Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions on Wood Inserts

Whereas it may be said that wood stove inserts are some of the easiest appliances to use, it is also veracious to say that guidance in the course of installing, operating, and maintaining them may lead to questions on some areas where clarity is vague. To avoid imprecision in any of the vital areas addressing safety of operation, the user’s guides to any wood inserts purchased are availed with detailed, easily retrievable information on the same. Below are some of the chief areas that customers and other users frequently ask about concerning wood stove inserts. They include, but are not limited to;

a)    The clearing space: This is the free space or allowance made available between wood inserts and the nearest combustible materials. This space should span at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) in front of the unit. Do not situate any combustible objects anywhere on the appliance or within 48 inches in front of it. This is because high temperatures may ignite flammable materials thereby causing a fire risk.
b)    The odors from units: This is the smell that may emanate from new wood stove inserts during their first few hours of operation. What causes this is the curing of the interior and sometimes exterior coats of paint or the burning off of applied oils at the manufacturer’s factory. The odor may also be smelt if the appliance is kept for a very long time before use- the smell in this case may come from accumulated dust during that said dormant state. Since the vapors and odors produced by initially operating wood stove inserts might be irritating to sensitive individuals, it is advisable to open windows to improve air circulation and allow in fresh air. The odors, however, do not remain for long as the appliances are put into constant use. The performance, effectiveness, and longevity of the appliances are not subject to the presence or absence of these odors whatsoever. 
c)    Unexplained metallic noises: These are sounds that may emanate from wood inserts during operation. The noises produced are similar to the sounds so produced by a heating duct or a furnace. These sounds are caused by metallic expansion during the heating stage and contraction during the cooling stage. These noises do not in any way affect the functionality or longevity of wood stove inserts.
d)    The whirring noises: These are the uninterrupted rapid buzzing sounds that may be heard within the vicinity of wood inserts in operation. The blower of a unit may at times produce a whirring sound and the volume thereof increases as the rotational speed increases. This does not at all affect the performance or durability of wood stove inserts.

Wood burning inserts are generally easy to use. The new ones may give off an odor at the initial few hours of operation but this does not further persist. These appliances also have a tendency to produce metallic sounds due to expansion and contraction of metal and buzzing sounds from their blowers. These do not affect the functionality of the wood inserts.

Fire Safety Measures Governing the Use of Wood Fireplace Inserts

Many homeowners have the tendency to discard their manufacturer’s manuals the moment they have verified that the wood fireplace inserts they just bought are fully functioning. However, the manufacturer’s instructions manuals have so much that ought to be read carefully and understood. One of the key areas tackled in them is the prevention of house fires. The chances of causing fire accidents depends much on the knowledge that one has of using a home heating system; and this applies to wood inserts also. Below are a few of the chief areas that the manuals address and that are indispensable if house fire accidents are to be kept at minimum chances of occurrence:-

First of all, the wood inserts must be installed and operated only in accordance with the inevitable directives therein appearing. These instructions are geared towards the most appropriate installation and venting procedures as well as the right way of operating the appliances. Anytime a qualified and authorized technician is undertaking the work of wood fireplace inserts installation, he or she must contact and confirm with the local building officials about any installation expectations, inspections and restrictions in that area. An example of an area the local building or fire officials will be keen at is the manner in which the chimney or vent will pass through combustible places like ceilings or hardboard walls.

Another example is whenever the wood inserts’ designs require that they be installed in masonry recess areas. In such cases, the masonry fireplaces must first be verified as to their conformity to the specified local and national codes. If these codes demand that no bricks or mortar should be removed so as to accommodate modification for a new venting system, then this must be adhered to. In such a case though, the manufacturer’s instructions manual pertaining to the wood fireplace inserts in question come with provisions for what should be done. In a situation where a pre-existing chimney is available and accessible, the manufacturer’s manual would suggest the use of a starter pipe that will lead into the inspected pre-existing chimney. That particular method of modification also requires an airtight face seal to ensure maximum levels of the users’ safety.

It is also instructed that in the close vicinity of wood inserts there should be no combustible materials or easily flammable liquids or gases. Such materials include clothing, carpets, draperies, varnish coated furniture, and many others. Children must not be allowed to operate or to touch wood fireplace inserts whenever these are being used or even when they have just been in operation. This is because wood inserts have the capacity to retain heat for a long time after the last session of use.

It is not advisable to discard the user’s instructions manual that come with wood fireplace inserts. They are good for reference not just during installation but also during operation and maintenance. Always adhere to the directives therein so as to avoid eventualities like house fires. Call in expert technicians whenever need arises.

Types of Fuel Associated With Wood Fireplace Inserts

Wood fireplace inserts are stoves made of cast iron or other strong metal casing that utilize combustible materials that coming from wood or wood products. They are unlike their traditional firewood fireplace counterparts in that these are designed to burn fuel at far higher efficiency rates. This is especially wood pellets contrary to natural wood pieces and logs that the traditional wood burning fireplaces burn. There are different flammable materials, liquids, and gases (compressed) that can be used as fuel in different home heating appliances. The Napoleon wood burning fireplace insert specifically burns combustible materials made from wood chippings, or other parts of natural wood. 

There are two types of materials associated with combustion in wood fireplace inserts; there are those that are combustible while others are completely incombustible under normal burning conditions of heat and pressure. Materials made of wood or surfaced with wood, or made from compressed paper, or form plant fibers, or made from plastics, or any other material that has the capacity to burn at normal conditions of heat and pressure, whether made to have plaster or without plaster; or made flame-proof or not, all fall into the category of combustible solid materials. Some of these have been designed to work with the different varieties of wood fireplace inserts. The other type of materials is the non-combustible ones; and these will not ignite and burn under normal burning conditions. These are materials made exclusively of steel, cast iron, tiled materials, bricks or stones, glass, slate or plasters; or even the combination of all or some of the above are all classified as non-combustible materials. Some of the non-combustible materials are further classified as non-combustible sealant materials that are used as fillings or mortar. Non-combustible materials are never to be used within the Napoleon wood burning fireplace insert. This is to ensure that safety at its best is maintained. 

Unlike the wood fireplace inserts, dry seasoned wood is the best source of fuel for the traditional conventional wood burning fireplaces. This is because completely dry and fully seasoned wood logs gives excellently efficient fire that minimizes all chances of creosote formation which itself is a hardened crust-like substance that forms from tar in wood and which accumulate in vents and chimneys. Creosote could ignite causing fire accidents. Though well seasoned wood may be said to have a high degree of efficiency, it may not make wood burning fireplaces exceed the efficiency of, say, the Napoleon wood burning fireplace insert. Again, it is a lot of hassle trying to get seasoned wood with the right amount of moisture content and buying unseasoned wood, on the other hand, is a waste of energy and resources. 

In the event that a Napoleon wood burning fireplace insert is being used, it is always advisable to utilize the kind of fuel that the manufacturer has recommended. This is because there are many types of materials that can be said to be combustible but would end up causing danger if used with such a wood burning fireplace insert.

Warnings Associated With the Operation of Wood Fireplace Inserts

Wood fireplace inserts are relatively easier to use compared to the conventional traditional wood burning fireplaces. Inappropriate use, though, may lead to a host of hazards, some of which could be disastrous. Indeed, if the information that is so clearly stipulated in the manufacturer’s instruction manual is not followed with precision, a house fire could erupt and cause damage or loss of chattels, personal injury, or the loss of life of the occupants thereof. Napoleon fireplace inserts must never be operated if the operation instructions are not carefully read and accurately adhered to.

Napoleon fireplace inserts come with instructions therein packaged that have dedicated sections dealing with warnings while other parts give caution at different times in their installation, operation and maintenance. Cautions indicate hazardous events which, if not minded and carefully avoided may result to slight injury. Warnings, on the other hand, indicate hazardous events which, if not heeded may culminate to death or high degree injury. Warnings are given on different situations that regard, but are not limited to, the following;

First, there are warnings given about hot surfaces: No hands should be placed on glass or other napoleon fireplace inserts‘surfaces are extremely hot during operation and in the duration in the cooling down. Hot glass has the capacity to cause terrible burns. Children should never be allowed to come into contact with such hot surfaces and they must be supervised carefully when they are in the same room as the fireplace inserts. A dealer may suggest that a user attach a fixed decorative glass shields to protect children from coming into contact with wood fireplace inserts.

Also, it is warned that fire risks are apparent if users take combustible materials other than wood into wood fireplace inserts. Other fire risks are likely to occur if any damaged appliances will be installed. To avoid fire risks, there should be no modification whatsoever to the napoleon fireplace inserts. Installation and operation with accessories or components that are not certified and/or approved by the manufacturer also could cause fire risks. All operations must be done after assembly of all the components. Wood fireplace inserts should also not be over-fired (whereby the unit connectors glow as an indication). To prevent over-firing do not use any flammable liquids (for instance, gasoline, or kerosene, or any of the wood/ charcoal lighter fuels), do not overstuff the appliances with wood, and do not allow too much oxygen (room air) into the fire.

There are many warnings that could be given in the operation of wood fireplace inserts but all are geared towards ensuring maximum safety of the user. If carefully adhered to, these warnings are life saving and following them can save a lot of potential damage to property or personal injuries. It is, therefore, imperative that they be read carefully, understood, and keenly followed so as to achieve the bests results initially intended. Napoleon fireplace inserts are magnificent and add a lot of splendor to any living room, but if mishandled they may be hazardous.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How Internet Blossomed the Electric Fireplace Industry



There are many ways if you want to have a great experience during the winter. Today, you need to understand the fact that in order for you to learn about the different things, you need to explore and even read more about them. Fortunately, if you want to have a fireplace in your home that is stylish, functional and safe, you can now trust the electric fireplaces. These things make up for the lost time chopping wood as an electric fireplace only needs a plug to keep everything running. There are also some instances when you need to check the different electric fireplaces that could possibly meet your home’s needs. 

There are times when the best electric fireplace is really cheaper than you expect it to be. One of the many reasons why is because of the trends in retail. We all know that retail is really going nowhere especially today that we are all affected by the global financial crisis. If you will be looking into the businesses offering fireplaces, they are now relocating through the World Wide Web in order to gain worldwide market support and also to cut the cost of maintaining a store. In the process, you can now see electric fireplaces become cheaper and you no longer have to worry about your budget. 

The best time for you to purchase an electric fireplace for your place is during the summer. This is the time when these things become cheap. Since the winter season is yet to come, there is still no “pressing need” for people to have a good and working fireplace at home. But as the adage would say “the early bird gets the worm”. This is true especially if you will look at the trends in pricing of electric fireplaces as winter comes nearer. 

Going online and purchasing your fireplace is a great idea. If you will come to think of it, the electric fireplaces can be cheaper because the stores are not anymore paying for lease or for any other expenses that would eventually trickle down to the price of the item. Today, everything is cut into its bare essentials and all you need to do is to click and select which one is right for you. The electric fireplace is now becoming popular as it is simple and it is also affordable compared to the other types of fireplaces. 

The more that you look online for an electric fireplace; the better it is for you. For the past years, you can get to see the number fireplaces become popular and drop from their spot. Today, more and more people are thinking of more economical ways on how to get through the winter. Having wood fireplaces is not a way to beat the cold weather especially if you still have to chop some wood in the middle of your day. With the help of the different fireplaces available online, you could now get the best experience running into the winter season. And of course, through online purchases, you can even counter check if they are being true to their claims.

Fireplace That Are Cheap And Keeping Your Home Safe

There are many ways for you to keep your home warm and safe. If you will have a fireplace on your home, it is imperative that you keep your home safe too. If not for safety, you will really not have the peace of mind needed during the winter or any other season for that matter. If you will look at the number of fireplaces around today in the market, you will need to understand that not everything you see could give you the best bang for your buck.
Your money should be able to bring you the best bang for your buck treatment. If not for the best fireplaces out there, you should never bother to buy things that would only disappoint you. The internet today is a great source of interaction and at the same time of products that are cheap. Drop shipping is the latest trend online which enables markets to lower their prices according to how the consumers wanted it. Another thing that is responsible for the lowered price of products particularly of fireplaces is outsourcing. Today, companies get the expertise of other countries to bring the best products for less the price. Because the internet gives you a place to sell without really consuming space plus you are not obliged to rent a store, you can now expect that their prices are lower than that of other companies.
 Remember that in order to also save a great amount of money on fireplaces, remember that you need to consider the timing of your purchase. Purchases made nearer the winter season may mean a higher price for a fireplace. Pricing increases whenever the season is nearer. Thus, it is the best idea to purchase, repair and to update fireplaces when it’s the end of summer. During summer, it would really be impossible to clean up the fireplaces. But if you will wait until it ends, you will have an easier service for it plus not to mention cheaper.
If you are planning to purchase a new fireplace for your home, you need to make sure it is safe for everyone. Everything that you put into your own place should never be a threat to your very own safety. Thus it is a protocol to always consult each fireplace to experts first. This way, you will get what you want while your family is safe. But you may have to purchase additional things in order for you to stay safe. But come to think of it, is there any price for safety? You will regret not going the extra distance once an accident appears in your home. You will be thankful to have the sprinklers installed whenever there is fire breaking out inside your own house. As they say, a ton of prevention is way better than an ounce of cure. This is true especially to the fireplace industry when everything you do could mean the demise of your very own property. If you of course want to save, never compromise safety in doing so. 

Fireplace and How Safety Should Be Handled

 If you are a home owner, it is pertinent you protect your home from internal factors that may cause fire from happening. If you are going to have a fireplace on your own home, remember that there are instances that these things start fire especially if you do not know how to properly use them. There are different types of fireplaces today that you could choose from. But as a rule of the thumb, whatever delivers heat can really generate the potential of fire accident. There are things however that you could do to prevent fireplaces to create this kind of worst case scenario.

One, you need to understand that you should never put anything that isn’t suggested by the manufacturer of the fireplace. For instance, if you have a heat source that demands wood, you should never use paper to give you the warmth you need for the winter. Putting paper and other things inside a fireplace can bring accidents. Now how can these things start fire? If you will look at the instance when paper is burned, you will notice how some pieces of it could easily be going to your carpet. From the fireplace to the carpet, this is a disaster waiting to happen.
 Another thing that can cause an accident is when a child plays around with fire. You should never allow kids to run around the living room alone with no protection from the fireplace. If you will look at the statistics, you will find out how toddlers become the culprit in starting fire inside a house. Fireplaces should never be in contact with your child as this may be an accident waiting to happen.

The third thing that you need to find out about your heating equipment is its appropriateness to your electrical system. Fireplaces ran by electricity can cause fire if your outlet can’t handle the load. This calls for the responsibility of the electrical contractors. Always have your home checked when it comes to electrical issues. If you are not going to have it checked, electricity and fireplace can be the worst combination that you could think of.

There are many instances today which could cause fire inside your home. There are things that you should and shouldn’t do. But the fact of the matter is fire can always be prevented. You should never carry things inside your home without the proper protection. Fireplaces need accessories that would increase your home’s safety. For example, you will need to have a gate to keep children off the fire. Another thing that you will need is a reliable fire detector. The more it is sensitive to smoke, the better it is. If you will come to think of it, there are times when it doesn’t need fire to cause injury. All you need to have is smoke and you may be deprived of oxygen. If you are not careful with your actions, accidents will always be there waiting to happen inside your own home. But with the right help of equipments and safety experts, you can live freely through the years.