Invest in a Wood Stove Fireplace: Get the Aromas & Sounds of Burning Wood Without the Heat Loss

What do you do when you need more heat in your home? Maybe you browse a fireplace store near Rochester, maybe you type “efficient wood stove near me” in your search engine, or maybe you call up friends and family for their local hearth store recommendations. Whatever your path, you somehow ended up on our page…which is good news! Because it means you’re getting the best fireplace products in the Rochester area.

A wood stove or wood stove fireplace offers flexible placement options, a lot of heat into your living space, and a great aesthetic. We’ve got a lot of styles and designs to explore, so whether you need a big wood stove for an open space or a small wood stove for a bedroom or bathroom, we can help. Start browsing our wide selection today – and reach out now with any questions.

How Can I Vent a Wood Stove? Do I Need an Existing Chimney?

A wood stove will always need some type of venting system. Unlike gas units that have options for going vent-free, this isn’t a possibility when burning wood – the smoke always needs to go somewhere!

…but do you need to have a chimney in your home already? Not necessarily. There are a few ways to vent a wood stove:

  1. through an existing masonry or prefabricated chimney
  2. through a stovepipe, used in conjunction with a chimney
  3. through a flue vent that goes horizontally through an exterior wall or vertically through the roof.

Regardless of the venting option chosen, it’s crucial to have the wood stove and venting system professionally installed. This ensures compliance with safety standards and optimal performance, and it will keep your warranty from being voided, as well. In addition, regularly call in a professional to complete a chimney inspection or administer any necessary chimney repair services.

What Type of Wood Is Best for Burning in a Wood Stove?

Three words: Properly. Seasoned. Firewood. This is a must for ensuring the best and cleanest burn with the most heat output. Seasoned wood has a lower moisture content, which results in more efficient combustion, less smoke, and reduced creosote buildup in the chimney.

What does it mean if the wood is seasoned? This means it has been cut, split, and allowed to dry for at least 6-12 months. The ideal moisture content for firewood is generally below 20%. Green or unseasoned wood with high moisture content can be challenging to ignite, produce less heat, and create more creosote.

One more note – hardwoods, such as oak, maple, hickory, and birch, are denser and provide more heat energy. They also tend to burn more slowly and produce longer-lasting burns.

We Also Offer Fireplace Inspections, Chimney Sweep Services & More

Whether you own a fireplace, stove, or insert, regular professional maintenance is a must. Get the quality care you deserve by hiring our professional sweeps for all of your chimney and fireplace services.

Call 585-638-0300, request an appointment with us online, or drive on over to our showroom today. We’d love to speak with you soon.


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