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What is a Gas Insert?

What is a Gas Insert?

Many customers come into our store looking for a ” gas insert “. Three main types of products could fall into this category. This article will help differentiate these three options.

Direct Vent Gas Inserts

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Direct Vent Gas Inserts are complete fireplace units that slide into an existing masonry or prefabricated factory built fireplace. These inserts typically feature valve systems for simple ignition, remote controls, blowers, interior lighting, sealed ceramic glass windows and variable flame/ heat controls. Inserts also have several options to choose from. Including, decorative face plates, logs styles, and backgrounds.

The major benefit of direct vent gas inserts is the fact that the insert will pull outside air through a pipe lining the chimney and then exhausting outside through a second pipe in the chimney. The insert does not take any air from the home, it only provides heat.

Whereas, traditional open fireplaces can have efficiency ratings as low as 15% and can actually draw the heat from your furnace right out of your home, gas inserts can achieve efficiency ratings as high as 86%.

Direct vent inserts are the only true “inserts” in the fireplace industry. However, vent free gas logs and vented gas logs are also often called inserts.

Manufacturers of direct vent gas inserts include: Ambiance Fireplace, Fireplace Xtrordinair and Napoleon.

Gas Insert Diagram
How a direct vent insert works.

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A vent-free gas log system uses room air for combustion and delivers 99.9% of the available heat energy directly to the room. Vent-Free systems have an unmatched safety record, thanks in part to their clean-burning technology and their Oxygen Depletion Sensor, which instantly shuts off the valve if oxygen in the room drops to an unsafe level. Vent Free logs can be installed into a UL listed and approved vent free rated fireplace or in a fully functioning masonry fireplace or in some factory built prefabricated fireplaces, according to the manufacturers directions.

Vent-Free systems are limited to 40,000 Btu and must be operated as supplemental heating sources in conjunction with a central furnace that circulates air. Vent-free log sets are not designed to burn as a sole heat source.

Advantages of Vent Free Logs:

  • Unmatched efficiency – 99.9%
  • Offers the most installation versatility
  • Usually less expensive to buy and to install
  • Can operate with a remote or thermostat

Quality vent-free gas insert manufacturers include: American Hearth & Ambiance Fireplaces.

Vented Gas Logs

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Vented gas logs are the ideal product for people who are looking for the most realistic looking fire without the mess and hassle of burning wood. Vented gas logs are more realistic looking than vent free gas logs but are much less efficient. A majority of the heat vented gas logs product will go up the chimney similar to burning wood in an open fireplace.

Log placement is more flexible with vented gas logs where vent-free logs must be set up according to the manufacturer’s specific directions.

A second type of vented gas logs are Radiant Vented Gas Logs. Radiant vented gas logs provide the same realistic flame pattern as standard vented gas logs, but provide as much heat as vent-free gas logs into your home.

Vented Gas Log manufacturers include: Ambiance Fireplace, Best Fire, & Hargrove

Fill out our measurement chart & take pictures to show our salesmen your fireplace and they will help you determine what fireplace product is best suited for your home and needs.

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If you have had your barbecue for several years, time and your delicious grilled meals might have left their mark. How to know you need to change it? Here are 4 signs that do not lie and two options available in this situation.

No matter what type of grill, you must apply the same approach. Inspect your barbecue from the outside to the inside. A simple glance is enough.


When you will use your barbecue for the first time during spring, check the grates, especially if they are made of cast iron or chrome. With time and the use of a cover, moisture will likely build up inside your appliance. “We’ve always recommended people, even during winter, to leave their grill outside and not store it inside a shed since the moisture accumulation can lead major pieces to rust,” says François St-Martin, director of Maçonnex’s Stoves and Fireplaces Division.


  • Surface rust can be removed by brushing it.
  • The rust is so inlaid that the grid has expanded, even doubled in size. If so, maybe it’s time to change some parts or buy a new grill if you spot the signs of deterioration that follow.


Remove the grids and look at the heating parts. Just above the burners, you will find the deflector, the plate that spreads heat evenly. “When it’s punctured by rust, it’s not doing its job properly. It brings hotspots, that is to say, places where the temperature is much higher, “explains Mr. St-Martin.


Proceed your inspection with the burners. These are small tubes mainly made of stainless steel of good or poor quality depending on the grill. They are designed with small holes that let the gas out when needed. If these holes are enlarged or if they are so big that they now form only one hole, start shopping.


If you tend to use your appliances until the end and own an entry-level barbecue bought at a hardware store, the chances are high that the external structure reflects bad weather and the many times it has been burned. The lid and the pit punctured, the cart becomes a little unstable, and rust builds up.


The internal parts mentioned earlier can be replaced. Universal burners and grids fit in any appliance. As for the deflectors, it is often necessary to replace it with the company’s model because of their specific clamping systems. “But these are all temporary pieces to stretch the lifetime of a year or two,” says the director.

How much it costs to replace the grills and burner? For about $100, you will be able to use your barbecue for another 12 months. The burner will take a slightly larger share of your budget ($50), since grids can cost between $25 and $50, depending on the material. These amounts are valid for entry-level grills.

For higher quality barbecues, beyond the warranty, a burner and its chrome grate can cost, respectively, between $115 and $150, and $35 and $40. A regulator is approximately worth $20. Usually, for many appliances, stainless steel grids are covered by a lifetime warranty.

High-end grills’ durability tends to be significantly superior. A homeowner can spread the investment, $1,500 for example, over 10 to 15 years, and sometimes even more, while low-quality barbecues ($500 to $600) usually have a five years lifetime.

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Wood Stoves Burn Wood, NOT Money

Wood Stoves Burn Wood, NOT Money

Best Wood Stove ModelsModern wood stoves are energy efficient heating options for your home, and they can help you significantly cut the cost of utilities. Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that your money will NOT go up in smoke if you heat with a wood-burning stove.

Replacing pre-1990 wood stove models is strongly advised because the most modern versions that are EPA-approved use one-third less wood for the same amount of heat, are up to 50% more energy efficient, and cut back on the buildup of creosote, which helps to reduce the risk of hazardous chimney fires.

Zone Heating for Maximum Savings

A wood stove can provide plenty of heat for your home on the coldest winter days, but the heat generally benefits only the room it’s in. When you have a wood stove of the correct size and burn for maximum efficiency, it can provide toasty warmth from corner to corner, even if it’s in a very large room. The heat from a wood stove doesn’t travel down the hallway into bedrooms, for example, but that isn’t necessarily a problem. If you are really serious about cutting utility costs with wood-burning heat, zone heating is a wonderful option. Because pre-fabricated chimney pipes together with well-insulated wood-burning stoves make it possible to install the units almost anywhere, you can place a stove in virtually every room. Rather than keep the central heat running on wintry days, use the wood-burning stoves in whichever rooms are occupied.

Tips on Buying Wood Fuel

The wood you burn has a lot to do with how successful your experience is with your wood stove. The wood should be seasoned, which means it has been dried for somewhere between six months and a year and contains no more than 20% moisture. Green or unseasoned wood should never be burned because it’s extremely inefficient and greatly increases the amount of goopy, flammable creosote in the chimney flue.

There are many different variables that impact how much you pay for your firewood. Between two and five cords of wood are used in a typical heating season. Wood that is pre-cut, delivered, and stacked can cost somewhere between about $150 and $350 per cord. One way that you may get discounted firewood is by contacting local tree cutters, who will deliver the timber to your home. Because they save on landfill dumping fees and reduce the use of landfill, their cost savings could be passed on to you. Of course, if you harvest the trees on your own property, your savings will be much greater.

More Money-Saving Secrets

Top rated wood stovesMake your efforts to cut utility costs really count by sealing and insulting the crevices and cracks in your home. According to research, by burning wood in a modern wood stove, your annual heating costs could be cut between 10% and 40%, as compared with heating with an electric, fuel oil, or gas furnace. When buying a wood stove, check to see if there are any federal tax credits, which could save you some serious coin. If you ever sell your home, there is an excellent chance the increased value of your home will cover the cost of purchasing your wood-burning appliances.

A well-maintained wood stove improves money-saving capacity. Be sure to contact our chimney professionals for an annual inspection.

Wood Stoves Burn Wood, NOT Money

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12 Reasons to Install a Gas Fireplace in your Home

12 Reasons to Install a

Gas Fireplace in your Home

Ambiance Gas FireplaceGas fireplaces have become incredibly popular appliances for home heating. There’s actually good reason for all the hoopla. Check out the dozen good reasons to install a gas fireplace in your home, below:

1 – Minimal Maintenance. As compared with wood-burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces require very little maintenance. Annual inspections are highly recommended for gas fireplaces, as with all solid fuel-burning appliances. The maintenance of a gas stove involves such things as cleaning valves and making sure fuel connections are in good condition. There’s no creosote to clean when you use a gas fireplace, which also simplifies maintenance.

2 – Venting Options. No chimney in your home? No problem. Gas fireplaces can be vented in a variety of convenient ways. Gas fireplaces and gas stoves can be vented directly through a wall.

3 – Ambiance. There is nothing to compare to the wonderful ambiance created by a fire in the fireplace. Gas fireplaces are different from wood-burning appliances, because they don’t actually burn wood, but the flames provide warmth and a cozy atmosphere, just the same. Decorating the hearth to create a certain celebratory mood is an American tradition, particularly during various holidays.

4 – Romantic. There is no need to go out somewhere to enjoy a romantic setting, if you have a gas fireplace in your home. Add a soft bear rug and all of the other benefits of these convenient-to-use appliances to the mix, and you’ve got a romantic getaway in whatever room your gas fireplace has been installed.

5 – Convenient to Use. Once the gas line is run in order to operate a gas fireplace, your fuel connection is all set. There is no way to compare the convenience of a gas fireplace with the hassles involved with wood-burning. While many don’t consider the steps to be a hassle, the need to cut wood, stack logs, dry out the firewood, and finally haul wood into your home is certainly a lot to do as compared to operating a gas fireplace.

6 – Simple to Start. Getting a fire started in a gas fireplace is as easy as using a remote control, turning on a switch, or adjusting a thermostat. The incredible convenience of gas fireplaces is among their most popular features.

7 – Zone Heating. You can cut off the central heating unit and zone heat your home in winter. With gas fireplaces, zone heating couldn’t be simpler. They provide sufficient heat to keep you warm wherever you are in the home, and the flames go to work instantly.

8 – Beautiful Options. Innovation in gas fireplace design is truly remarkable. The style and design options for gas fireplaces are numerous. You can install gas fireplaces conveniently in just about any wall. With some models and with proper installation, the gas fireplace can be installed in a wall and viewed from the rooms on either side. Instead of flames coming from realistic ceramic logs, you can choose a more modern look, such as flames dancing across glass or faux rocks.

9 – Add Home Value. The value of a home can be increased by anywhere between 6% and 12%, according to real estate research. As a home improvement project, installing a gas fireplace in your home is an excellent investment.

10 – Environmentally Friendly. Gas is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. There are fewer emissions in the air when you use gas, compared to other heating options. The efficiency ratings of gas appliances average about 80%.

ambiance fireplace insert11 – Versatile Installation. The above-mentioned venting options contribute to the benefit of versatile installation. Zero-clearance models are available, and they can safely be nestled against combustible materials. Due to their versatility, installation of a gas fireplace is possible just about anywhere, as long as there is a gas line to hook it up to.

12 – Lower Heating Costs. Especially if you use gas fireplaces for zone heating, you can lower your utility bills by installing a gas fireplace in your home.

This may be all you need to know about gas fireplaces, to be convinced of their benefits. Contact one of our member stores to choose a beautiful gas fireplace for your home today.

12 Reasons to Install a Gas Fireplace in your Home

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10 Ways To Make Your Fireplace More Comfortable

10 Ways To Make Your Fireplace More Comfortable

Winter weather is here!


Many people use a fireplace for both ambiance and warmth. Especially, since winter has finally reared its ugly head in Cleveland, Ohio. This past week we have seen below freezing and subzero temperatures and plenty of snow.

When the weather gets this cold, there is very little else I like to do than stay home and sit by my high efficiency wood burning fireplace insert. I’m sure I’m not alone. In light of that, here are several products from Country Stove and Patio that can make your home more comfortable for the remainder of winter 2016.

Here are some options to consider:


Heat Grate – The quickest way to turn your masonry fireplace into a larger heat source is a grate heater. A grate heater is for wood burning fireplaces only. It has a 90/125 CFM variable speed blower with a thermostatic on/off fan control so the unit will turn off and on by itself. A grate heater will send approximately 40,000 BTUs of heat back into your room instead of losing that heat through the chimney. 5 year warranty. 3 sizes available.

Fireplace Heat Grate

Fireplace Glass Doors – Did you know that when you aren’t burning a fire in your fireplace, you may be losing heat from your furnace up your chimney? Properly installed glass doors can reduce air flow through the fireplace opening up to 99%! Glass doors are even available with gasket seals to prevent cold air infiltration down the flue in tightly insulated homes. Many styles, colors, and designs are available to fit your home decor.

Fireplace Glass Doors

Fireplace Inserts – Fireplace inserts come in many shapes and sizes. They can be gas or wood fired, have fan systems and accent lights. These units are designed to heat up to 2,000 square feet and are a supurb secondary heat source in an emergency situation. Leading manufacturers include Lopi, Fireplace Xtrordinair, Mendota, and Ambiance Fireplace inserts.

Fireplace Gas Insert

Tool sets – Fireplace tools are a necessity for a safe burning experience. Tool sets come in many colors and designs. Typically the tools included in a tool set are a broom, a poker, a steel shovel, and a log grabber. These are important to have to stoke your fire, clean up any ash on your hearth and be able to move a burning log if it rolls towards the front of your fireplace.

Fireplace Tool Set

Fireplace Screen – We all love the crackle and pop of a real wood fire. Free standing and curtain screens are important to stop any sparks or embers from popping out of your fireplace and onto a combustible surface like carpet or wood flooring. They also act as a great barrier for children and pets.


Log Holder – Log holders add a decorative and practical aspect to your hearth. They allow for several pieces of wood to be in your house with easy access for when you want to add more wood to your fire. They are also decorative because they add the look and feel of a real fireplace.

Fireplace Log Holder

Fire Resistant Gloves Hands down, gloves are the most important tool for your fireplace, wood stove, or wood insert. They allow you to safely add more wood to your fire without burns or having to throw the wood in. They are also important in the case you need to move or remove a log in your fire.

Fireplace Gloves

Gas Logs – Gas logs come in two styles: vented or non-vented. Vented gas logs provide the ambiance of a traditional fireplace with the ease of turning a valve or hitting a button. Vent free provide ambiance and are a zonal heating option as well. Log styles and options vary.

Vent Free Gas Logs

Heat Champions – Heat Champions are a hybrid option between the beauty of glass doors and the heat of wood burning inserts. These units have unique features like optional stainless steel grill and standard pry-ceramic glass, 8 gauge steel faces, 50/200 CFM fans, thermostatic fan control, gasketed doors, and cabinet mesh doors.


Non Combustible Rug – All fireplaces, stoves and inserts need an area around and in front for spark protection. This means that if a spark does come out, it won’t cause a fire. The simplest way to increase the spark protected area is with a non-combustible hearth rug. Many colors, styles, designs and shapes are available.

Hearth Rug


There are many more options to make your fireplace provide more heat and nicer ambiance. Country Stove and Patio’s has been in business for 35 years and has trained and knowledgeable salesmen that can help you find the right solution for your home and our employed technicians and installation crews will make sure your fireplace runs efficiently and safely for many years.

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Big Green Egg Perfect Turkey Recipe

Big Green Egg Perfect Turkey RecipeBig Green Egg Perfect Turkey Recipe


  • 1 turkey (12-15 pounds), cleaned thoroughly and patted dry.
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil.
  • 3 tbsp Dizzy Gourmet Whirly Bird Seasoning.
  • 1 whole onion, cut in half.
  • 1 stalk celery.
  • 2 cups chicken broth, wine or water.
  • A mixture of aromatics, such as sage sprigs, onion wedges, and halved garlic heads, for filling the cavity.


  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking with a convEGGtor at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pecan Smoking Chips can be added to the charcoal for a mild smoke flavor and to add a burnished golden brown appearance to the turkey.
  • Combine the oil and Whirly Bird Seasoning in a small bowl. Rub or brush mixture all over the turkey. Stuff the turkey cavity with the mixture of aromatics.
  • If you are using a Vertical Turkey Roaster, load the seasoned bird onto the roaster and place into a drip pan.
  • If you are using a roasting pan you can lay the bird horizontally on a V-Rack to slightly elevate the turkey off the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • Add the onion and the celery to the drip pan, then fill the drip pan with the chicken broth, wine or water.
  • Cook the turkey for 15 to 20 minutes per pound until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thighs is above 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove from heat, and let rest 20 minutes before carving. Reserve the pan drippings to make gravy.


Big Green Egg Perfect Turkey Recipe



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Broilmaster Infrared Grill R3B Wins Top Rating

Broilmaster Infrared Grill R3B Review


This super-durable Broilmaster Infrared grill has the best warranty in our review.


You must purchase the stand separately, which makes the grill more expensive.

Verdict 9.83

The Broilmaster R3B offers an excellent grilling experience, thanks to even heating and a solid design. This makes it one of the best infrared grills in our review.


Broilmaster is an American manufacturer of premium grill products. Its Broilmaster R3B is one of the best infrared grills in our review. The R3B produced a solid performance in our heat consistency and durability tests, which contributed to an excellent grilling experience. Aside from performance, the grill’s features, construction and warranty give this grill many advantages over the competition. The Broilmaster R3B is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner for infrared grills.

The Broilmaster R3B comes with two 20,000-BTU burners that each take up half of the grill. The right burner is a large ceramic sear burner. The left burner is a U-shaped blue flame burner that doesn’t produce as much heat, but offers versatility for delicate foods. The blue flame burner pairs with briquettes, similar to those of charcoal grills, but made of a ceramic material. If you prefer two infrared burners in the grill, Broilmaster’s R3 model has the option.

The Broilmaster R3B scored 95 percent on our heat consistency tests. This means you can use the grill for a variety of grilling tasks, such as slow roasting and searing, without ruining your food. Part of the reason for this score is the Broilmaster R3B’s extra space between its burners and its cooking grates, more than any other grill in our review, which allows the grill’s heat more room to diffuse before coming in contact with your food.

To evaluate the Broilmaster R3B for hot and cold spots across the cooking area, we tested the burners separately by placing slices of bread on the cooking grates. The infrared burner created even sear marks on the bread in one minute. The traditional burner took four minutes to preheat, because of the ceramic briquettes, and produced a similar result. This compares well with other infrared grills.

We then looked at how well the grill maintains lower temperatures over 20 minutes. The grill took 10 minutes to preheat to around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The grill’s temperature only rose slightly during the rest of the test. Although this grill doesn’t preheat as quickly as others in our review, its performance makes up for that.

Grill Features:

Throughout our testing process, this grill provided a well-rounded grilling experience. The distance between the cooking grates and the burners makes it difficult to burn food, making this a very forgiving grill if you are new to the infrared BBQ. The grill produced excellent results with the four meats we cooked for our review including steak, chicken, salmon and hamburgers. The warming rack on the Broilmaster R3B is 253 square inches, making it the largest warming rack in our review. The primary cooking area was slightly smaller than the other freestanding grills in our review at 442 square inches.

The grill comes with a built-in temperature gauge to help you know if you have the right amount of heat for your cooking. However, we learned some things that might not detract from the experience but are useful to know. First, we could only get the grill to light properly with both burners on high. This is different from most grills, which allow you to light the burners one at a time. Second, it is easier to connect the propane tank when the drip tray is not in place.

The Broilmaster R3B is natural gas capable, which lets you connect the infrared gas grill to your home’s natural gas supply instead of using a propane tank. A conversion kit is required for this functionality and you must purchase it separately. This unit’s self-cleaning feature allows you to turn the burners on high after cooking to burn off any cooking residue. This feature is only found on half of the grills in our review.

Grill Construction:

The cast-aluminum construction of the unit’s cookbox is rock solid. It doesn’t feel flimsy in any way, making it the most durable infrared grill in our review. The Broilmaster R3B’s stainless-steel cooking grates are easy to clean and have the same heavy-duty construction as the rest of the grill.

Unlike other freestanding models in our review, the Broilmaster R3B grill head doesn’t initially come with a stand. Because of this, you can choose from a variety of stands, including a built-in option, making it the only grill in our review that you can permanently mount in an outdoor kitchen. You can also add side burners and shelves. This modular customization is unique to Broilmaster in our review and is a great advantage. Unfortunately, each of these features costs extra and may not be as convenient as buying a complete grill.

Warranty & Support:

Broilmaster offers the best warranty in our review. The company guarantees the stainless-steel burner for 10 years and the infrared burner for five years. The burner warranty is better than those found on the majority of grills in the industry. Additionally, Broilmaster covers the cooking grates, cookbox and lid with a lifetime warranty. Only one other company in our review offers a similar level of warranty protection on those three components. The other parts on this unit are protected by a one-year warranty, which is average among infrared grills.

If you need help with the grill, you can contact Broilmaster by email, but the company doesn’t offer a phone number. Instead, the company relies on local dealers for most support queries. The Broilmaster website offers a FAQs section in the form of a “Getting Started” page.


The Broilmaster R3B infrared grill has many advantages and few disadvantages. It provides consistent heating and a dynamic grilling experience. This, coupled with a well-engineered design and comprehensive warranty, makes the Broilmaster R3B one of the best infrared grills in our review. The modular nature of this grill’s accessories makes it less convenient than a ready-to-go grill, but it offers great flexibility. Overall, this grill is about as good as infrared BBQ gets.


Editor’s Note: This information was taken directly from the manufacturer’s website.

Infrared Grilling

Get restaurant results with steak, chops, fish, chicken pieces and more. Infrared grilling sears foods quickly to lock in juice and flavor. After the initial sear, the infrared energy cooks foods to perfection in minutes.

Unlike other IR models, these versatile Broilmaster grills allow up to 30-percent turndown on each independent burner for indirect cooking, slow-roasting, baking, pizza making, and warming.

Super-duty stainless steel cooking grids offer three levels of adjustability, plus a separate warming rack offer even greater control over cooking temperatures. The multi-position lid stop adds yet another level of temperature control.


  • 695 Sq. In. of Total Cooking Area (26 3/4 W x 18 3/4 D x 19 H)
  • Heavy-Duty Cast Aluminum Construction (Limited Lifetime Warranty)
  • V-Channel Cooking Grids (Standard on all 2014 R3 Series Grills)
  • Stainless Steel Control Panel
  • Stainless Steel Warming Rack (Limited Lifetime Warranty)
  • Choose Propane or Natural Gas
  • Broilmaster R3 and R3B Gas Grills are made in USA.

V-Channel Cooking Grids

  • Capture up to 60 percent of the drippings released from foods
  • Channels hold these juices just beneath the food, where heat from the infrared burner converts it into steam and smoke – adding flavor and moisture to everything you grill.
  • Grids clean up easily with a regular grill bush.

R3B Infrared and Blue Flame Grill

  • One Infrared Burner and One Blue Flame Burner – up to 40,000 total Btu
  • Right side – 20,000 Btu Infrared Burner
  • Left Side – 20,000 Btu Blue Flame Burner (18,000 Btu on LP)



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A Cure for the Common Cold?

A Cure for the Common Cold

Hot Tubs: A Cure for the Common Cold?

Have a cold? Here are 6 ways a hot tub can help the common cold:

  1. Heat, elevating your body temperature can help your body to combat the quickly spreading cold virus.
  2. Frequent hot tub use, every few hours for 20 minutes at a time can help to elevate your body temperature allowing you to sweat out the cold.
  3. Relieve those aches and pains. Heat therapy can do wonders on those body aches.
  4. Clear your nasal passages. put a tiny bit of salve under your nose, combined with the steam from the hot tub your nasal passages will open right up.
  5. Clear your nose. The heat and steam from the hot tub will open you up allowing you to blow your nose much easier.
  6. Get plenty of rest. When you soak in the hot tub your temperature will increase, after getting out your temperature will start to decrease which will cause you to get drowsy.

All of these can help be a cure for the common cold this winter!

Country Stove Patio & Spa is proud to carry and service the high-quality PDC Spas. Contact us today for more information about the health benefits that spas can provide you!



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2013 North Coast EGGfest Video

2013 North Coast EGGfest Video

As the 2014 North Coast EGGfest is almost upon us, we thought we would reflect on what a succes the 2013 North Coast EGGfest was. The 2013 North Coast EGGfest video below shows the EGGheads who attended, what they cooked, the awesome bands that played, and how much fun everyone was having. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor festival in Cleveland this Saturday (May 17), this is it!

Things to look forward to at the 2014 North Coast EGGfest:

  • Live Music
  • Lots of amazing BBQ
  • Increase your BBQ skills
  • Raffles & door prizes
  • Nice Weather (fingers crossed)!

You can pre-register here or at the event.

Still not sure what an EGGfest is? Check out this blog post for more details!


2013 North Coast EGGfest Video

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How Unheralded Wood Stoves Could Save The World

How Unheralded Wood Stoves Could Save the World

Have you weighed the environmental impact of a wood stove before purchasing one? There is a false impression out there that a woodstove is a dirty pollution-making machine. While that might have been true 40 years ago, wood stove technology has increased by leaps and bounds since then. Today, woodstoves are a clean-burning carbon-neutral cost-saving way to heat your home.

The folks at Popular Mechanics have the proof to back that claim up. They have written a very interesting article about these new clean burning woodstoves and how maybe, just maybe a return to wood burning stoves and inserts might be the best option for your households heating needs during the terribly cold Cleveland winters.

One example of a very efficient and clean-burning wood stove is the Lopi Cape Cod. One load of wood in the Lopi Cape Cod will burn for 12 hours in the 3 cubic feet firebox. The unit is the cleanest burning stove in the industry at 80.5% efficiency and only emits .45 grams per hour. It has a large glass viewing area that will stay clean due to Lopi’s advanced air wash system so you can really enjoy the fire.

The Lopi Cape Cod is available exclusively in the Cleveland area at Country Stove Patio & Spa.

Lopi Cape Cod Wood Stove
Lopi Cape Cod

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How Unheralded Wood Stoves Could Save the World

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Hybrid Fyre Wins Big At International Wood Stove Design Challenge

Hybrid Fyre Wins Big At International Wood Stove Design Challenge

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Accepting the People's Choice Award

Travis Industries’ Lopi Cape Cod Hybrid Fyre was one of 14 finalists at the first ever International Wood Stove Design Challenge hosted by the Alliance for Green Heat and sponsored by Popular Mechanics Magazine. First, a huge THANK YOU to each of you who voted for the Cape Cod in the Popular Mechanics’ People’s Choice Award. There were over 15,000 total votes, and WE WON! We couldn’t have done it without you! THANK YOU!

Christian Hale, Travis Sales Rep, and Russ McBrien, Research & Development Wood Manager, receive the People’s Choice Award. They spent 4 days representing Travis Industries in Washington D.C. educating judges, visitors, congressmen, and even some European ambassadors about Hybrid Fyre technology and the future of wood burning appliances.

This competition was bred from the need for consumer awareness on the “next generation” of high-efficiency, clean burning wood stoves. in 2011 Travis’ Hyrbid Fyre technology rocked the wood burning world, earned 3 Vesta Awards, and the Cape Cod, our rising star, officially became the planet’s cleanest burning large wood stove. This year in D.C. the technology was recognized with three mo0re first place awards and a $5,000 prize, which we donated back to the Alliance for Green Heat for their mission.

Travis’ Hybrid Fyre took First place in:

  • Popular Mechanic’s People’s Choice
  • Lowest CO (Carbon Monoxide) Emissions
  • Market Appeal

The best part…we didn’t design anything new. No prototypes or fancy re-engineered models were submitted to the competition. We entered with an amazing technology that’s been on the market for almost 2 years. Hybrid Fyre changed the way we think about wood stoves. It started a revolution and created a new standard in wood stove design, efficiency, and technology.

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Hybrid Fyre Wins Big At International Wood Stove Design Challenge

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What Are Gas Logs?

What Are Gas Logs?

Gas logs are a gas fueled appliance for your fireplace. They are easy to install, and can provide heat and beauty to your home. They are especially nice because they are so simple to operate. It is just a matter of flipping a switch and they are lit.  There are two types of gas logs available and the deciding what type is best for you is based on what your goal is.

What Are Gas Logs? Vented
What Are Gas Logs? Vented

Vented Gas Logs

Vented gas logs are the most beautiful gas log option available if your main goal is ambiance. Most people who enjoy the look and feel of a wood burning fire in a fireplace may choose vented gas logs. These types of gas logs can be operated by lighting the fireplace from a valve, on a standing pilot, or by pressing a button on a remote control.

Before using a vented gas log set, the damper in your fireplace must be open. This ensures that the unit is burning safely. The vented gas logs available at Country Stove and Patio are made of a masonry material that absorbs heat and radiates it into your room. Also, these logs are hand painted and can be placed in any customized position to achieve the look that you desire.

What Are Gas Logs? Vent Free
What Are Gas Logs? Vent Free

Vent Free Gas Logs

Vent free gas logs are designed with the goal of being a secondary heat source to your home. Vent free gas logs are perfect for a zonal heating plan in your home. The idea behind zonal heating is to heat the room that you spend the most time in, instead of raising the thermostat on your furnace and heating every room in your home inefficiently.

Vent free gas logs can save you money on your heating bills. They are 99% efficient and are as safe to use as a gas cooking range. You can operate the unit with your fireplace damper closed resulting in all of the heat remaining in your home. They have a natural looking flame, for a 24” set of gas logs, can give off roughly 39,000 Btus. Vent free gas logs give you plenty of heat to warm your family room on the coldest December day. To give you a frame of reference, most furnaces are 80,000-90,000 Btus.

There are many other available features and functions on both types of gas logs. Call a friendly salesman at Country Stove Patio and Spa to help you determine what type of gas logs will work best for your home.

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Chili Cook-Off Raises Money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

Country Stove Patio Spa Chili Cook Off 2013

Chili Cook-Off Raises Money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

On Saturday November 2, 2013, Country Stove Patio and Spa hosted their Second Annual Chili Cook-off. All the money raised was donated to John Owen’s Adventure, Inc.

John Owen’s Adventure Inc. is dedicated to discovering a treatment, improving research and establishing education and awareness programs about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for all individuals who are affected by this disease. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a fatal progressive disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence. JOA is also committed to raising awareness and research dollars to treat juvenile diabetes, a chronic disease affecting nearly 26 million Americans.

Country Stove Patio and Spa is a local specialty retail shop in North Royalton, Ohio. They have been in business for 32 years. Country Stove offers high quality, American Made products in the hearth, home, and patio industry.


The 2013 Country Stove & Patio chili cook-off had 17 chili entrants from all age groups. These chili chefs brought their ‘A’ game with a large variety of chilis. There was chicken chili, sausage chili, even a jalapeno popper chili.


At the end of the day, Brian Flannagan of the Parma Fire Department took first place, Woody from the North Royalton Fire Department took second place, and Tommy Margevicius, an 8th grader at St. Albert The Great School had a strong showing in third place.


Country Stove is please to announce that 200 people attended the event and the chili cook-off raised $2,000 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.


We had a blast! Stay tuned for information about the 2014 Chili Cookoff!