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Fireplaces with Money-Saving Efficiency Plus Visual Appeal

Fireplace efficiency is now widely considered a more attractive feature than the aesthetics of stunning fireplace design. There was a time when beauty and efficiency could not be combined in a fireplace, but things have changed in keeping with a series of mandatory restrictions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began cracking down on air pollutants Read more…

Adding a Kitchen or Bathroom Fireplace Is Easier Than You Think

Kitchens and bathrooms are perfect rooms in which to add a beautiful gas, wood or electric fireplace. The idea was novel at one time, now it’s commonplace as people figure if they’ve got a fireplace they love in their main room, why not spread the warmth to other rooms of the home? When you think Read more…

Gas & Wood Zero-Clearance Fireplaces: Good Options for Home Heating

It’s hard to beat a traditional masonry fireplace for charm and rustic good looks, yet when it comes to producing heat within your home, you might be better off with an electric space heater. Why not get the best of both worlds with a fabulous, highly efficient zero-clearance fireplace? From a user’s standpoint, zero-clearance units Read more…

Backyard Recreational Fires – Safety & Info

Outdoor living spaces are always better when they include a setup for backyard recreational fires. Gathering with family and friends at night becomes more of a memorable event somehow when everyone is under the sky around a fire. Safety should always come first, and then all the benefits of patio and backyard recreational fires can Read more…

Wood-Burning Pellet Heat Stove or Fireplace Insert Buying Tips

Are you thinking it would be nice to have a real wood heating appliance in your home but bypass the hassle of dealing with wood logs? Do you have an existing masonry fireplace that simply isn’t producing enough heat? A “yes” answer to either of these questions means it’s time to look into a modern, Read more…

How to Close a Fireplace for the Off Season

The cold weather in Connecticut is taking its time fading, to make way for warmer springtime temperatures. Once confident the off season for cozy fires has arrived, it’s a good time to close the fireplace for spring and summer. There are benefits to closing wood-burning and gas fireplaces when they aren’t in use, and how-to Read more…

Intriguing Firewood Storage Ideas that Look Good All Year Round

After selecting the ideal wood-burning fireplace or stove to add to you home, there comes another decision: where you’re going to store the logs. Wood logs can be stored outside, provided there’s an overhang to keep rain and snow off them, but with a little imagination, you can come up with many intriguing firewood storage Read more…

Preparing your Fireplace for the Spring Season

After being indoors by a cozy fire for much of winter, spring is the time for cleaning the dirtiest part of your home–the fireplace and chimney. Wood fires always produce creosote, the highly flammable tar-like substance that attaches to the flue lining. Call a chimney expert to clean your flue. Spring cleaning could never be Read more…

Revamp Your Tired Fireplace with a New Insert

If your masonry fireplace looks a lot better than it performs, maybe it’s time to consider revamping it with a new, high-efficiency fireplace insert. Not only will you bring more heat into your home, you’ll be adding a beautiful appliance that will significantly enhance the look and feel of your hearth area. What is a Read more…

Which Type of Fireplace Heats a Home Most Efficiently?

An efficient fireplace is one that can do the best job of helping to lower your utility costs while protecting the environment. Because there are two essential variables determining efficiency, the answer to which is best isn’t cut and dry. The three types of fuels in the running for most efficient fireplace are: Wood-burning fireplace inserts, gas fireplaces, and pellet inserts. The information below can help you determine which Read more…