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Friday, February 28, 2014

EPA plans its only hearing on proposed wood stove rules in Boston

EPA plans its only hearing on proposed wood stove rules in Boston
The Portland Daily Sun

On Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Boston, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held its only national hearing about a proposal to regulate emissions from wood stoves. Critics say the proposed regulations will backfire, prompting people to use non-compliant wood stoves and inordinately hurting low-income residents who rely on wood heat. The EPA says the health benefits of the rules outweigh the economic costs.  See More

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Wood-Fired Magazine

HearthMasters, Inc. announced today that their new Wood-Fired Magazine will be published this summer.  Editor Marge Padgitt has been working on the project for the past two years and is ready to publish the first issue.

Wood-Fired Magazine covers design, construction, maintenance and use of wood-fired appliances. This includes chimneys, fireplaces, masonry heaters, heating appliances, smokers, bake ovens, cooking and baking. Writers interview expert chefs, restaurant owners, masons, tile makers, manufacturers, and chimney sweeps to produce in-depth articles with quality photos of their work.

Chefs, designers, architects, builders, masons, chimney sweeps, and homeowners will find the articles interesting and informative. The magazine will be available in print and via digital download at different price points. Subscriptions are available. 

Marge Padgitt is the author of 12 books including The Chimney and Hearth Pro's Resource Guide and the Homeowner's Operation Manual for Chimneys, Fireplaces, and Heating Appliances. She is a national speaker and has been heavily involved in the chimney industry for almost 30 years.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Free and easy way to keep stove or fireplace doors clean

One of the best things about having a cozy warm fire is watching the flames dance around, but if the glass doors are not clean it takes away from the experience. An old tried and true method that my grandfather used can solve the problem, allowing homeowners to once again enjoy their fire.

Hearthstone wood-burning stove
The newer wood-burning stoves have an air-wash system over the glass to help keep it clean. This helps but does not keep the glass perfectly clear at all times. Keep wood pushed back away from the doors for cleaner glass Older model wood-burning stoves do not have the air-wash system and the glass gets dirty very quickly. Glass doors on fireplaces also get blackened with soot, and need to be cleaned periodically.

There are stove glass cleaners on the market that work well, but if you want to save some money and a trip to the hearth store left over wood ashes work fine.

To clean glass doors with ashes:
  • Wait until the glass is cool before cleaning
  • Get a damp paper towel or soft cloth
  • Dip the cloth into cold fireplace ashes and scrub the cold glass thoroughly
  • Wipe with a clean damp cloth

Marge Padgitt is the president of HearthMasters, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.  She is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and NFI Wood-burning Specialist, and writes articles for national magazines and blogs.