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Frequently Asked Questions about Fireplaces

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Q: What are your Waukesha fireplace store hours?

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Badgerland Fireplace Inc. is open Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm. We are closed on Sundays. You can contact us through our online contact form, Call us at 262.796.9999, or email us at sales@badgerlandfireplace.com. We look forward to meeting every new guest to our showroom!

Q: Do your Milwaukee fireplace installation experts service all the products you sell?

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Yes! Badgerland Fireplace Inc. provides quality fireplace design, installation and service in Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding areas. We specialize in Heatilator and Heat & Glo gas fireplaces. You can see some of the fireplaces we have installed for satisfied customers in our Milwaukee fireplace idea gallery.

Q: What areas does your Waukesha fireplace company service?

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We provide professional fireplace installation services throughout most of southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Brookfield, Pewaukee, Greenfield, West Allis, Wauwatosa, New Berlin and surrounding areas. If you're anywhere in southeast Wisconsin, chances are you're in our service area. If you're not sure if you're in an area we service, give us a call at 262-796-9999. For larger jobs, we will occasionally work outside of our regular service area.

 

Q: Wood fireplaces: What are the advantages and disadvantages?

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The first advantage of a wood fireplace is, of course, the realism. A fire in a natural wood fireplace is going to be visually unique, and last for several hours. It will also have that characteristic smell of a fireplace.

On the downside, however, you need dry, seasoned wood for a good fire. Firewood can take up a lot of space, and unless you chop trees and split the wood yourself, you have to buy the firewood. (And, of course, store the firewood.) Then, when the fire is out, you have to clean out the ashes, along with any bark or splinters that may have fallen off around your hearth. You also need to have your chimney cleaned every year to prevent the buildup of creosote in the flue, which can ignite and lead to a house fire. There is also reason to be concerned about the smoke produced by a fire in your home triggering asthma attacks, allergies and respiratory problems.

Although in times past the fireplace was the central source of heat for a home, they are notorious heat thieves. According to the EPA, 90% of the heat generated by a fire goes up the chimney, along with some of the heated air in your home. And keep in mind that you cannot just put a wood fire out with the push of a button when you are ready to leave or go to bed. You have to make sure the fire is safely out before turning in for the night or heading out.

Q: Gas fireplaces in Milwaukee: What are the advantages and disadvantages?

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Gas fireplaces offer convenience and control you cannot get with wood fireplaces. You can ignite and turn off your gas fireplace with the simple push of a button, and many units even offer thermostatic control to keep the room at a comfortable temperature. Modern gas fireplace technologies are very safe and have been perfected to look and feel very realistic. Gas fireplaces are ideal if you are going to be using your fireplace for shorter periods of time or you just want to have more control. You will not get the complete realism and experience of a wood fire, but for many people the convenience, control and safety of a gas fireplace far outweighs the realism of a wood-burning fireplace.

Q: Can we convert our wood fireplace to a gas fireplace?

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Yes. You can have your wood fireplace converted to allow for gas logs, or you can get a gas fireplace insert and have our professional Waukesha fireplace installers install it for you. Besides being more energy efficient and cost effective than wood burning fireplaces, a gas insert affords you the convenience of enjoying a fire whenever you want--even if it's only for 15 minutes at a time.

Contact Badgerland Fireplace Inc. today to learn more about the best fireplace conversion options for you.

Q: Will my fireplace installation require a chimney?

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It all depends on what kind of fireplace you’re having installed. If it’s a traditional wood-burning fireplace, then yes, you absolutely need to have a chimney. However, if you’re reading this you probably are looking to have a gas fireplace installed.

While you don’t need a chimney in the sense of a traditional brick chimney, you will need a vent line for a direct vent gas fireplace. The vent line for such a fireplace can be galvanized steel or aluminum venting like what is used for clothes dryer vents. In many cases, the vent line can be run directly through an exterior wall, instead of up through the inside of the walls and out the roof. That's one of the advantages of a gas fireplace--you can install them just about anywhere in a house.

If you have a traditional style chimney in your house now and are converting your wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace, we can run the vent line directly up the existing chimney.

There are also unvented gas fireplaces on the market which don’t require a vent line. With these systems, the fire is behind a sealed glass door and the gas used is burned so efficiently that none of it enters your home.

Our Milwaukee fireplace experts will be happy to consult with you on the best options for a fireplace in your home. Call Badgerland Fireplace Inc. at 262-796-9999 for more information.

Q: Are ventless gas fireplaces safe?

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Per Wisconsin law, vent-free or ventless gas fireplaces can only be installed in homes built prior to 1980. While the safety of ventless fireplaces is debated all ventless gas fireplaces come with oxygen depletion sensors and catalytic converters. Ventless gas fireplaces emit a lot of water vapor into your home which can cause wallpaper to peel, mold growth and structural damage. We offer a wide range of energy-efficient and easy to install fireplace options. Find exactly what you’re looking for at our Waukesha showroom. 

Contact us today for a free estimate on your gas fireplace insert installation.

Q: What is the difference between stone veneer and cultured stone?

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Stone veneer is made from natural stone from a quarry. It is sliced to a thickness of about a half-inch to one-inch. It is usually available as randomly shaped pieces of stone. Cultured stone is a man-made product with the look and feel of real stone, but much lighter weight. It is made from a mix of Portland cement, aggregate stone and iron oxide for pigmentation.

Q: What is a termination cap?

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A termination cap is simply the end point for your fireplace exhaust system. Termination caps are necessary to ensure safe venting of exhaust gas, ensuring no sparks or smoldering particles escape. There are both horizontal mount and vertical mount termination caps, so they can be mounted on a vertical wall or on a roof. Termination caps are available for both gas fireplaces and wood burning fireplaces. Many termination caps have a decorative design, which adds visual appeal to what is normally a very mundane looking piece. You can see a variety of termination caps in our Waukesha showroom, and we can also show you brochures for all the models we can order. 

Waukesha Fireplace Installation Experts Answer Commonly Asked Questions

Choosing the perfect fireplace can be difficult. Especially with so many things to consider when making your decision. Our Waukesha fireplace experts at Badgerland Fireplace Inc. are here to help you make an educated choice for your new fireplace. On this page, we've answered some of the most common questions we get. If you have a question you don't see answered here, or would just like more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at 262-796-9999. Our friendly staff will be happy to help in any way we can.

Contact Badgerland Fireplace today for more information about fireplace installation services in Milwaukee, Waukesha and surrounding Wisconsin areas.

Badgerland Fireplace Inc. provides the best fireplace installation, repair and maintenance services for homes and businesses in Southeastern Wisconsin including: Brookfield, Delafield, WaukeshaMilwaukee, New Berlin, Wauwatosa, Muskego, MukwonagoFranklin, Menomonee Falls, Oconomowoc, Elm Grove, Brown DeerWest Allis, Pewaukee, Glendale, Greendale, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Cudahy, River Hills, Saint Francis, Hales Corners, Sussex, Hartland, Big Bend, Eagle, and Butler.