Environmentally Friendly Hearths?

There are so many choices when selecting your hearth, but did you know you could also help clean the air, inside AND out?

wood-fireplace-whyToday’s new wood stoves and fireplace inserts cut emissions by more than 70% compared to older, uncertified stoves. Strict U.S. EPA standards have reduced emissions, and improved indoor air quality as well. Air inside the home can be as much as 72% cleaner using new EPA-certified wood stoves than older wood stoves manufactured before 1992. Here’s a great article from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HBPA) that will help you understand the new efficiencies of hearth products.

What’s the best unit for your home?

Before making a decision, there are a lot of things to consider. Do you want a traditional fireplace, an insert, or a freestanding stove? Do you choose wood, gas, or pellet.? And where will your hearth go? With today’s factory built units, you can have a fireplace almost anywhere in your home, such as a bedroom, kitchen, office or bathroom. Here’s an article that might help you make your choice.

282980_537811599576698_47444768_nTRANSFORMING YOUR MASONRY FIREPLACE INTO AN EFFICIENT HEAT SOURCE

Your traditional open hearth fireplace will lose about as much heat as it provides, but you can transform this energy waster into a beautiful, highly efficient heat source than can help cut energy costs…read more

FIREPLACE OR WOOD STOVE?

Wood is the most sustainable fuel, and because we live in the foothills, it is usually readily available. To burn wood more efficiently and protect our environment, a modern wood stove may be a good choice…learn more

Here you will find a comparison of fireplaces and wood stoves.

fireplace-36st106784GAS HEARTHS

Don’t like the hassle of cutting or buying firewood, stacking it, and carrying it in the house when you want a fire? Maybe a gas fireplace or stove is a good choice for you. Here’s an article titled “Are Gas Fireplaces Expensive to Operate?” Learn which is more economical, gas or wood…and some other things to think about when making your choice.

 

 

 

PELLET STOVES

avalon-pellet-stove106606Pellet stoves provide one of the highest heat outputs available. These extremely efficient, eco-friendly heating alternatives have been growing in popularity thanks to their innovative technology and modern conveniences. Get all of the benefits of a wood fueled fire with the clean-burning technology of a contemporary stove design….learn more

So you see, there are units available for any style and any room! Stop by our 3000 foot showroom with over 65 wood, gas, and pellet stoves, inserts and fireplaces on display. You can browse our wonderful selection of top rated hearth products from the best manufacturers in the industry, and speak to our National Fireplace Institute (NFI) Certified Specialists. We invite you to take the opportunity to sit in front of showcase vignettes, view the fire and imagine how it would feel in the comfort of your very own home.

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Beautiful Koi Pond

Check out this stunning Water Garden and Koi Pond by Sierra Hearth & Home! You can have a beautiful water feature in your yard, too! Give us a call or stop by our store to see our live demonstration pond and waterfalls.

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What’s the best firewood to burn?

jotul-wood-stoveThis article was written by Sierra Hearth & Home and published in The Amador Ledger Dispatch 11/24/15

Winter is on its way, and with a chill in the air, there’s nothing more inviting than a nice warm fire to keep us warm and save on utility bills. Many of us use our hearth to heat our home throughout the winter, and we’re always on the lookout for firewood. So what is the best firewood for your fireplace insert or wood-burning stove? The answer is ANY wood is fine, as long as it is DRY!

All wood is basically similar in chemical content, regardless of the species. Density and moisture content are what make different types of wood burn hotter or quicker. Hardwoods like oak and maple produce longer lasting fires and release more heat, while softer woods like pine and spruce burn faster and do not leave a long-lasting coal bed.

Won’t Pine cause creosote in my chimney?

Many people say you must burn hardwoods and you can’t burn pine or other less dense woods because they will leave creosote in the chimney. This is simply not the case. Whether you use soft woods or hard woods, and no matter how you burn your firewood, particulate matter and gasses are released into the air and through the chimney. There is no avoiding this, but that doesn’t mean you have to have a creosote build-up. Creosote is formed when wood is incompletely burned, and is an indication of a poor wood stove design, improper use, or poor installation. Here are some tips to keep your chimney creosote-free, regardless of which wood you burn.

yellow meterHow do I know if the wood is dry enough?

If the firewood has been aged one full season (April – November) it should be perfect for burning. If you’re uncertain, stop by Sierra Hearth & Home and pick up a moisture meter. You just stick the prong into the end of a log and if it measures below 20% it is dry enough to burn in your hearth.

What about burning wood from trees that have been killed by Pine Beetles?

If you have lost trees to the pine beetles, you must be careful to cure and handle your wood properly. Here is a good article from CalFire on controlling bark beetles in wood residue and firewood. It explains how to cut, stack, and tarp your wood so you can safely use the wood without spreading the infestation.

Cutting firewood:

Living in the foothills, there’s plenty of firewood available should you wish to cut your own. You may have trees on your own property or on the property of your friends. The devastating Butte Fire left acres of burned trees that can still be useful as firewood. All of the burned land is either private or BLM, so you must obtain permission of the property owners before cutting.

In the El Dorado National Forest (Amador County), and Stanislaus National Forest (Calaveras County), wood cutting is allowable by permit. Please check with the following National Forest Ranger Stations for proper permits and regulations:

El Dorado National Forest
26820 Silver Drive
Pioneer, CA 95666
209-295-4251
Permits: $15/cord – 2 cord minimum

Stanislaus National Forest
5519 Highway 4
Hathaway Pines, CA
209-795-1381
Permits: $10/cord – 2 ½ cord minimum, 10 cord maximum

Here’s a great article from Stihl USA on how to select, split, stack and store your firewood:  http://www.stihlusa.com/information/how-to-guides/firewood-tips/

Buy it / Cut it where you burn it

Taking your firewood out of the region, or bringing firewood in from other areas can move invasive pests to new locations, and create new infestations. The USDA Forest Service recommits you use firewood from local sources. Read more here

Stop by Sierra Hearth & Home and talk to the experts! We love to share our knowledge with you!

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Our Own Hometown Heroes

Stan & Shirley Hampton, owners of Sierra Hearth & Home

Our own Hometown Heroes, Stan & Shirley Hampton, owners of Sierra Hearth & Home

The rural community of Amador and Calaveras Counties in California recently survived one of the largest wild fires in California’s history. 70,868 acres were burned and 475 residences destroyed, along with 343 outbuildings. Many other structures were damaged. Families in thousands of residences were displaced; fleeing to friends and relatives, or to local shelters set up by churches and disaster relief programs.

When wild fire strikes, grief, shock, and sadness set in, along with the resolve to return to normal and rebuild homes and neighborhoods, and to re-connect with family and friends. Nine chaplains of the Foursquare Disaster Relief program were on hand during the Butte fires to help survivors restore a sense of safety and security and control over their lives. They provided a hand to hold, and an ear to listen, as well as giving resources for food, clothing, and housing.

Stan and Shirley Hampton, owners of Sierra Hearth & Home are both certified Disaster Relief Chaplains and tirelessly worked seven days during the fires to provide counseling and help to those in need.

A huge THANK YOU to the thousands of fire fighters and first responders who took their lives into danger to fight a rapidly changing fire in perilous countryside. Also thanks to all of the news and media, especially Jim Guidi from our local KVGC radio station and Jack Mitchell of the Amador Ledger-Dispatch who both worked around-the-clock to keep everyone informed. Now let’s pray for El Nino to bring some of the much needed water to California so we can begin to replenish our parched and burned forests.

Read more about the Foursquare Disaster Relief team

THE BUTTE FIRE

Date Started: 9/9/15
Location: Amador & Calaveras Counties
East of Jackson, California

Statistics:

70,868 acres burned
475 residences destroyed
343 outbuildings destroyed
45 structures damaged
2 fatalities
1 injury

Cooperating Agencies:

Amador County Sheriff
Calaveras County Sheriff
CAL OES,
BLM
PG&E
CHP
Amador Fire Protection District
Calaveras PUD
CDCR
Sutter Creek Fire Department
CALTRANS
State Parks
California Conservation Corp.

Source: CalFire

 

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Sierra Hearth & Home now offers Financing with 0% Interest

Apply now, and enjoy the benefits of your new fireplace, stove, water feature or pond today!

0% financingSierra Hearth & Home is offering 0% financing for anything in the store, including labor ($500 minimum). Simply apply through our United Buyers Group and choose six or twelve months to pay for your new hearth or water garden products.

No interest if paid in full within 6, or 12 months.

Interest will be charged to your account (at the standard APR 29.99%) from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full within the promotional period or if you make a late payment. Minimum monthly payments are required for this plan during the promotional period.

To apply, you must be at least 18 years of age, be a U.S. resident residing in the United States, and have a U.S. Social Security number. You must also have a street, rural route or APO/FPO mailing address (sorry, no post office box addresses) and have a valid government-issued photo ID.

Sierra Hearth & Home Inc. in Jackson CA has provided local residents east of Sacramento with incredible fireplaces, freestanding stoves, wood stoves, pellet stoves, gas stoves, water features, BBQs and outdoor décor since 2006. Our family owned & operated business is dedicated to delivering quality products, top notch technical service, repairs & installations, and superb customer service for every client. With over 40 years of combined experience, our knowledgeable and friendly staff is here to find solutions for your hearth or water garden needs.

*Subject to credit approval. See store for complete details.

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