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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!

Add a New Fireplace and Chimney System to Your Home

Have you thought about getting a fireplace for your home, but decided that it was just too big of a project? Tearing out a big piece of your home and waiting for a mason to construct a chimney system can seem daunting. However, did you know that there are other fireplace options available to you? In fact, most traditional masonry fireplaces and chimneys are not nearly as efficient and clean burning as newer prefabricated fireplaces. Our professionals at Old Smokey’s are experts at finding the right type of fireplace for your needs. We want to help you determine if a prefabricated fireplace is the right option for your home!

Location & Design

One of the benefits of a prefabricated fireplace is the ability to install it almost wherever you want it in your home. This is mainly because ventilation for prefabricated systems is much more flexible and efficient than masonry systems. Once you find a location for your fireplace, we can help build a wall and mantle around the appliance. Design options are nearly endless! If you want a more authentic look, there are a large number of brick or stone tile options which can imitate a real masonry fireplace. You’ll never know the difference!

Fuel Options

There are a number of fuel options available with prefabricated fireplaces. Although electric fireplace options are available, wood and gas fireplaces are the two most popular options. Gas fireplaces are generally easier to operate and maintain, but wood fireplaces can be cheaper to operate if the wood is readily available. Also, it’s hard to beat the feeling of having a real wood fire in your home.


The fireplaces we install are all EPA qualified. This means they emit at least 70 percent less gas than a traditional masonry fireplace. They also have fires that burn hotter and longer while producing less smoke. This is not only good for the environment, but it creates fewer maintenance issues for your fireplace. Prefabricated fireplaces are also designed to push warm air out into your home instead of up and out of your home like a traditional masonry fireplace. This means the heat you produce in your fireplace can actually supplement your home’s heating system, reducing your heating costs.

If you are looking for a way to add warmth and comfort to your home, look no further than Old Smokey’s. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technicians can help you find the perfect fireplace for your home. Call us today at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online to have a technician come to your home and discuss your fireplace options.

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