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Wood, Pellet, or Gas

Are you looking for ways to supplement your home’s heating budget? Do you wish for a nice warm fire to bundle up around? No matter your reason for adding a heating appliance to your home, Old Smokey’s offer a wide variety of home heating appliances. Whether you are looking for a fireplace, stove, or insert, all of our appliances are of the highest quality and efficiency standards. However, our appliances do not burn the same type of fuel, and depending on your preferences and access to fuel, Old Smokey’s can help you choose a stove that is right for you.

Wood Burning Appliances

fireplace insert Some people love the dancing flames, crackling wood, and the warm glow that a real wood fire creates. We agree that only wood fires can create a rustic ambiance, which is hard to beat. Many people love wood-burning appliances because wood is a cheap fuel option. If you’re looking for an appliance that produces great heat and provides wonderful, warm ambiance to your home, wood burning appliances are a great option for you.

Pellet Burning Appliances

Pellet appliances burn little pellets of compressed wood. There are a lot of stores that sell wood pellets, so it is also an easy fuel source to buy and store. Most pellet burning appliances are outfitted with a hopper that slowly releases the pellets while you burn, which makes them a very efficient heat producer.

Gas Burning Appliances

Gas burning appliances burn natural gas or propane. With gas appliances, your fuel is piped directly into the appliance. Some people like this because it means that you don’t need to spend time and energy chopping and hauling wood. They are easy to operate and usually only require flipping a switch. They also burn cleaner than other fuel options. This means you don’t have to clean ashes out of your stove after use, and there are also less creosote buildup in your flue because of it.

We Can Help!

At Old Smokey’s, we also want to remind you the importance to having your appliance installed by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technician. A CSIA certified technician has the knowledge of all the building codes and regulations. If these standards are not met, it can cause your appliance to not work properly, and it can be a safety hazard too. That’s why it’s always best to leave installation to the professionals.

No matter what you are looking for in an appliance, we’ve got just what you need. If you have questions about the types of appliances we carry, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our showroom at 220 W State St, Ashley, IN 46705. We would love to help you find the right appliance today!

We Fix Smokey Fireplaces!

A smoky fireplace is not only annoying, but it is also a fire hazard. Nobody wants smoke billowing into their living area. There are many different reasons why your fireplace could be smoky and it is important to try and pinpoint the reason before trying to remedy the situation. At Old Smokey’s we want to help keep your home smoke free. Our trained and certified chimney technicians can help pinpoint your smoke issues and re-mediate them for you.

Like we said earlier, there are many reasons that your fireplace may be smokey. Some common issues include:

Broken damper We Fix Smokey Fireplaces - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey's Fireplace

When you start a fire, are you sure that you opened your damper? If your damper is closed, smoke won’t be able to get up your chimney. Sometimes dampers get rusted or jammed in the closed position. When this happens it is often necessary for us to replace your damper. Usually, we suggest switching to a top-sealing damper, which is less likely to rust or jam shut.

Smoke chamber issues

Smoke needs a quick and easy route out of your chimney. Your smoke chamber, located just above your fireplace, is designed to gradually funnel smoke from your fireplace, into your chimney. However, if there are gouges, crumbled brickwork, or chipping in your smoke chamber, it can cause smoke to bounce around longer in the smoke chamber than it should, allowing it to back up and spill out of your fireplace. If this happens the technicians at Old Smokeys can perform a smoke chamber parge. Parging smooths down the inside of the smoke chamber, allowing smoke to be easily compressed into your chimney once again.

Airflow issues

If a fire isn’t burning hot enough, it tends to smoke more. If your fires aren’t burning hot enough, you may be experiencing airflow issues. Oftentimes, it takes a chimney professional to determine where the airflow issue originates. Sometimes, homes can be sealed too tightly, so all you really need to do is crack open a window. Other times, your chimney may be blocked. If your chimney is blocked by either creosote or debris, it needs to be cleared immediately. This is because, in addition to smoke issues, creosote and chimney debris are also a fire hazard.

Incorrect fireplace dimensions

Sometimes fireplaces get built incorrectly. If your fireplace doesn’t go back far enough, you are forced to build fires closer to the front of the fireplace. This can cause smoky fireplace issues as well. If this happens, you can try to raise your fire higher in the air using fire bricks or andirons. However, for a more permanent solution, one of our masons at Old Smokey’s would have to perform a fireplace rebuild. If this is the case, it may be a good time to remodel your fireplace since we’d be working on it anyway.

No matter what is causing your smoky fireplace issue, we can identify the cause and repair it for you. Call Old Smokey’s today at 800-876-6539 or schedule an appointment online to set up an inspection today. At Old Smokey’s, we guarantee you’ll be happy with our professional and high-quality service.

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