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It’s Not Too Late to Get a New Fireplace

You may think it is too late to get a new fireplace installed before winter comes, but think again! Options exist that do not require the construction and masonry effort of a full chimney system installation. Here are a few less costly and efficient options provided and installed by Old Smokey’s Fireplace and Chimney.

Wood Stoves

A free standing wood stove can be the perfect addition to your home. Not only are wood stoves relatively easy to install, but they are more efficient and safer than a fireplace.

An EPA certified freestanding wood stove minimizes the amount of particulate matter emitted into the air. This means that they offer a more complete combustion process than fireplaces, leading to hotter and more efficient fires. They emit fewer byproducts from the firebox, reducing creosote buildup and therefore your chances of a house fire.

The risks of open fire systems include stray sparks and embers escaping the fire box. However, wood stove fires are contained in an enclosed combustion system that traps sparks and stray embers, translating into a safer fire.

Finally, wood stoves are much more efficient than open fire systems. Wood fireplaces give off heat, but unfortunately, most of it is lost out of the chimney. On the other hand, wood stoves offer as much as 3 times the heat of a fire place with just about ⅓ the amount of firewood.

Gas Stoves

Old Smokey’s Fireplace and Chimney also offers a variety of gas stoves as well. Gas stoves are even more energy efficient than wood stoves, translating to lower energy costs regardless of gas prices. Gas stoves also burn cleaner and generally safe. However, you need a gas line available to run your gas stove, so factors such as gas line location play a role in their installation price.

Let Us Help You!

With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to have a wood or gas stove installed by one of our CSIA certified heating technicians. Our busy time of year is almost among us, so contact us today to set up an appointment to ensure you beat the cold weather rush!


Stoves, Inserts and Fireplaces – Which Is Best for You?

After an unseasonably mild start to winter, it is safe to assume normalcy has returned. By that we mean, cold and snow and ice will make their presence felt. With that in mind, it is not too late to consider a stove, insert or fireplace to broaden your home’s heating options. Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney is just the place to start. We offer a vast range of brand-name products that are suitable heating enhancements for your home. We are your local and regional fireplace and chimney pros. That means we draw upon a wealth of experience and expertise to help folks like you make the right stove, insert or fireplace choice – right in dollars and in practicality.

Stoves, inserts, and fireplaces, which is the best for you - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokeys

Our showroom at 220 West State Street in Ashley, Indiana features an attractive variety of products. Moreover, our smart and friendly professionals take great pleasure in helping customers navigate through choices that can be difficult and challenging. And if you cannot make it to our showroom, Old Smokey’s is just a call or a click away.

As we advise you on your options, we will help you weigh the comparative virtues of products with respect to quality, longevity, reliability, safety and cost based on what we have seen and experienced over the course of 30+ years in business. Most important of all, we are not going to sell you something you don’t need. Based on experience with thousands of customers, we have a keen eye and an attuned ear to people’s individual heating needs. Tell us what’s on your mind!

Among our brand-name products, we offer:

  • Pellet Stoves and Inserts – Tired of chopping, stacking and storing firewood? Now is the perfect time to think about installing a pellet stove and insert. Wood pellets tend to produce reduced emissions compared to a traditional wood-burning fireplace. And if you are getting on in years, you will appreciate how easy they are to load and clean.
  • Gas Stoves, Fireplaces and Inserts – Many homeowners love the look and feel of a fireplace but prefer the eco-friendly option of natural gas as a fuel. A gas stove is a reliable principal heat source and a helpful contingency during a power outage. As another option, a gas fireplace or insert gives you more flexibility. It lets you manage your heating with the flip of a switch. Convenience meets efficiency.
  • Gas Logs – Gas logs are a sensible introduction to this clean-burning alternative. People who aren’t sure how far they want to go with gas heating get to experience a mess-free trial run by using gas logs in an existing fireplace.
  • Wood Stoves, Fireplaces and Inserts – The most important thing to know is that technological advances make today’s wood-burning stoves and fireplaces cleaner burning and more efficient than those of yesteryear. So, for those who prefer the ambience of a wood-burning fireplace, excellent choices abound. And lots of folks simply retrofit a wood insert into their fireplace to improve burn efficiency and cut down on heat loss.

A new year is upon us and we are here for you. Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 to ask us about our products or to set up an appointment. And before we forget, Old Smokey’s wishes you and yours A Happy Warm Year!

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