With the Hearthstone brand of stoves, you can use the concept of "Zone Heating" to save 20-40% of your energy consumption. Zone Heating allows you to control the temperature to each area as needed so that you aren't wasting energy by heating the spaces that don't need as much. It not only reduces your footprint but also saves you money. A gas stove or insert in particular from Hearthstone can help with this effort.
The Lopi Yankee pellet stove can save you a lot of time and grief as it will heat up to 2,250 square feet for 48 hours without reloading. Can you imagine the allure of that? I know that my kids and I both would enjoy that feature.
The Lopi 21 TRV Portrait Style Gas Fireplaces are a cozy and convenient way to provide the warmth and beauty of fire to rooms not normally considered for fireplaces. They're designed for corner or limited space installations in small, intimate settings such as bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms or kitchens.
With its unique heat transfer system and elegant design, the Avalon Rainier Wood Stove has radiant surfaces and a convection heat exchanger and can heat up to a 1,800-sq. ft. home. It also has a large firebox that can burn logs up to 20” long. It works well for burning overnight without restocking. A single air control adjusts heat output, and the optional pedestal base features a huge ashpan to minimize ash removal between burns.
Best part? If your local Rich's for the Home does not have what you want in stock, they will order it for you.
You won't believe all the brands that Rich's for the Home carries. Over the next few months, we willl go over the particulars in more detail but in the meantime, here is a list that will help you with your buying decisions.
STOVES AND FIREPLACES
Woodstoves & Inserts- Lopi, Avalon, Morso and Hearthstone
Want the beauty of a flame without intense heat? Then an electric fireplace from Avalon might be the option for you. It plugs into a wall outlet and does give some warmth off. It stays very clean, because you aren’t using fuel so it is perfect for elegant décor. They even have small lights built into the log sets which provide a lively appearance that looks like a burning coal bed.
They also work well for an area such as a dining room where you might want some flames for romance without the mess of wood or pellets. And, there is no need for a chimney or vent. It’s a great way to dress up a room instantly and if I was an interior decorator, I would use them for dressing up homes for sale.
Avalon electric fireplaces come with a variety of options for faces,
doors and grills and you can find those accessories for most any décor. In addition the “cabinet” (the wood part you see around the face) come in a variety of wood finishes.
The Avalon Seattle E has The Purefire Clean Air System as an upgrade option. It purifies the air in an average room four times and hour and re-circulates the filtered air back out! This System, along with the power, sleep timer, room temperature, flame speed and interior accent light can be operated from a hand held remote control.
This fried rice side dish is easy to prepare and adds a deliciously hot twist to pistachios! It was created by Chef Shawn McClain, the 2006 James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef, Midwest Category and Chef with Spring, Green Zebra and Custom House Restaurants in Chicago, IL.
Yield: 4-6 servings (side dish)
WHAT YOU NEED:
4 tablespoons peanut oil
1 pound chicken breast – skinned and cut into ½” cubes
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon minced fresh garlic
3 cups cold cooked white rice
1 ½ cups California Pistachios
½ cup peas
1 cup fresh mung bean sprouts (optional)
¼ cup scallions chopped
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon prepared Chinese mustard
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup Chinese mustard greens tossed with 1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons California Pistachios (for garnish)
In a wok (or large non-stick fry pan) over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of peanut oil until oil begins to smoke.
Add chicken and stir fry until browned on all sides. Remove and let drain.
Meanwhile, add remaining peanut oil and sesame oil back into wok and return to high heat.
Quickly cook together ginger and garlic for 10 seconds or until fragrant.
Add rice, pistachios, peas and scallions and continue stir frying for 2 minutes - stirring often.
Add chicken, oyster sauce, water, mustard and soy sauce and let cook 3-5 minutes or until hot throughout.
Remove from heat and season with salt if needed.
Lightly toss mustard greens in sesame oil.
Mold warm fried rice onto warm serving plates and garnish with greens and pistachios.
Nutrition Facts: (Amount per Serving): Calories 500, Total Fat 27g, Saturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 13g, Cholesterol 45g, Sodium 820mg, Potassium 670mg, Carbohydrate 36g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Protein 28g
Please do not forget to protect little ones who are in your home when it come to your stove and fireplaces. There is nothing more horrendous than injury—and burns are especially bad. It’s just not worth the risk. Here are some safety ideas to help keep everyone safe.
Consider a safety gate around your stove and fireplace. KidCo Hearthgate is an excellent choice and they have extensions available if you have a larger area to protect.
Handy with the tools? My uncle made a gate for me when I had little ones. He welded it from black iron and then installed it across the front of the wood stove. But be aware that any metal will heat up.
Teach kids that the surface of the stove is “hot”.
Don’t let them play in the fire. Tell them they can “help” only when supervised by an adult.
Emphasize that lighters and matches are dangerous and store them out of reach. Never use the surface of the stove to “dry” wood (yes, I did that once then fell asleep and awoke to a fire).
Never leave the door to the lit stove open—even if just running elsewhere to get wood. Never leave your safety gate open either.
Do not leave young children unsupervised in a room with a lit stove or fireplace.
Teach kids about embers and sparks. Mine used to call to me every time the fire popped but that’s OK. It was a reminder to check for flying embers.
Check with manufacturers about any potential safety issues and read the manual that came with your unit.
Be extra careful if you ever cook on your stove surface to instruct kids on the dangers of being near. Always watch boiling water on top so it doesn’t completely evaporate.
Country Music Artist Louise Mandrell is sharing a fave recipe with us as she gets ready for the Louise Mandrell’s Joy to the World Christmas Dinner and Show that runs Nov. 15 through Dec. 25, 2008. This traditional holiday production features the multi-talented Mandrell and her band as they bring a combination of lively Christmas music, dancing, and comedy to the stage in an instrumental journey around the world.
The new menu, created by Gaylord Opryland’s award-winning chefs, includes traditional trimmings and hearty comfort food, served family-style.
Here is one of her favorite quick and easy recipes that she makes a lot for her family.
WHITE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY CAKE
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 box strawberry cake mix
1 4oz box vanilla instant pudding
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 pint sour cream (8oz)
1 6oz package of white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350
Grease and flour bundt pan
Combine all ingredients except chips
Flour chips and fold them into the mix
Pour into pan and bake 30-45 min (in my oven I have to bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 min)
Cleaning and caring for your stove or fireplace will not only keep you and your loved ones safer but also extend the life and efficiency of your heat source. Experts recommend that you have your chimneys cleaned by professionals at least once a year if the stove or wood-burning fireplace is used regularly and every two or three years if you only use it a couple of days a week. A chimney is important to clean as creosote builds up and can ignite, causing chimney fires.
The flue and the damper are different parts of your stove and fireplace. A flue is the pipe that carries the smoke up and out of your home. The damper is only a window to help control amount of heat, although it does let some smoke out as well. Both need cleaning once in awhile so include these in your routine.
If you are burning wood, you will also need to clean out the ashes when they build up. Consider using the ashes in your compost, if you burn only wood and not garbage. There are not many easy ways to clean out ashes. With most stoves and fireplaces, you basically scoop the ashes out into a bucket. But if you are newly installing, I encourage you to think ahead. In my house I can lift up the fireplace grate, slide aside a small door in the floor and drop the ashes into a large container under the house which we empty a couple times a year. It not only makes it easier, but also helps with our allergies as loose ashes aren’t flying all over the living room.
And of course, don’t forget the outside of your stove and fireplace. Check with your manufacturer to insure that you are using friendly cleaners for your particular stove or fireplace.