Here’s Ron talking about our wood stoves and the unique features of the Cast Iron Alderlea. Our woodstoves, fireplace inserts, and wood-burning fireplaces are clean-burning, economical, easy to use, and warrantied for a lifetime. We offer a broad selection of wood stoves and inserts, each with a myriad of design options from classic to cutting-edge modern. And our wood-burning fireplaces provide the home-heating performance of a woodstove, in a contemporary, wall-mounted format.
We are so excited about our new office and shop! After 20 years at our current location, we are making the move to 2727 Lofty Drive, Suite 1. The new location is located off of State street across from Dana and The Tower Bar & Grill. We hope with the new location we can better serve our customers by being closer to Fort Wayne and offering new products in our shop. The Fireside Shop and will feature the latest in gas fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, plus locally made home accessories. We will be open at the new location starting Monday, January 23, 2017 featuring our wood stoves and fireplaces. Locally made merchandise and hand-crafted furniture will be available in The Fireside Shop starting in March 2017. Here’s some pictures of us moving in.
This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked by homeowners. The National Fire Protection Association recommends “chimneys, fireplaces and vents be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom of deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance and repairs shall be done if necessary.” Even if you don’t use the chimney that often, birds, squirrels, raccoons and other critters may have built nests in the flue or other chimney deterioration from the weather could make it unsafe to use. To check out how we clean your chimney, please visit our chimney cleaning and inspection page. http://starschimney.com/chimney-cleaning-and-inspection/
The CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) says that fireplaces should be cleaned when 1/8″ of sooty buildup is evident inside the chimney and flue system. If any glaze is appearing in the flue, cleaning should be done even if there is less than 1/8″ of buildup. Any time an appreciable accumulation of soot and creosote occurs it can be enough to fuel a chimney fire that may damage the chimney and even spread to the roof and home.
Many people do not think about cleaning the dryer vent until their clothes come out damp or wet. Even if you faithfully remove the lint from the dryer trap you can still have build up in your dryer vent. Also, birds and other animals can build nests in your dryer vents if they are not properly protected.
What is the difference between the lint trap and the dryer vent? A dryer lint trap is located inside the dryer, normally at the bottom of the door opening. The dryer vent is the corrugated pipe from the back of your dryer that runs through your home to the exterior of the house. The path of your dryer vent could be a short distance to a long distance, depending on the location of your dryer and the exterior exit.
You may wonder why it is important to have your dryer vent cleaned on a regular basis. First and most important, lint build-up can create a fire hazard. A blocked dryer vent reduces the efficiency of the appliance, causing higher utility bills and repair costs. Your dryer works harder and is more susceptible to breakdowns. Be sure to clean out your lint trap each time you use your dryer.
In the long run, annual checks of your dryer vents will save you money by reducing your utility bill, reduce the strain on your dryer and prevent home fires.