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Winter Warmth

Winter Warmth with an Updated Fire Insert

Sitting in front of a fire is one my favorite things to do – so hygge. Whether it is a summer firepit on the patio or a winter evening by the woodstove I’m always happy to sit and watch the flames while visiting with family and friends or reading a book (or maybe catching up on social media). The flickering light, cozy warmth, and even the woodsy smell is such a treat and a good reminder to slow down and enjoy T-I-M-E.

With this in mind, it is common, from late October through March, to have a fire crackling in our living room woodstove. However, last winter we found that our woodstove was increasingly temperamental due to age and it was becoming apparent that it was time to replace the existing woodstove. So, we set out to find the perfect woodstove for our home. As a side note, along the way inspiration struck and we decided to not only replace the woodstove but to build out the mantle, tile the new mantle, and have custom bookshelves installed but that is for another post. After all, if you give a mouse a cookie&

Our checklist included the following:

      • Clean line, modern look with a glass door
      • Flush
      • Efficient and clean burning
      • Blower to distribute warm air (note: a quiet blower that didn’t rattle)

The model that fit our wish list while keeping our budget in mind was the Large Flush Wood Hybrid-Frye Insert by Fireplace Xtrordinair with a rectangular door face.

Wow what a great woodstove! We have been so pleased with everything from the great look of the stove to a much better-looking heating bill.

The features of our new woodstove are a hefty list with a few highlights being it accommodates 24′ logs, has a large glass (high temperature Neoceram safety glass) viewing dimensions of 24 ½’ x 13′, and heavy gauge steel plate construction. We also opted for the wiring kit for a hard-wire connection within the firebox for the convection fan power to eliminate a cord running across the hearth.

One option that we didn’t chose was the built-in igniter for an easier start with a push of a button. Truthfully it was a cost that we felt we could save, and it is super easy to make homemade fire starters (see recipe below).

An option that we didn’t realize we needed was the chimney venting. Prior to having the woodstove installed we had our chimney cleaned. After years of using the woodstove our chimney had accumulated an excess or creosote on the interior of the shaft. This is certainly a safety issue and something to be taken seriously as no one wants a chimney fire. Once the chimney was cleaned it was lined with a venting kit specifically designed for flush wood inserts.

As of today, we have the new flush insert operating and the mantle tiled with beautiful tile. Soon to come will be the surround of custom-made bookshelves and updated flooring. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. In the meantime, we’re going to take a tour of the factory in Mukilteo. Fireplace Xtrordinair is apart of Travis Industries, Inc., the largest privately-owned wood, pellet, and gas stove, insert and fireplace company in America (right here in Snohomish County!).

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