As colder weather seeps into the metro area, residents are turning to heat sources to stay warm at home. Our friends at Hearth Masters, Inc in Independence have resources to keep your family safe this winter. In addition to their services to clean, restore, and protect your chimneys and fire places, they’re also a tremendous resource for all things wood-fired here in Kansas City. We’ve compiled some of their recent and interesting pieces for you to peek at today. Take a look…
All Things Wood-Fired from Our Friends at HearthMasters!
The Benefits of Wood-Burning Fires
What is it about a fire in the fireplace that immediately elicits feelings of comfort and ease? Is it the warmth, the sound of gentle crackle and pop, the rhythmic pattern of undulating flames…? Perhaps all three; along with the added benefit that a fire invites us to slow down, sit down, and enjoy it.
Energy Efficient Options for Fireplaces this Winter
There’s nothing like the warmth and coziness of a hearth fire for a comfortable evening at home around the holidays. But, the increase in gas prices have many people thinking “energy efficient” first and “ambiance” last. Bottom line: People are turning to alternatives for supplemental (and sometimes emergency) heating. When the energy crisis of the 70’s hit the United States, manufacturing companies answered the call for wood-burning stoves with large, heavy, and not very efficient appliances. Homeowners now have a large selection of heating options and Hearth Masters has some suggestions to help you find more renewable resources to help heat your home this winter.
Cut Costs this Winter
A good way to cut utility bills during cold weather is to use a wood-fired heating appliance such as a masonry heater, wood-burning stove, or wood-burning fireplace insert. Now is the time to have such an appliance installed before the busy fall season hits hearth stores and chimney sweeps. Some stove manufacturers such as Regency offer summer purchase incentives and rebates.
Wood-Fired Food Finds in KC
To the wood-fired connoisseur, there is nothing that can compare to food – any food – cooked in a wood-fired oven. This is because the taste imparted to the food from the wood is something that can’t be obtained from gas or electric ovens. A team of taste testers was sent to Kansas City restaurants specializing in wood-fired food on multiple occasions over the past year in order to sample some of their wonderful dishes. The results were unanimous: Eat wood-fired whenever possible!
More About HearthMasters
HearthMasters, a specialty chimney and fireplace contracting company serving the greater Kansas City area, is celebrating 35 years in business. HearthMasters is the largest company of its type in the Midwest region. How can Hearth Masters help you?
- Chimney sweeping: all types of gas and wood-burning flues and chimneys
- Chimney inspections with state-of-the art internal cameras
- Dryer vent cleaning
- Sales and installation of high-efficiency gas and wood stoves and inserts, and class A chimneys
- Design/build masonry heaters
- Design/build commercial and residential indoor and outdoor brick ovens
- Diagnosis of performance problems
- Leak diagnostic services
- Restoration of historic chimneys and fireplaces
- Restoration of modern chimneys and fireplaces
- Fireplace remodeling
- Rumford fireplace construction
- Fire investigations involving chimneys or heating appliances
- Installation of custom-made and standard chimney covers
- Installation of decorative clay and copper chimney pots
Curiosity burning?! Discover more about campfire cooking, masonry heaters, recipes, cast iron skillet seasoning, and cooking in a wood-fired oven in the FREE digital issue of Wood-Fired from Hearth Masters. Call today to schedule an appointment for an inspection in the Greater Kansas City area. 816-461-3665