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A New Era in Smart, Outdoor Heaters

- Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The innovative Tungsten Smart-Heat™ Portable is a market changing heating solution that combines modern aesthetics with revolutionary technical advancements.

Featuring sleek lines and an elegant black finish, Bromic Heating's newest forward thinking model has been designed to match any contemporary outdoor dining or patio area.

With a high degree of maneuverability and adjustable heating, the Tungsten Smart-Heat™ Portable is one of the most versatile and user friendly portable heaters available.

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

A Gas Fireplace Insert will Upgrade Your Existing Fireplace

- Wednesday, October 06, 2021
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury

Transform a wood-burning fireplace into gas by installing a gas-burning insert. A gas fireplace insert is a metal box within a metal box that fits inside an existing fireplace and blocks the draft from the chimney. The gas insert heats the air between the two metal boxes, and then that heat is released into the room. This is an excellent option for homeowners who want to rework their existing wood-burning fireplace into a fuel-efficient heat source. A gas fireplace insert is a good option if you’re interested in zone heating your home and assisting the HVAC system so it doesn’t run as much during the colder winter months.

Gas Fireplace vs. Gas Fireplace Insert

Gas fireplaces are built into a wall of a home during construction or a major renovation. The big difference between a gas fireplace and a gas fireplace insert is that the gas fireplace doesn’t need an existing fireplace or even a chimney. If you don’t have an existing fireplace and chimney, a gas fireplace can be installed so it vents out through a wall, or you can choose an unvented gas fireplace. A gas fireplace’s BTUs are higher than those of a gas fireplace insert, so more heat will come from the built-in gas fireplace.

Vented vs. Unvented

Gas fireplace inserts are available as vented or unvented options. Direct vent units are considered the safest choice. They exhaust all the gases and water vapor produced from burning gas and vent it to the outside. Vented gas fireplace inserts pull in the outside air to keep the flames alight. Vented inserts generally have a realistic fireplace aesthetic because the temperature is controlled. This results in a flame pattern and color that mimics a wood-burning fire.

Benefits of Choosing a Gas Fireplace Insert

Gas fireplace inserts are a cost-effective and straightforward way to transform a wood-burning fireplace into a gas-burning one. A gas fireplace insert can be used as a heat source to increase the effectiveness of your HVAC system. Many homeowners enjoy the look of real flames without the hassle of moving and stacking firewood or cleaning out a fireplace full of ash.

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

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How Much Propane Is Left for Your Gas Grill?

- Wednesday, September 22, 2021
The Fireplace Shop & Grill Center - Propane Tank for Gas Grill

The debate between gas and charcoal grills will heat up every summer, but even if you’re a devoted gas grill fan, you have to admit they have one problem charcoal doesn’t: It’s all too easy to run out of propane without realizing you’re even running low. Luckily, there’s an easy way to tell how much gas is left in your grill’s propane tank.

Running out of fuel for your gas grill can literally bring your barbecue to a halt. One option for avoiding such a scenario is to invest in a fuel gauge, but if you don’t have one, not to worry. There’s a simple trick using warm water to tell how much propane is left in the tank:

How to Tell How Much Gas Is Left in Your Propane Tank

  1. Make sure the gas is turned off, then disconnect the tank. Rest it on level ground.
  2. Fill a large glass or small bucket with warm water and pour it down the side of the tank. Go a little slow to give the water time to affect the metal of the tank.
  3. Feel the outside of the tank where you poured the water. The liquid propane inside the tank will absorb the heat from the water, so the tank will feel cool to the touch where there is still propane inside, and warm to the touch where it’s empty.

It’s not a 100 percent accurate estimate of the exact amount of fuel remaining, but you can roughly estimate how much gas is left, and know whether you’ll be able to grill your burgers or not.

Another way to tell how much propane you have left is to weigh your tank.

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Benefits of Choosing a Gas Fireplace Insert

- Monday, September 13, 2021
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury

Gas fireplace inserts are a cost-effective and straightforward way to transform a wood-burning fireplace into a gas-burning one. A gas fireplace insert can be used as a heat source to increase the effectiveness of your HVAC system. Many homeowners enjoy the look of real flames without the hassle of moving and stacking firewood or cleaning out a fireplace full of ash.

Uses Existing Wood-Burning Fireplace

Gas fireplace inserts can be used in an existing wood-burning fireplace to make it more efficient or bring it into compliance with current building codes. The insert is smaller than the fireplace opening, and it can be vented using the chimney that’s already in place.

Cost-Efficient

A gas fireplace insert is less expensive to install than a gas fireplace. A gas insert costs between $500 and $3,500, while a gas fireplace can run from $2,650 to $5,800. Natural gas–powered fireplaces are more cost-effective to run than a propane-powered one, depending on geographic location and fuel costs in your area. The cost of running a gas insert per hour is at least 50 percent lower than a wood-burning or propane-burning fireplace. Homeowners in rural areas do not have access to a natural gas line and rely on propane to power a gas fireplace insert.

A traditional wood-burning fireplace is typically drafty and allows a lot of heated air to escape up the chimney. A gas fireplace insert seals off the drafty fireplace and releases all the heat into the room, saving on utility costs.

Convenient

With the flip of a switch, you can enjoy the warmth and the flickering glow of a fire. There is no building a fire and waiting for the fire to build to heat a room. You can enjoy the heat, glow, and look of a fire without the smoke and odor of a wood-burning fire. Gas inserts typically come with a thermostat so you can enjoy the heat with precision control.

Aesthetics

A gas fireplace insert is an attractive way to heat a room. The ambiance of your home will be enhanced by the warm glow of a fire that ignites with a flip of a switch.

Environmentally Friendly

A wood-burning fireplace releases up to 4,000 percent more emissions than a gas-fueled insert. A gas-powered insert has a high energy rating and does not create waste in the form of ash, soot, and creosote—and that’s good for the environment.

Minimal Maintenance

Maintenance is at a minimum for a gas fireplace insert since there are no ashes clean out of the fireplace. Having a gas insert involves an annual checkup to inspect the venting, fan, burner, thermostat, pilot light, and glass.

No Ash or Creosote

Gas fireplace inserts are a good option for those who are sensitive to air pollution or have allergies or other lung diseases. A wood-burning fireplace releases fine particulates into the air that can create health issues and respiratory problems. A gas fireplace insert will eliminate those issues since there is no ash or creosote formed by gas burning. An insert is also a cleaner option since there is no ash or soot to clean out of the fireplace.

Safe Choice

A gas fireplace insert is a safe choice since it can be directly vented outside. If you decide on an unvented insert option, these models come with an oxygen depletion sensor and a safety valve that will turn off the gas before carbon monoxide levels become dangerous in the room.

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

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Ways to Make Entertaining Outdoors a Year-Round Affair

- Monday, September 06, 2021
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Outdoor Kitchen

There’s no better feeling than inviting 10 of your closest friends over in summer for an afternoon of barbecued meats, drinks and laughs – and the good news is that with a few tweaks to your outdoor area, you can entertain on your porch or patio year-round.

Here are some ways to update your entertaining areas so you can have fun-filled gatherings at your place, spring, summer, fall and even early winter!

1. Invest in quality outdoor furniture

Even if you have a shaded outdoor area, your furniture needs to be hardy – it has to withstand everything from sunlight to wind, rain and even hail.

If you spend a significant amount of time entertaining outdoors, invest in a combination of quality furniture in a cohesive colour palette. Coordinating your décor with the kitchen, bathroom and main living spaces close by will create a seamless indoor-outdoor connection.

2. Install an outdoor kitchen

If you’re serious about entertaining and have the means, it could be time to install an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are all the rage, and can include a built-in sink, cooktop, barbecue and bar fridge.

For many, not having a gas cooktop is a deal breaker – and this extends to outdoor kitchens too. By enlisting a plumber to install natural gas to your outdoor area, you can enjoy the benefits of a gas-fuelled barbecue or pizza oven. A natural gas barbecue has many benefits, including not having to race out to refill a tank.

3. Consider natural gas fuelled outdoor heating

Speaking of natural gas… an outdoor fireplace is a game-changer on chilly evenings. You can entertain outside all year with a natural gas outdoor fire pit or wall-mounted heating. Not only are they nice to look at, they’re also clean-burning and smokeless – so no more shifting seats every time the wind changes. Simply put, is there anything fancier than sitting around a warm and glowing fire outdoors.

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

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Beautiful and Functional Wood Burning Stove

- Wednesday, August 25, 2021
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury

Beautiful and functional, the Craftsbury is sized to heat a large room or a small home.

Features

A Compact and Efficient Heater

This compact and efficient wood heater will keep your home warm make the most of your wood pile.

Tradition Cast Iron Quality

The Craftsbury is constructed of high-quality cast iron parts from our Spanish foundry and finished with beautiful porcelain enamel.

TruHybrid™ + Soapstone

Lined with soapstone blocks and using our TruHybrid™ technology, the Craftsbury offers long-lasting and efficient heat.

SAVE 26%: THIS STOVE IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE FEDERAL WOOD STOVE TAX CREDIT!

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

This Weekend is the Sales Tax Holiday in MA!

- Thursday, August 12, 2021
The Fireplace Shop & Grill Center - Sales Tax Holiday

Looking for a new wood or pellet stove or fireplace insert? Well, this weekend may be the time to buy! Between the 26% FEDERAL TAX CREDIT ON QUALIFIED WOOD AND PELLET INSERTS OR STOVES and the NO TAX WEEKEND in MA you could save a bundle on your wood or pellet stove or fireplace insert.

In addition to the sales tax saving, many of our stoves, inserts, and fireplaces qualify for the 26% federal tax credit. The 26% credit is calculated on the entire cost of your project including labor and materials saving you an additional $1,300 or more. Some customers have saved over $2,600. Come in for a look or contact us directly.

You can pre-order NOW to avoid lines and get preferred scheduling for installation!

MA Sales Tax Holiday!

- Wednesday, August 04, 2021
MA Sales Tax Holiday

26% FEDERAL TAX CREDIT ON QUALIFIED WOOD AND PELLET INSERTS OR STOVES

Pre-order NOW to avoid lines and get preferred scheduling for installation!
We will be open Saturday, August 14th from 10am - 4pm and Sunday, August 15th from 10am - 2pm.

Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday is Right Around the Corner!

- Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport - Tax Free Holiday 2021

The Massachusetts 2021 sales tax holiday will be on August 14th and 15th this year. It's right around the corner! The sales tax holiday applies to individuals purchasing retail items up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use only. These types of qualifying purchases will be exempt from sales tax on these two days.

Shop now, pay later. You can take advantage of delivery delays by shopping and ordering now and paying on the Tax Free Weekend!

Patio Ovens Make Wood-Fired Pizza Easy!

- Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Want a delicious tour of the HearthStone Patio Oven? Watch how you can make a wood-fired pizza outdoors in less than 3 minutes!


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