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How to Maintain Your Outdoor Fireplace

Maintaining Your Outdoor Fireplace in Oregon

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 […]

Save Money and Turn Off Your Pilot Light for the Summer

Turn Off Your Pilot Light

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 […]

Improve the Efficiency & Convenience of your Fireplace with Optional Accessories

Does your gas fireplace have a fan kit? How about a remote control or wall mounted thermostat? If not you’re missing out! The majority of gas fireplaces have optional accessories available to them. From simple On/Off Remote Controls for convenience, Fan Kits to help circulate the heat generated by your gas fireplace into the room more efficiently, or even multi-functional Remote Controls or Wall Switches that can control features such as flame height, fan speed, and even turn the fireplace on and off with a thermostat, just like your furnace. Here are a couple of the advantages to adding accessories such as these to your gas fireplace: One obvious advantage is convenience. It’s really nice to be able to just […]

Is Your Gas Fireplace Safe?

The vast majority of today’s gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts are designed as a sealed system known as “direct vent”.  Direct vent fireplaces bring 100% of the air needed for the fire from outside the home and exhaust all of the combustion by-products outside the home as well.  The result is a balanced system that increases efficiency, provides optimal heat, conserves energy and ensures a clean healthy indoor air quality. A direct vent gas fireplace or fireplace insert has a sealed piece of tempered or ceramic glass on the face of the fireplace.  As a result of normal operation of these fireplace products, the glass front will become very hot.  It is not unusual for the glass to reach […]