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.