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How Cost-Effective Is a Fireplace for Heating Your Home?

Just about everybody loves a roaring fireplace – it’s hard to beat the ambiance of a crackling fire on a cold winter’s day or night. But when you use a fireplace to heat your home, are you getting an efficient heat source, or is your money just going up in smoke? This is a good Read more

6 Tips for Building Safe, Beautiful Fireplace Fires

Not all fires are the same, and neither are all burning techniques. You want your fireplace fires to be visually breathtaking, but you also want them to be safe in every way. Here are six tips to accomplish both. 1. Warm the flue first If you live in a cold-weather area, the air in your Read more

Read this before Installing a Factory-Built Fireplace

A new factory-built fireplace is a wonderful addition to any home, whether it’s your first fireplace or it’s replacing an underperforming masonry fireplace. Here are some things you need to know before you go out and buy a pre-built fireplace. Not all fireplaces are the same Factory-built fireplaces including zero-clearance gas and wood fireplaces come Read more

Why Is My Fireplace so Smoky?

If your wood-burning fireplace is sending smoke into your home, you have a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. The good news is, many chimney drafting issues can be solved easily, without the need for professional intervention. Certain issues, however, do need the services of a chimney expert. Here are some of the most Read more

Why Gas Heating Stoves Are so Easy to Maintain

A lot can be said about wood-burning heating stoves – including the fact that a fair amount of maintenance is required to keep them safe and performing at their best. Gas stoves, on the other hand, are amazingly simple to operate and need very little maintenance on the part of the homeowner to keep them Read more

How to Get the Most Out Of Your Fires With A Wood-Burning Fireplace

Wood fireplaces are lovely accents in a home and true centerpieces for relaxing, entertaining, and recreating. All activities in your fireplace room will be even more enjoyable if your fire burns big and bright. Here are some tips to get the most out of your wood fires. Hardwood vs. softwood The species of tree from Read more

Upgrade Your Older Home With A Fireplace Insert

Most older homes that haven’t had upgrade work done to them often still include their original fireplaces. Hand-built masonry fireplaces are nostalgic and good-looking and make great centerpieces for gatherings or just relaxing. The problem is, they don’t provide very much heat. If you like the placement and overall look of your masonry fireplace, a simple Read more

Is a New Zero-Clearance Fireplace the Perfect Heating Option for Your Home?

A zero-clearance gas or wood fireplace is a great way to solve the problem of an underperforming masonry fireplace. ZC fireplaces also are ideal for homes that have no fireplace. These sturdy appliances offer lots of heat, lots of beauty and built-in safety. Let’s look at why a new ZC fireplace may be perfect for Read more

Ask Yourself These 6 Questions When Choosing a Fireplace for Your Home

Choosing to bring a fireplace into your home is an important decision. You’ll be living with and using the new appliance for many years, so here are six good questions to ask before you start shopping. 1. How much heat do I want from the new fireplace? Zero-clearance fireplaces, which are the type of fireplaces people buy (as opposed to having a Read more

Why a Fireplace in Your Kitchen and Bathroom Makes Sense – Gas or Wood, It’s Your Choice

When you think of a kitchen fireplace or a bathroom fireplace, you may be thinking of a big, roaring, open masonry fireplace filling up these smaller rooms. Fortunately, modern wood and gas fireplaces come in sizes that are ideal for smaller rooms. They’re ultra-convenient, beautiful and very economical. Let’s look at some details. Gas or Read more