How Much Heat Should Baby Chicks Have?

Our Vendor Partner Cargill, has folks on staff that are extremely knowledgeable about a variety of animals. Poultry is one they love to talk about! In this article they share priceless information on heat for chicks.

In Poultry, Chickens, Heating

The Best Heat For Your Home Can Be a Green Choice

If you have been thinking you'd like to improve your home heating situation here's a guest blog post you will want to read. Adam Kutner is a heating and cooling professional  with suggestions on ways to heat your home efficiently.

In Wood, Heating, Home Maintenance, Winterizing, Pellets

Finally a Fireplace!



When I bought my home a number of years ago, it was pretty much as close to perfect for me as I could ever hope to find.  I had a huge yard with room for my garden and plenty of space in the house with a layout I loved.  There was just one thing missing – a fireplace.  I had always had visions of relaxing with my cross-stitch in front of a nice warm fire on cold winter evenings.  Alas, there just was no place in the house I could really build in a fireplace and in years of looking at electric fireplaces, nothing seemed to fit just right.  

But this year my dream was realized!  I had owned an
infrared heater for several years to use in my sun room for extra heat and really liked it – infrared heating was economical and very effective.  So imagine my surprise when I saw the new Infrared Mantle Fireplace at Orscheln!  One is now proudly residing in my family room and I have the fireplace I always wanted.

Everything about the Infrared Mantle Fireplace works for me.  It’s the perfect size, not too large and not to small – just the right size for my family room and probably for any room you would want.  It is a pretty cherry wood, which goes nicely for me, and the workmanship is very nice. The flame is the best part – just gorgeous, very natural looking.  It even has six settings so you can vary the flame for whatever mood you are in – with a remote control, no less!  And can it ever heat!  It has a fan so the heat is pushed out in the room very well and makes your room nice and toasty in a flash – it could easily heat up a pretty large area.  

Oh, and one of the best parts, it has caster wheels so you can move it around wherever you want very easily.  Now I have to admit it is a little tricky getting it out of the box because it is packed very well to avoid any shipping damage, but once you have it out of the box, it is easy just roll it to exactly the right spot.

So now winter can’t bother me!  It is so relaxing to watch the flame and so warm and comfortable.  I can relax with my cross-stitch, book or whatever and completely forget the hassles of the day.  I am not a fan of winter but with my lovely new infrared mantle fireplace, I can forget about the cold outside!
In Heating, Home Maintenance, Winterizing, Stove, Personal product review

4 Tips for Selecting and Installing Your Wood Stove Pipe

1. Determine if you need to use single wall pipe or insulated pipe. Single wall pipe must be installed at least 18” from any combustible surface, but it releases more heat into your home. Insulated pipe can be installed 2” from any combustible surface, but it releases less heat into your home. You can use single wall pipe up to the ceiling, but you must use insulated pipe through the ceiling, attic and roof.

2. Wood stove pipe can be installed horizontally through the wall or vertically through the ceiling. You should try to keep your pipe as straight as possible, so the vertical method is recommended.

3. You’ll need a ceiling support, flashing, storm collar and cap. These parts can be purchased separately, or in a handy kit. A deflector is also needed to keep the heat off the insulation and rafters in your attic.

4. To help draw the smoke out of your chimney, be sure your pipe goes at least 2 ft. above the peak of your roof. Support bands are available to help secure your pipe if it is more than 4 ft. tall.

In Wood, Heating, Chimney, Stove, Pipe