Reach Out to Ozark Stove and Chimney for Fireplace & Chimney Services in Ozark MO
Ozark is a city that is always striving to improve and be better for its residents, so it’s no surprise that the population continues to grow year after year. And, as for things to do and places to visit, there’s a long list of shops, restaurants, parks, events, and more for those living there to enjoy.
If you’re in the area, we’re guessing you’re familiar with great outdoor spots, like Finley River Park and Bluff Spring Trailhead (located in the Ozark Community Center). There’s also Smallin Cave and Finley Farms.
That said, the weather isn’t always ideal for outdoor fun. On these days we suggest getting your errands done early – mail that letter and return your library books, if you must – then head on home to enjoy a cozy fire in your fireplace that’s yearly inspected by the crew here at Ozark Stove and Chimney.
We love serving Ozark, and we’re happy to travel to many nearby areas as well, like Nixa, Sparta, Fremont Hills, Highlandville, Spokane, Chadwick, Rogersville, and more. If you’re in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, give us a call at 417-201-6585 or reach out online today.
Employees are very experienced & knowledgeable about their products. They’re easy to reach for information before & after their visit. The employee will take the time to explain what’s happening & what to expect. This company goes above and beyond. Very professional. Highly recommend!!
We Offer Quality Fireplace & Chimney Services
There’s a lot that goes into your chimney and fireplace system, and all parts need to be working together cohesively to ensure you get the results you’re hoping for. We offer the following quality services, so that whatever any of your components need, we can provide the necessary care:
- Chimney Sweepings/Cleanings
- Chimney Inspections
- Gas Fireplace Service
- Leaky Chimney Repair
- Chimney Waterproofing
- Chimney Cap Installation
- Chase Cover Installation
- Flashing Installation & Repair
- Chimney Relining & Resurfacing
- HeatShield® Liner Repair
- Masonry Repairs
- Stucco Repairs
- PriorFire Installation
Don’t put off services – book with our team of qualified, certified, and experienced experts today.
Do Your Dryer Vents Need Some Attention?
Your dryer vents probably aren’t something you give a lot of thought to, but they should be getting yearly cleanings from a pro – at the very least. Dryer vents are meant to safely export hot air and fumes from your dryer to the outside of your home, but while doing this, they also accumulate bits of lint. Over time, this lint can build up so much that fumes can’t escape – which then puts the rest of your home at risk.
The two biggest threats associated with clogged-up dryer vents are fires in the home and carbon monoxide poisoning. Both of these can be deadly if not caught right away, so avoiding them altogether is always the better route – and annual dryer vent cleanings is the most effective way to do just that.
Not to mention, the more your vents clog up, the less efficiently your dryer will run, resulting in longer drying times, more strain on the appliance, more wear on your clothes, and higher energy bills. Play it smart. Book your dryer vent cleaning with our experts today.
Looking for a New Appliance?
In addition to our many venting and chimney services, we can also sell and install the following:
- Wood Stoves
- Gas Logs
- Gas Inserts
- Central Boiler Outdoor Furnaces
Trust our experts to ensure your system runs well, works efficiently, and doesn’t present any hazards during use. We’re here to get the job done right, so you can relax fully and get the most out of your setup.
Gas vs. Wood Fuel: Which Should I Choose?
When it comes to heating your home and creating a cozy ambiance, there are a number of options available. The market has offerings in a host of designs with varied features, looks, and options. One of the first decisions to be made, however, has to do with how your heating appliance will be fueled.
So, which is king: gas or wood? Both have their advantages and drawbacks, so finding the right fit will be a matter of understanding your options, and knowing where your needs and desires intersect (or don’t) with what each option has to offer.
Gas Stoves & Fireplaces
Gas appliances offer several advantages that make them majorly appealing to homeowners – especially homeowners with busy lifestyles or who desire to keep things simple.
- Ease of use. What makes a gas appliance so convenient? There’s no storing or hauling fuel, building a fire, or cleanup needed. Instead, heat is provided at the push of a button or flip of a switch. Some units even feature remote controls, so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your couch to conjure a blazing fire.
- Efficiency. Most newer appliances across industries are engineered with energy in mind, and gas heating appliances are no exception. Modern gas units boast impressive energy efficiency ratings. They can heat a space quickly with precision control and maintain a constant temperature, providing a targeted approach to lower energy bills compared to many heating options.
- Clean burning. Natural gas and propane are clean-burning fuels, emitting fewer pollutants and less particulate matter compared to a wood-burning appliance. Less ash and smoke results as well, requiring less regular maintenance and cleaning.
- Safety. Gas-burning units produce no embers, sparks, or creosote, minimizing risk factors involved with uncontained fire that needs to be thoughtfully ameliorated by owners of wood-burning units.
- Dependence. Gas appliances rely on a supply of natural gas or propane serviced by a utility provider. Therefore fuel prices can fluctuate.
- Ambiance. Gas units don’t have quite the level of traditional charm associated with the crackle, glow, and aroma produced by a real wood-burning flame.
- Environmental impact. Natural gas is a non-renewable resource.
Wood-Burning Stoves & Fireplaces
Wood-fueled appliances have a unique appeal, with classic warmth and rustic charm. They, too, have their own set of pros and cons.
- Renewability. Wood is a renewable energy source. Wood appliances are an environmentally-friendly heating option when fuel is sourced and harvested responsibly – which helps to offset the carbon dioxide released during combustion.
- Cost-effectiveness. Wood can be economical, especially if you have access to a readily available supply of firewood. For some, providing and preparing their own fuel is part of the satisfying and cost-saving experience of enjoying a fireplace.
- The experience factor. Speaking of experience, wood appliances facilitate a unique ambiance that can’t quite be fully replicated by gas. Dancing flames, popping and crackling, and the homey aroma of burning firewood creates a cozy atmosphere that invites you to unwind.
- Time and effort. Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces require buying or chopping firewood, stacking and storing it, then clearing out wood ash. Each fire must be built and maintained, and the fire must be supervised until it dies out completely. Professional sweepings will be required with greater frequency as well.
- Less consistency in heat output. Wood appliances can certainly provide ample ambient heat, but they require manual regulation of temperature – this is not a set-and-forget system.
- Air quality. Homeowners with-wood burning units should stay attentive to proper ventilation, as improperly ventilated smoke may negatively affect air quality. Those with respiratory conditions, in particular, may find this irritating.
So, what’s the verdict?
Whether a wood or gas unit is preferable will be dependent on the space where you intend to install it, the resources available to you, and your lifestyle and other preferences. Gas appliances offer convenience, cleanliness, and efficiency, while wood appliances can provide sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and a unique ambiance.
If you’re looking for some guidance in understanding, maintaining, or assessing the optimal functioning of your wood- or gas-powered fireplace or stove, we’re at your service. Reach out now. We can help you understand your options, identify any issues, answer your questions, and find meaningful solutions for your heating system needs.
What Is the Difference Between Common Brick & Firebrick?
At its hottest point, a wood burning fireplace can reach up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Gas fireplaces can go over 1,000 degrees. When building a chimney, it’s important to use materials that can withstand these extreme temperatures. Brick is a construction go-to that is commonly used in chimneys and fireplaces, but not all bricks are the same.
A chimney can contain both red brick and firebrick, so what is the difference between the two? Well, both types of brick have functional benefits, but perform in different ways.
What Is Firebrick?
Firebrick is made from refractory materials like alumina, silica, and clay. After the brick is formed, it is fired at a high temperature to create a dense and heat-resistant material. Red brick is made from clay or shale and has a lower melting point than firebrick.
Firebricks are typically used to line fireplaces, fireboxes, and furnaces, and they are different from regular masonry bricks because of their ability to withstand temperatures up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Firebrick is also weaker than red brick, but is much lighter and easier to form – and it insulates far better than red brick. There are two types of firebrick: hard brick and soft brick. Hard brick is heavier and denser than soft brick, but is a lot stronger.
How is firebrick used?
Firebrick is most often used in fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, and pizza ovens. It can also be used to line glass-making furnaces and ceramic kilns. Basically, you would use firebrick any time a structure may be exposed to an open flame.
Why is firebrick not used on the whole chimney?
The biggest benefit of firebrick is the insulation it provides against high temperatures. Its ideal use is as a lining in the firebox. It is not necessary to use firebrick on a section of the chimney that isn’t going to come into contact with fire. Since firebrick is heavier than red brick, you would be placing a lot of weight on your chimney’s structure. Firebrick is also more expensive than red brick, so building a chimney completely out of firebrick would be costly.
How long does firebrick last?
This can vary based on how much you use your system and if you invest in regular, professional care. As with any material, how it is treated and cared for can affect its life expectancy – and the better it’s taken care of, the longer it will last. Cracks are common, but that doesn’t always mean the bricks need to be replaced. If you notice a crack in your firebrick, you should have a chimney sweep inspect your fireplace to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Let Ozark Stove and Chimney Take Care of Your Chimney
The Chimney Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once per year. Ozark Stove and Chimney offers a full slate of chimney services to residents in Green County, Christian County, Stone County, Dallas County, Benton County, Marion County, and many more surrounding areas and counties.
Reach out to us by phone at 417-201-6585 or schedule an appointment on our website today.