Once or twice a year, it’s a good idea to clean the glass on your fireplace, stove or insert. So just spray on a little window cleaner and wipe it off, right? Cleaning fireplace glass isn’t a big deal. Wrong! There are right and wrong ways to clean the glass on your fireplace. Some “do’s” and some “don’ts”.
Electric fireplaces are more popular than ever. They can be installed anywhere in your home. But can you count on them for much heat? If your expectations for an electric fireplace are to heat a 2000 - 3000 square foot home, you may want to keep reading.
Before using a fireplace, there are many factors you should check to ensure you and your family’s safety. There are things you should consider.
The difference in the air pressure in your house and the outdoors can be negative or positive. Neither is particularly beneficial. Let’s discuss negative air pressure as it relates to your home and specifically to your fireplace. Keep reading to see why this subject is important.
Do you go through the exercise of cutting, splitting and stacking wood every year? You’re tired of those monthly gas or fuel oil bills, right? You would like to be a bit more independent.
There are a few reasons for considering removing a fireplace. Can it be done? How practical would it be to do so? Is it expensive? Are there any cost effective alternatives? Let’s try to help you determine if removing a fireplace is a project you should be contemplating.
Your favorite chefs reveal their best-kept secrets and what fuels their fire! Get to know some of North America's top pitmasters and what inspires their award-winning BBQ. Learn how to take your grilling to the next level and achieve the best BBQ, every time. Start sizzling, summer is around the corner!
You would like to use a rotisserie kit, but you’re not sure how to. Read this article, and rotisserie will no longer hold any secrets for you.
You burn wood in a fireplace, stove or insert. And you want to use the best wood you can for keeping your family comfortable. Different wood species are found in different areas of the country. Everyone knows that hardwoods are best for burning, right? Or . . . . are they?
There are many homeowners who choose to clean their own chimneys. You burn wood and know the importance of cleaning the chimney. But how often should I clean it?
This is a good question and one that deserves discussion and planning. Lots of people are installing big screen TV’s above their fireplace. It’s a great use of space, but will the TV be damaged if the fireplace in operating? Is there anything that can be done to protect the TV? If you’re building or remodeling, are there techniques that can be incorporated into the project to shield the TV from heat?
Grilling a vegetarian meal is simple when you have the right ingredients and tools. Here are a few useful tips to help you get started.
If you burn wood in a fireplace, you know the damper should be open before you get a fire going. But is halfway open good enough? Less heat will be lost up the chimney, right?
Can cooking on the grill give you cancer or cause weight gain? If so, what can you do to stay healthy? In this article, you will find some interesting tips.
Glass doors are an important component of your wood burning fireplace, stove or insert. It’s important that you have an appropriate door. Here’s why.
Is your fireplace causing your allergies? In this article, you’ll find logical explanations on the subject, as well as various ways you can remedy to it.
Many gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts operate with a standing pilot light. What does a pilot light actually do?
You want to update your fireplace, but don’t know how to go about doing it? Here are eight interesting and creative suggestions for all budgets.
So, you’re planning to build or do some remodeling and you’re wondering if a fireplace is going to be a good idea? Should we think about wood, gas, electric or maybe pellets? If we sell the house, will a fireplace be a selling point or a liability? Will it add any value to my home? GOOD NEWS! The opinion of Continue Reading
A wood fireplace needs tools to facilitate its use and cleaning. Here are the nine tools you need to keep your device working.
When starting a fireplace, many experience condensation or fog on the glass for the first few moments. This shouldn’t cause any concern as it is part of the normal process of condensation that occurs when water vapor condenses onto a cool surface. Here is what you need to know.
Do you have a house with a wood burning fireplace that doesn’t provide any heat to your home? What can be done to provide more heat to your family room? Let’s discuss why a fireplace insert is a terrific way to update that old, inefficient outdated fireplace.
Learn how to reduce the risk of fire in your home, and see which preventive measures should be taken in order to keep your family safe.
What’s the purpose of a damper in my fireplace? Should it be open, closed or partly open when I build a fire? What do I do if it’s an older fireplace and the damper doesn’t operate correctly? For these answers and more, keep reading.
Which heating unit better suits your needs? A fireplace or a stove? Here is a list of 5 factors to consider before making your decision.
Which electric fireplace is the best? We have our favorites for good reasons. Before getting that answer, let us explain what is important to consider when it comes to electric fireplaces.
What is Creosote? Where does it come from? How to prevent its buildup in your chimney? This article answers these questions and offers a guide to ensure you keep your family safe while enjoying your fireplace!
Do you hear wind blowing inside your fireplace? Do you have a hard time lighting it when the wind is blowing strong? Do you have smoke rolling back into the house when it’s windy outside? This article deals with the wind and how to adapt your fireplace and chimney installation to avoid those issues.
Adding a fireplace to your home adds value and a tremendous source of comfort. What are the requirements to consider before installing a fireplace? Is it different whether it is wood, gas or electric? This article provides great information on what is physically necessary to consider before installing a fireplace.
Ready to use your fireplace? Starting a fire may sound simple at first, but failing at doing it may feel embarrassing and even create some problems. This article offers practical advice to light a fire and two proven methods that are easy to put into practice.
A wood fireplace gives you an almost limitless supply of wood ash. Is there a way to recycle them? In this article, you’ll find eleven ways to reuse wood ashes.
What happens to your fireplace and chimney when it rains? Does it have any impact? Will the rain create damages to my chimney? This article explains the effect of water infiltrations and gives the solution to prevent problems from happening to your chimney.
Is it legal to use a wood fireplace in the United States? EPA is proactively regulating wood stove emissions. This article explains in detail what the regulation is all about, how it applies in real life and explains the benefit to using wood as a heating source.
Refacing a fireplace can save you a lot of money while giving your fireplace a complete makeover. What is refacing? How does it work?
How much firewood do you need to buy or cut for the coming winter? This article explains what variables to consider when heating with wood. Several factors will be at play to determine how much firewood is needed to go through a whole winter.
Can a fireplace cause carbon monoxide? This article offers an honest answer and ways to protect your family from any exposure to CO.
Are you planning to get an outdoor fireplace? Do you know there are many options available to you, as well as many regulations to comply with? Find out more here.
Can I use my gas fireplace when the power it out? How does it work? What are the technologies involved? This article explains why a gas fireplace will work during a power outage. It also explains the difference between the standing pilot and electronic ignition technologies.
Which is the best kamado grill? Big Green and Primo share the lead position for quality and craftsmanship. Is there an advantage to use the oval shape over the round? I wanted to share a personal experience at using both.
Fireplace Accessories make a difference when it comes to upgrade the look and impact it has in your home. Which ones are the most popular? Where do we find them? Are there rules to follow? This article answers these questions.