Essential Wood Burning Stove Accessories

There are a broad range of accessories available for wood burning stoves, some of which you will find essential. Others are a handy accompaniment that will enhance this cosy feature of your home. As well as various tools to help you build a fire and keep it going, there are some items that are needed when installing a wood burning stove or carrying out repairs. We have therefore grouped accessories under two main headings, which are entitled ‘Installation and Maintenance Equipment’ and ‘Fireplace Accessories’.

Installation and Maintenance Equipment

If you are installing a wood burning stove or fireplace stove and oven repair altadena, building a chimney, or carrying out repairs or maintenance to any of these you are likely to need the following equipment:

Fire Cement – This is used for attaching a stove outlet pipe to a flue or joining a single skin flue to a double skin insulated flue.

Heat Resistant Paint – Made to withstand temperatures up to 650 degrees, it is ideal for use with wood burning stoves.

Glass Cleaner – This is used for removing smoke and tar stains from the glass part of the door.

Chimney Cleaner – A specialist cleaner, which is used as an additive on the fire to help prevent the build up of tar deposits inside the chimney.

Flue Brushes – These enable you to keep the inside of the flue free of tar deposits.

Stove Thermometers – To enable you to decide whether your stove is operating at the correct temperature, you can attach one of these to the stove pipe. It is a useful tool to have because low temperatures can cause a build up of tar deposits in the chimney and a higher temperature than normal may indicate that your stove is not operating efficiently.

Replacement Parts – Some parts of the fire may deteriorate over time and need replacing. These include the grate, the baffle plate and the glass. The grate is situated at the bottom of the fire and the kindle is lit on top of it. Because it is continually subjected to high temperatures it can become worn out over time. Likewise, the baffle plate sits inside the stove at the top of the oven, so it can also become damaged. The glass is fitted into the door of the stove to enable you to see the flames. It is possible to buy glass for doors, which is either, pre-cut and curved, or you can have a piece cut to size by a glazier.

The above parts are available from specialist stove supply companies:

Fireplace Accessories

Fireplace accessories are useful for building a fire as you will need something to carry your wood in, and fireplace tools for placing the logs on the fire and stoking the coals.

Fireside Accessories – These consist of a set of handy little tools, for example, brushes and shovels to sweep the hearth, and pokers. These are also known as companion sets. There are many different sets available include contemporary designs in materials such as glass and chrome to complement the many modern fire burning stoves that are now on the market. More traditional designs can also be obtained in brass, or with a black or silver veneer.

Fireguards and Screens – Protective screens and guards will help to keep small children and pets away from the stove and also prevent sparks from flying out of the fire if you have the stove door open.

Log Baskets and Containers – Large containers and log stores are useful for storing the wooden logs and kindle, and some of these are fitted with wheels to enable you to move the wood around. Baskets can also be used for transporting wood to and from the fire as well as storing it. Woven baskets look attractive in a traditional setting.

Buckets and Hods – These can also be used for storing or carrying wood. Generally buckets and hods are used for storing wood next to the fire, with a separate large store being kept in another area. They are sold in a variety of finishes and materials, including matt black and brass, to suit your taste or the setting of the wood burning stove.

Stove Matches – It is possible to buy extra long matches that are designed specifically for use with stoves so that your hands stay clear of the flames. Some suppliers also sell accompanying match holders. You could also wear heat resistant gloves to provide protection.

Log Makers – You can turn waste paper, cardboard and wood chippings into logs for a wood burning stove by using a log maker. These are relatively inexpensive to buy.

Moisture Meter – This is used to determine whether the logs are dry enough for use.

Although there is an extensive range of items available it is not necessary to purchase all of these straightaway. If you are having your wood burning stove installed by a specialist supplier then he is likely to supply all of the installation equipment. Wood burning stoves often carry a guarantee and it may not be necessary to buy any replacement parts for a number of years.

Fireplace accessories can be expensive but it is possible to shop around and compare prices. Alternatively, you could build your own log store or use an old bucket to fetch the wood indoors. Some of the accessories sold by the specialist stove suppliers are pricey, but they can make an attractive accompaniment to your wood burning stove and help to create a special ambience in the room. For that reason it can be worth treating yourself if you want to experience the full effects of a traditional, or a contemporary but stylish, wood burning stove.

Commercial Kitchen Refrigerators

Refrigeration is a very important process to prolong the life of perishable foods. Every household has its own refrigerator whether it is a mini or standard size one to keep any items that require cooling or freezing. If you are managing your own restaurant, hotel, bar, or resort, you will need a lot more space to keep your storage and reserves preserved so you can continue to serve your incoming customers. If walk-in coolers are too expensive for your budget, the next best thing to get is the commercial kitchen refrigerators. Knowing the properties of good commercial refrigerators will help you choose the right one even if it is not the cheapest model available refrigerator repair pasadena.

Large Capacity

Commercial kitchen refrigerators are generally larger than the refrigerators people have in their homes but the different manufacturers of these commercial refrigerators still produce these models in different sizes to fit any need. A commercial kitchen refrigerator with a large size means that it has enough power to cool the contents evenly. It is better to browse through the different models in a store so you can carefully examine the internal features. When shopping online, it is better to rely on the high-res photos and customer comments.

If you need to save some space, check out the smaller cabinet-sized models that are still quite spacious. Choosing a model that is too big will just mean wasted space and wasted power consumption as well.

Energy Efficiency

Larger commercial kitchen refrigerators also mean that they consume more energy and that can contribute to your already heavy electric bill. Getting energy efficient commercial refrigerators can net you some savings in the long run even if the model costs considerably more than the others. You may find some information regarding the energy consumption in the fine print, but the real energy saving models is usually highlighted by the manufacturer as a major feature. Keep an eye out for any energy logos such as the Energy Star logo.

Low Maintenance

The electricity consumption won’t be the only extra thing that you will be paying as you continue to use any of the commercial kitchen refrigerators. If the commercial refrigerator encounters some operating problems, you will have to seek a repair service that may cost you quite a lot since it is a commercial kitchen refrigerator that you are dealing with. The easiest way to minimize the risks of maintenance is to always get the brand new and latest models. Avoid getting used commercial refrigerators no matter how much savings you are promised. Once you pay for the repair bill, you will realize that the total costs are just about equivalent to a brand new one.

However, that does not mean that you do not have to do any proper maintenance on new models. Consider doing some periodic checks on the various components like the compressor fan which will get dirty over time. Do some cleaning so the components do not have to work any harder than they should.

The Dangers of Buying Aftermarket Appliance Parts

Buying aftermarket parts for your appliance may save you some money upfront but may end up costing more money in additional repairs down the road. For example, I purchased an aftermarket drain pump for a Whirlpool direct drive washer. The unit was difficult to install due to some molding imperfections compared to the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) part. It was also noisy. Not trusting the part, I removed it and installed the OEM version. The OEM version is about three times more expensive than the aftermarket product, but I found it worth the added cost whirlpool stove and oven repair los angeles.

Websites selling appliance parts usually sell lots of aftermarket products, but you have to read carefully, otherwise you will believe you are purchasing an OEM part. Some sites bring you to their location by advertising original equipment manufacturer parts for Whirlpool, Maytag, Frigidaire, and o, but then direct you to their lower priced aftermarket versions. This is bait and switch, but it’s common.

Some websites refer to their parts as “Exact Replacement Part.” In this phrase, the giveaway is “Exact Replacement” which indicates it is the exact replacement for the OEM part. Exact Replacement Parts are made for many brands including Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Roper, and Kitchenaid.

In conclusion, cheaper is not always better, and make sure you know what you are purchasing. If you have to have an aftermarket version, do some research to see what others have to say about it first. If you’re looking for an OEM part, make sure to read the labeling carefully, in order to confirm that it is not an aftermarket part disguised with phrases like “Exact Replacement Part.”