Because of weather and the elements, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor fireplaces generally require more care and attention than their indoor counterparts. Maintaining your outdoor fireplace might seem like an intimidating chore, but it can actually be pretty simple, regardless of material. Caring for Brick and Stone We decided to start this list off with the easiest material. Brick and stone fireplaces are sturdy, strong-looking, and, if we’re being completely honest, require practically no care at all. The only thing you really need to do for these fireplaces is scrub them with a brush every so often to get rid of ash and other forms of debris. Cleaning and Protecting Copper Copper is a great build material because […]
While it may seem counter-intuitive, summer is a great time to spruce up your property with an outdoor fireplace. Here’s how: An Outdoor Fireplace Extends Your Summer It might be wicked hot outside right now. You might be hiding indoors and adding extra heat to the outside might be the last thing you’re thinking about. But it won’t be quite so unbearable in a couple months, and by that time you will be glad to have a crackling fire on a cool night. And, if you’re the social type, your guests will be glad for that fire, too. Having an outdoor fireplace will help you extend the summer social season into the fall, and even into a mild Oregonian winter. Contractors […]
Your pilot light is probably the most forgettable thing in your house, contested only by your air filter and the fact that it’s now summer and you still haven’t done your “spring cleaning.” It’s out of the way, you can’t see it unless you look for it, and you probably don’t spend time near your fireplace since it is, again, now summer. Nevertheless, you’ll certainly remember that little pilot light when your bills are higher than they should be. Save Money On Your Bills Pilot lights, in case you don’t know, are a small, perpetually burning flame in the back corner of your fireplace that’s used to ignite the rest of your fire when you flick the switch. This flame […]
A mild winter in the Northwest has many homeowners jumping into spring remodel projects, and a popular one in the living room is the fireplace makeover. If you have a fireplace built decades ago, or you recently purchased a home, now is a great time to create the perfect fireplace, and improve your heating efficiency at the same time.