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Fireplace Inserts Are More Attractive and Save Energy

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyWood burning fireplace inserts are more efficient than traditional open, wood burning fireplaces. If you have a working fireplace in your home install a wood burning insert if you want to save money and energy while making your living space more attractive and comfortable.

Fireplace inserts are energy-efficient and an easy and effective way to update the look of your home. By using a fireplace insert for heat, there is very little energy wasted, so the heat produced by the fire effectively heats your home. Thus, you save money on your heating bill.

But, best of all, inserts for fireplaces become a focal point in the room, adding ambiance year round. They are a very easy and relatively inexpensive way to give your living space a make-over. Fireplace Inserts also come equipped with blowers, fans, and gorgeous surrounds which increase their efficiency, beauty, and convenience. With these features, inserts for fireplaces help lower utility bills while they add charm, comfort, and warmth to your home.

With a wood fireplace insert you still get to enjoy watching a real wood fire flicker in your hearth. But you can relax even further while you watch knowing how an insert will improve the efficiency and style of your existing fireplace giving you convenience, beaut, and efficiency.

For more information on fireplace inserts for your home, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Benefits of Glass Fireplace Doors

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyAdding a glass fireplace door not only adds beauty to your fireplace, it also helps your fireplace burn more efficiently, reduce heating & cooling costs and provides protection for your family and home.

Beauty & Style

Design Specialties doors bring a new look and style to your fireplace. Whether you're replacing an old existing fireplace door or doing a complete renovation, you'll find the door that will complete your fireplace. Choose from over 20 different door models and over 35 different finishes.


If you have a wood burning fireplace, glass fireplace doors provide protection from sparks or logs tumbling out of the fireplace which can harm your family and home. If you have a gas fireplace, our screens and doors add an extra layer of protection from the hot glass found on many of today's contemporary fireplaces. Our doors also prevent children and pets from getting too close to the fireplace.

Increase energy efficiency

An open fireplace is just like an open window. A fireplace door helps prevent warm air being lost up the chimney during the winter and keeps cool air in during the summer which can help reduce your heating & cooling costs.

More efficient burning

Glass doors actually help your fire burn better. By enclosing the burning area, firewood is able to burn greater and produce more heat. The glass doors also absorb and radiate heat into the room better than a fireplace without doors.

For more information on glass fireplace doors contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury. Also, ask about our glass door, gas log and door and log combination specials!


Heating with Gas Fireplace Inserts is Easy and Attractive!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyIt is not too late to start heating your home more efficiently and easily. If you heat with oil, but have natural gas in the house, you have numerous options. In fact, by adding a gas fireplace insert to help heat your home, you can reduce the price of your oil bill by quite a bit.

In fact, a new gas fireplace insert is very often more efficient than your furnace. So heating your home with gas is more cost effective. If your home has a natural gas line you are already halfway there.

At The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury we have many customers that come see us about better and more attractive ways to heat their homes. Wood works for many homeowners. But often, once we start talking about their home and their lifestyle and we find out they have a natural gas line already running to their home and they usually choose a gas fireplace insert.

Natural Gas is the easiest way to add fire to your home, and it’s no work. At the same time, you can reduce your home heating bills during the frigid and snowy winter. Gas inserts are controlled by a switch or remote. If you want a fire burning in your hearth push the button. They are also controlled with a thermostat, for more constant, even heating. No wood to stack, no pellets to haul in.

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

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Customers, Family, and Friends

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyIt is once again time to give thanks. If you have done business with us or are going to do business with us in 2019, it means a lot to us. The primary reason for this blog each week is to educate and inform our readers; as an ongoing act of giving thanks for the privilege of earning your continued trust and continued professional partnerships. So we're glad you're here.

We reflect today on the blessings that so many of you bring to both our personal and professional lives. Over the course of the last year, we hope that we have made a difference in both personal and professional lives as well. This is the true essence and a key measure of professional reward and business success.

It is our sincerest wish that all of you bask in the joy of reflection and thanks within the warm confines of family and friends this Thanksgiving Holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

- from all of us here at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury.

Best Grilled Turkey Recipe for Thanksgiving

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Although not very traditional, grilling turkey is the best way of cooking it -- it comes out tender and juicy every time! The turkey drippings may be used to prepare a gravy by placing a metal pan under the turkey inside the roasting pan, and mixing in about 1/2 cup water, adding more water as necessary to prevent the drippings from scorching. Remove the pan about 30 minutes before the turkey is done cooking.

  • 12 pounds whole turkey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Italian Seasoning With Flax Seeds (we like McCormick Gourmet Collection Organic)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prepare an outdoor gas  grill for indirect medium-high heat.

Rinse turkey and pat dry. Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place. Return legs to tucked position. Brush turkey with oil. Season inside and out with Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper.

Place turkey, breast side up, on a metal grate inside a large roasting pan. Arrange pan on the prepared grill. Grill 2 to 3 hours, to an internal thigh temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Remove turkey from grill and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Need a new gas grill for Thanksgiving? Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury

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How to Choose The Right Gas Logs for Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAThis simple step-by-step guide can give you a good idea about making the choices that are right for your home and your taste. It is important to consult your local hearth and fireplace dealer for expert guidance and to answer all your questions. But here are the key issues to consider and understand when selecting your gas fire place set up.

First, know your venting options

Gas Log Sets are usually divided into two categories, Vented and Vent Free. Each venting option has its advantages. If you are choosing gas fire products for an existing fireplace, check to see which venting system is currently in place. If you are choosing fireplace products for a new fireplace consider the differences between these two options.


  • More realistic and natural looking flame than vent free
  • Must be installed in a fully functioning wood burning fireplace
  • Majority of heat is lost as it goes up the chimney (heat output is similar to burning wood)
  • Produces some soot when flame touches log


  • Delivers more heat inside your home than vented gas fires
  • Must be installed in a fireplace approved for a vent-free log set
  • Installation is subject to state & local codes (some areas do not allow vent-free)

Direct Vent Systems

  • Large viewing area showcases fire to entire room
  • Choice of natural gas or propane models in three sizes to fit most fireplaces
  • Adjustable heat output with dual burners (D1-30 & D1-36)

Choose the Look That is Right for Your Home Decor

Selecting that perfect style is obviously as important as getting the correct technical specifications. Real Fyre offers you the style choices that let you turn your fireplace into a very personal design statement.

How Do You Want to Start and Control Your Gas Fire?

Match Light

This option is for natural gas only. There is no pilot, only the logs and burner. Your fire is lighted by placing a match or lighter near the burner, then turning on the gas with your key valve. You control your flame height using your key valve which is normally located outside the fireplace either in the wall or floor.

Manual Safety Pilot

This system has a safety pilot that is manually lighted and stays lit all the time. Also called a standing pilot, it is similar to a pilot found in a water heater. You can turn the burner on and off manually by reaching inside your fireplace and turning the control knob. You cannot operate this type of system with a remote control, however, you can upgrade later.

Remote Control

Remote Control systems include a remote pilot valve assembly. Depending on the remote option you select, you will have the ability to control certain functions of the log set from a remote control. Remote controlled options include basic on/off control as well as variable flame height control.

Finally, Determine if You Need Natural Gs or Propane Gas Logs

Gas Logs are available in two fuel types, Natural Gas and Liquid Propane (LP). You may already have a line installed in the fireplace, in which case the gas you burn will be decided. If there isn’t a line, then you will need to decide what fuel type you would like to use.

*Check to see which fuel source your appliances currently use. If you have a natural gas heater, dryer, stove, or other appliance, then natural gas is the likely choice. If you have appliances that use propane, then select a gas log set that uses liquid propane. If your home does not have plumbing for either gas type, then check locally to determine which fuel would be best for your area.

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

And, right now, there is a HUGE Sale on gas logs through the holidays.

Homeowners Love Fireplace Inserts For Heating Their Homes

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MAKeep your home warm when it is cold outside.

In many houses, the problem is your traditional open-masonry fireplaces. They are not very efficient. While they burn, open fireplaces can send as much as 300 cubic feet of heated indoor air up the chimney and outside. That’s 18,000 cubic feet of heated air lost per hour.

As the warm air leaves, cold air from windows, doors and other areas is drawn to the fireplace. This cools the house and forces the furnace to work harder to heat your entire home.

Fortunately, you can enjoy a fire, and your fireplace, without high heating bills and a drafty home.

An Upgrade

Fireplace inserts fit directly into the opening of existing masonry-built fireplaces and offer efficient heating, style and money-savings. Fireplace inserts come in numerous designs and fuel types.

When evaluating gas fireplace inserts, look at Direct Vent technology. Gas inserts have sealed fireboxes and venting that sends 100% of exhaust outside for clean, safe indoor air quality.

One wood burning fireplace inserts blend clean, eco-friendly heating with beautiful styling. A robust BTU heating capacity can heat up to 2000 square feet and burn for 8, 10 or 12 hours, depending on the insert you buy. Best of all, they heat your home during power outages.

Homeowners are seeking more and more ways to increase their home value. Inserts can lower heating costs and revive interior designs.

Many wood burning fireplace inserts are EPA certified. These appliances save money and meet stringent environmental standards. Pellet stove inserts are also known for extremely clean and efficient operation.

For more information on fireplace inserts, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury. And right now, both gas and wood inserts are on sale!

Tips On Buying A Gas Fireplace or Insert

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyFor some gas fireplaces have increasingly become a favored choice over traditional fireplaces. They are easy to turn on with the flip of a switch, making them far more convenient to use than wood burning fireplaces. Many gas fireplaces and gas inserts are also available with remote controls and wall thermostats. Gas fireplaces do not require purchase fire wood or the labor associated with wood burning fires. Avoiding wood piles means avoiding the risk of pests that accompany all wood storage areas. In multiple ways, gas fireplaces and inserts are simply a cleaner option.

Gas fireplaces and inserts are clean burning, energy efficient, and save money over time. The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport offers many models, sizes and styles to all their customers. There are both direct vent and vent free gas fireplaces available. Direct vent fireplaces use zero-clearance technology, meaning they don't need chimneys or foundations. A direct vent allows all of the combustion gases and moisture to leave your home without the build up in chimneys. Venting is usually through a wall or roof, allowing for more flexibility than with a chimney. They are also easier to install than units with a chimney and give you greater placement options. 

A gas fireplace can be installed anywhere that a gas line is available, both in the middle of a room and along an outside wall. So you can have that traditional fireplace look along the wall, or try for a new sleek modern look in the middle of the room. One last great perk about a gas fireplace is that they are easily maintained. All you need to do is have an annual inspection of the burner, fan, venting, pilot light and thermostat.

Gas fireplaces are not for everyone. The beauty and reward of traditional fireplaces and natural flame is undeniable. So of course, it always comes down to personal preference. Whatever your preference is, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury for quality and valued solutions that will last a lifetime.

Another Reason to Buy a Wood Burning Fireplace Insert

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyThere is another reason why now is the perfect time to consider your home heating for this winter. If you have been paying too much to heat your home during the winter months, wood burning inserts make your home heating much more efficient and attractive.

Rather than replace an entire heating system, which can be costly, you can heat the rooms in your home that tend to be “drafty” and cold by adding a wood burning fireplace insert.

Wood fireplace inserts are an easy, beautiful, inexpensive way to heat those cold rooms in your home. Wood burning inserts for fireplaces perform dependably and beautifully year after year, giving you the energy efficiency you need to heat your home.

Wood inserts also burn cleaner are not subject to fluctuating fuel prices throughout the season. They also range from traditional styling to elegant to modern with lots of glass for easy viewing. Wood inserts are also a beautiful investment for your home.

For more information, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury. Right now, wood fireplace inserts are on sale.

Fireplace Inserts Are a Better Way to Heat

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in SudburyCold weather is on the way. Many people pay too much to heat their homes. For better more efficient heat, many don’t want to replace their heating systems, but they don’t have to. Fireplace inserts make heating your home more efficient and cost effective. When used in open hearth fireplaces, fireplace inserts stop the warm air from leaving your home through the chimney. In fact, when fires are burned in open hearths, the warm air going up the chimney creates a vacuum or draft, which pulls the warm air from within your home up the chimney.

Wood burning fireplace inserts produce more efficient heat. Actually, they burn fuel very efficiently and can be rated to heat entire homes or to heat rooms that have a hard time warming up with the central heating system. Fireplace inserts force heat back into your home and gas fireplace inserts can be set on a thermostat.

For more attractive and efficient heat, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury. Right now, both gas and wood fireplace inserts are on sale.

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