How to Heat Your Home with Your Fireplace or Stove

Beautiful Open Masonry Fireplace in Amherst, NHHere are a few quick tips on getting the most out of your fireplace, stove or fireplace insert.

 Open Masonry Fireplaces

Traditional masonry fireplaces bring wonderful ambience to a home, but they’re not high-powered heat producers. If you have one of these fireplaces and want to increase its heat production, you have a few options.

Replace wood logs with vent-free gas logs: Realistic-looking gas logs add heat to a room because there’s no chimney operation to lift the heat up and into the outside air.

Add a fireback: A fireback is a cast-iron plate that sits in the back of the firebox. When logs are burned, the fireback absorbs heat and serves as fa radiant heat source.

Install a heater: Fireplace heaters do a good job in sending warm air from the firebox into a room. Increase heat levels by adding a blower. (Always consult with a certified fireplace technician to perform these add-ons.)

Heating with free-standing stoves

Most heating stoves sold today and in recent years provide high efficiency and plenty of heat. Poor performance usually happens if the stove is not properly maintained. Taking good care of your free-standing stove includes:

  • Annual safety and performance inspections
  • Annual vent cleaning – especially if your stove burns wood
  • Timely repair of damaged components

If your stove still doesn’t heat well, consider changing its location in the home. Most stoves require only a simple exhaust vent pipe that can be run through the majority of walls or ceiling spaces. Consult with a fireplace and stove professional to get advice on optimal placement for your appliance.

Heating with fireplace inserts

If you like your masonry fireplace but need more heat, consider adding a powerful new fireplace insert.

You can purchase inserts that run on wood logs or pellets and keep the ambience of a real wood fire while bringing significantly more heat to your home. Fireplace inserts fit right into your existing firebox and have very high heat-efficiency ratings.

Heating with zero-clearance fireplaces

A great option for heating your home with a fireplace is to purchase a highly efficient zero-clearance (ZC) wood-burning fireplace. ZC fireplaces are well-insulated and safe to install in virtually any wall in a home. Like fireplace inserts, they’re beautiful to look at and produce far more heat than any open masonry fireplace.

Beautiful wood Burning Stove in Concord NH

Wood-burning tips for better heating

Whatever type of appliance you use, you’ll get better heating performance by following these wood-burning guidelines:

  • Use only dry (seasoned) wood – it burns hotter with less smoke, and the logs burn more completely, giving you more bang for your firewood buck.
  • Regularly remove built-up ashes from the firebox. This will allow more air to get into the fire to keep it blazing-hot.
  • Make sure your chimney or vent pipe is clean. Creosote buildup in a flue can lead to a fire, plus it impedes the drafting of smoke, which leads to sluggish fires.
  • Remember that hardwoods like beech, elm and oak will burn a lot longer than softwoods like red pine, cedar and fir.

Black Moose Chimney & Stove of Antrim, NH, is here to help you get the most out of your fireplace, stove or fireplace insert. We provide chimney sweep services, chimney inspections, appliance installations and fireplace and stove repairs, all done by certified professionals. Call us today at (603) 525-7905.


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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)