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Electric Fireplaces For More Home Ambiance

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 07, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA

For those of you who prefer contemporary décor, or who live in apartments or condos without a hearth, electric fireplaces will suit your needs perfectly. These Simplifire Electric Fireplaces offer a modern aesthetic look while showcasing heating effectiveness and convenience.

Simplifire electric fireplaces adapt modern design by fusing linear proportions with a multitude of flame and ember bed LED lighting themes. They are easy to use with a standard remote and touch control settings.

Other great features of this electric fireplace:

  • 100% efficiency, heat can be fully calibrated with very minimal cost an hour to operate
  • Four flame color themes with 14 ember bed color themes for complete customization
  • Features easy thermal calibration with its remote control and touch screen settings
  • Zone heat your space for maximum comfort, while keeping monthly bills at minimum cost
  • Available in 48” or 60” wide models
  • Fully or partially recessed or mount on the wall

For more innovative, smart and stylish looking fireplaces that are perfect for modern or apartment homes contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your specialty retailer.

Update The Fireplace, Home is Where the Hearth Is

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 31, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA

What makes a house a home? Its fireplace. What makes that fireplace special? The design, beauty and comfort of the hearth.

But the hearth isn’t just for your living room anymore.

This is the last day of National Fireplace Month, and we want to remind home builders and homeowners that, thanks to the ingenuity of designers and architects, a beautiful hearth can center any room of the house.

The hearth is the home’s heartbeat, the connection point for all who live there. But our lifestyles have changed. Where we congregate and how we spend our time has evolved. Combine those changes with home builders and remodelers’ creativity, and you can now consider a fireplace for nearly any room.

Consider these six spaces:

  1. Bedrooms: Make your bedroom even cozier and consider giving it a cabin-like feel with a gas fireplace or even a stove.
  2. Kitchen: Steep your morning tea and read the news at your breakfast nook warmed by an assuring, alluring flame.
  3. Office/study: Want to fire up your best thinking? A sleek electric fireplace beside your home desk can be your best collaborator.
  4. TV room: Fireplaces are the new flat screens. As more consumers cut the cable cords, hearth manufacturers are boldly reclaiming their rightful place as the TV room’s focal point, offering thin, long, horizontal gas fireplaces for installing in the center of the wall.
  5. Bathrooms: An evening soak in warm suds can be made even more relaxing and intimate with a remote-control fireplace
  6. Your outside wall: Want to make your home even more open? An indoor/outdoor fireplace connecting your favorite indoor room to your backyard patio truly opens up the home.

Warming up to the idea of fireplaces beyond the living room? Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your specialty retailer.

All Types of Fireplaces

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Contemporary, see-through fireplaces that warm multiple rooms. Prefabricated gas fireplaces that mount directly to the wall. that look realistic and can really put out the heat. No, these are not the fireplaces you knew when growing up in your parent’s home. Today’s innovative new fireplaces are designed for visual excitement, two-sided exposure, and installation in locations previously unconsidered.

The conventional fireplace has all but been reinvented in recent years. There are so many new products on the market today that can fit any budget and style.

While your parents may have had a wood-burning fireplace, the chances are that it wasn’t outfitted with an insert. Fireplace inserts with glass doors have become the standard, retaining the heat generated by the fire when in use, and limiting draft when not. Woodstove design has also been updated in recent years allowing for a wide array of designs ranging from traditional to ultra-contemporary.

Gas and electric fireplaces are now installed for aesthetics and mood as well as heating purposes. Architects have embraced the long, sleek horizontal fireplace surrounds and are incorporating them into their contemporary interior designs. Equally exciting, are two-sided fireplaces that are increasingly being used in home designs. When you consider the visual impact and benefits of a two-sided fireplace, the extra expense associated with it seems relatively low.

Second and third fireplaces are being installed in existing homes–sometimes for the calming effect they evoke. Specifically, the gas and electric fireplaces that can be mounted directly to the wall, which in many cases do not require venting. Because of this, fireplaces are making appearances in kitchens, baths and other private rooms of the house.

Hearth-related innovations are not limited to home interiors. Outdoor fireplace kits using traditional masonry or pre-engineered masonry products range in design from simple to majestic. The gas-fueled fire pit has also been given a new stage with its integration into the design of patio furniture and other outdoor architectural features.

Many new forms of media, such as the simulated gemstones, have been developed for use in gas applications both in and outside the house. Other products include large river-worn stones and sophisticated metal sculptures. vTo experience the true impact of these and other fireplace products, visit the showroom at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your local hearth shop. Contact us for more information.

Fireplace Inserts Make Open Fireplaces More Efficient

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 09, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA - Clydesdale fireplace wood-fired insert

If you are thinking about updating that old, open masonry hearth, consider fireplace inserts. If you are interested in using your fireplace, but you would like it to be more efficient and effective in heating your home, a fireplace insert is the perfect answer.

For homeowners who have an open existing fireplace, and are interested in maximizing its use, fireplace inserts make a hearth highly effective and highly efficient. A wood burning fireplace insert can be placed inside an open fireplace to supplement the heating system in your home.

Wood heat is an efficient, easy to use heat, fueled by renewable resources. By supplement your existing home heating with a fireplace insert, you will significantly decrease your home heating bills and significantly improve the efficiency of your home. Inserts have many other advantages as well.

  • Save on energy expenses
  • Lessen related expenses to heating systems
  • Increase efficiency of old masonry fireplace
  • Wood is renewable energy
  • Gorgeous and cozy heating
  • Creates a focal point in the room
  • An inexpensive and easy home improvement

For all of the above reasons, homeowners have found that fireplace inserts are the perfect way to stay warm and save money during the cold months while allowing you to maximize the heating efficiency of your fireplace.

If you are interested in benefiting from the full potential of your fireplace, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your local specialty retailer.

National Fireplace Month: Enjoy the Warmth & Ambiance

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 01, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA

Bring the people you care about together in your home around incredible warmth and comfort, as well as ambiance, with a fireplace that can last for decades. A good place to start in finding the right product for you is to identify whether you're looking to add romance to your living room, cut your winter heating bill, or become more self-sufficient. Also consider the placement within the home, the maintenance required, design and style preferences, as well as which fuel will work best.

Fireplace Insert

Fireplace inserts make an existing fireplace more efficient and clean burning. Fireplace inserts are heating units that are installed into existing fireplaces (masonry or factory-built). Rather than losing valuable heat up a chimney, inserts convert an existing fireplace into an efficient, heat-producing zone heater. They burn either wood, gas, or pellets and offer superior efficiency. Gas is the most popular, providing the convenience of a fire at a flip of a switch with no mess or change to indoor air quality.

Fireplace inserts use the existing chimney, through a flue liner or other necessary modification, for venting; most have blowers to circulate the heat. Vent-free fireplace inserts require no chimney or flue modification.

Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your local specialty retailer for help deciding which fireplace insert is right for you.

Electric Fireplaces are Perfect for Apartments and Condos

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Simplifire Wall-Mount Electric Fireplaces

Do you want to create a completely unique look and feel to your contemporary space? With SimpliFire’s four wall-mount electric fireplace options, you’ll take any room to the next level, with distinct ambiance and style. Choose from a variety of viewing areas and backlighting.

Viewing options: 38”, 58”, or 94”
LED backlighting – multicolored
Adjustable flame heights/intensity

Simplifire Built-In Electric Fireplace

Adding the traditional look of a fireplace to your home has never been this easy. A detailed masonry-style interior, textured log set and four different flame intensity levels enhance the appeal of the SimpliFire Built-In electric fireplace series. Enjoy the ambiance – with or without the heat. Experience "Fire Made Simple."

100% efficient, adjustable heat that costs just pennies an hour to operate
Enjoy the ambiance with or without heat
Never replace bulbs thanks to LED flame technology
Intuitive, multifunction remote for control at your fingertips
Zone heat your space to remain comfortable, while reducing your monthly bills
Available in 30” or 36” models
Up to 4,800 BTUs or 10,000 BTUs, depending on choice of power input

For more information on electric fireplaces, Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

Huge Grill and Fireplace Sale! Save Money This Weekend

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Massachusetts sales tax holiday is back this weekend. Here’s what to know.

Your chance to save some cash is coming back on Aug. 17 and 18, 2019.

Everybody loves a deal.

And if there’s ever a prime opportunity to scoop one up in Massachusetts — fireplace insert or gas grill you’ve been eyeing — that moment is coming soon.

This weekend, the state’s sales tax holiday returns, giving shoppers a chance to make some big-ticket purchases without fretting over the Commonwealth’s usual 6.25 percent cut of the bill.

Here’s everything to know about the two-day, tax-free affair, including when it is and how you can use it.

When is the tax holiday?

This year’s holiday is set for Aug. 17 and 18.

It’s about a week later than last year’s event, when the annual, two-day exemption returned after lawmakers decided to forgo it in 2016 and 2017 because of budget gaps.

In June, Rep. Paul Donato told the State House News Service pushing the holiday back a week “would be a better time for businesses.”

You can take advantage of the tax exemptions as long as the item is paid for within Eastern Standard Time hours between Aug. 17 and 18.

No sales tax is due on that purchase, even if delivery of the item occurs after the sales tax holiday weekend.

Similarly, if you purchase an item in-store during the holiday, you can still schedule home delivery after the weekend ends without paying tax.

What’s exempt from being tax-free?

Some items and products are not tax-free during the weekend. They are:

  • Motorboats
  • Motor vehicles
  • Tobacco products
  • Marijuana or marijuana products
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Telecommunications services
  • Steam
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Any single item that costs more than $2,500

The tax holiday only applies to individuals who are buying items for personal use only.

Is there a limit? What is it?

Yes, there is a limit. The sales tax holiday only applies to items that cost $2,500 or less.

It’s important to note the $2,500 limit only applies to the cost of each individual item. If you purchase several items under that amount and the total bill surpasses $2,500, you won’t have to pay sales tax.

Are rentals tax-free? What about layaway purchases?

Generally speaking, rentals of up to 30 days are tax free during the holiday, but only if they are not one of the exempt items in the list above, such as motor vehicles or motor boats.

Do I have to pay tax if, after the holiday, I return or exchange an item I bought tax-free?

No. Taxes will not be retroactively charged.

What else should I know?

If you’re unable to make that big purchase in August, there’s always next year.

Massachusetts lawmakers passed a law in 2018 that permanently creates a tax holiday weekend every year, so rest assured you’ll have another chance to score a deal.

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

Grilling with Propane

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 08, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA - Blaze Gas Grills

Grilling with propane (and propane accessories) is looked down upon by many BBQ enthusiasts, as it doesn’t impart any flavor onto the meat in the same way that charcoal does. But after speaking to chefs around the country, we’ve found some who valiantly defend the use of propane.

It's convenient, like a 7-Eleven

If this article were the big board on Family Feud, the No. 1 survey answer would be: “It’s quick and easy!” All the experts we spoke to love charcoal. But on the flipside, it’s so easy to start a propane grill, you can do it with a beer in your hand, and that alone is a pretty good defense of propane. Plus, lighting charcoal is a huge pain in the neck. Also, grilling with gas is much more straightforward for basic weeknight grilling -- it's quick to set-up and quick to clean-up.

If you’re a weekend grill warrior and your days are filled with other activities, the time saved using a propane grill is beneficial. You just light it and wait for the temp to rise versus building a fire and keeping a watchful eye on it.

Propane is great if you want an “easy-going cookout.” Charcoal is not a set it and forget it type deal. There’s no loading of the grill or meticulously organizing coals and wood to evenly create hot zones. Plus, during the cooking process, it’s much easier to adjust your temperature as needed without having to poke the embers (and probably singe your favorite shirt in the process!).

Heat zones make grilling a snap

If you’re going to make the effort to grill, you’re probably wanting to whip up a few different proteins and vegetables. Propane grilling makes this a snap. It’s harder to control heat levels with charcoal, but with propane you can cook a whole meal on the grill. Higher heat on one side for grilling burgers, steaks or hot dogs, and lower heat on the other for buns or veggies like asparagus, eggplant and zucchini.

Vegetables are extremely propane-friendly

Just make sure there’s no flame on the vegetables as they’re grilling or they’ll get a bad taste and burn marks. Position them at ten o’clock and then switch them over to two o’clock and you’ll have perfect x’s on your vegetables.

Plus, the smoky flavors imparted by charcoal aren’t always welcome. While it’s harder to develop smoky flavor profiles you get from wood on a propane grill, that same smokiness can also be a disadvantage by overpowering certain foods that are more delicate, like seafood or vegetables.

Smoking is still an option

There’s a way to get smoky flavors from a propane grill. Many of the newer grills have smoke boxes that allow you to put in wood chips that create flavorful smoke. So you can actually smoke, say, a pork shoulder on your propane grill. It’s not optimal, but you can get good smoke flavor into the meat.

For those without a new propane grill, you can always take hickory or cherry wood chips and wrap them in aluminum foil,” he recommended. Poke a couple of holes in the top, and they’ll smolder on the grill to fill it with smoke, achieving that desired extra flavor element followed by a two-second clean-up. No big deal, as you were headed back to the grill for seconds regardless.

Need a new grill, take advantage of tax-free weekend. Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA for more information.

Huge Sale Tax Free Weekend!

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 01, 2019


Buy a Wood Burning Fireplace Insert and Pay No Tax!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA - Clydesdale fireplace wood-fired insert

This may be the perfect time to start thinking about heating your home this winter. Right now, at The Fireplace & Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, buy any Hearthstone Fireplace insert and pay no sales tax!

In fact, you don’t even have to wait until August 17th and 18th. You can shop now and pay later.

If you want to save money, increase energy efficiency and make your living space more attractive, a fireplace insert is a perfect solution. Traditional open fireplaces are inefficient. An insert is more efficient than a traditional open fireplace because it allows 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 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 don’t pay any sales tax.

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%. Contact us The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA.

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