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Date added: 08/06/2013 $300 Tax Credit For 2013

The federal tax credit for efficient wood burning appliances has been extended through the end of this year.  All Kuma wood burning stoves and inserts qualify for this $300 tax credit. An efficiency certificate can be downloaded in the information section on the kumastoves.com home page.  Here are the details from HPBA.org:

$300 Biomass Stove Tax Credit Reinstated for 2012 - 2013

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.  The extender provides a dollar-for-dollar tax credit of up to $300 on a qualifying biomass heating appliance purchased between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.  The credit claimable on the purchase or installation of qualifying biomass units is limited to a “lifetime limit” of $500 (and may be impacted by the purchase or installation of other products that qualify of a 25C credit).  The credit for tax year 2012 is claimed on IRS Form 5695.  HPBA recommends all individuals consult with their tax advisor for details on the applicability of the tax credit.

For more information visit: http://www.hpba.org/government-affairs/major-projects/25c-tax-credit

Date added: 01/28/2013 Seasons of the Hearth - The Fire Burns Brightly In January

Seasons Of The Hearth

Tim Franey

By Tim Franey

 

 

The Fire Burns Brightly in January

 

If our Wood Classic had a favorite season this might be it. It gets the most attention and appreceation at this time of year when every day is below freezing and the sun just can't seem to get the job done. But where the sun "sluffs off" the stove picks up and burns even brighter; and we are as cozy as we ever were in days of auld lang syne. (In case you missed it, that was a segue.) Speaking of "Auld Lang Syne" (times gone by), the song that is sung all over the world on the first day of this month, was written by a Scottish poet, R. Burns. While most everyone knows that song, I'd enjoy taking a moment this season to share a bit about it's author. I like the guy. Maybe it's the cool, "fire-ish" name: Burns. Maybe the Scottish heritage link. (My great grandparents were from Brechin, Scotland) Or probably I just like his way with words. My favorite song of his, "A Man's A Man", cuts low the snobbery and pride of the "high-born" men of status in his day (1759-1796) and elevates the common man with lines like:

 

The pith o' sense an' pride o' worth

Are higher rank than a' that.


and

 

The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,

Is king o' men for a' that.

 

Good stuff. The Scots held these themes in high regard and this kind of thinking was drawn upon heavily by the founders of our nation in framing equality into The Constitution. A lot of people like this Burns guy. In fact, in Scotland there's a holiday for him. It's coming up soon, too. Jan. 25th is Burns Night. Friends gather for a dinner of "neeps and tatties" (turnips and potatoes) and "haggis" (you don't want to know). They recite and sing Burns and toast to one another's health. And of course, they close the evening with singing "Auld Lang Syne." Speaking of closing, let me leave you with a portion of a Burns poem, "Winter: A Dirge" which you may relate to as you sit by your stove which, burns brightly, while you look out your window into "The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast, The joyless winter day..." --Burns asks for God's help accepting these cold days since he's not able to enjoy them...

 

The wintry west extends his blast,

And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw: ...

 

Thou Power Supreme, whose mighty scheme
These woes of mine fulfill,
Here firm I rest; they must be best,
Because they are Thy will!
Then all I want-O do Thou grant
This one request of mine!-
Since to enjoy Thou dost deny,

Assist me to resign.

Date added: 11/21/2012 Seasons Of The Hearth - The lefts and rights of November

Seasons Of The Hearth

Tim Franey

By Tim Franey

 

 

LEFT - RIGHT

 

November is a great time of year for deer hunting, voting, Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. I was thinking about the lefts and rights of this season while out deer hunting recently. This is because as I was winding my way deeper and deeper into an unfamiliar area on a network of forest service roads I was making a mental map so I'd be able to remember how to get back out... "ok- left and then right...another right, right again, two lefts and a right and I should be on the main road again..."

We've been getting phone calls from the right. Hearing radio ads from the left. Newspaper ads from the right. Lawn signs from left. It's nice when that season goes away for awhile after we drop our ballot in the box.

We wouldn't even have that great right if it weren't for the veterans. At school, our two daughters have been learning the anthems for all five branches of the U.S. military for their Veteran's Day program.

They march around the house singing "From the Halls of Montezuma..." You don't have to be a vet to know the most familiar marching cadence of all; "Left--Left--Left-Right-Left"

The wood stove is not to be left out of this Left-Right business. Here's a technique you might like to try.

While the "normal" way to load your fire wood in a Kuma stove is the ends running front to back, the left to right way also has it's place. Pulling the coal bed forward to the front of the stove and then placing the logs in the stove behind the hot coals with the ends running left to right, will result in a more gradually developing fire. This is because the air mostly comes into the stove at the front and the logs turned left-right act as "speed bumps" to the spreading fire. This slower fire is perfect for mild weather. It's also nice for an ambiance fire you might like to have on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Leave the air control open for the entire burn cycle and you'll have a gentle, "natural" looking fire.

 

The privilege to hunt, right to vote, and people who have stood up- and continue to stand up- to defend freedom... So much to be thankful for this season...warm homes and glowing hearths. Here's wishing you a right Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy all those leftovers!

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Date added: 10/26/2012 Seasons Of The Hearth - Water Can Cause Fire

Seasons Of The Hearth

Tim Franey

By Tim Franey

 

 

WATER CAN CAUSE FIRE

 

I remember hearing the story of how my great grandparents first farm house in Idaho burned down. Great grandpa had butchered a hog and was heating a large wash tub of water to scald it in. He kept making the fire hotter and hotter in an attempt to boil the large amount of water. He was paying attention to the status of the water and not the chimney...which somehow cracked and caught the house on fire. Talk about burning the bacon!

Anyway, I mention the story in this season because October is National Fire Prevention month and because the story combines the top two causes for home fires in the U.S. today: Cooking related fires and home heating related fires.

For wood stoves, the #1 cause of a chimney fire is creosote build-up and the #1 cause of creosote build-up is the burning of unseasoned, damp wood. Water in the wood becomes steam in the stove which mixes with the smoke then cools and forms "smoke condensation",

otherwise known as creosote. Creosote, left unchecked, begins to develop inside of the chimney and this fuel rich coating just needs a spark or a very hot fire to set it ablaze. So the burning of wet wood, besides being highly frustrating, is also potentially highly dangerous.

During October my kids come home from school with papers sporting characters like Sparky the Fire Safety Dog. He's a fun dog who's serious about escape routes and checking smoke alarm batteries. Now I doubt that Sparky was around in my great grandfather's day but if he was, and if he had taught about wood stove fire safety, then that ol' pig might not have have squealed the last laugh.

Date added: 09/14/2012 Seasons Of The Hearth - Putting Fire On A Pedestal

Seasons Of The Hearth

Tim Franey

         By Tim Franey

 

Putting Fire On A Pedestal


Football Coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns (National Champions 2005, Coach of the Year 2005) once said "We're sitting up on a high pedestal...and a real easy target." And we've probably all heard the saying "Don't put me on a pedestal" or " I'm afraid of heights."


But I'm saying' "Enough with this pedestal-phobia... let's get some fire elevation elation!"

Why? Here's some favorite reasons to raise the fire.

 

Easier loading- Save some unnecessary bending of the back and knees. With our warranty, a KUMA stove is truly a lifetime investment. Regardless of age at the time of purchase, when the KUMA owner is old and gray they will be glad they "raised their stove right."

Safety- A stove that's higher off the floor is less likely to be touched by little fingers, brushed by wagging tails, etc.

Beauty- The self cleaning glass window on a KUMA is most enjoyed when at a television height. Our Wood Classic is situated so that when we sit on the couch and look across the room we're eyelevel with the firebox.

We love watch not only the ripping, dancing or soft flames on the logs as they burn through their cycle, but also the bright blue, yellow and sometimes purple flames coming from the secondary burn system at the top of the stove.

 

The Ashwood on a pedestal (shown below) is a good example of the impressive look of an elevated stove. A custom built-up hearth or hearth pad riser kit may also be needed to get the stove at the desired height. Now, my favorite reason for putting a KUMA stove on a pedestal is installing the ash drawer.**

My love for the ash drawer goes deep and warrants an article of it's own so we'll save that for the future. So, until next time; Fire isn't afraid of heights...Go ahead and put it on a pedestal.

 

Ashwood on a pedestal

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