and hearth for your home. When you stick with Magic Sweep from start to finish you will have a professional involved every step of the way. We put the safety and comfort of our Chesapeake customers above all else — including our own sales. We strive to satisfy every customer, every time, and our reward is to see the finished product and the satisfied smile of the homeowner.

Contact Magic Sweep today to get started on the journey to your dream fireplace today.

Options for Buying a Stove This Winter

Winter is the time to think about a new stove. Stoves offer a level of efficiency and heat output that isn’t possible with a traditional fireplace. Plus, they are also more versatile in design.

Options for Buying a Stove this Winter Image - Chesapeake VA - Magic SweepFactors to Consider When Choosing a New Stove

  • Location
    Stoves are free-standing and can sit anywhere in the house. With the use of special heat resistant boards, tiles, and brick they can even be situated near walls and in corners.
  • Design
    You can expect a traditional and charming design when you choose a stove. However, many homeowners enjoy more modern features. For instance, if you’re looking for a fireplace feel, you can choose a stove with a flame-viewing window.
  • Efficiency
    The stoves on the market today are designed with you in mind. They are also designed for highest efficiency. When choosing a stove, it’s important to choose the size required to heat your space. No amount of design perfection will make a too-small stove heat a house larger than its capacity.
  • Safety
    When you choose a wood stove you should consider safety. Not only of fire prevention, but also of family members. Have concerns about small children? Discuss this with your stove and chimney expert to find the best option for you.

Find a Professional

When you are choosing a stove, it’s important to find a professional that puts your safety and comfort first. Also someone who listens to your needs. It is your home, after all. So, your fireplace expert should consider your needs and wants. At Magic Sweep our chimney and fireplace technicians will help you find the stove you want , and the result you need.

Magic Sweep offers the best products in the industry including state-of-art wood, pellet, and gas stoves:

  • Wood Stoves
    These offer a traditional look and a classic heat that many homeowners long for. However, some homeowners find it troublesome to buy or store properly seasoned wood until burn season. Cutting, hauling, splitting, and carrying wood sound unappealing to you? Then you should look for another option.
  • Pellet Stoves
    These retain the traditional beauty of a wood stove.  Plus, offer a higher efficiency than wood stoves. These stoves are eco-friendly. This is because the pellets are manufactured from organic materials. These are wood byproducts that were once wasted in the industry, now put to good use. These stoves even feature a hopper that allows the pellets to feed the fire at certain intervals to produce a consistent flame and heat output.
  • Gas Stoves
    These are a less traditional option, but their design allows for both traditional and contemporary specifications. Gas stoves are the most efficient option for stove heating. They are particularly beneficial for zone heating. If you’re looking for a high-heat option that is both clean-burning as well as cleaner for your stove, floor, and air – the gas stove is right for you.

No matter which stove you choose, you should have a certified chimney sweep involved through every step in this process. Wood and pellet heat leaves more creosote in the chimney than gas, but gas stoves are so efficient that there isn’t a lot of heat to move up the chimney. This can cause residue in the flue that you may not expect. This is why it’s important to schedule your chimney sweeps and inspections regularly, no matter what type of stove you choose!

All About the Different Types of Stoves

You would like to get a stove to use as a heating appliance this winter, but you are not sure which fuel type is right for your home. With the options of high-efficiency wood-burning, gas, and pellet stoves, choosing the best fuel source for you can be challenging. Magic Sweep sells all three types of stoves, and our expert staff know the benefits and downsides of each fuel source. We would like to share with you these pros and cons about wood-burning, gas, and pellet stoves to help you make the right choice for you.

Types of Stoves - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweep

Wood-Burning Stoves

Advantages:

  • With new technology, wood-burning stoves are both clean-burning and energy-efficient, even earning certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on emissions testing.
  • Firewood is relatively cheap, especially if you cut and dry it yourself.
  • You can always depend on heat from wood-burning stoves because you do not have to rely on electricity or gas to have a fire.

Disadvantages:

  • Having to bring firewood in from outside can be a tiresome chore.
  • Firewood can require a large area of storage space outside of your home.
  • You do not get a long period of burning time as you must tend to a wood-burning fire frequently, even every four hours.

Gas Stoves

Advantages:

  • Gas stoves have the most convenience as all you have to do is press a button to start a fire. Some models can even be operated by remote control.
  • A gas-fueled fire emits fewer toxins than a fire fueled with wood.
  • Relatively maintenance-free, you don’t have to clean up the mess that occurs with a wood-burning stove.

Disadvantages:

  • If you do not have a natural gas connection to your home, this type of stove cannot be installed in your home.
  • The price of natural gas tends to fluctuate, so it can be hard to budget your heating costs.
  • For some people, a gas flame will never be the same as a wood-burning fire because of the appearance, smells, and sounds of a wood fire.

Pellet Stoves

Advantages:

  • Pellet stoves rank the highest in the environmentally-friendly category. The pellets are made from recycled sawdust and wood shavings. Compacted tightly, pellets burn much cleaner than firewood.
  • The cost of pellets is relatively inexpensive. Additionally, users tend to notice lower heating costs when operating a pellet stove as a heating appliance.
  • Easy to use, you just open the hopper, pour the amount of pellets inside the hopper, and then turn on the stove.

Disadvantages:

  • Since pellet stoves rely on electricity to operate, you will be without heat if your power goes out during bad weather.
  • Although pellet stoves are cheaper to operate, they usually cost more than the other two types of stoves.
  • Burning pellets generally leaves a mess behind, so the cleaning involved may not be what you want to do on a regular basis.

If you have more questions about any of these types of stoves, contact Magic Sweep today. We can help you decide which type is the best fit for you.