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Christmas Stocking Safety

Christmas Stocking Safety The holidays are here, and many of you will ring in the season with decorations both outside and inside your home.   When it comes to inside decorating, Christmas stockings are always popular and often hung from a mantle above the fireplace.   Since Santa Claus prefers to bring his gifts into your home through the fireplace chimney, but it is important t...

Read More | 12/5/2017 8:40:06 AM


Is Your Fireplace Ready For Santa?

Is Your Fireplace Ready For Santa? With the big jolly man making his travels soon, it’s time to get your home and hearth ready for his arrival. With him making so many stops, you’ll want to make his time in your house as comfortable as possible.   Let’s start with Santa’s place of entry, your chimney and fireplace. Don’t worry about Santa getting past your ...

Read More | 12/1/2017 1:22:54 PM


What You Need to Know About Wood Stove Inserts

What You Need to Know About Wood Stove Inserts Wood stove inserts are wood burning stoves that mostly fit inside of a fireplace. Most wood stove inserts consist of an outer shell and an inner wall that allows warm air to pass through. Many inserts have a glass door where you insert wood and it allows you to see the fire. Wood stove inserts keep more of the heat from escaping through the chimne...

Read More | 11/16/2017 9:23:33 AM


Finding the Best Electric Fireplace for your Home

Finding the Best Electric Fireplace for your Home If you look online, you will find that there are hundreds upon hundreds of unique electric fireplace models out there. There are many fireplace manufacturers, and many different fireplace styles, designs, and purposes. So, how do you pick the one that is perfect for your home? Electric fireplace heaters are not particularly complicated applianc...

Read More | 11/9/2017 6:23:01 AM


100 Thanksgiving Recipes

100 Thanksgiving Recipes Whether you're preparing a quiet family dinner or entertaining guests, plan a memorable Thanksgiving feast with these satisfying fall recipes. If your Thanksgiving dinner is the same-old every year, shake things up this fall with new recipes for favorite harvest dishes. Start with baked brie, serve an incredibly moist Sage Butter Turkey with Pecan & Cornbread Stuf...

Read More | 11/6/2017 8:57:35 AM


How to Style Up Your Fireplace Mantle

I recently acquired a vintage fireplace mantle from one of my favorite local antique and salvage shops. The store is aptly named The Salvage Shop.   You see, my living room poses a bit of a layout challenge; it's open-concept in the truest sense and shares space with my dining room. It's a big, open square with odd-sized windows to boot. Not the prettiest of spaces, but as a firm believe...

Read More | 11/1/2017 5:53:57 AM


New Gas Logs

Gas logs come in many shapes,sizes,colors,and varieties. To choose what is right for your home, is what we do! Today's gas logs burn cleaner, look more realistic,and can actually produce heat. There are 2 basic catagories of gas logs vented and vent free,vented gas logs are more realistic looking, higher BTU output but require the fireplace damper to be opened. Vent free gas logs are less reali...

Read More | 10/26/2017 1:01:53 PM


Chimney Sweep Questions

Q. How often should I have my chimney swept?    This a tougher question than it sounds. The simple answer is: The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary." This is the nati...

Read More | 10/23/2017 6:39:41 AM


Get More Heat From Your Fireplace with a Fireback

Firebacks reflect heat from your fire back into your home, making your fireplace more efficient.   Stainless steel firebacks will also reflect light, making your entire room glow from the flickering flames. Available in both mirror finish or matte finish, stainless steel firebacks can give a striking, modern look to your fireplace. They work great with just candles in the warmer months, ...

Read More | 10/13/2017 7:18:23 AM


How to Select an Outdoor Fireplace, Fire Pit, or Fire Bowl

  More and more people are entertaining in their back yards, gathering friends and family around a fire pit, and outdoor fireplace, or a fire bowl.  While these are all great additions to your patio or yard, choosing the right one requires some thought.  Below are five guidelines for choosing an outdoor fire feature.    Be clear in your goals.  Do you plan to co...

Read More | 10/9/2017 7:05:07 AM


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