HAVE YOU WRAPPED UP YOUR WINTER MAINTENANCE?

June 8th, 2013

If you’re like us, one of the most important things in your home during the winter is your stove. With all of the use during the winter season, often times people get distracted with the changing of the season and the warmer weather and forget to properly close out their winter heating solutions.

We are reminding you to close these out properly. It is a great idea to clean your chimney and fireplace thoroughly before heading out to the backyard to do some cooking and entertaining.

Exterior chimney repair requires good weather to get work done and the spring is the best time to get these kind of improvements and repairs completed. It also allows for better scheduling as we are not so consumed with chimney sweeping and inspections and will be able to service you faster. Another thing to consider is chimney odors. With the use of your chimney this winter to warm your home, there is an abundance of soot and creosote that can bring a very harsh smell into your home. We recommend cleaning your chimney before diving into the pools and the backyard barbecue’s of the summer. It’s just as important to properly close out your winter heating utilities as it is to make sure you’re using them correctly during the winter.

If you’re looking for a cleaning, please give us a call at our showroom or stop in and make an appointment with Rob.

 

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TIPS ON EASILY (AND EFFECTIVELY) CLEANING YOUR GRILL

May 12th, 2013

 

As our Grilling Season ’13 series continues, we’ve covered how to safely setup your grill and even how to effectively use it. Grilling provides many joys but one of the things that nobody looks forward to is the clean up. After using a grill there is nothing worse then having a nasty clean up process that makes you think twice about using it when needing a meal. Fortunately, we’ve provided a list of things you can do to prevent clean up from becoming a nightmare. To ensure that cleanup is as easy as possible, we’ve shared with you some helpful tips from our friends at HPBA.

  • Use non-stick spray to cut down the clean-up time afterwards. Apply this spray to the grates on the grill to make sure that your food isn’t sticking to them and so you won’t have a charred mess once you’re done cooking.
  • If you’re using a charcoal grill, line the bowl with aluminum foil. This will obviously reduce the amount of food that touches the grill itself and allow you to pick up the aluminum foil after the grill cools, and discard it with thew coals and ash. You’ll still have to wash the grill, but you can assure yourself that you won’t need a chisel to get the food you just cooked off. This will save a ton of time and energy.
  • Make sure to always have a wire brush around at all times. Using a wire brush will allow you to scrub the grates once the grill has cooled. If you do not have a wire brush crumbled up aluminum foil will do but we advise you to purchase a wire brush to make your life easier.
  • Use grease-cutting dishwasher detergent on the grill and the grates once the grill has cooled. We recommend you scrub with a brush two times to make sure that any and all food products are gone and the grill is clean when being put away.
  • Nobody is a perfectly clean cook. For this we recommend placing a grill pad or splatter mat beneath the grill before you begin cooking. These mats or pads will protect your deck or patio from any grease that misses the drip pan and will allow you to bypass cleaning your deck because you grilled there.
  • Most importantly (and simply), make sure that your grill is as clean as possible once it has been given time to cool down. Any mess you make should be completely clean so that you can begin cooking as soon as possible for the next time you wish to use it.By simply following these steps one of the only un-enjoyable steps to grilling can be made easier. Please remember to never avoid cleaning your grill as it’s a necessary activity after every time grilling. It will make your food taste better by being cooked on a clean grill, and most importantly it will make your grill more efficient and last longer providing you more meals. 

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Just Got Them In!!

April 16th, 2013

(From the Morso Website)

 

Mmmm, summer evenings, open fires and a real Italian atmosphere. Yes, the outdoor kitchen can and should offer more than traditional barbecued food. A Morsø Outdoor Oven spreads warmth on the patio and enables you to prepare crisp, crunchy pizzas and perfect bread in just a few minutes.

Internally, the oven is shaped like an Italian stone oven. The wide, low ceilinged firebox produces optimal radiant heat and plenty of space for firewood to be pushes aside when it’s time to cook. The oven is made of solid enamelled cast iron to last for many seasons if used and cared for correctly. If you use the Tuscan Grill in the oven, you can also produce steaks and vegetables with sharp, well-defined grilling lines.

The Morsø Outdoor Oven is for anyone who values good food, originality and shared experiences. With its clean lines and simple, functional design, award-winning designer Klaus Rath has tailor-made the oven for the modern Nordic home, or rather, for its lovely outdoor space.

Product Details
Material: Enamelled cast iron
Color: black
Measurements in cm: 70×60 cm
Weight: 96 kg

GRILLING SEASON ’13: GRILLING SAFETY TIPS

April 13th, 2013

With Hearth and Stove’s Grilling Season ’13 officially kicked off, we’ve provided a list of safety tips to consider while grilling this summer.With the warmer weather welcoming us into spring, its just about time for BBQ season. This means a lot more time spent outside, preparing food for our loved ones and making great tasting food on a grill. To get you in shape for this grilling season, Hearth and Stove has put together a friendly list of reminders to keep you as safe as possible for this grilling season. This following safety tips are designed to keep you thinking about safety as well as fun this season because the best BBQ comes when both safety and fun are met half way.

Read the owner’s manual.
Always read the owner’s manual before using your grill and follow specific usage, assembly, and safety procedures. Contact the grill manufacturer if you have specific questions. (Be sure to locate your model number and the manufacturer’s consumer inquiry phone number and write them on the front page of your manual.)

Grills are for outside, only.
Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor use, only. Never barbecue in your trailer, tent, house, garage, or any enclosed area because carbon monoxide may accumulate and kill you.

Use in well-ventilated area.
Set up your grill in an open area that is away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves, or brush. Be sure to avoid high traffic areas and always barbecue in a well-ventilated area. Be aware of wind-blown sparks.

Keep grill stable.
When using a barbecue grill, be sure that all parts of the unit are firmly in place and that the grill is stable (can’t be tipped over).

Follow electric codes.
If electrically-operated accessories are used (rotisseries, etc.), be sure they are properly grounded in accordance with local codes. Electrical cords should be placed away from walkways or anywhere people can trip over them.

Use long-handled utensils.
Use barbecue utensils with long handles (forks, tongs, etc.) to avoid burns and splatters.

Wear safe clothing.
Wear clothing that does not have hanging shirt tails, frills, or apron strings that can catch fire, and use flame-retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents

Keep fire under control.
To put out flare-ups, either raise the grid that the food is on, spread the coals out evenly, or adjust the controls to lower the temperature. If you must douse the flames with a light spritz of water, first remove the food from the grill.

Be ready to extinguish flames.
Use baking soda to control a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher handy. A bucket of sand or a garden hose should be near if you don’t have a commercial extinguisher.

Consider placing a grill pad or splatter mat beneath your grill.
These naturally heat resistant pads are usually made of lightweight composite cement or plastic and will protect your deck or patio from any grease that misses the drip pan.

Never leave a grill unattended once lit.

Stay away from hot grill.
Don’t allow anyone to conduct activity near the grill when in use or immediately following its use. The grill body remains hot up to an hour after being used.

Don’t move a hot grill.

Never attempt to move a hot grill. It’s easy to stumble or drop it and serious burns could result.

(source: HPBA)

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HEARTH AND STOVE’S GRILLING SEASON 2013

April 13th, 2013

 

We here at Hearth and Stove are excited to announce our first Grilling Season. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be getting everyone ready with safety tips, great products we are featuring in our showroom, as well as other interesting and helpful articles to get you ready for summer. We take great pride in helping our loyal customers with their heating and grilling needs across the board, from safety to enjoyment. We are launching Grilling Season ’13 to provide our loyal customer base with even more resources to get the best out of their summer.

Our Facebook, Twitter and Blog pages will be used to distribute as much helpful material as we can provide. If you’re not a fan or follower yet, now is the time!! Click on any of the links below to subscribe to Hearth and Stove updates.

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THE FIREWOOD OBSESSION: WOOD BURNING TIPS

March 30th, 2013

We really love firewood. Every aspect of it. We could talk about it for hours. From cutting to stacking and finally burning, we thought that we were the most obsessed with the entire subject. Then we got introduced to our friends in Norway by staff writer Bob Weinstein of the Chronicle Herald in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In his article, Bob mentions a 12-hour television program called “National Firewood Night” which takes the cake for the most in-depth television show on firewood that we know (and only for that matter).

In fact, our friends in Norway are down right obsessed with firewood. If you consider Bob’s report that says 1.2 million Norwegian homes have fireplaces, wood stoves or both, then you’ll see why a 12-hour program on firewood is highly popular in Norway.

Reading the article we thought there was a lot of insight we could touch on as well. Considering these tips come from the Norwegian authority on the subject Lars Mytting and his book “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood – and the Soul of Wood-Burning” we thought we should definitely pass them down to you, our loyal customer and supporter. Besides, if you’re not going to read the book like we are then at least you can get the cliff notes from our experience. Here are a few tips covered in Bob Weinstein’s article and taken from Lars Mytting’s book:

Healthy Overnight Heating:

 

If you’re like most people. you close the air supply so that the coals smolder and provide continuous heat overnight. It’s what is most commonly done in homes across the country and it can be done better. Since slow smoldering coals are a source of pollution, there is a safer environmentally friendly way to heat your house at night while also making sure it’s better prepped for the morning. Not to mention after several hours of smoldering, the heat will diminish anyway.

 

The most effective burning method is to load the wood stove with large logs right before you go to bed, but make sure to keep the flu wide open. When the fire does die out on its own, sufficient heat will be generated and the insulation of your home will trap the heat inside which makes for a much more pleasant temperature when you get out of bed. Not to mention the added bonus of having the stove stay warm, which will make for an easy start the next morning.

 

 

Different Types of Wood Yield Different Heat Levels:

 

Firewood is firewood, right? Wrong. Many people aren’t aware that different types of wood will generate a different source of heat for you. For instance, the cleaner burning soft wood is better for starting fires so you should always use them to begin with. After the fire is established though, switch to hard wood to add heat to the fire and provide a more consistent burn. The variety of the two will make for an excellent fire. Lars Mytting is quick to point out that the amount of wood needed is contingent upon the size of the stove’s firebox as well as the length and breadth of the wood you’re burning.

 

Get the Maximum Amount of Heat

 

Although the sight of a fire is often a relaxing, mood setting thing, we’re often times using it for the heat source that it provides. In order to get the maximum amount of heat, it’s best to keep the flu control wide open so the flames are more intense which obviously makes the wood burn hot. This will also decrease the amount of pollution that is let off due to the gas particles combusting and producing heat instead. Once your warm however, try controlling the temperature by the amount of wood used and not by regulating the flu control.

 

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WARM YOUR HEARTH AND BBQ GRILL UP IN SECONDS

February 28th, 2013

There are few things that are worse then coming home to a cold house. You immediately run to the stove and begin the preparation to get your home heated up while waiting for the end results.

Our newest product makes simpler and easier with just a simple touch. The Looftlighter is an easy to use product that just came into our showroom and we recommend it for those who like simple and easy to use products. The Looftlighter is a product that looks much like a wand, filled with super-heated air and will light your charcoal grill or fireplace without the use of lighter fluid. As their website says, it “fast-forwards” your charcoal and briquettes and makes it possible to start cooking in a shorter amount of time.

Yes, we know it’s cold out there still. But in a few short months the temperature will heat up, and so will your barbeque grill. But as great as using your BBQ grill sounds the worst part of the experience is waiting for your grill to heat up. Luckily we have solutions to that problem in the form of our newest product to come into the showroom.

Of course the quality of the charcoal will make a difference as well. A lot of the charcoal on the market right now is bad quality. Bad quality charcoal will spark when ignited which isn’t dangerous but not very much fun either. We recommend the good quality charcoal for a few reasons. For starters, it won’t spark back on you but it will also burn longer and stay lit longer making it easier on you.

Regardless of if you use the Looftlighter for your hearth or your grill, the ease of use is still there. Simply aim the looftlighter at the wood, or charcoal and push the button. In under sixty-seconds you will begin to see the results and you will have a safe, maintained fire.

Call us at (215) 545-2505 or visit our showroom at 1719 South Street, Philadelphia for additional questions or to purchase one for your home.

 

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We are excited to announce the re-launch of our newsletter

February 16th, 2013

Dear Loyal Customer,

We here at Hearth and Stove are excited to announce the re-launch of our brand new newsletter.

Inside you will find tips and money saving advice for your home heating needs. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter (it’s FREE after all)

Just click on the hyperlink “Subscribe to our newsletter” below, and then  fill out your e-mail address (we promise not to share this with anyone for any reason) and you will be connected. Thank you for your continued support of Hearth and Stove.


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Have You Heard of the Biomass Stove Tax Credit? It Could Mean Money In Your Pocket

February 5th, 2013

Have you heard of the Biomass Stove Tax Credit?

A Federal tax credit on 75 percent efficient biomass heating appliances which expired on December 31, 2011 has been reinstated by the “fiscal cliff” legislation, the American Taxpayer Act of 2012 (H.R.8), and signed by President Obama on January 2, 2013. The bill includes a “tax extender” for Internal Revenue Service Section 25C which provides a tax credit for, among many other things, qualifying biomass burning stoves.  The extender provides a 10 percent tax credit of up to $300 on a qualifying biomass heating appliance purchased between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.

For more information, please head the HPBA website at http://www.hpba.org/government-affairs/major-projects/25c-tax-credit or by clicking here

 

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A Wood-Burning Fireplace Adds Value to the Home

February 5th, 2013

Want to add value to your home? A wood-burning fireplace has many different kinds of value when being installed in your home. The ambiance of a fireplace alone lights up a room and makes even the largest of living rooms seem more intimate. One other big value to a wood-burning fireplace is that when it comes time to sell that home, any Realtor will tell you that it is one of the biggest and most worthwhile investments when it comes to added value of your home.

But what do you do if your room is small? A large masonry unit won’t work but a prefabricated metal zero-clearance fireplace will. Taking up a minimum amount of space and being able to be safely placed near wood framing, a prefabricated metal zero-clearance fireplace may be the answer.

The prefabricated zero-clearance fireplace and chimney is also in budget. While a handy homeowner can purchase it for around $1500, we recommend doing what’s best for you and your family’s safety by hiring a professional to ensure a safe and proper installation that meets local building code requirements.

If your skilled in carpentry, you can handle the finish work and installation of a new mantle, but there is no shortcuts when it comes to safety. Another key advantage to counting on a professional is their experience and expertise in where to locate the unit and their vast knowledge of building codes and requirements.

Please contact us for more information at 215-545-2505, on Facebook at “Hearth and Stove” or by simply dropping by the showroom at 1719 South Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

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