Why Get A Soapstone Wood Stove?

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ONE of the commonalities we see among wood stove shoppers is the concern about how often or how much wood is needed to keep the heat output going. Every time we get questions about these concerns we automatically recommend soapstone. Soapstone wood burning stoves are a great way to to have the best of convenience and an actual roaring fire. There are only a few manufacturers that make soapstone wood stoves, but we definitely think HearthStone wood stoves are the best!

 

Why Soapstone?

HearthStone is based in Vermont and the soapstone used in your HearthStone wood stove is mined and put together in Vermont.

“HearthStone TruHybrid stoves burn slowly, cleanly and efficiently to heat your home with less wood.”  -Hearthstone Website

“HearthStone TruHybrid stoves burn slowly, cleanly and efficiently to heat your home with less wood.”

-Hearthstone Website

The “Soapstone Comfort Zone” refers to the heat distribution of your wood stove. While steel and cast iron wood heaters will burn hotter, your soapstone wood stove will give you longer-lasting consistent heat. Not only will you have to add wood to your fire less, but the overall burn of your HearthStone wood burner is very efficient. HearthStone has a self-regulating double combustion system to give you a clean burn.

Features

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Catalytic Converter

  • Most HearthStone Wood Stoves no longer have a catalytic converter. Instead, to increase the efficiency of the wood burner, their wood stoves contain a secondary burn chamber that circulates the smoke and allows it to burn more efficiently at hotter temperatures. If you prefer to have a catalytic combuster, we would recommend learning more about their TruHybrid system. This allows you to have a secondary burn system AND a catalytic converter to ensure a clean burn. 

Side Loader

  • HearthStone offers a side-loader door option on some of their models. This allows for you to add more wood into the fireplace without allowing any ashes to fall out of the fireplace. 

Green Energy

  • HearthStone also does not sacrifice the good of the environment for the comfort and ambiance of a wood burning stove. Not only do they meet EPA guidelines, they exceed them. In their 2019 brochures as well as on their website, they promise that,

“Heating with wood is carbon-neutral. A tree decomposing in the forest emits the same amount of carbon dioxide as burning that same tree in an efficient burning HearthStone wood stove.” 

Ash Pan 

  • Unlike other wood stoves, HearthStone has an ash pan that is easily accessible. They also include a unique cast iron grate and shaker that will transfer the ashes into your ash pan. This means NO MORE SHOVELLING ASHES! (Hooray!)

Warranty

HearthStone does include a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all of their stoves. This warranty covers manufacturer defects. If you ever have an issue with your HearthStone wood burning stove, please let us know and we can help or point you in the right direction.

 

That’s all folks! Hopefully this answered your questions about Hearthstone Soapstone Wood Stoves. For further resources, please visit HearthStone’s website: http://hearthstonestoves.com/wood-products/4594643898

Your Guide to the Utah DAQ Change Out Program

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The DAQ program for Utah county is up and running again for 2019. This will be the last Federally funded program in Utah, but, according to the Department of Air Quality website, the program will be state funded in the future - “Future Program News - This program will become available in remaining portions of Salt Lake and Davis counties, Box Elder, Utah and Weber counties in 2020-2021.”

Commonly asked questions: 

DAQ Data for Old Wood Stoves

How do I apply for DAQ? 

You can apply for DAQ at the link provided below. We do not have control over any DAQ acquisition. This includes vouchers and the application process. Feel free to contact the people in charge of the DAQ program directly by calling (801) 536-4000 or emailing stoveswap@utah.gov

https://deq.utah.gov/air-quality/wood-stove-conversion-assistance-program?fbclid=IwAR2OwAQ9nKlNM3_VWSloaPNBvOuQE9SS9rk5FPa0HpzONNXtEq2RgpwFhyY



What does DAQ cover?

The DAQ program provides awards of $2,800 or $3,800 for the Federally funded program (this may change when the State funded program begins) and can be applied towards switching out your current masonry wood fireplace, freestanding wood fireplace, or a zero clearance wood fireplace for the equivalent needed in gas. This includes extending electricity and/or gas to the appliance within the house as well as the new appliance and installation. The grant does not pay for electricity/gas line to be installed to the residence or cover finish work or remodeling of the home.



Can I use this for my rental or commercial property?

Unfortunately, no. DAQ is only eligible for homes within the current regions shown on the map on the DAQ website (This changes occasionally) and you must be living in the property you apply for. 



Can I do gas logs instead?

The DAQ program does not currently allow gas logs as a substitute. 



What happens after I get the DAQ voucher?

Good question! I’ve listed out the steps below for your convenience. 

  1. You’ll have to pick from the list of DAQ approved vendors (like Maple Mountain Fireplace!). These should be listed at the bottom of your voucher email.

  2. Give them a call! At Maple Mtn Fireplace, we talk about your needs and send over some estimates as well as schedule a free pre-inspection to get things started.

  3. After the pre-inspection, (or before!) come in and take a look at the fireplaces to get a feel for what you prefer.

  4. Once you’ve decided what you would like you’ll enter into a contract by paying the difference of what's left over after DAQ is applied. We will need you to forward over your voucher so that we can then email the state.

  5. At this point we take it from here regarding DAQ! We will take care of filling out the paperwork and submitting for payment after the job is done. 




Do I have to pay everything upfront and then have DAQ reimburse me?

No! The DAQ allows you to use it as almost a “coupon”. We take the DAQ amount off of your invoice and take care of getting paid from the state after your job is done.



Can I keep my old wood burning fireplace?

The DAQ program requires that we take the old fireplace and recycle it under the terms they have listed. This means cutting off the doors and bringing it to an approved recycling location. We take care of this, but it is required and there is no way to keep your old fireplace.

I switched out my old fireplace last year with you, can I still get a voucher and get refunded?

Retroactive programs are not eligible. You must have a valid award in hand before beginning the program and it can only be applied to fireplaces moving forward, not previously done. No refunds can be given based on DAQ awards received after the time of the job has been completed.

Is my home eligible?

The DAQ website has a great resource to find that out. Check out the link below -
https://utahdeq.maps.arcgis.com/apps/InformationLookup/index.html?appid=cd2033de6e654fc18293b11fcc73db39

How long do I have once the voucher has been awarded to me?

You have 30 days to enter into a contract. This just means picking out your fireplace and paying the difference. You have 100 days to have the unit actually installed. 


That’s all folks! We hope that this has brought you some peace of mind when it comes to DAQ acquisition. If you still have more questions, give us a call or drop by our Springville location, we are more than happy to help.

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