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Have you always wanted to gather your family around a cozy fireplace and make memories? Even if your home doesn’t currently have an inviting hearth, you can have one designed to match your décor and lifestyle. What’s more, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors, potential home buyers are willing to pay more for a home with a fireplace.
You may not be aware, but Merrill Sheet Metal Works offers one of the largest selections of quality wood and gas burning fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and grills in the area. Simply drop in and visit our Firefly Lodge.
YES, YOU CAN ADD A FIREPLACE WITHOUT A CHIMNEY
Fireplaces can be a key feature in your home as the flames and crackling sounds are comforting, especially during cold Wisconsin winters. In addition, a traditional fireplace mantel can also be a focus for interior decoration. If you want the appearance of a true masonry fireplace, but don’t have an existing chimney, the fireplace can be vented through an outside wall. At Merrill Sheet Metal, we work with contractors who can help you create the style you want and tile your fireplace surround for a custom look.
Another option is a free standing fireplace that is factory-built and can be placed virtually anywhere in your home. Since our family wants to be sure things are done right, we offer the latest fireplace models that are EPA certified, fuel efficient, and only need about four-to-six inches of clearance from walls and furniture. As an extra safety precaution, many fireplaces also come with screens to prevent family members for accidentally touching hot metal or glass.
If you have been thinking about a new fireplace or perhaps replacing an existing unit, summer is the best time to have the work performed. Call today (715) 536-2262 for more information.
WOOD AND GAS STOVES ADD CHARM, BUT ALSO PRODUCE A LOT OF HEAT
Many families are adding wood or gas stoves because they can efficiently heat large areas in the home and the product adds a lot of style. There are many different color choices, sizes, and fuel options to consider. If you have never considered this option, stop by our Firefly Lodge and take a look at the many varieties of stoves we offer.
FIREPLACE AND STOVE INSTALLATIONS NEED TO FOLLOW CODES FOR SAFETY
Planning and installing fireplaces, stoves, and their venting systems requires experience, technical knowledge, and skill. Numerous considerations—from proper floor protection to appliance sizing and placement to venting system compatibility require the expertise of specialists. The experienced technicians at Merrill Sheet Metal do the job right the first time.
And our gas and wood stove installations are not only beautiful but they also meet or exceed EPA requirements.
WE TREAT YOU LIKE YOU’RE PART OF THE FAMILY
When you are considering a complex project like installing a new fireplace or stove, you want to rely on a neighborhood company you can trust. Merrill Sheet Metal is a third-generation, family-owned company and we treat your home as if it were our own. Our customers rave about our unique “red carpet” system which uses a clear adhesive liner to protect your floors from dirt and dust. The liner is then removed without leaving any residue behind.
REGULAR MAINTENANCE KEEPS YOUR HEARTH PRODUCT BURNING EFFICIENTLY
Any fireplace or stove requires regular maintenance and proper cleaning of the chimney to remove dirt and deposits, and ensure the chimney is venting dangerous fumes away from your home. While homeowners can and should perform many of these tasks after every use, you need a professional to come once a year to inspect the unit.
MAKE SURE THE WOOD FOR YOUR STOVE IS DRY
Many places sell firewood and it’s great when you can support a neighbor or local business. At the same time, you need to be sure the wood you use in your stove is the correct size and is extremely dry. Wet wood wastes fuel as you end up burning more wood to produce heat and the smoke from wet wood can cause watery eyes, stuffy noses, and chest tightness. And if someone in your home has asthma or other lung conditions, the smoke may adversely affect their health.
Here are four easy steps to dry wood:
- Start with wood that is the right size for your stove opening and then split the wood. If the wood starts out wet, it will dry much faster when split. As you are splitting the wood, you want varying size diameters—smaller pieces to start the fire as kindling and larger pieces to keep it going.
- Stack your wood away from your home and other buildings to prevent fires. Keep the wood off the ground by using a pallet or another support system, and vary the stacking pattern to allow air to circulate helping to keep the wood dry. Stack wood in a single row with the cut side down.
- In Wisconsin, you’ll need to cover the wood to protect it from snow and elements. Be sure there is space between the cover and the wood to prevent condensation. Also, keep the sides open so air flows around the wood.
- It takes a long time for wood to completely dry, so be sure to plan ahead. Softwoods take about six months to dry, while hardwoods may take up to twelve months. Cracked ends on the wood are a good indication it is ready to burn.
- If you forgot to plan ahead, there are many stores that offer dry firewood. Just be sure to select a reliable source.
We offer special financing options with approved credit with monthly payments to fit your budget. Call (715) 536-2262 to speak with one of our hearth specialists and set an appointment for a design consultation.