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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 […]

The Value of Your Efficient Gas Fireplace

So, you already have a gas fireplace. Or perhaps you’re considering adding a gas fireplace to your home, or renovating that sooty old wood-burning fireplace with a gas insert. Gas fireplaces and inserts are more than just beautiful additions for ambiance and convenient fires. They can also help reduce your heating costs and are relatively inexpensive to operate per hour. Gas fireplaces and inserts make attractive upgrades to any home. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, installing a gas fireplace in the area of your home where you spend the most time could lower your home heating bills by as much as 40 percent. Fuel Efficiency Rating Most fireplaces have a fuel efficiency rating. As a guide, a […]