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A federal tax credit on 75 percent efficient biomass heating appliances, which expired on December 31, 2011, was reinstated by the "fiscal cliff" legislation, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8), signed by President Obama on January 2, 2013. The bill includes a "tax extender" for Internal Revenue Service Section 25C which provides a tax credit for, among many other things, qualifying biomass burning stoves. 

When home heating oil prices go up, pellet stoves become a very popular device for cutting heating costs. Pellet stoves are easy to operate, produce a steady flow of heat, and usually only need to be filled once per day.

With the lowering of the outside temperatures, a fireplace quickly becomes the center for a warm and cozy ambience.

A cozy fire in the fireplace sure helps beat the winter chill. But improper installation or operation can turn a fireplace into a definite hazard that can be prevented with proper preparation.

By: Kiera Butler

It's no secret that fireplaces and woodstoves—wonderful and cozy though they may be—are not great for the environment. The smoke that they produce is full of harmful particles, including, according to the EPA, volatile organic compounds and the likely carcinogen benzo(a)pyrene. Smoke can foul up the air both inside and out, and exposure to the stuff can cause serious respiratory problems.

Credits offered for switching to cleaner burning appliances

Many people fall into the category of having no power after Hurricane Sandy swept through the state. And many turned to wood-burning fireplace for warmth and light.

With the heating and cooling of refractory on both masonry and factory-built fireplaces, you can expect some minor cracks to's just the nature of things. Small hairline cracks in the refractory will almost always be present after repeated firings. When these fine cracks occur, you can rest assured that the homeowner can enjoy the fireplace with absolutely no danger! In fact, there is metal behind the refractory on a factory-built fireplace; therefore, even if the cracks get larger, the fireplace will still operate safely.

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How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold Season

Before you spark up the logs, make a clean sweep using these seven crucial safety tips

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