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Why the Summer is the Best Time to Buy a Fireplace

The days are getting longer. The sun is shining brightly. The world feels good to itself. So, how come you should be giving thought to buying that new fireplace?   Well, in reality the spring or summer is actually the best time to buy a new fireplace or fireplace surround. The reason being that fireplaces can actually be a little trickier then they first appear. Let me explain.   ...

Read More | 5/10/2018 6:19:57 AM


Napoleon Recipe for Duck Burritos

  Serves - up to 4 people. Prep Time - 20 minutes. Marinade Time - 60 minutes. Grill Time - 45 minutes   Duck Burritos are a delightful Asian inspired appetizer that I found in our Finger Food from the BBQ and Grill cookbook. After thoroughly enjoying the homemade Peking Duck, this simplified version just leaped right off the page (and into our mouths!). Perfect for getti...

Read More | 4/12/2018 7:30:24 AM


Fixing a Smoky Fireplace

Is your fireplace letting smoke into your room? A smoky fireplace is a nuisance and a downright danger because fireplace smoke carries odorless but deadly carbon monoxide. Diagnosing the cause of your smoky fireplace, or back puffing, is essential to finding the most efficient and cost effective solution to your back puffing.      Here's what to do if your fireplace smokes:&nb...

Read More | 4/3/2018 8:58:35 AM


Smoking Out Chimney Problems

Smoking Out Chimney Problems SMOKING OUT CHIMNEY PROBLEMS   Written from: NY TIMES   HERE’S one for the annals of homeowner negligence: as of last month, my chimney had gone eight full years without being inspected, much less cleaned. For all I knew, a few generations of squirrels had summered in my bricks before fleeing at the first scent of smoke.   In those years ...

Read More | 3/20/2018 9:46:54 AM


John Henry Stuffed Buck Shrimp Recipe

John Henry's Stuffed Buck Shrimp Recipe    Rubs can be purchased in our Lisle Showroom.    Seasonings that you can choose from for this recipe: 1. Papa Charlie's Rub Seasoning 2. Nedra D's Hickory Rub Seasoning 3. Apple Chipotle Rub   Ingredients: 1. 12 Large Shrimp 2. 4 Tbsp. seasoning (season to your taste) 3. 5 fresh jalapeno peppers; julienned 4. 1/4 lb...

Read More | 3/6/2018 11:17:56 AM


Top 5 Benefits of Installing Wood Burning Stoves

Top 5 Benefits of Installing Wood Burning Stoves Ask most anyone what they think about woodburning stoves and the first words out of their mouth are likely to include something about looking and feeling good. We're drawn by some basic instinct to the warmth and comfort of a real fire, and if it's a fireplace set behind safe glass doors that keep out the smoke and mean an end to cleaning out th...

Read More | 2/23/2018 6:23:25 AM


Direct Vent Fireplaces

Direct Vent Fireplaces have taken over the market in the past decade, and have become amongst the most popular hearth appliances offered in the industry. There is no question that one of their many advantages over wood-burning fireplaces is their relatively low maintenance. However, like any appliance in the home, direct vent fireplaces should be consistently maintained to ensure proper appeara...

Read More | 2/2/2018 9:08:16 AM


Higher Heating Costs Forces Many to Consider Alternatives

  As many Southern New Englanders try to figure out how to save money on heat this upcoming winter, some are ditching their boilers for a clean burning pellet stove.   Frederickson Farm in North Scituate has 40 stoves to install before Thanksgiving.   "People are coming in asking us all kinds of questions on how they can curb their oil costs," said Howard Frederickson, pelle...

Read More | 1/23/2018 6:32:35 AM


Direct Vent Fireplace Technology

In today's market whether your looking for a extra heating source or a great looking fireplace, direct vent technology has come a long way. With many different styles of direct vent fireplaces on the market from linear, traditional, contemporary, high efficent, lower efficent and units designed for bathrooms and bedrooms.  Direct vent fireplaces today are great options for zone heating pa...

Read More | 1/18/2018 6:20:24 AM


Tips for Storing Wood in Shed

  As the nights draw in and winter descends, it’s time to get ready for the colder months ahead – and this includes making sure your log shed is in good order.   Whether you took the plunge over the summer to build a log store or instead have an alternative storage option in your garden to store the logs for your woodburning stove, it’s a good idea to winter-proof...

Read More | 1/17/2018 9:29:22 AM


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