MARQUETTE - With tax credits for installation and cleaner technology, an old heating source - wood stoves may be a new trend.
In December, the energy efficiency tax credit for homeowners was extended for another year. If you choose to burn wood and want to purchase a new, more efficient wood-burning stove, you may qualify for a federal credit.
According to the United State Environmental Protection Agency's "Burnwise" website - a clearinghouse for all things wood burning - the credit gives $300 for the purchase of a qualified biomass-burning stove purchased between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec.31, 2011.
Among the many items offered for sale at the Recreation Depot in Marquette are an array of fireplaces and wood stoves. (Journal photo by Danielle Pemble)
The store also carries a variety of home spas. (Journal photo by Danielle Pemble)
Any wood- or pellet-burning stove that meets the 75 percent efficiency rating qualifies.
Professional installation costs are included as long as installation is required for the proper and safe operation of the stove or fireplace.
One Marquette store, the Recreation Depot, has added a fireplace showroom so customers can get a better idea of how the items will look in their home.
The Recreation Depot, located in the back of Household Appliance, has been in business since October 2009. Lonnie Katt, who owns the business with his wife Michelle, said the showroom gives people a more realistic image of a working fireplace.
"It's a lot easier to sell something when a customer can see that thing operate, burning, blower on, feel the heat coming off of it, see the glow of the flame," he said.
The store has about a dozen burning units in the display.
"People can come in and see what they could have in their home and the other options they have as far as surround materials - whether it be stone or granite or tile," Katt said. "We work with several people within the U.P. that can provide further finishing touches to that fireplace, whether it be a total enclosed wood surround, custom trimmed out or granite. And we are working with local contractors to be able to do that stuff."
The business offers fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, hot tubs, spas, pools and pool tables.
Katt is a licensed mechanical contractor so he can also help install the items he sells. He is also a certified scuba diver and can repair leaks and other damage to pools.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Christopher Diem can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.