May 17th

Wood Burning Frequently Asked Questions

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Question:How can I tell if a wood stove is a cleaner burning, high efficiency model?
Answer: Regulations enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require all wood stoves and wood burning fireplace inserts manufactured and sold after July 1, 1992 to meet strict emission tests. An EPA label identifies a stoves as a cleaner burning, high efficiency model and is found on the back of every certified stove or insert.

Question: How can I tell if a stove or insert is sized right for my home?
Answer: Consider your geographic location and climate, the # of rooms you want to heat, and construction features of your home such as room size, ceiling height, and insulation. Ask us (Branesky Sheet Metal and Stove Shop) for a free consultation. We will help you find the best stove for your space heating requirements.

Question: I already have an older stove. Is there anything I can do to make it burn cleaner?
Answer: Yes. Even if you can’t upgrade to a new EPA-certified stove or fireplace insert right away, you can still improve the performance of your current stove. Have your wood heating system inspected by a National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certified professional or by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), certified chimney sweep for proper installation, safety and efficient operation. Sean Cleary, manager of Branesky Sheet Metal is certified by both CSIA and NFI.

You can also reduce emissions by burning ONLY well-seasoned firewood or by starting your fire with a solid fire starter product.
We will give you a free box of the fire starter, when you visit our showroom.

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