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Fuel Options for a New Fireplace or Stove

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If you have been thinking about adding a fireplace or stove or updating your current heating appliance, you do have options when it comes to fuel. As each fuel option has distinct pros and cons, the perfect choice for your household can depend on several things. Do you prefer convenience or is the sensory experience of wood burning more important to you? Are you concerned about the environment? Do you have sufficient space for storing firewood or bags of wood pellets? Our staff at Magic Sweep can help you decide which type of fuel will work best in your home, and we would like to tell you a bit more about the fuel options that are available to you.


Fuel Options for a New Fireplace or Stove - Chesapeake VA - Magic SweepIf igniting a fire from a remote control sounds good to you, the majority of gas fireplaces and stoves have this option. Convenient and easy, gas fireplaces do not require the chores like sweeping up ashes and bringing in firewood that come with wood-burning appliances. You also will not have to worry about storing fuel. Concerned about safety and efficiency? Magic Sweep thinks you will be happy with the money and energy you will save with a gas fireplace or stove, and our technicians can show you how to use your appliance safely after its installation is complete. With this fuel option, you have several choices of how the appliance is vented. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), the byproducts of combustion from natural draft appliances are vented through an inexpensive Class B pipe that we will install vertically through the roof. Direct vent gas fireplaces and stoves vent through the wall, so the cost of installation is a bit less expensive. This venting option reduces concerns about indoor air quality because the combustion process is completely sealed off from the room.


For those who desire the atmosphere created by burning wood, Magic Sweep offers several varieties of this traditional fuel option. New technology has produced wood-burning fireplaces and stoves that burn much cleaner than older appliances, and we have models that have been approved by the EPA as environmentally friendly. If the cost a fuel is a concern, wood is extremely economical and can even be free if you are able to cut your own firewood. When it comes to potential hazards, this fuel option has an increasingly high safety record, and we can give you essential safety tips for using a wood fireplace or stove.


Growing in popularity everyday, pellet fireplaces and stoves are perfect for the environmentally conscious. Made of compressed firewood that has been recycled from sawmills, pellets burn cleanly, efficiently, and safely. Operating a pellet fireplace or stove is simple; you just load the pellets into the hopper and turn on the appliance for 24 hours of heat. Available in bags of 40 pounds, pellets can be found right here at Magic Sweep.

Need help choosing the right fuel option for your new fireplace or stove? Contact us at Magic Sweep to talk to our expert staff about which type of appliance will be the perfect fit for your home.