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Buy a Stove or Fireplace Insert and Get Lift Tickets to Smugglers’ Notch

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAThis may be the perfect time to start thinking about heating your home this winter. Right now, at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center in Sudbury buy any Hearthstone Fireplace insert or gas or wood stove and get 4 FREE 2 Day Lift Tickets to Smugglers' Notch.

This is an In-Store Only special on Hearthstone gas and wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts.

If you want to save money, increase energy efficiency and make your living space more attractive, a fireplace insert or stove is a perfect solution. Traditional open fireplaces are inefficient. An insert or stove is more efficient than a traditional open fireplace because they allow the fire to burn hotter. They also prevent heat from going up the chimney like in an open fireplace. The heat is instead forced out into your home, making it more comfortable.

Additionally, a new stove or fireplace insert is an easy and fairly inexpensive way to update the look of your home. You can add a focal point to your room with the addition of a beautifully crafted stove or fireplace insert and receive 4 FREE 2 Day Lift Tickets.

Massachusetts winters are cold. Everyone wants a welcoming fire at home. Why not burn a fire that is more efficient and cost effective while adding beauty? Many Hearthstone stoves and inserts have efficiency ratings over 80%. If you enjoy winter, want to add beauty and functionality to your home, and want 4 FREE 2-Day Lift Tickets, Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

Gas Fireplaces by Majestic

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Marquis II series gas fireplace fills your home with comfort. Watch the scene unfold with an expansive view of the flames as they wrap around split logs. The authentic masonry appearance and accent lighting enhance the beautiful fire. Come home to this gas fireplace by Majestic, and enjoy the entertainment and romance you deserve.

  • ClearView glass gives you an expansive view of the flames and realistic split logs
  • Showcase the interior with accent lighting
  • Customize the interior with authentic brick or Reflective Black Glass panels
  • Perfect for medium and larger rooms
  • Available in 36” or 42” models
  • Up to 57,500 BTUs

Watch the video below to learn more.

Right now enjoy the Marquis Direct Vent Gas Fireplace sale, $300 off at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA. If you want more information or if you want to see it burning, come in for a visit or contact us.

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Gas Fireplace Inserts are Attractive, Efficient, and Easy-to-Use

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 29, 2017

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAA gas insert is an easy, convenient way to heat your home and to make a traditional open fireplace more attractive. Gas fireplace inserts are a firebox that’s surrounded by steel or cast iron with an insulated glass window for viewing. This sealed box prevents the heat from going up the chimney and forces it into your home instead. Many gas inserts have a blower that helps even more to force the heat into your living space. Fireplace inserts, both wood and gas, are placed directly into your existing open fireplace.

Energy efficiency is one of the biggest benefits of adding a gas insert to your home. Gas Fireplace Inserts average 75% - 80% efficiency and use less gas than gas logs. They can also be thermostat controlled for even heating.

Right now, at West Sport in Sudbury, the Majestic Ruby Gas Fireplace Insert is on sale for $300 off.

Ruby Series Direct Vent Gas Insert

Ruby series gas inserts make relaxing simple. Convert your high-maintenance wood fireplace into a source of warmth and enjoyment.

A quick look:

  • Strikingly realistic split logs and flames
  • Simple start-up and use for continual enjoyment
  • Adjust flame, heat and ambiance
  • Heat with more than 70% efficiency
  • Available in 30” or 35” models
  • Up to 35,000 BTUs

For more information, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

Wood Burning Fireplace Inserts For Enjoying Cool Fall Evenings

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 22, 2017

Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAIf you have a traditional open fireplace at home, make it more efficient, easy-to-use and attractive all while increasing your home value and making your home warmer and more comfortable. When you add a wood burning fireplace insert to your home you can have it just in time to enjoy the cool fall nights. Fireplace inserts allow you to enjoy a hotter fire, which burns longer, and produces more effective heat. In fact, fireplace inserts increase the efficiency of your fireplace and your home all while giving your living space a whole new look and feel. It becomes the focal point in any room. There are plenty of older homes around town with open fireplaces. If you enjoy a wood burning fire, and your home has an older , open, masonry fireplace, a wood burning fireplace insert will be more effective, is much easier to use, is far more attractive, and will reduce your monthly heating bills. And, you can choose one to fit any style décor.

Wood burning fireplace inserts are sealed to create a hotter fire. The heat is forced back into your living space, not up the chimney like in an open fireplace. This makes heating your home easier and more efficient. But fireplace inserts are beautiful too. They offer décor accents and large glass doors to enhance the style of any room. Inserts for fireplaces provide a beautiful focal point and complement any style home.

The Fall is a great time to take a look at fireplace inserts. Installation time is fast and you can enjoy them immediately as the nights get cooler. .

For more information, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

Make Your Wood Fireplace More Effective and Attractive

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAA traditional fireplace creates comforting ambiance on a cold winter day, but its warmth is usually more show than substance. Because hot air rises, most of the heat produced by the fire escapes through the chimney. Additionally, the hot air creates an updraft that sucks warm air out of the room. While you can minimize heat loss by adjusting the damper and create more heat by burning the right kind of wood, the best way to turn your fireplace into an efficient room heater is to install glass fireplace doors, or better yet, a fireplace insert.

Make your Wood Fire the Most Efficient:

Burn seasoned firewood. Freshly cut or green wood burns inefficiently and produces large amounts of smoke. Seasoned wood has had an entire year, or season, to dry.

Open the damper as wide as possible to increase the amount of air to the fire. This will improve combustion and increase the amount of heat the fire produces, but it will make the wood burn faster. The damper handle is usually just above the fireplace opening, and you slide it to the right to open it.

Clean your chimney once a year. Creosote builds up inside and restricts air flow. It can also be a fire hazard.

Replace the screen in front of the fireplace with tempered glass fireplace doors, and keep the doors closed while a fire is burning. This will increase the temperature of the chimney and reduce the amount of warm air that the fire sucks from the room. To work properly, the doors should fit tightly enough against the fireplace opening for you to be able to seal the edges with a fiberglass gasket.

Install a fireplace insert. To get one that fits, measure the length and width of your fireplace with a tape measure. For maximum efficiency, install a double-wall unit with a built-in circulating fan. The warm air circulates between the two walls and the fan blows the warmth into the room. You may not need a fan if you are heating a small room.

For more information on fireplace doors or a wood burning fireplace insert, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

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Why Gas Fireplaces

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAMajestic fireplaces are safe, reliable and attractive. But, they are also built to be efficient, quality heating appliances, which add value to your home for years. That’s why Majestic has been the fireplace of choice for homes across Massachusetts.

Majestic has been producing wood and gas fireplaces that are known for outstanding durability, superior quality and stunning good looks. Traditional to contemporary. Indoor or outdoor. With a wide range of eye-catching styles, convenient sizes and trending trims, Majestic gas fireplaces are designed be the beautiful heart of your home.

Each Majestic fireplace is engineered for performance, style and lasting reliability.

Why a Fireplace?

Everyone loves a burning fire on cold days and nights. From a design standpoint, the ambiance a fireplace brings to a space is undeniable. With today’s fireplace innovations and technologies, it’s possible to include a fireplace in virtually any room in your home.

Why a Gas Fireplace?

Gas fireplaces offer the most versatility of placement, model variety, and technology. Majestic gas fireplaces will not only add an unforgettable focal point to your home, but ambiance and comfort to the space you’re creating to deliver an experience of royal proportions. Clean-burning and efficient, building and design professionals typically include at least one gas fueled fireplace in new construction homes as well as a second or third fireplace when planning move-up or luxury/custom properties.

Add luxury to your home, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA. We now carry Majestic Gas Fireplaces and Inserts.

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The Benefits of Fireplace Doors

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 01, 2017

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.If you have a traditional fireplace and chimney, have you considered the benefits of adding glass fireplace doors? Fireplaces are the focal point of any room for good reason, and adding fireplace doors typically adds to their aesthetic beauty. Check out the following five benefits of adding a glass door to your fireplace:

1) Enhanced Safety

Glass doors on a fireplace reduce hazards associated with burning logs in an open hearth. The doors serve as protective barriers that prevent embers and sparks from escaping the fireplace and injuring someone or causing a flammable object to catch fire. Some types of wood are more prone to shoot sparks and embers more than others. No matter what type of firewood you use, however, it is common for logs to shift as the fire begins to die down; and the burning logs can roll out of the fireplace. Glass doors prevent logs from escaping.

In addition to providing safety from physical harm and a dangerous fire, the glass doors can protect your belongings. Stray sparks and logs destroy carpeting and damage all types of flooring, from wood to linoleum and everything in between. Since sparks and cinders can float, any of your home furnishings that are near the fireplace can be better protected with glass doors installed on your fireplace.

If you have pets or small children, the glass doors help to protect them from the fire. However, the glass can get extremely hot. For very small children, it’s best to put up a protective screen in front of the fireplace, to ensure that they don’t touch the doors.

2) Lower Utility Costs

An open hearth fireplace and chimney can make heating and cooling costs skyrocket, since dampers don’t usually provide perfect seals that prevent air from escaping or entering a home. In fact, a fireplace has been compared to a window that’s left open in your house, allowing warm air to escape in winter and cool air to escape in summer. With glass doors, energy efficiency is tremendously improved, since they provide a much better seal.

3) Better Heating Efficiency

A traditional fireplace may be a thing of undeniable charm, but it does a poor job of providing a meaningful amount of heat to a room. Experts say that only about 10% of the firewood’s energy is converted to useful heat, in an open hearth fireplace. Glass doors can double the efficiency rate; some experts estimate that glass doors triple the heat that enters the home. Rather than being blocked or contained in the fireplace, the heat from the fire radiates into the room through the glass doors.

4) Keeps Smoke Out

Glass fireplace doors can reduce or eliminate the effects of sudden downdrafts from the chimney.

5) Style and Beauty

Glass doors for a fireplace come in many colors, styles, and shapes. No matter what type of décor you have, glass doors are available that can be a perfect match.

Another factor to consider is that the dirty ashes and blackened logs in a fireplace can create a messy look. Glass doors conceal a dirty firebox; and when the fireplace is lit, the fire commands the attention. Decorative fireplace glass doors can also help to enhance your room’s décor, with or without a fire behind them.

For more information on Fireplace Doors, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

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Benefits of Gas Fireplace Logs

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 25, 2017

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAA real wood-burning fire is wonderful to relax in front of after a long day during cold weather. But, take a minute to consider the virtues that gas fireplace log sets offer:

  1. Modern gas fireplace log sets consist of ceramic logs that rest atop a steel grate just as wood logs do. Below the grate the gas is distributed through a layer of sand with special "glowing embers" which, when operated behind a fire-screen, provide the warmth of fire while being almost indistinguishable from burning wood.
  2. Gas logs are extremely easy to operate. Simply hold a fireplace match below the logs and turn on the gas for an instant fire. No more logs to carry, no ashes to clean, no "restocking" the fire as it burns down.
  3. Burning natural gas instead of wood is less taxing on the environment. Wood, of course, emits particulate matter into the air, which adds to our pollution problems. Many communities across the country already restrict the burning of wood fires on certain days to help reduce emissions, and some localities are mandating gas-burning fireplaces only in new construction.
  4. Burning gas is safer than burning wood. The risk of sparks flying from the chimney is eliminated, as is the buildup of flammable creosote on the inside of the flue. Further, you eliminate the chance of spreading termites inside or around your home from the firewood.
  5. Gas logs are cheaper to use than wood. In most communities, the savings realized by burning gas instead of wood will pay for the initial investment in the gas log set in the first year or two and keep saving you money over time. Also, no longer will you need to spend money for chimney cleaning every three or four years. The sets can be purchased in various sizes for generally under $200, sometimes much less if on sale.

Gas log sets are fairly easy to install if you have an existing gas fireplace log lighter. The kit comes with complete installation instructions and it will take most plumbers about an hour.

The kits consist of a metal tray with a burner pipe in the center, an aluminum gas supply tube and fittings to connect to the incoming gas line, a metal log grate, several ceramic logs and a bag of sand and artificial embers.

Installation requires removal of the existing log lighter pipe and fittings, so that only the threaded gas supply nipple remains in the fireplace.

The metal tray is then positioned toward the center of the fireplace, with the supply tube connected between it and the gas nipple. The sand and "embers" are poured over the burner pipe in the metal tray, and finally, the grate and ceramic logs are placed over the tray to distribute the flames as aesthetically as possible.

For more information on gas fireplace logs, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

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Top 5 Benefits of a Fireplace Insert

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAMany homeowners in Massachusetts are having fireplace inserts installed. Some are doing it from an increase in environmental awareness. There are several benefits to using fireplace inserts, which is why we recommend these energy-saving appliances to customers.

Benefits of using a fireplace insert include:

1. Modern fireplace inserts are much more efficient than older open fireplaces, which have low efficiency ratings at about only 5% to 10%. One reason for a lack of efficiency with open hearths is that a lot of heated room air is pulled into the fire, a process which results in an energy-wasting, quick-burning fire. Fireplace inserts have a sealed, air tight door system which generates more heat because the fire burns much slower and the heat isn’t wasted. The efficiency of fireplace inserts can be as much as 80%.

2. EPA-certified fireplace inserts can reduce wood-burning emissions to practically zero, meaning that your environmental footprint is much smaller than with an open hearth fireplace.

3. You can save money on your energy bill if you install a fireplace insert. A more efficient wood-burning heating system means less gas, oil, or electricity is required to heat your home. When the insert is not in use, the closed air tight glass doors will prevent heated inside air from escaping up through the chimney and also stops cold outdoor air from getting into the home, whether hot or cold this cuts your energy costs.

4. You can save money on the cost of remodeling. You can get a new look without having to do major remodeling work.

5. They are also very aesthetically pleasing. There are many stylish and beautiful models to choose from. Some fireplace inserts are installed flush with the face of your fireplace, totally inside your current firebox and some project out of the firebox a few inches onto the hearth, but they all give a room an appealing focal point, in addition to providing plenty of warmth during harsh winter weather.

A few more things you may not know about fireplace inserts:

When installing an insert, there are very specific requirements regarding the flue liner. It’s necessary that a  professional install an appropriately sized chimney liner to ensure that the chimney’s draft satisfies the insert’s specifications, and that the new appliance functions safely.

Fireplace inserts have self-cleaning glass doors which can literally burn accumulated creosote off the glass making fire viewing practical. Since they are sealed, they can also solve occasional down-draft problems.

You can choose from different types of fuel for your fireplace insert, the most popular being: natural gas, propane, wood, and pellet. If you decide to burn wood, make sure the unit you purchase is EPA certified; to assure safety and satisfy your insurance company, any heating appliance, regardless of the fuel burned, should carry a certificate that states it has been tested to the appropriate Underwriters Laboratory (UL or ULC ) standard.

If you have any questions about fireplace inserts contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

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Save Money With a Fireplace Insert

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 11, 2017

West Sport, Sudbury, MAAn open fireplace is an inefficient heating source. Improve efficiency and maintain that cozy hearth look while generating heat with a fireplace insert.

Sitting in front of a crackling fire is a favorite winter past-time, but an old-fashioned fireplace is inefficient and can create high levels of smoke inside and outside your home.

But an energy-saving wood lets you transform your existing hearth into a super-efficient heater that can cut your energy bills — by as much as 40%.

What You'll Spend

Inserts generally run about $3,000 to $4,000, including installation and a chimney liner.Right now West Sport in Sudbury, when you buy a Hearthstone Clydesdale wood burning insert, get the chimney liner for 1/2 price.

A couple of advantages to burning real wood is having heat even if the power goes out.

Wood-Burning Insert Creates Real Heat With Real Logs

If a freestanding wood stove is too large to fit into your hearth or the style of your hearth makes it impractical, you can opt for a wood-burning insert — a wood stove without legs. This firebox slides into your existing masonry or metal fireplace and burns real logs.

Your installer snakes a stainless steel liner down your chimney and fits a decorative flange made of black cast iron or steel or colored porcelain around the insert, hiding its steel sides and filling the gap between the box and your hearth.

A front door with ceramic glass radiates heat into the room. You open the door to stack the wood, then shut it, on most models, while your fire is burning. Most wood-burning inserts also create convection heat with a fan located underneath the firebox.

Wood-burning inserts can heat anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 sq. ft., depending on their size. Inserts are small enough to fit into most traditional masonry fireplaces.

An insert designed to heat 1,500 square feet will burn for three to five hours before you need to reload; for 1,500 to 3,000 sq. ft., you usually have an eight- to 10-hour burn window.

For more information on wood burning fireplace inserts, contact West Sport in Sudbury.

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