Stoves & Stove Inserts

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You’ve come to the right website for stoves! We’re glad that you’re now in the market for a new stove, or fireplace insert. If you know what you want, be sure to check out and print a copy of any website special offer or sale that may be under way. Then, come in the store and choose from the largest selection of major brand stoves and in the Northwest. It’s fun to look at all the latest models while you save money and select the best model for your needs. If you want to save even more money, don’t forget to see our “Bargain Warehouse” where we have many stoves with special discounts.

If you’re just looking for more information about stoves and inserts, this is the right place. Our website has a huge amount of information to help you make the right stove decision.

Stoves and inserts have become an integral part of many homes here in our cold climate because they are so enjoyable to be around and so cost efficient relative to central heating.

For 30 years, Fireside has been Central Oregon’s largest fireplace and stove dealer, by far. Amazingly, we’ve sold and installed many thousands of stoves and fireplace inserts in Central Oregon. Whether it’s a gas stove, a wood stove or a pellet stove, we have the industry’s leading brands on display and in stock. Our showroom and warehouse is full of many dozens of the latest models and design trends, all priced very competitively.

Stoves and inserts have come a long way from that “smoky, old black thing” in the corner. Stoves now are very clean burning. They vary dramatically in style, fuel, heating capacity, view of the fire and greenness. Customers really need to see them in person, sit in front of them, relax, feel their radiant heat and watch them burn. Whether you are interested in a gas stove, wood stove, or pellet stove, it can be fun to check them all out.

Fireside has the all industry’s leading brands in one store, including dozens of different models from LopiQuadra-FireAvalonJøtulBlaze KingHarmanEcoChoiceXtrordinair and Thelin.

Choosing a stove

Fuel type? Size? Style? Price? Installation? Where to put it? Greenness? … So, what do I need to know and where do I start?

The following information will give you a head start in choosing the right stove before you come in the store. Some stoves are designed to be large heaters, while others are designed to be very esthetically pleasing. Stoves can last 30 years. So, it’s important that you decide what is right for your needs. Stoves vary from being lower cost and basic while others are spectacular in style and performance.

Fuel Type

The fuel type is the first thing to decide on. Customers have usually decided on fuel type, but it’s good to review the advantages and disadvantages of the common fuel types here in Oregon so you will make the correct decision..

Wood Stove
Advantages:
Lowest heating cost
Biomass is the greenest heating source. See www.heatgreen.org
Fuel is renewable and doesn’t contribute to global warming
Keeps heating money in the local economy
Appliances are very reliable
Can have great fire view
Wood Stove
Disadvantages:
Requires the most handling work
Can be messy
Chimney is more expensive and needs regular cleaning
Old, uncertified wood stoves are very polluting
Fuel storage requires a large area
Pellet Stove
Advantages:
Less mess than wood
Convenient heating controls including thermostat operation and auto ignition
Biomass is the greenest heating source. See www.heatgreen.org
Fuel is renewable and doesn’t contribute to global warming
Keeps heating money in the Northwest
Pellet Stove
Disadvantages:
Requires handling bags of pellets
Can be dusty
Stoves need regular cleaning and annual service
Pellet storage requires a dry area
Natural Gas Stove
Advantages:
Very convenient
Relatively low fuel cost
Thermostat controlled and low maintenance
Inexpensive chimney
Nice fire view
Natural Gas Stove
Disadvantages:
Fuel is not renewable
It’s a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming
Heating money leaves local economy
Propane Stove
Advantages:
Very convenient
Thermostat controlled and low maintenance
Inexpensive chimney
Nice fire view
Propane Stove
Disadvantages:
Fuel is not renewable
It’s a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming
Heating money leaves local economy
Fuel cost is higher than other stove fuels

 

Size

You need to determine how large an area you want to heat. Stoves are area heaters, so hallways and back bedrooms should not be counted, only areas where the air can easily circulate. A “rule of thumb” is that if you have a high vaulted ceiling, lots of windows, or average insulation, you should increase your heating area needs by 50% or so. So an open 1,000 sq. ft. living room, kitchen, dining room area with lots of windows will need a stove or insert that can heat about 1500 sq. ft.

Stoves and inserts are generally rated as small, medium or large. They can heat approximately the following maximum areas:

Small:
1,000 sq. ft.
Medium:
1,500 sq. ft.
Large:
2,000 sq. ft.

Each stove will vary from the above list somewhat. Some wood stoves can heat 2,500 sq. ft or larger. But, the heatable living space needs to be open so the heat can circulate from these very large stoves.

The biggest mistake that customers can sometimes make is to purchase a stove that’s too small. We will allow you to exchange a stove for a different one and give you 90% credit during the first year of ownership because we want you to be happy with your purchase. You are unlikely to receive a 90%, 1 year credit on anything else that you purchase. Changing stoves is a lot of work, so we want you to select the best one for your needs. And remember that the credit only applies to the stove and not to labor or chimney materials. So, it can still be a costly error to choose a stove that’s too small.

Style

Stove styles these days can go from beautiful cast iron to steel and from traditional to contemporary. Cast iron stoves are available in a number of colors and look like sculpture when not in use. Some stoves have a great view of the fire and others, particularly pellet stoves have a somewhat limited view. Inserts are now available that retain the look of a fireplace and don’t look like they are a stove. There’s a tremendous variety of stove styles to choose from and the easiest way is to come by the store and in person, look at the style choices in the fuel type and stove size that’s right for you.

Price

Our stoves and inserts are very competitively priced. Stove prices vary, based on size, style and brand. Entry level gas and wood stoves are usually available on sale for around $1,000. Large, heavy duty stoves and inserts can cost more that $2,500. Installation and chimney components are additional.

Stoves are not priced with chimney and installation included because each installation is different. A complete chimney system, with labor and permit can exceed $1,500, or a simple stove replacement can cost less than $500 for materials and labor and permit.

 

Installation

Stove and insert installations, whether gas, wood or pellet, can be complex and require careful planning to perform properly. Fireside is a licensed contractor and our employees are certified by the National Fireplace Institute and state Fire Marshal to insure the highest quality and best installations are done.

 

Greenness

Stoves can be very green. A green stove provides environmental advantages over standard hearth products, or over central heating systems typically installed in today’s homes. These advantages include fuel renewability, sustainability, reduced carbon footprint and better efficiency. Biggest environmental advantages are found in clean burning “biomass” stoves and inserts because biomass energy is sustainable, renewable and being carbon neutral, it doesn’t contribute to global warming. Biomass stoves an inserts use wood or pellets as fuel.

Many direct vent gas stoves and inserts can be green because their overall efficiency is higher than typical central heating systems. Higher efficiency means a reduced carbon footprint. Their higher efficiency comes from the fact that they have no ductwork energy loss (saving 25% to 40%) and their zone heating doesn’t waste heat in rooms not in use (saving 15%). Wood burning fireplaces can be green if they are certified, clean burning models because they also use a renewable, sustainable and carbon neutral fuel.