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10 Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas

If you own a home with a fireplace, it is a focal point of the room it’s in.  Decorating should be a pleasure and not a chore. No-Rules Fireplace Mantel Decorating Nobody needs to be a creative genius to start decorating; you need to know what you like.  When you are adorning your fireplace mantel, Read more

Why Gas Fireplaces Need to be Serviced

Most homeowners who choose a gas fireplace over a wood-burning one are looking for convenience—not bothering to have a cord of wood every fall or cleaning up the ashes the morning after having a fire.  They burn natural gas, and there is no smoke belching out of the chimney.  Many homeowners believe there is little Read more

Step-by-Step Spring Cleaning for Your Fireplace

With the arrival of cheery springtime comes strategizing how best to clean your fireplace. Chimney cleaning is a job for professional chimney sweeps but getting the fireplace and surrounding mantle spruced up is a perfect and unmistakably grimy DIY project. Expert step-by-step tips for cleaning your fireplace to follow. Step 1 – Gather Needed Supplies Read more

5 Reasons to Install a New Fireplace

Have you been thinking about bringing home a lovely new fireplace? You’re not alone. Here are five popular reasons why so many homeowners are moving up to better heating and more elegance with powerful gas and wood-burning fireplaces. 1. Ambience A fireplace adds a special touch of elegance and refinement to any home. The aesthetic Read more

10 Fire-Safety Practices Everyone Should Know

Fire-safety awareness is important in every home, and especially in homes that use fireplaces. Here are 10 tips on fire safety to protect your home and family. 1. Have an evacuation plan Should a fire start in your home, you want to know ahead of time how everyone will get out safely. Develop an evacuation Read more

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