In 2002, we built a new home outside of Chelsea on seven acres. The first winter nearly killed us with $700/month propane bills and so began the long search for an alternative heat source that would lower our heating bills.
We had heard and read quite a bit about wood pellet stoves and corn burners, so we began purchasing and testing different products.
Over time, (nearly 14 years later) we have tested a dozen manufacturer units including wood burning, wood pellet and gas stoves.
We started a business in 2006 that came to include wood and wood pellet stoves on our sales floor during the winter months. Each year we found the demand for more hearth and fireplace products continued to grow. We restructured the company in 2012 exclusively as a full-time “just hearth products” business. We changed the company name and moved to a new location that would allow our business to offer and display a full line of wood, pellet and coal stoves, fireplaces, gas inserts and hearth retail items and fuel.
After three years at our 2nd location, we relocated to our current store 350 N. Main St. in downtown Chelsea, Michigan and expanded our business hours. With this larger showroom, we’re able to showcase a much wider range of fully operational models for visitors to see and feel in person. We now also display electric fireplaces and inserts, new additions to our product line.
We are still very selective when it comes to the quality of the products we sell. While we cannot compete with the big box stores in terms of volume pricing of models they carry, we strive to surpass them in product quality by carrying models with the highest efficiency ratings from the most trusted manufacturers in the industry. Another plus for our customers is the maintenance, parts and repair services we provide for all models we sell.
We also continue to test products in our own home before selling them in our showroom. Our most recent addition has been with a company called “Well Connect”. They are a Michigan based company created by a father and son team. Their company provides an impressive, affordable type of Geo-thermo heat. Their system extracts water from your in-ground well and utilizes the heat from that water. This system, however, is not applicable for everyone. Homeowners must have an in-ground well water source, rather than being connected to a city or rural water systems. It also has the ability to reverse and cool your home inexpensively during the summer. During this recent hot summer, our Geo-Thermo system appears to have reduced our air conditioning electric bill by nearly 50% compared with having to run our regular “forced-air” air conditioning system.
What began over 14 years ago as a quest to heat and cool our own home affordably and efficiently has grown into a business helping other families achieve the same for their homes.
We look forward to continuing to help educate and guide families seeking to cut their energy bills by sharing the knowledge and experience we have gained first hand. We hope you’ll stop by for visit very soon.
Chelsea Hearth and Fireplaces offers top of the line models from the most trusted manufacturers in the industry. Stop by our showroom to see and feel the warmth of our gas, electric, pellet and wood hearth products first hand. We're happy to answer any questions you may have.
Chelsea Hearth and Fireplaces is conveniently located in Chelsea Michigan just north of I-94 on M-52 in the heart of downtown Chelsea.