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Where Should I Put My Outdoor Fireplace?

Winter is almost at an end and it’s time to start thinking about outdoor entertaining. An outdoor fireplace makes a great gathering spot for friends and family when the sun goes down. Deciding to install an outdoor fireplace  is the first step toward building an outdoor extension of your home, and what comes next could have a big impact on the overall feel of your space.  You have to decide where you’re going to install your fireplace.  Here are some tips that could help make the decision a little easier. 1.What is your outdoor fireplace’s primary function? Are you looking for a warm glow to set the mood on your back patio?  Or do you want a place to roast hotdogs […]

Four Reasons To Choose A Gas Fireplace

Nothing beats the warmth and comfort of a fireplace on a chilly night.  There’s something nostalgic about staring in to the flames and hearing the embers pop as you curl up with your favorite book or movie.  But did you know that old wood-burning fireplace is wasting energy, putting dust in your home and polluting the air in your neighborhood?  Luckily, gas fireplaces offer a way to experience the thrill of a burning fire, while keeping your family and the environment safe from hazardous smoke.  Here are a few reasons to choose a gas fireplace over a wood-burning one. 1. No wood is needed. Because a gas fireplace doesn’t burn any wood, you’re saved the effort of splitting, stacking and […]

What is a Zero Clearance Fireplace?

The process of picking out a new fireplace, or upgrading your current one, can be overwhelming.  There are so many choices of materials, styles and sizes, where should you begin? A good place to start is by learning the definition of a zero clearance fireplace. Zero clearance fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes.  Zero clearance means the fireplace has its own insulation and it needs zero inches of clearance (distance) from combustible materials in the home.  Basically a zero clearance fireplace is a self-contained firebox that is designed to be installed almost anywhere in your home.  It doesn’t require the use of tile or stone surround the fireplace and you can even run sheetrock right up to the edge […]

Three Simple Ways to Clean Your Fireplace

What good is a night spent in front of the fire if your fireplace is too dirty to see the flames?  Wood-burning fireplaces give off a lot of smoke and soot, which can build up on your glass doors over time.   More than likely, you’re going to need something a little tougher than an everyday glass cleaner to get the job done.  Here are a few ways to put the sparkle back in your glass doors. 1. Wash with ammonia. Make a mixture of slightly diluted ammonia and water. The water helps keep the ammonia from evaporating and makes the job easier. Grab some paper towels, spray the glass and begin to wipe it clean. It could take a […]