Should you use chimney sweeping logs?
Spring is here and it is about time to start your spring cleaning. You might want to consider adding a chimney sweep to your list. Now is the perfect time to get that fireplace or wood stove flue swept out before the rush of the busy season in the fall and winter. You may have seen and heard about creosote logs, and perhaps have even heard that these will “clean the chimney” or even that you no longer need to sweep the chimney because they burn cleaner than wood. Neither of these statements are true, though. While some of these products might burn cleaner than wood, it does not mean they should take the place of your annual or semi annual chimney sweep. These creosote cleaning products contain additives that are released through the smoke and cling to creosote. This is done through a chemical reaction and may cause the creosote to become brittle, therefore making it easier to sweep the chimney flue. What is creosote and why is it dangerous? Creosote is a natural byproduct of wood combustion, consisting mainly of tar and other trace chemicals. It is highly flammable and often sticks to parts of a fireplace, stove pipe, and chimney. Creosote will never go away on its own, which is why you should sweep your chimney or hire a professional to do so on a regular basis. Build-up of this tar-based byproduct is easily flammable, which could result in a chimney fire. Should you use a creosote cleaning product? The purpose of these types of products (logs, spray, powder) is to help break up the creosote so that when a professional comes to sweep the chimney, it is easier to help remove the creosote. The Village Chimney Sweeps does sell a spray, called ACS (or Anti-Creosote Spray), that does the same thing as the popular creosote cleaning logs. Inquire in the showroom, a call to the office, or ask your technician for a bottle. Just be sure to give your local chimney sweep a call to get the flue swept as well. Contact us at 717-846-9417 for more information or...read more
30% Wood and Pellet Heater Investment Tax Credit
***UPDATE*** Beginning in 2023, the biomass tax credit has been increased to a 30% tax credit and capped at $2,000 annually, based on the full cost (purchase and installation) of the new unit meeting a 75% (or higher) HHV rating as part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. See the updated information from the HBPA’s website. What is Biomass Fuel? These fuels are a sustainable heating option that converts wood byproducts into a usable energy. This creates heat when burned (thermal biomass), which is used to heat homes across the United States and other countries. How do I claim the tax credit? Be sure to keep any paperwork related to the purchase and installation of the stove, plus the manufacturer’s federal tax credit certificate. The tax credit is applied by the year the stove was installed into your home. If you have any further questions about claiming it when you file taxes, please reach out to a tax professional. As part of a pandemic relief package that was signed into law at the very end of December 2020, included a tax credit for wood and pellet heaters. Wood and Pellet stoves now qualify for a renewable energy investment credit. You can see the units we offer by visiting our products page. Consumers who purchase highly efficient wood or pellet stoves will be able to claim a 26% tax credit that is uncapped and based on the full cost (purchase and installation) of the unit. This credit is 26% through 2021 and 2022. It will be 22% in 2023. For more information, visit HPBA’s website regarding this tax credit. See the EPA’s website for a list of qualifying wood and pellet heaters (It must be listed at least 75% efficient per the higher heating value of the fuel.) Or, contact us at 717-846-9417 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or...read more
Feature Installation Spotlight: RSF Opel
Sometimes when you have a vision, you want to see it through to the end to make it possible. We love working with customers to help those dreams and visions come true. Sometimes those journeys take a little longer than expected. Back in 2019 before we started a whole new world, Stephanie and Bill came to us with one such idea in mind. They wanted to turn their existing old fireplace into something that would be a focal point, something that would be eye-catching, something that would be so much more efficient keeping them toasty warm in the winter. We met with them and talked about what they had in mind during the next several weeks. This end product was going to be stunning. By January of 2020 Stephanie and Bill pretty much had all choices finalized (stone and mortar colors were picked, as well as the layout of the fireplace, the RSF Opel, and hearth). We all know what came next. Covid-19 put a lot of these plans on hold, making the order for the stone to be picked up with a few weeks lead time. By the time lock-down came around in our part of the country, a lot of jobs had to be pushed back and held up. Working with customers that are understanding in times such as those when a lot was uncertain, made this process smooth. In July of 2020, all materials were in hand and we started the tear out of the existing gas fireplace. Unfortunately during the process of taking the venting for that fireplace out of the prefabricated chimney, we found extensive water damage. We had to stop our portion of the work and call in a general contractor that was able to take care of water-damage that was found. They needed both inside and outside work to be completed on the chimney before we came in to do any sort of installation inside of it. Due to the re-working of everything, we now needed to change the design slightly and having done that, we needed more stone ordered. Of course, this was at the beginning of the supply chain issues, and while it was a pretty hefty lead time, we would be able to do most of it once the chimney was complete. While we were gone, the clients took that opportunity to repaint the room since it was already “torn apart”, a fresh start for this room seemed like a great idea given the world and time we all had, we well as the repairs that were like starting anew. In October 2020, we were able to make our trip back out, chimney now being complete, painting now finished, and do our portion of the installation of the RSF Opel that was planned so many months before. We installed the Opel, chimney pipe and components, and top termination plate on the chimney. Most of the stone went up as well as the hearth pieces, but the rest would have to be put on hold until the rest of the stone was in. Finally, in January 2021, we returned with the last of the stone to finish the job. We think it looks great, and when the customer’s finished putting the final touches to that room, it is pretty stunning....read more
Are you ready for fireplace season?
Temperatures here in central Pennsylvania have been getting cooler, especially at night. Is your fireplace or stove ready for the heating season? Below is a quick start guide we have put together. Wood-burning fireplaces, stove, and inserts: We recommend every 1 to 2 cords of wood that you burn to have your fireplace swept. Never had your wood burning product swept before? Our first visit to your house would include a sweep and level 2 inspection via video camera – we want to make sure your wood burning product is in good working condition and ready to burn for the season. The level 2 inspection will let you know if there are any issues that need to be addressed. Check the firebrick and gaskets for wear and tear in your wood stoves and inserts. Peak performance is key! Gas fireplaces, stoves, and inserts: Turn on the appliance and make sure it is functioning properly. Check the batteries in both remote AND receiver (if this applies to your product). Go through each function and make sure each is functioning as it should. We offer a gas maintenance service on the products you have purchased from us. We want to ensure that the gas products is functioning and looking as beautiful as the day you bought it. Pellet stoves and inserts: Turn on the appliance and make sure it is functioning properly. Problems? Be sure to note any lights that are on/off and if they are flashing or if fans are running. This information helps us better diagnose the issue before a technician arrives. We suggest every 2 tons of pellets used to have us perform a “2 ton service.” This will identify any gaskets inside the stove that need to be replaced to help keep your pellet stove in the best working condition. Keep in mind now is the busiest time of year for most chimney sweeps. Don’t delay checking these over and making a call to us if you need to! Still have questions? Contact us now!....read more
26% Wood and Pellet Heater Investment Tax Credit
As part of a pandemic relief package that was signed into law at the very end of December 2020, included a tax credit for wood and pellet heaters. Wood and Pellet stoves now qualify for a renewable energy investment credit. Consumers who purchase highly efficient wood or pellet stoves will be able to claim a 26% tax credit that is uncapped and based on the full cost (purchase and installation) of the unit. This credit is 26% through 2021 and 2022. It will be 22% in 2023. See more information at the HPBA’s website regarding this tax credit. See the EPA’s website for a list of qualifying wood and pellet heaters (It must be listed at least 75% efficient per the higher heating value of the fuel.) Or, contact us at 717-846-9417 email@example.com for more information or...read more
Thinking about the holidays?
Your holiday gift guide from The Village Fireplace and Stove Center is here! Fat Wood Caddy: Keep your fatwood fire-starter contained and looking picturesque nearby. The perfect companion for your fatwood fire-starter. Glass Cleaner: Choose from a cream or dry wiper, this is the solution to help keep your glass clear. Ask which cleaner is right for your wood or gas stove. Pizza Ovens: Nothing is better than the taste of a wood fired pizza and now you can have that too! A simple attachment for your Green Mountain Grill. You will be a pizza pro in no time. Moisture Meters: Not quite sure if that firewood is ready to use? Moisture meters make it east to tell. And More… Green Mountain Grill and Pellets: With 3 sizes to choose from, grilling and smoking doesn’t get much easier than using a Green Mountain Grill. Bring one home for the grill master in your life…expect lots of barbeque get togethers in your future. Don’t forget the pellets and many other accessories to make it your own. Kettles, Steamers, and Trivets: Help moisturize the air in your home when burning your wood stove. We have many kettle and steamer styles to choose from, and don’t forget the trivet to protect your stove. Tool Caddy and Wood Holders: Make fire-building and clean up a breeze with style. We are a proud dealer of Pilgrim Hearth tools. ACS: Non-toxic and environmentally safe, pick up a bottle of ACS to help prevent chimney fires, reduce odors and...read more
Pre-Season Gas and Fireplace Maintenance
Just a friendly reminder that now is a great time to make sure you have checked your appliances before the start of the busy season. If you own a product that we sold/installed… Gas Units: Turn on the appliance and make sure it is functioning properly. Check the batteries in both the remote AND receiver (if applicable). Be sure to check that your pilot is on as well! Pellet Units: Turn on the appliance and make sure it is functioning properly. If not, be sure to note any lights that are on/off and if they are flashing (please note how many times those lights flash and in what order), if any fans aren’t running, etc. The more information, the better to help us diagnose the issue. If you own a product that we do not carry and it is not functioning properly, check the manufacturer’s website to find a dealer nearby that will be able to assist you. Please do not delay in making sure your products are working correctly, getting your gas maintenance, or 2-ton service scheduled. Appointments are filling quickly. Schedule...read more
It’s National Barbecue Month!
It’s National Barbecue Month and May 23rd is Back to Barbecue Day!! Nationwide, people will be grilling in their backyards under the warm sun. After weeks apart due to social distancing around the country, you may be starting to make plans to host that backyard barbecue with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. No matter how you celebrate Back to Barbecue Day, with a wood or pellet smoker, or your trusty propane grill you bought years back, we would like to share our favorite recipes to help make that day an all-you-can-eat type of evening. Gary’s pick… Wood Fired BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza from: Green Mountain Grills JoAnn’s pick… Zoodle Spaghetti Salad from: Six Sisters Stuff Brandy’s pick… Sweet Sriracha Honey Lime Drumsticks from: Green Mountain Grills Our top dessert pick… Berry Cheesecake Trifle from: Six Sisters Stuff There is so much more you can choose to make on your Green Mountain Pellet Grill! Smoke and grill meats and fish, give your veggies an extra punch, bake desserts on your grill to add in that smokey flavor, even create smoked cocktails to enjoy around the fire pit. We hope you join us by tagging us on your social media posts to share what you have grilled, smoked, or baked on your grills this month! #WhyIGrill #NationalBarbecueMonth...read more
Introducing the Shop Dogs
Let us introduce you to….Hemi and Lilith, the official shop dogs of The Village Fireplace and Stove Center. Hemi, a brown and white pit bull, is about 3 years old. He will greet just about everyone at the door when they walk in, with very loud barking- just his way of saying hello! He is typically behind the counter so don’t be afraid to walk in even if you hear him. He enjoys laying in front of any fireplace or stove we have on (wood, gas, pellet…does not matter to him) and falling asleep. Toys don’t stand a chance with him, he might be a world class winner of a super chewer. Once he settles down a bit, he enjoys all the attention you can give him. Lilith, a white and tan pit bull, possibly whippet mix, is just coming up on a year old. She will greet you with all sorts of tippy taps up on her hind legs and kisses. She enjoys chewing….wood from the wood pile, computer mice, pens, dog toys, and anything else you leave out that she can get to. She is quite the sneaky pup! Shower her with attention and you will get that back times 10....read more
Biomass Stove Tax Credit
The industry received word in late December 2019, that the biomass stove tax credit was extended for qualifying purchases made before December 31,2020. That’s great news for you as a homeowner. You can claim $300 on a qualifying purchase of a wood or pellet stove from us, as well as up to $200 on another product before maxing out on the lifetime limit of $500. What is the Biomass Stove Tax Credit? The U.S. federal government offers a tax credit to tax-paying homeowners who purchase a wood or pellet stove that is at least 75% efficient. How to claim it? You must complete an eligible purchase by December 31, 2020. Make sure to save your receipts and the manufacturer’s certificate. When you file your taxes, make sure to claim the credit. What products qualify? Any biomass appliance (wood fueled) that meets or exceeds an energy efficiency of 75% qualifies. Find out more on HPBA’s website. This organization has worked in Washington, D.C to maintain this tax...read more