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Soup to Nuts at Sag Harbor Fireplace

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Owner Mike Scanlon at the Sag Harbor Fireplace Showroom Tuesday.

Owner Mike Scanlon at the Sag Harbor Fireplace Showroom Tuesday.

By Tessa Raebeck

At the flick of a switch, Mike Scanlon can make fire come out of water. Under his direction, an ordinary pond or fountain erupts in flames in a matter of seconds, creating an equally majestic and effective outdoor fire pit.

At Sag Harbor Fireplace, which Scanlon co-owns with his wife, Allison, fireplaces and stoves are available in all shapes and styles, from a fountain fire pit to a traditional mantled hearth.

“We do pretty much everything with fireplaces and wood stoves,” Mike said Monday, “We provide maintenance, we do repairs, pretty much soup to nuts – whatever needs to be done with a fireplace, we can do it.”

In its showroom on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor Fireplace has wood fireplaces and stoves, gas fireplaces and stoves, gas and wood burning inserts, gas logs, fireplace doors, outdoor products, wood fired ovens, cleaning products and more.

In business for over 11 years, Allison and Mike pride themselves on being “a small company servicing a small marketplace.” Mike runs the store and manages the service crews and Allison is behind the scenes, taking care of the bookkeeping and paperwork.

By limiting their clientele to homes located between Montauk and Westhampton, the Scanlons aim to ensure all employees are experts and all fireplaces are built from the ground up, with ample input from clients.

The entire business consists of the couple and four servicemen who have been working for the company for anywhere from five to 12 years.

“So,” said Mike, “I have guys who know what they’re doing…there are so many different fireplaces and things out there, so it takes a long time to learn. So I don’t want to expand in a way that I have to continue to hire more people, because then the people I hire won’t have the expertise that’s required to go out and do the work.”

That expertise is extensive. Sometimes Sag Harbor Fireplace collaborates with designers and architects to create a fireplace, but sometimes the design, installation and maintenance is an entirely in-house effort.

A part of the business that’s grown immensely in recent years is providing efficient, “green” fireplaces.

The Sag Harbor Fireplace Showroom.

The Sag Harbor Fireplace Showroom.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by the federal government in 2009, includes a 30 percent consumer tax credit of up to $1500 for the purchase of 75 percent-efficient wood burning stoves. Because it is a tax credit, rather than a deduction, it either increases a consumer’s tax refund or decreases the amount of taxes they have to pay, dollar-for-dollar.

The credit has furthered an already growing interest in efficient energy sources.

“I have a number of fireplaces now that are built as fireplaces,” said Mike. “They burn looking like a fireplace, but they heat more like a wood stove. So, you’re getting the efficiencies of the wood stove, but the look of a fireplace.”

The efficiency and ease of use of these new fireplaces, Mike says, allow homeowners to be less dependent on oil. The Sag Harbor Fireplace showroom is heated with a wood or gas stove and the Scanlons’ home is heated with a wood burning fireplace and a wood stove.

“So,” said Mike, “the technology is definitely out there if they want to not be so reliant on fossil fuels.”

Outdoor fire pits are another growing trend in the hearth industry, especially gas fire pits.

“The gas fire pits,” Mike said, “give ease of use and a very large flame with no smoke.”

“And the best part about them,” he added, “is if you’re going outside and you’re going to be outside for an hour, you turn it on, it burns, you turn it off and you’re done.”

Sag Harbor Fireplace can design the burners in any shape or form, including those with flames that seemingly come out of water.

“It’s a matter of finding something that they like,” Mike says of his customers, “and there’s pretty much something for everybody who wants to burn wood and heat their house.”

The Sag Harbor Fireplace Showroom is located at 1434 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike in Sag Harbor. For more information, call (631) 725-0636 or visit sagharborfireplace.net.

Scanlon’s Fireplace: Saving the Environment, One Holiday Hearth at a Time

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For close to 13 years the Scanlon family has brought fireplaces, wood burning stoves and chimney services to the East End through Sag Harbor Fireplace and as technology has evolved with their growing business, clients can now be guaranteed beautiful aesthetics combined with environmental sensitivity and a hefty tax break.

Sag Harbor Fireplace, located on the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike for the last three years, offers an array of wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces, wood and gas stoves, and inserts for traditional fireplaces for those seeking the cost saving benefits of a wood burning stove, as well as all the accessories that come with those who are seeking to light and heat their homes.

This year, those with the environment in mind, as well as their pocketbooks, qualify for a 30 percent tax credit on efficient wood burning stoves, cutting the cost of ownership almost in half for those hoping to heat their homes, and save some money, through the purchase of a wood burning stove.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, adopted in 2008, allows for a 30 percent tax credit, up to $1500, for the purchase of an efficient bio-mass burning stove, which applies only to wood and pellets. The tax break can cover the cost of the stove, venting, hearthpads and installation costs, according to Michael Scanlon of Sag Harbor Fireplace. According to Scanlon, the incentive offers people not only the opportunity to upgrade their homes to become more energy efficient, but is also designed to create jobs. Consumers can claim the tax credit on their federal income tax forms this year.

“It’s a dollar for dollar tax credit,” said Scanlon.

Scanlon is no stranger to the benefits of heating a home properly after over a decade in the business, which he runs with the help of his wife, Allison and their three children, eight-year-old Shamus, seven-year-old Colin and five-year-old Niamh (Neeve).

The Scanlon’s started their enterprise as a chimney sweep business, operating out of what is now Cavinolia’s Gourmet Cheese Shop on Division Street in Sag Harbor. After eight years on Bay Street, just over three years ago the Scanlon’s renovated their current Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike address, creating a cozy atmosphere.

While customers have moved more towards efficient heating sources, Scanlon said it is a mixed bag on what people want in Sag Harbor, dependent on if they are interested purely in aesthetics or efficiency. Either way, he added, Sag Harbor Fireplace has something to offer.

“The biggest sellers are still the wood burning fireplaces with gas logs,” he noted.

Scanlon noted that in any modern home there is no way to guarantee efficiency with an open fireplace – it simply drains the energy of a home. A sealed fireplace, while less visually appealing, will handle any smoke problems in a household and will also use less oil and gas, he added. Gas units, while not as environmentally sound as wood burning stoves, do have the power to heat a room, noted Scanlon, who heats his own showroom with the same technology.

Using a unit with a baffle system, added Scanlon, creates the most beautiful flames as the fire uses all of the carbon and particles as they rise up through the chimney, really burning without creating smoke. The units are also more affordable in the long run, as the chambers do not need to be replaced.

“People have to know we have ways to heat homes without the use of gas and oil,” said Scanlon. “It’s all around better for the environment because it burns cleaner and you can still enjoy it while it is burning.”

Scalon also sells units that can heat the home and fill the belly, providing wood burning heat and an oven for users, a unit he and his family use to cook pizza at home.

As for Santa, Scanlon assured children that whether they have a wood burning stove or a fireplace, he will find his way to their Christmas tree.

“He’s magic,” said Scanlon. “He can come down the fireplaces or he can walk through your door if need be. I know our chimney cleaners often find bits of red cloth in the chimney’s they sweep.”

Santa, added Scanlon, prefers a clean chimney to one that has been dormant for a few years.

Sag Harbor Fireplace is located at 1434 Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike. For more information, call Michael or Allison at 725-0636.