Warming Milwaukee with Pellet Stoves

Of many ways to keep homes warm, pellet stoves are easier to operate and more convenient compared to other wood-burning appliances.  As easy to use as gas, oil or electric heaters, these stoves burn small pellets made of compressed wood that look a lot like rabbit food.

Highly efficient and very low polluting, pellet stoves provide between 10,000 and 60,000 Btu per hour, and work on a simple and effective process.

How Pellet Stoves Work

Most pellet stoves work in the same way. Essentially, between 35 and 130 pounds of pellets sits in a hopper on the stove, and sophisticated computers and circuit boards systems determine how much fuel is needed.  The auger, a corkscrew-shaped device, will then transfer the proper amount of pellets into the fire chamber to burn.

A forced-air system distributes the heat that quickly emanates from the pellet stove, using either a fan to force air up the vent into the combustion chamber, or to draw air from that chamber through the exhaust system. This rapidly spreads the heat for thorough and far-reaching warmth.

Pellet stoves burn with excellent efficiency, so they do not typically require a standard chimney. Instead, they exhaust fumes through a small hole in the wall.  This “pellet vent” has a stainless steel interior and an aluminum or galvanized exterior.

Pellet-burning appliances actually require less care and concern than other wood-burning stoves.  Depending on your usage, a stove only needs to be refueled once a day to twice a week.  And it’s easy to pour the pellets into the hopper and let the stove do the rest.

When purchasing fuel, wood pellets can be found in 40 pound bags for around $4-5 each, amounting to $200-250 per ton of fuel.  An average stove will consume 1-2 tons for occasional use, while a heavy user will require over 6 tons.

Variations in Pellet-Burning Appliances

Most models of the pellet stove have similar features, like the two burn settings and the simplified “chimney”.  But there are some variations across models:

  • Many use thermostats for greater control over the heat.
  • The auger feed system can operate in two different ways: using a bottom-fed or top-fed loading system.
  • Some models can burn corn as well as pellets, or use pellets made from lower grade material.

Advantages of the Pellet Stove

  • Convenient, neat and safe
  • Minimal refueling required
  • Compressed, bagged fuel for clean and easy handling
  • Virtually no smoke and far less odor than other wood-burning appliances
  • Exterior does not radiate heat, staying relatively cool on the outside and preventing burns on contact.
  • Overall installation costs are less due to the absence of a chimney.

Disadvantages of the Pellet Stove

  • Certain regulations restrict where the stoves can be placed for adequate air exchange and combustion and are not allowed at all in some types of home.
  • Several internal fans require about 100 KWH of electricity each month, adding to your energy bill and preventing use during power outages.
  • The many moving parts require regular service and cleaning for the stoves to function properly, so check for warranty and yearly servicing costs.
  • Some areas lack reliable fuel suppliers, particularly in areas outside of the Northwest and Rocky Mountain region.
  • At $1,200 to $3,100, the stove itself can cost more than other wood-burning appliances, but consider the cost of the entire system in your assessment.

If you’re thinking about using a wood-burning applicance to keep your Milwaukee home snug and warm, you may want to consider the pellet stove. While not the right choice for everyone, pellet stoves offer an easy-to-use, low-polluting home heating option.

Outdoor Fireplaces Installation Milwaukee

If you are looking for ways to improve your backyard or property, then consider getting an outdoor fireplace. Here are just a few benefits of having an outdoor fireplace installed:

  • It can greatly improve the curb appeal of your Milwaukee area home, which can can make it easier to sell should you ever decide to put it on the market.
  • It can improve your enjoyment of your home, giving you the opportunity to make more use of your backyard than ever before, especially during the colder months of the year.

Here are a few basic guidelines for choosing and installing an outdoor fireplace:

  • Space – The first thing you need to do is figure out where in your yard you want to put an outdoor fireplace. Not only should it be in an area that’s easily accessible and that creates a big visual impact, but it should be in an area that is safe too. You don’t want the outdoor fireplace to be a fire hazard to your home or to your neighbor’s home. When you’ve chosen a location, check out any local building codes to be sure that you will be in compliance.
  • Size – The two biggest factors concerning what size outdoor fireplace is right for you is your budget and how much space you have available. For smaller areas and budgets, a fire pit is the perfect choice. If your budget and space is a little more flexible, keep in mind that a larger outdoor fireplace will create a bigger focal point but it will also be more expensive to install and remove (should you ever want to have your outdoor fireplace removed).
  • Shape – While most outdoor fireplaces are rectangular, other shapes — like square, oval and round outdoor fireplaces — are available too. Whatever fireplace installer you choose will need to take precise measurements of the shape of the shape and size of your new outdoor fireplace in order to figure what materials will be needed to construct it.
  • Fuel – There are two main options: fuel and wood burning. While wood burning fireplaces tend to cost less to operate, they are also much less efficient than gas fired fireplaces. Wood burning fireplaces also require chimneys, otherwise their fires do not burn properly. If you choose a gas fireplace, remember that you’ll need to ventilate it properly.
  • Material – The material you choose for your outdoor fireplace depends largely on the style that you want, which means that it basically comes down to personal taste. Most outdoor fireplaces tend to be constructed out of masonry brick or stone, and use aluminum ally or cast iron for the interior. For a more affordable option, consider choosing an outdoor fireplace kit that provides a prefabricated masonry fireplace that is relatively easy to assemble.

Having an outdoor fireplace installed in your yard is a wonderful way to improve the look and enjoyment of your home year round. If you’ve decided to boost your home’s curb appeal by building a new outdoor fireplace, be sure to find a fireplace contractor that you can trust to help you explore your options — because there are many to choose from!

Pellet Stove Advantages

Pellet stoves are not only beautiful but they have numerous other advantages. These advantages include being low maintenance, safe and environmentally friendly.

Pellet stoves are low maintenance primarily because they can be filled with only a pull of the hopper and also only need to be filled once every day or so. In addition, pellet stoves don’t produce smoke which prevents an odor and dryness in your home.

As far as safety is concerned, pellet stoves create almost no heat on the outside of the stove. This allows pets and children to be close to the stove and also allows you to place the stove near other objects and the wall.

If the environment is one of your concerns, a pellet stove is perfect. The wood used is actually sawdust and shavings made from recycled wood. Also, the wood is low moisture and condensed which makes it very efficient. This means that less harmful gasses are released into your home.

When it comes to pellet stoves, Fireplace Construction is an expert.

Fireplace Construction has been installing and repairing pellet stoves for over 30 years. We are a full service design and installation company that teams up with new construction and remodeling companies to create a personalized look.

We know that every home is different. Whether it’s a new or remodeled home, we can easily work within your parameters. We’ll present a full range of options that make sense in your home and then help you decide which one is the ideal fit.

Over 30 years of experience building fireplaces has given us the talent and foresight to ensure our craftsmanship stands the test of time. Customer service is also our top-priority.

Call the Milwaukee pellet stove experts today at (414)588-7854.

Choosing the Right Fireplace

A fireplace is a fantastic investment for Wisconsinites and Fireplace Construction has been installing and repairing fireplaces for over 30 years. We are a full service design and installation company that teams up with new construction and remodeling companies to create a personalized look.

When choosing between a wood or gas  fireplace, we are here with all the information you will need to make the decision best for you and your home.

Wood Fireplaces
There is nothing quite like a natural wood fireplace during the chillier months. In addition to the advantage of a timeless ambiance, a wood fireplace can provide zone heating without electricity and warm a room quickly. Wood fireplaces are cost effective and use renewable fuel. Finally, you can cook on a wood fireplace. S’mores are a must!

Gas Fireplaces

The costs of installing a gas fireplace is often cheaper than a wood fireplace and they and are  low maintenance. At a flip of a switch your fireplace offers a constant supply of heat that can save you 25% or more on your energy bill. Also, environmentally conscious individuals may prefer a gas fireplace because it does not require logs and no fumes or particles are released into your home’s air. This means that there is also less to clean especially when you also consider that a chimney is often unnecessary. Finally, having a fire without logs prevents sparks and other hazards.

Over 30 years of experience building fireplaces has given us the talent and foresight to ensure our craftsmanship stands the test of time. Customer service is also our top-priority.

Call the gas fireplace experts today to go over these and other options at (414)588-7854 or click here for more information.

Chimney Liners Wauwatosa

For chimney liners, Wauwatosa residents turn to Fireplace Construction. Chimney liners are crucial and we have been the experts on chimney liners in Wauwatosa for over 30 years.

Our 30 years of experience has given us the talent and foresight to ensure that our craftsmanship stands the test of time. Customer service is also our top-priority.

We are a full service design and installation company that teams up with new construction and remodeling companies to create a personalized look!

Call the chimney liner experts today at (414)588-7854 or click here for more information.

Tuckpointing Wauwatosa

For tuckpointing, Wauwatosa residents turn to Fireplace Construction. Tuckpointing is a practice that restores mortar joints between bricks. Tuckpointing gets rid of water intrusions, maintains structure and looks great. All of these benefits increase the value of your fireplace!

Fireplace Construction has been tuckpointing fireplaces for Wauwatosa residents for over 30 years. We are a full service design and installation company that teams up with new construction and remodeling companies to create a personalized look!

Over 30 years of experience building fireplaces has given us the talent and foresight to ensure that our craftsmanship stands the test of time. Customer service is also our top-priority.

Call the tuckpointing experts today at (414)588-7854 or click here for more information.

Get cozy with Fireplace Construction.

Gas Logs Wauwatosa

Beyond gas fireplaces, Fireplace Construction has gas logs for Wauwatosa residents.

A gas fireplace is a fantastic investment for Wisconsinites and Fireplace Construction has been the gas log expert for Wauwatosa residents for over 30 years.

Fireplace Construction is a full service design and installation company that teams up with new construction and remodeling companies to create a personalized look! Over 30 years of experience building fireplaces has given us the talent and foresight to ensure our craftsmanship stands the test of time. Customer service is also our top-priority.

In addition to gas logs we provide new wood & gas fireplaces, gas inserts, entertainments centers and any kind of stone, brick or tile work you can imagine.

Call us today at (414)588-7854 or click here for more information.

Outdoor Fireplaces Wauwatosa

For outdoor fireplaces, Wauwatosa residents turn to Fireplace Construction.

An outdoor fireplace is special way to get cozy and a fantastic investment for Wisconsinites. Fireplace Construction has been installing and repairing outdoor fireplaces for Wauwatosa residents for over 30 years. We are a full service design and installation company that teams up with new construction and remodeling companies to create a personalized look!

We know that every home is different. Whether it’s a new or remodeled home, we can easily work within your parameters. We’ll present a full range of options that make sense for your home and then help you decide which one is the ideal fit.

Over 30 years of experience building fireplaces has given us the talent and foresight to ensure our craftsmanship stands the test of time. Customer service is also our top-priority.

Call the outdoor fireplace experts today at (414)588-7854 or click here for more information.

Get cozy with Fireplace Construction.

Pellet Stoves Wauwatosa

When it comes to pellet stoves, Wauwatosa residents seeking a cure for the cold turn to Fireplace Construction. If you are looking for a constant flame with little maintenance then a pellet stove is for you!

A pellet stove is a fantastic investment for Wisconsinites and Fireplace Construction has been installing and repairing pellet stoves for Wauwatosa residents for over 30 years. We are a full service design and installation company that teams up with new construction and remodeling companies to create a personalized look!

We know that every home is different. Whether it’s a new or remodeled home, we can easily work within your parameters. We’ll present a full range of options that make sense in your home and then help you decide which one is the ideal fit.

Over 30 years of experience building fireplaces has given us the talent and foresight to ensure our craftsmanship stands the test of time. Customer service is also our top-priority.

Call the pellet stove experts today at (414)588-7854 or click here for more information.

Chimney Liners Brookfield

For chimney liners, Brookfield residents turn to Fireplace Construction. Chimney liners are crucial and we have been the experts on chimney liners in Brookfield for over 30 years.

Our 30 years of experience has given us the talent and foresight to ensure that our craftsmanship stands the test of time. Customer service is also our top-priority.

We are a full service design and installation company that teams up with new construction and remodeling companies to create a personalized look!

Call the chimney liner experts today at (414)588-7854 or click here for more information.