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Annual Maintentance

The end of 2010 is rapidly approaching, and as we prepare to begin another journey around the sun I’d like to give you a few annual maintenance tips that will ensure a safe and warm holiday season and a properly working fireplace for the new year.

We recommend scheduling your annual maintenance with a qualified technician from your local Lopi dealer, but many of these tasks can be performed yourself. Be sure to refer to your Owner’s Manual as more detailed instructions about daily and annual maintenance may be found there. Make sure the appliance is completely cooled prior to conducting service.  If any problems are found contact your local dealer to schedule an appointment.

GAS APPLIANCE OWNERS…

  1. Clean the glass with a soft cloth and fireplace glass cleaner.  Inspect the gasket around the glass; make sure it forms an airtight seal against the face of the firebox.
  2. Clean the log set with a damp cloth to remove soot and dust.
  3. Clean the air channels, ducts, and blower (if applicable.)
  4. Check the burner, pilot, and interior firebox for cracks, warping, or damage.
  5. Inspect the gas control valve and gas lines for cracks or wear.  Make sure all the connections are tight.
  6. Replace the Power Backup batteries.
  7. Check the vents for blockage, as they tend to be inviting spots for birds, spiders and insects to build nests.  Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination. If you have a chimney be sure to have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.
  8. Light the pilot and turn the fireplace on to inspect the flames.
  9. Last but not least, test your carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if needed.

WOOD APPLIANCE OWNERS…

  1. Vacuum the air duct and blower (if applicable.)
  2. Inspect the firebrick and baffle.  Make sure the bricks are intact and have no gaps between them.
  3. Check the secondary air tubes for severe deterioration. Confirm the pushpins hold the air tubes in place.
  4. Check the door gasket; it should form an airtight seal with the front of the firebox.
  5. Clean the glass and inspect it for cracks.  The glass gasket should also form a tight seal against the door.
  6. Examine the chimney for creosote build-up (this is what causes chimney fires.)  Have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination.

PELLET APPLIANCE OWNERS…

  1. Inspect the exhaust venting system for fly ash and soot.  Clean if necessary.
  2. Clean the exhaust and convection blower.
  3. Examine the chimney for creosote build-up (this is what causes chimney fires.)  Be sure to have it cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.  Remove all debris and vegetation from the vent termination.
  4. Check for air leaks around the door, glass, and ash pan.  Replace the gaskets if necessary.  Clean the glass with fireplace glass cleaner.
  5. Clean the pellet logs with a damp cloth to remove dust and soot (if applicable.)

With proper care and attention your Travis pellet stove will last you for generations to come.  Click below to view our Pellet Homeowner’s Video.

From all of us here at Lopi we wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

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Zone Heating

These days everywhere you go you hear the terms eco-friendly, green, energy-efficient, etc.  We all want to do our part to save the environment, and when it comes to heating your home “going green” also means putting more “green” back in your wallet.  It’s a win-win situation, and here’s one way of doing it – Zone Heating.  Zone heating is an excellent way to add a little more “green” to your home’s résumé, save some money on your heat bill, and once and for all end those family thermostat wars.  Allow me to explain….

The majority of homes in America use a forced air central heating system.  Now, regardless of the type (gas, propane, oil, electric, and so on) they all distribute air through a series of ductwork.  These ducts may be made of sheet metal or plastic flex and can be insulated or un-insulated. Some common disadvantages of this framework are leaky ducts, uneven heat distribution, and wasted energy going to ductwork in attics and crawl spaces.

An advantage of forced air central heating is that it efficiently works via a thermostat, but while I might favor a comfortable 68 degrees my significant other might continually (and quite subtly) raise it to a tropical 76.  Another major advantage of this system is that it quickly heats up the entire house.  However, I’m guessing you probably don’t spend the majority of your time in the laundry room, bathroom, or spare bedroom(s). So, why are you spending money heating those areas?

Zone heating offers a practical solution to these dilemmas by only heating the rooms in which you live.  This strategy may easily save you 30% or more on your energy bill as a result of the overall decrease in your fuel consumption.

You have many, many options for which type of hearth product to install, including fireplaces, freestanding stoves, or fireplace inserts that may burn a variety of fuels, such as firewood, pellets, corn, natural gas, or propane.  Lopi makes almost 40 different models to choose from, which can be overwhelming to say the least.  All of our wood and pellet models are energy-efficient and qualify for the $1,500 Tax Credit towards biomass burning appliances.  (Just a side note; this tax credit is only good for purchases made through December 31st, 2010, so if you’re considering a wood or pellet stove act fast.)  Our GreenSmart gas models are efficient, self-adapting, and offer an adjustable turn down rate to provide you with your ideal comfort zone. (Please read the article on GreenSmart to learn more…we’re quite proud of this technology.)  Some models also have optional heat ducts so you can vent heat into adjoining rooms.  Lopi’s electric fireplaces make a quick,  easy, and beautiful addition to any room requiring a low BTU space heater, and they make a great holiday gift…hint, hint.

A Lopi specialty retailer can guide you through the process of determining which product is right for you.  Be prepared to answer these questions:

  • What is the square footage of the zone you wish to heat?
  • What fuels are readily available in your area?
  • What is your design style?
  • What type of central heat do you have?
  • What is the age and construction of your house?
  • Is there available space to install a freestanding stove?

Just think, soon you could be sitting around the kitchen table on a chilly winter’s eve enjoying dinner by the warmth of your new gas (or wood or pellet) stove, and all the while your mind is at ease because you know your home is more efficient and that next heat bill is going to be a few dollars less.  And let’s be honest, you don’t miss the sound of that pesky furnace cycling on and off either.  Visit www.LopiStoves.com to find your local Zone Heating expert.

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Protect Our Environment… Go GreenSmart!

In our effort to help mother Earth, we have a series of products that are certified Heat Green. As part of serving the community and the world our products are shifting to the newly developed GreenSmart technology as we strive to make our fireplaces, stoves and inserts much more environmentally friendly. We are proud to be a member of the Heat Green Council and are committed to help save the planet.  

GreenSmart Brochure

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