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Wood, Pellet, and Gas Stoves

Now is the time to think about heating your home with fire. Fall is nearly past, and you’ve undoubtedly seen your utility bill go up as you’ve been heating your home. Here in and around Chesapeake, we’ve seen cool weather sooner than usual, and homeowners are scratching their heads at all the options available. We don’t like to see our friends and neighbors running thermostats low to save money, and we don’t like to see unsafe appliance installations. Let us install a beautiful and efficient stove that will help heat your home, will keep working for you for years to come, and will bring new life into your home.

The Benefits of Stovesstove

We are not talking about kitchen stoves. No, we’re talking about heat machines installed right into your living space. A quality stove, regardless of fuel type, will generate enough heat for zone heating, supplemental heat during a power outage, or may even become your new primary heating source.
Location!
We can install a stove anywhere that a flue can be piped up. Using refractory materials that are stylish and compliment your stove design and home interior, we can even install in a corner safely. No matter the size of your space, we can find a product that fits, and a product that works.
Variety
There are a variety of products that we sell, install, and service. When you choose a stove, you can choose any size, any location, and any style. Many new homes look great with a sleek and contemporary model, while others may opt for a rustic and traditional look.
Fuel Type
At Magic Sweep, we sell wood, pellet, and gas stoves. Each has their own benefits and uses, and many homeowners have their preferences. Not sure what you want? Let the professionals help you out!

Gas Stoves

Easily the most convenient option for stoves and all other fire appliances is gas. Gas burns cleanly, keeps your home clean (with no ash, very little smoke and soot, and no creosote), is eco-friendly, and low maintenance. Many gas appliances have a push-button or easy light, precise temperature control, and immediate off features, and none of the issues a gas fireplace will give you. This means you only use the fuel you need to get the warmth you need with no damage to your home. Many believe gas units are safer than others. With new advances in technology and production, all fuel types can benefit from the same safety features.

Pellet Stoves

Pellets are the second-runner-up for efficiency. Since pellets are manufactured from wood byproducts, they’re eco-friendly and burn cleanly. They also allow for burning of a variety of other biofuels, including 100% corn, sunflower seeds, and wheat. This allows you to choose what is best for your area and then enjoy the fire! Pellet stoves feature a hopper that feeds the fire consistently for a steady temperature and flame. Most models also have a push-button ignition as well.

Wood Stoves

Still, a very popular option is the wood stove–especially for homeowners with land and forest to cut from. It offers high heat and unrivaled ambiance. The only drawback to wood stoves is that you can ONLY burn properly seasoned firewood in a wood stove. Do not attempt to burn trash, clothes, or alternative fuels in your unit.

Contact a fire expert at Magic Sweep today to find your new stove today!

MEA Clean Burning Wood Stove Grant Program

While Magic Sweep is based in Chesapeake, Virginia, we do look out for our neighbors to the north in Maryland, and we have some exciting news for the residents of that state. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offers a grant program to owners of clean burning wood stoves. As an incentive to replace older wood stoves and electric heating systems, these grants are a part of Maryland’s Residential Clean Energy Grant Program. This program began in September of 2012 and awards $500 to owners of modern EPA-approved wood-burning stoves and $700 to owners of pellet stoves. We would like to tell you more about this clean burning wood stove grant program and how you can take advantage of it.

What are the requirements to receive a grant from this program?

MEA Clean Burning Wood Stove Grant Program - Chesapeake VA - Magic SweepAccording to the MEA, the following requirements must be met to take part in this program:

  • The stove must be installed in a primary residence located in Maryland.
  • The owner must replace an old wood stove or an electric or non-natural gas fossil fuel heating system with a clean burning stove.
  • Only one grant per technology can be received by the same property in a fiscal year.
  • If the property is held in trust, the MEA cannot offer a grant.
  • You must submit your grant application to the MEA within 12 months of installing the stove.
  • The installation of the stove must pass a final inspection if a permit is required by the county of residence. You must show proof of the passing in order to be eligible for the program.
  • Wood-burning stoves must be on the EPA List of Certified Stoves and emit no more than three grams of particulate matter per hour to be eligible for the program.
  • Pellet stoves must be on the Washington State Emissions Standards list and emit no more than two grams of particulate matter per hour to be eligible for a grant.

 

How do I apply for this grant?

You can download the application at the MEA website, fill it out according to the instructions, and then mail it to the MEA. You must also include a picture of the installed clean burning stove, the final invoice that proves this project has been completely paid for, and copies of all the inspection and permit documents that were issued by the local authority in your jurisdiction.

Questions about the MEA Clean Burning Wood Stove Grant Program? Contact us at Magic Sweep to find out more about this incentive to install a new wood-burning or pellet stove.