4997 101413 gs4997While you enjoy yourself breathing in a soothing breeze outdoors during the fall, you may fail to note that it’s time to prepare for the oncoming chilling winter. Among the things that you need to prepare for adequately during the winter include you outdoor wicker furniture. To prolong the lifespan of your wicker furniture during the winter where freezing rain and cold weather threatens your coolest wicker pieces, consider the following three basic steps.

Clean Your Wicker Furniture

The first thing which should come to mind whenever you want to protect your outdoor furnishings like wicker furniture is that you need to clean them up. To get rid of surface dirt and debris, vacuum the furniture thoroughly.

Although they can be hosed down, it usually takes time to dry. Use a mixture of dish soap and warm water to wipe down the furniture using a soft cloth. Use a small brush to get into small cracks/crevices. Use wood soap and warm water to clean up those areas having wooden parts. Ensure that your wicker furniture is completely dry before you store it to prevent growth of mold or mildew.

By thoroughly cleaning your wicker furniture, it will also look much better in your outdoor living space when spring arrives. If you need new outdoor patio furnishings, Suburban Fireplace in Pickerington, OH has what you need. They offer more than just indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

Apply Lemon Oil

There’s a need to protect your wicker furniture’s natural finish. Using a soft cloth, apply a light coat of lemon oil. Water and stain repellents such as lemon oil will not only foster the lifespan of your wicker furniture but also improve the beauty of your furniture. It helps prevent water from soaking into the furniture by quick evaporation of moisture within the wooden parts. This protects your furniture from warping and weakening with time. 

Use a Water Resistant Cover

When you’re not using your wicker furniture, consider storing them indoors or cover them with a heavy-duty fabric to ensure that they don’t come into contact with water. The water-resistant cover should fit tightly over the furniture. 

It’s good to protect your wicker furniture during winter to not only foster their longevity but also to prolong their aesthetic beauty.

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Reduce Your Heating Bill with Todays EPA Certified Wood Stoves

-Fuel costs are on the rise, and wood remains one of the cheapest fuels available.  With the increased efficiency in todays wood stoves, they remain one of the most cost effective heating methods available on todays market.

-Todays consensus is that wood heat costs approx. $5-$9 per million BTU(british thermal unit).  Compare this to the average cost of electric heating, approx. $13-$15 per million BTU's or natural gas at $11-$13 per million BTU's.  The savings are cut and dried.  That does not even take into account the use of free wood.  Have a dead tree laying around?  Did a tree get knocked down in your yard or neighborhood during the last storm?  Get out there and turn this wood into lower costs for wood heating.  If you are willing to do the work and have a storage place for it, a wood stove can reduce your heating bills to zero!

 

The Environmentally Friendly Heating Option

While geothermal and solar heating options are the most environmentally friendly heating systems, both of these systems can be costly and require installation throughout your home.  Wood burning stoves make use of a renewable and sustainable heating source, trees.  EPA wood stoves are also carbon neutral for the most part.  That is burning wood releases about the same amount of carbon dioxide as the tree consumed while living. 

 

Make Your Family Room a Gathering Area Again

In todays age it is hard to get the family together, we are all going in our seperate ways and leading our own lives.  With a new wood stove you can have a chance to get your family time back and you can enjoy the ambiance and heat from your new wood stove together.  The soft crackle and pop of your wood burning stove is right out of a Norman Rockwell painting.  Your wood stove can become your focal point and gathering area for your family or for a night alone.  For your personal enjoyment put the kids to bed, make a pot of tea, and cuddle up on your couch with a good book.  Heck you can even make your pot of tea on your wood stove.  Your wood stove can bring the FIRE back into your romance with your significant other. 

 

If you have any questions about your wood burning needs contact Suburban Fireplace in Pickerington, Ohio for all your fireplace needs.

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1791648-meat-on-barbecue-040214-1486Without a doubt, outdoor grilling is one of the highlights of summertime. Even ordinary foods seem to taste better when cooked on the grill, regardless of whether your grill is gas or charcoal. Suburban Fireplace of Pickerington, Ohio would be happy to assist you in finding a grill to meet your summertime cooking needs. Once you do, or if you already own one, the following tips will help you keep your grill performing at its peak. It is usually best to start with the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning, but here are a few tips:

Charcoal Grill Maintenance Tips

Failing to routinely clean up the ashes will make it pile up and create a mess.

 How to remove the ashes

  • Let your grill to cool completely
  • Next remove grates from the grill's inside
  • If the grill has an ash catcher, ensure that you have cleaned it after you have removed the ashes.

For a charcoal grill, rust is a biggest enemy. Use spray-on oven cleaner on the grate as well as the inside of your grill. The cleaning product that you use must be safe for all the surfaces of the grill, so ensure to check the label.

Cleaning Process

  • Spray cleaner on grate surface
  • Allow to soak in order to loosen grease and cooked on food
  • Rinse well
  • Wash thoroughly using water and dishwashing detergent.
  • Rinse and dry with a cloth or paper towel
  • For the outer part of the grill all you need is warm solution of water and detergent as well as a non-abrasive cloth. After that, rinse off and wipe it to dryness.

Gas Grill Maintenance Tips

  • Check to ensure that there are no blockages or leaks. Ensure that you have turned off your grill after use and that it completely cools down.
  • Check the burner as well as gas supply tubes to ensure that all grease buildup, spider webs are removed and there are no rusted areas. Clean these areas by following the cleaning instructions as set out by the manufacturer.

Cleaning Process

  • Clean your gas grill every time after use by turning it on high and then allowing it to 'cook' for 10-15 minutes with lid closed.
  • Turn your grill off and allow it to cool slightly.
  • Use brass bristle brush to loosen the residue.
  • Once grill is totally cool, wipe both the inside and the outside surfaces using a soft piece of cloth and soapy, warm water.
  • Rinse it and then dry off.

Simply put, maintenance of a grill is achieved by cleaning it regularly. Also, replace or fix any faulty parts immediately after you discover them. Proper maintenance is sure to extend the life of your grill as well as its working.

1786509-cozy-home-fireplace-040214-653Choosing the best wood stove material option for you is one of the most important steps before installing a wood stove. You may wish to research on them in more detail and carefully before thinking of buying a wood stove for your use. There are various kinds of material options that can be used for a wood stove and these are:

  • Cast Iron

Using cast iron has a lot of benefits. It can stand up well to heat and is a very durable material. The cast iron spreads heat well, and it accepts enamel so it can be beautifully decorated as well.

  • Steel

For the past few decades, steel plates have been used as an alternative option for the cast-iron. Easy production and easy availability is one of the reasons for this. Some of the benefits of using it over other materials are:

  • Computerized cutting is possible.
  • Due to welding and bending, the construction is relatively tight compared to furnace cement.
  • Small improvements and changes can be made easily due to zero pattern costs.
  • Soapstone

Soapstone is a more delicate material that can undoubtedly be cut and cleaned for utilization in wood and gas stoves. Early inhabitants of New England found that stoves made of this material held up well to the districts frosty winters and provided a tender and even temperature, because of its capability to absorb an exceptional amount of heat from the flames and transmit it gradually.

Other Possible Materials Include:

  • Ceramic Tiles
  •  Firebrick
  •  Regular Red Brick

You must have to be careful when choosing the material for your wood stove. It is always good to research the costs of all types of materials and buy the wood stove that suits your needs the most. Suburban Fireplace & Patio Inc. of Pickerington, Ohio can help you explore your option to purchase a wonderful wood stove for your home.

1433-112013-120506 fire 03A mantel is a common part of a fireplace, but you may occasionally encounter a fireplace without a mantel. A fireplace can work fine without a mantel,but without a mantel the fireplace is just a hole in the room where the fire is. A mantel can make a fireplace appear more beautiful and inviting, creating a wonderful focal point for the room and enhancing the value of your home.

How to Add the Beauty of a Mantel to Your Fireplace

There are many ways to install a mantel on to your fireplace. If you are handy with tools you have the option of building your mantel on your own. Another approach would be to buy a kit that you can assemble at home. This costs a fraction of what the solid wood mantels would, and are easier to install. You can also choose among a variety of designs and materials, from ornate Victorian to simple and modern mantels. You can also choose among varied materials, from many types of marble to different woods, stone, or brick. Installation of a mantel can be a very an easy process, whether you decide to do it yourself or hire professionals.Suburban Fireplace & Patio Inc. in Pickerington, Ohio would be happy to assist you in adding the beauty of a mantel to your fireplace, or updating the one you currently have.

1786506-cozy-home-fireplace-040214-652Gas fireplaces have several benefits over a traditional wood burning fireplace. While many factors might be noticeable, others may be more subtle. Gas fireplaces lack the realism of a wood fireplace, but with additional features gas fireplaces are usually realistic enough. Suburban Fireplace of Pickerington, Ohio would be happy to go over all your option and assist you in purchasing a fireplace for your home. Here are a few reasons why gas fireplaces are a good choice:

Appearance and Aroma 

Nothing matches a true wood burning fireplace.The normal crackling and popping of the burning wood, along with the sweet, severe aroma of a wooden fire triggers a heartwarming sensation. While gas fireplace lack the live action of a wooden burning fireplace a gas fireplace is safer to use.

The Fire 

Since a gas fireplace doesn’t require electricity, gas burns at a small price in comparison central heat. While firewood is can be costly, wood can also be found free. Nevertheless fumes can be harmful, and the gradually dying flames leave embers sizzling for several hours which cause a fire hazard. However, a gas fire can burn until that is turned off, and will easily cool down until the next moment it is needed.

Simplicity of use

Simplicity of use must be mentioned as well. Several gas fireplaces maintain a standing up pilot similar to gas stoves and heaters. Most gas fireplace utilizesa button to be pressed or even a knob to be rotated; you can control the height of the fire as well as warmth emitting from the fireplace instantly. By contrast, it is harder to control a traditional wood fireplace.

A gas fireplace can offer all the warmth, comfort, and ambiance of a conventional wood-burning fireplace. They have many benefits, including: ease of use, convenience, and affordability. With an assortment of styles, designs, and sizes, there is a gas fireplace for nearly every home in the US.  

Types of gas fireplaces 

  • Built-in Gas Fireplaces

These are designed for installation where there is no existing masonry or brick fireplace. They can be backed up to a wall or inserted into a wall opening and then framed with standard building materials. There are two types:

  • Vent-less units

They monitor your home’s oxygen levels using sensors that are built into the logs, which eliminate the need for a ventilation chimney. They are certified for home use by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) though they may not get rid of all combustion byproducts from inside your home.  

  • Direct-vented units

Unlike vent-less units, they allow combustion byproducts, such as smoke, exhaust and other pollutants, to escape the home interior via a chimney, the home’s roof, or a pipe scaling the wall. They can be installed in any part of the home without being necessarily close to a chimney. 

  • Gas Inserts

They offer a convenient and cost effective way to transform an existing wood-burning fireplace to gas. The inserts fit into the existing home fireplace and utilize its chimney, which is a great solution for fireplaces that do not function properly due to damage or safety issues. The inserts are connected to your home’s gas lines and ignited through a push button, or can be fueled with a propane tank placed outside your home. 

  • Free-Standing Stoves

They are a great and attractive option for all kinds of homes. They have a variety of venting options, so you can install them almost anywhere in your home. They are supplied with a gas pipe for power, and have all walls exposed to the room for more heat generation. 

  • Gas Logs

These a decorative, open flame-type appliance comprising a metal frame supporting simulated vented logs places in a masonry fireplace. They offer less heating capability compared to the others. 

Gas fireplaces can be turned on/off with the turn of a thermostat, flick of a switch, or with a convenient remote control, but perhaps their most appealing feature is how much their fire resembles that of real wood, in terms of looks and performance. If you are in the Pickerington, Ohio area, visit Suburban Fireplace & Patio Inc. for all your fireplace needs.

A traditional fireplace might seem like it is heating your house well enough. However, whether your fireplace uses wood, wood pellets, coal, or gas, it might be wasting energy. A roaring fire will suck warm air out of a room, and release it through the chimney, all while creating a draft due to the moving air. However, there is no need to stop using your fireplace, as they are an attractive and comforting way to warm your home. A fireplace insert is the best solution, so you can keep using that wood-fire during the cold months.

What is a Fireplace Insert?

A fireplace insert features a firebox, surrounded by a shell of steel or cast-iron. As the fireplace heats up, this firebox stores heat and circulates it through the room. They can also come fitted with special blowers that help to move warm air around.

Common Fireplace Insert Features

  • Flame Adjustments

This is one of the most useful features of fireplace inserts. They can be installed with systems for controlling how high burns. However, not all fireplaces can use these.

  • Direct-Vent

A direct-vent fireplace insert will push exhaust up the chimney, as long as you have a functional chimney. If you do not, a vent-free fireplace insert is the best option. These can be installed where there is no chimney, or if it is no longer functional. The benefit of vent-free inserts is that they do not lose heat by venting exhaust.

  • Thermostat

This gives a temperature reading for the fireplace.

  • Fan or Circulator

Fireplace inserts usually have a system that circulates air, and they are not always fans. A bigger circulator will increase how far warm air can be pushed into you house. Smaller homes do not require such large systems.

  • Fireplace Controls

Convenient controls for fireplaces that are not powered by wood or pellets. This is where the heat-source can be manually adjusted.

In addition to the features of a fireplace insert, consider how it will look. The viewing area will become an integral part of your home, as friends and family gather to enjoy the warmth, and each other's company. Style does not impact the function of a fireplace, but it certainly has an impact on the people in your home. Suburban Fireplace & Patio Inc. of Pickerington, Ohio would be happy to assist you in choosing a perfect fireplace insert.

Sunny summer days are the perfect time to get the barbecue ready for some outdoor cooking. It's a great way to enjoy a meal with friends and family, and there are some innovative accessories that can be found on barbecues these days. These can help in preparing delicious food and include:

Bluetooth Thermometer

It is important to ensure that food is cooked properly. There is currently a Bluetooth thermometer available that can be inserted in meat to monitor the temperature and is able to send a message to your smart phone when cooking is done. This means you can relax and enjoy the company of others without having to worry about food getting burned.

Fan and Light Units

The enjoyment of a barbecue can run into the darker hours and this makes fan and light units useful accessories. These typically attach to the hood of the grill, with the lights making it safer to cook and the fans blowing away smoke as well as providing a cooling breeze for the chef. The best units have swivel lights and fans that can be directed where needed to make evening cooking simple to do.

Handrail Grill

You may think that living in an apartment means that a barbecue is out of the question, but this is not the case. A handrail grill is a smaller model that has a simple frame attached to allow it to be set up on a balcony handrail or a wall. This allows outdoor cooking to be enjoyed in even the smallest of spaces.

Solar Power

Anyone looking for a more environmentally friendly cooking style can opt for a solar barbecue. These typically feature metal sheets that catch the sun's rays and direct them through a glass panel to create a concentrated heat source capable of grilling. It is a green alternative to electric or gas grills that provides an innovative way of cooking outdoors.

The cool features found on BBQ grills that are described above are some of the best on the market. They can make the outdoor cooking and eating experience all the more enjoyable and this makes them worth considering for your home. Let Suburban Fireplace & Patio Inc. in Pickerington, Ohio help you in finding the grill with all of the features that are right for you.

To keep your home warm during the winter season, a heating system or appliance that is efficient and durable is absolutely necessary. A wood stove can help ensure that temperatures inside your home remain favorable throughout the cold times, while you save on your electric bill. There are many models of wood stoves on the market, so finding a good one to meet your needs should be no problem.

Can a wood stove really save you money 

One of the most common questions among homeowners who wish to invest in a wood stove is whether they really save money. Studies and experiments that were carried out in various parts of the world have proven that these stoves are more economical when compared to other conventional heating options. Here are some facts on how it can save you money.

  • Low Fuel Expenditure

Despite the fact that the price of wood is very dynamic, it’s often cheaper than other forms of fuels such as propane gas as its ready available. More often than not, logs are relatively cheaper than wood pellets but this is largely dependent on the wood suppliers in your locality. Alternatively, you can use your own wood, especially if you live in forested areas. All you have to do is plant new trees after cutting one to promote environmental wellness. 

  • Low Maintenance Needs

Just like any other home appliance, wood stoves demands regular maintenance. Luckily the maintenance procedures are quite easy and affordable. In fact the main maintenance practice simply requires sweeping of the chimney to promote optimal air ventilation. On average the cost of this service ranges from $50 to$100. This is quite affordable considering the long term benefits that you will enjoy. 

  • Ability to heat the entire house

Modern wood stoves are designed using the latest technological advancements so they are capable of producing maximum heat at all times. This will save money because you will not have to purchase multiple stoves or different heating systems for each room. 

You can definitely count on a quality wood stove to heat up your home at an affordable price.Suburban Fireplace & Patio, Inc. of Pickerington, Ohio can help you sort through your options to find the wood stove that is right for your home.

Cookouts can be tons of fun with family and/or friends. They also provide delicious food that everyone can enjoy. But all of that depends on the quality of your grill. Leftover grease and dirt or debris can alter the flavors drastically. If someone burnt a piece of paper in the grill, it would affect the food’s flavor, just like old grease would. Regardless, destroyed grease traps, clogged and rusted burners, corroded or damaged heat plates, bent or damaged cooking grills, and many other issues can hinder your chef abilities, as well as the quality of food. It could be time for a new BBQ grill if it doesn’t perform like it should. Here is some guidance on maintaining your grill for best efficiency and results.

  1. Clean Before and After Use: Grab the grill brush and scrape/brush the cooking grill surface clean before use. You don’t want any old grease or anything else that has clinged on to it to get into your food, whether by flavor alterations or actually getting in the food.
  2. Routinely clean out the Bottom: You want to empty the piles of fallen food, grease, dirt, or other debris from the bottom of the grill to enhance your foods flavor and to prevent fires. If the grease catcher opening is clogged, the grease could pile up and catch fire!
  3. Wash the Outside Periodically: If you let Mother Nature build up on your grill’s exterior surface, it can lead to rust and corrosion. It can also fade of chip the paint off of the surface. Even if you have a grill cover; you still want to periodically clean the outside of it. Moisture and living creatures can get inside of there.
  4. Control Movement: Your grill is designed to be stationary. The more it gets moved, the more things can go wrong. This is especially true if the grill is on rough ground, like grassy areas. Bolts can get loosened, thin metal parts can get bent, paint can chip, legs can bend, etc. It is ok to move every now and then, but if you do it on a regular basis, you are providing wear and tear on your grill that can create problems or reduce the grill’s life span.
  5. Paint Your Grill: This is really not mandatory, but who wants to show everyone a well-aged grill that looks like it is on its last lap. There is nothing like cooking on a rust bucket. They make paint specifically designed for outdoor grills that can handle high levels of heat and weather. Even if your grill doesn’t look that bad, you can bring it new life!

Make your home warmer with the best of fireplaces

Do you need to install a fireplace in your home and you don’t have an idea where to begin? Suburban Fireplace and Patio is the best place to begin. Our experienced staff is always available to answer your queries any time of the day, week or year. Installation issues, design issues, your home layout issues, and queries on price ranges; whatever the issue. Our passion is to ensure you are satisfied with the purchase you make at our showroom.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from the cold weather. Invest in a high quality gas fireplace. Look no further than our showroom where we stock a variety of brands to suit the various needs of customers. We have designs and price tags for everyone. Our aim is not to get you to leave the showroom with the most expensive of fireplaces available. No. We take great pleasure in the fact that you will leave the showroom with a purchase that will best address your current needs. Trust us to deliver when matters of fireplaces are the subject.

Our relationship with our customers does not end when you make a purchase. Whatever issues that arise with the purchase you make are welcome and gladly sorted out by our staff. This is irrespective of the time frame since you made your purchase. Be it days, weeks, months or years. Even better, we have an annual check up service to ensure that your fireplace is working properly and delivering as expected.

Wood stoves: protect yourself from the chilly conditions

The decision to purchase a wood stove for your home is one decision you can never regret. Getting a wood stove equivalent of your money’s worth is certainly music to your ears. Those two are undeniable facts that every home owner has to contend with. Home owners in Ohio are no exception. During winter, the cold can bite really hard and therefore, investing in a high quality durable wood stove will help see you through the cold weather.  

In Ohio, there is no better place to start your search for a quality wood stove than at the largest of showrooms that showcase the best stove brands in the United States. Suburban Fireplace and Patio is the place. The best brands are showcased for you to choose from. Even better, there are friendly staff to answer all your questions regarding the different brands available and which one to choose for your home. The company has been around for a long time, they have experienced staff that is willing to answer all your questions. No question is considered too silly. All will be answered with the utmost of respect to you.

Gas prices are always fluctuating with the world economy. In the recent past, the prices are shooting upwards and hence pushing the cost of living even higher. Therefore, investing in a wood stove has never been a wiser choice to make than it presently is. If you don’t have one, visit Suburban Fireplace and patio showroom and gladly make your purchase.

Love having a fireplace? You aren’t alone! In fact, the National Association of Home Builders found that fireplaces are one of the top 3 features homebuyers want in their new home.

Fireplaces are beautiful and fun, providing a wonderful feeling to a home, especially in the cold winter months. Unfortunately, standard fireplaces let air escape—including heat. That’s the opposite of what you want in the winter!

Fireplace inserts change this, though; they can take a standard fireplace and not only prevent heat loss but also turn the fireplace into an efficient heater.

Function and Style

There are some great features to fireplace inserts that make it even more desirable. For instance, turning the fireplace into a functional heat source means reducing your heat costs in the winter.

If you worry about it not looking authentic, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that it looks just as good as a standard fireplace, and sometimes better! An insert is designed to make your fireplace more efficient, and this makes for a great fire.

Plus, the inserts are designed to fit into your existing firebox and are crafted to look like a natural addition to your home.

Additionally, if you choose a gas, electric, or propane model, you can have a warm, comfortable fire at the push of a button!

Professional Installation

It’s important to remember that an insert will require a professional installation. You don’t want to risk an improperly installed insert. A professional can make sure the ventilation is working properly and also install it to guarantee maximum efficiency.

If you want the comfort and convenience of your fireplace in a way that’s going to help your heating costs while looking great, a fireplace insert is worth looking into!

Keeping your BBQ grill clean is important both for safety and for making the best food possible. It might seem like a lot of work, but if you do a thorough cleaning a few times during the grilling season and clean the grate after every use, you will find that it’s worth doing.

To make sure you get your grill completely clean, follow this checklist:

1. Disconnect the propane. For safety’s sake, the first thing to do is to make sure that the propane is completely turned off, and then remove the propane tank from the grill.

2. Soak the grates. Hot water and dish soap will break loose the grime on the grate and allow you to clean them well, but they will need to soak for a little while first.

3. Scrub everything. Start with the inside of the grill. Clean inside the entire hood and the interior sides. Once the inside of the grill is sparkling, pull the grates out of their soak and scrub them well. When you finish with the grates, rinse them well with water.

4. Clean the outside. Dry the grates and put them back inside the grill, close it, and set to work on the outside. Thankfully, this is usually the easiest to clean! Clean all the way around, paying particular attention to any places with grease build-up.

When the grill is completely clean, replace the propane tank, and you are ready to go! Enjoy your next grilled meal knowing that your grill is perfectly clean. Whenever you use the grill, scrape it clean while it’s still warm to keep it clean for longer. 

A gas fireplace can add a beautiful touch to your home, but there are things to consider before having a gas fireplace installed. After all, the unit will be permanently mounted into your home and you need to be sure of what you truly want before installing one. A fireplace installer may offer you suggestions or push a certain model, but it is your decision and knowing the details will guide you to getting the right one.

For starters, you need to decide on whether you want a natural gas fireplace or a propane gas fireplace. Propane fireplaces require a tank and the size will depend on how often you use the fireplace. The tank can be stored anywhere and if you have a large propane tank placed outdoors or use propane as a supply to the home, it can be hooked up to it. Natural gas is common in many home and used for heating or hot water tanks. It is a cheaper gas to use, but burns faster than butane and the fireplace can tap right into the supply to the home.

Second, you need to decide whether you want a natural vent, direct vent, or a vent-free fireplace. Some states ban vent-free fireplaces so you need to check your local codes and regulations. Vent-free fireplaces are easier to install because they simply hang on the wall or mount to the floor and hook up to the gas supply and offer great efficiency. Direct vent fireplaces vent to the outside and often have dual options for compatibility that includes top and rear venting capabilities. The advantage of direct vent fireplaces is that they bring in fresh air from outside and can mount right into the wall to add beauty and elegance without taking up space. Natural vent fireplaces use a chimney and the combustion by-products get vented up through the chimney while the air in the home is heated up. These models also get mounted into the wall and save a lot of space while adding that traditional beauty of a wood-burning fireplace.

Third, you need to decide on the materials and design of the gas fireplace. For externally mounted fireplaces, there really isn’t too many design options other than color and size, but they do offer various looks in design. In-wall mounted fireplaces provide options like masonry structures or metal structures. You can also choose double-sided fireplaces that work in a wall with views for both sides for two rooms. Aside from those options, you can choose from ceramic wood or cement logs. Some also add stone to the décor and glass designs to choose from.

Many fireplaces have dual burners and some have options for glow only if you want the appeal without needing any heat. Some also offer remote control capabilities and variable flame heights.

These elements are important because once you have a fireplace installed; it can be a challenge to replace it if not satisfied. Therefore choosing wisely will bring the results you desire and the looks you need to accent your room or rooms.

A fireplace in itself adds tremendous comforts and beauty to the room, but what can you do to enhance it even more than itself? The answer is quite simple. An installed fireplace that is mounted in the wall often has a mantel and a wall above it, allowing for endless possibilities with décor.

Mirrors are a great addition to the fireplace area. By placing mirrors above the mantel or utilizing mirror tiles on the wall above can make a significant impact on the view and quite possibly enlarge the feeling of the room. The reflections you see can decorate the wall alone.

A flat screen TV is also common above the mantel area, especially if the room has sofas and couches facing the fireplace.

Mantels can come in many forms, like wood, stone, tiles, etc. You can also decorate it with coverings like new tile or paint. For wood mantels, a fresh coat of stain or lacquer can make a world of difference. In some cases, the mantel goes all the way up the wall. For those situations, painting or adding some tile will enhance the appeal.

A picture is also common on the wall above the mantel to add a comforting tone and enhance the mood of the room.

When it comes to the mantel itself, flowers add a nice, colorful touch. Family pictures are also very common to place on top of the mantel and it is a great place to put them. Candelabras add to the mood with gorgeous décor. If you have ceramic figures, they also can add a nice touch.

Holidays bring other advantages, like stocking, garland, lights, etc. and in those situations, letting your imagination run free is a good thing. Unfortunately, you will have to take those items down after the holidays, which may be hard to do if you really like the look.

No matter what you do with your fireplace area to add décor, it will make the room look comforting and fashionable, while enhancing the theme of the room.

If you are looking to have a wood stove installation done, you need to think about some factors required to do determine the best location.

Wood stoves are best in larger rooms somewhere within the middle area of the house if possible. This allows the heat to distribute more efficiently and effectively.

Placement of the wood burning stove needs to be 3 feet away from any flammable materials like sofas, chairs, walls, curtains, etc. for safety purposes. Nevertheless, there are wall options that allow a closer perimeter that includes heat shields installed on the walls around the burner. However, they need about 1 inch of space out from the wall. Air needs to be able to flow behind the shield. With that in mint, it needs to be over an inch off the floor too.

The biggest thing to consider is how you will place the stove around everything else in the room and still look good. Burners get hot, so space is definitely important. When inserting wood into the burner, you may encounter escaping coal ashes that are hot so you need to take that into consideration as well. Nothing can be on the burner and nothing should have the potential to fall into or lean towards the stove. These are important things to think about when preparing for your wood stove installation.

Having cookouts can fun and a way to spend quality time with the most important people in your life. It’s also a good excuse to enjoy the outdoors. Many people enjoy the fabulous flavors originating from a barbecue grill. Grills come in many different looks, designs, and styles. They also come with many different options. So what are the differences in grills?

Barbecue grills are available in the most common options of propane and charcoal. You can also choose natural gas grills if you have a supply to the house.  Charcoal grills have their own distinct flavor in foods and there are many options to enhance the flavor, like wood chips, flavor blocks, and smoked charcoal briquettes.

Propane grills usually run off of 5 gallon propane tanks that are refillable at your local store or supplier. They can be hooked up on larger tanks, but are designed to hold a 5 gallon tank on their underside. Propane grills have that flame broiled flavor to food and allow you full control over temperature by reducing or increasing the flame level. When it comes to propane grills, they have options for lava rocks to distribute heat better and multi-level cooking grates for different levels of cooking like your stove in the kitchen. They usually have a heat plate over the flames to also help prevent flaming food and to distribute heat better.

Natural gas grills allow you to hook up your gas supply to the grill and you never have to worry about running out of gas or replacing the tank. Features are very similar to propane grills, but the natural gas burns a little different so if you are used to cooking with propane, you may need to adjust. No matter, you get the advent age of the cost saving for using natural gas over propane. In addition, you don’t pay for the tank that holds the gas like you do with propane.

When it comes to grills, propane, natural gas, and even charcoal have their own distinct performance and benefits. It’s just a matter of what suits you best and then you can go shopping from there.

A wood stove is a clean and easy alternative to an indoor fireplace. Wood burning offers a quiet method of heating without the dependence of electricity. Your wood stove dealer will have a wide selection of options to choose from. Not just for cabins anymore; wood stoves come in a variety of different shapes and sizes to make the perfect fit for your home. 

Circulating Wood Stoves - Circulating wood stoves are essentially a standard wood burning stove with a fan. As air circulates over a heated area, it is warmed and then blown to other parts of the house. This can be especially helpful for heating a larger area, or areas with lots of drafts.

"Pot bellied" Wood Stoves - These stoves are also called radiant heaters. They were effective historically for both heating and cooking. The original pot bellied stoves were free standing cast iron material that could burn either wood or coal and radiate heat throughout the dwelling. Modern stoves have changed very little yet have improvements like newer style cook tops and ash emptying options.

"Franklin" or Combustion Stove - This type was Invented by Benjamin Franklin himself. The stove is a metal insert that more closely resembles a fireplace. Unlike a fireplace however, these stove inserts contain a hollow baffle. They also have a siphon that acts to reduce the amount of smoke involved with a traditional fireplace, but with all the heat.

Pellet Stove - Pellet stoves are another form of circulating wood stoves with one primary difference. These stoves do not take traditional logs or cord wood, but take fuel in the form of pellets made from sawdust. The pellets can be purchased at most lumber and building stores and are a clean and low maintenance option for those who don't want to chop wood outside. Keep in mind that pellets need to be stored in a dry location, or else they will revert to their sawdust form and be unusable in the stove. 

The best stove for your home mainly depends on your energy needs and space. Consult the fireplace experts to help you make the best choice.

Gas fireplaces have been around a long time, just as many other types have. Over time, improvements have been made and features have been added. Today, you will find many options available at local fireplace dealers, including style, features, and overall construction. Understanding the component options provides you more choices and the potential to find the right one for your home.

Construction

Gas fireplaces are available in self-standing units, as well as in wall units. There is also a handful available that provide dual display, which shows a view from both sides. This can be great for a wall that splits two rooms. It saves you money by needing only one. The construction of gas fireplaces is also built from many materials with some nice, decorative finishes.

Flame Options

Because of the design of each gas fireplace, the look and feel of the flame can offer many options. These can vary but include adjustable flame controls, number of burners, layout of burners, etc.

Efficiency

Gas fireplaces have the potential to run without virtually any noise and they also provide control on the amount of gas used/needed to present beautiful flame appeal. With the high tech design and styles of today’s modern gas fireplaces, they run much more efficiently and there is also no need to go hunting for wood or worrying about the electrical usage.

Overall, gas fireplaces combine elegant beauty and appeal with efficiency and comfort. They add a gorgeous touch to any home and increase the home’s value too!

Most home buyers want a home with a fireplace, according to real estate industry experts. Surveys of prospective home buyers by the National Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveal that the majority of home buyers want  a fireplace and are willing to pay more for a home with one.  This means that now is the perfect time to add value to your home by upgrading your old fireplace with granite fireplace mantels and surrounds.

Natural stone mantel benefits:

  • Increase your home resale value
  • Greater durability and lasting eye appeal
  • Naturally fire and heat resistant
  • Wide range of colors and patterns

You fireplace is the central element for a living room, great room or den. Everything else is positioned in relationship to it. It makes sense (and $$) to let that focal point be as attractive as possible to create a powerful impression on everyone that sees it. Professionally installed granite fireplace mantels deliver a sense of solid comfort, security and warmth to the room like nothing else and offer definite benefits over traditional wood or man made material mantel pieces.


Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, granite mantels and fireplace surrounds fit and enhance nearly any color scheme. They won't suffer the effects of heat and age like metal or wooden mantels. Granite doesn't rust, rot or warp and a stray spark from the fireplace won't start a fire if it lands on it.


Granite is a good choice for financial reasons, too. A granite fireplace mantel will keep the same beautiful look for decades with little more maintenance than a regular dusting with a damp cloth. The value it adds to your home will remain and could even increase over time. If you are planning to upgrade your home, it makes dollars and sense to begin with a beautiful professionally installed granite mantel.

It is always a struggle to keep marble fireplace mantels looking as gorgeous as the day they were installed, but with these tips, you should be able to keep your fireplace shining like it always did. Remember that much of the maintenance is preventative, such as keeping scratches from ruining your marble surface. Marble can be a fairly difficult stone to keep fresh looking, mainly because it is highly porous and is soft. Too much water can damage marble and it is possible to also damage it with most household cleaners.

The best route to go with your marble surfaces is to use a little warm water with a soft sponge. A hard sponge can etch the marble and damage it. You should also use a little water and a sponge whenever any liquid touches the marble, especially colorized liquids like coffee or wine. Even strongly pigmented household items, such as spices or leafy greens, should be removed immediately upon touching the marble. Make sure nobody uses the mantel as a resting place for their drinks or for any sort of liquid container.

For heavy duty stains that absolutely require a solution, your best bet is hydrogen peroxide. Do not use vinegar based solutions because this will corrode the marble. That is absolutely the last thing you want to do. Corroded marble can be extremely difficult to restore. Use the hydrogen peroxide with a soft sponge and scrub gently over the top of the affected area. 

If, in the course of its existence, your marble fireplace mantel does get a scratch; there is a routine to treat it. Start by gently cleaning the affected area with warm water and a soft cloth, being sure to gently treat the scratch. This method usually buffs out the lightest scratches. For more intense scratches, it is sometimes necessary to use finely grained sandpaper to treat the affected area. Be sure to only use fine grain sandpaper. If these methods do not work, you may have to consult a professional.

A fireplace, even if never used for heating, is a big selling point for buyers and renters alike. Gas fireplaces are a wonderful choice because of their ease of use; they literally work with the flip of a switch.

Aesthetically, they are almost identical to wood burning fireplaces, and it is the looks and home-like quality of a fireplace that people love so much. A nice mantle will complete the appeal and liven up any room in your home.

With the cosmetic advantages being equal, a gas fireplace is the way to go. Cleaning up after a log-fueled fire is extremely messy, and if your floors are carpeted, you will spend a lot of time trying to remove soot and ash stains. Depending on the type of carpet or rugs in your home, this may prove impossible.

Wood burning fireplaces require a lot of work. Such as the gathering or chopping of wood, an elaborate fire starting process, constant vigilance to keep the fire going, and regular chimney sweeping. A gas fireplace is clean, efficient, and does not require chimney sweeping. Stopping the fire is as simple as flipping that switch in the opposite direction.

A wood fire has to burn itself out, and that will take many hours. Then the time consuming and tedious task of clean up begins. Wood burning fireplaces are great for a cabin or nature getaway, but gas fireplaces are simply more practical for a home or rental property.  

While finding a home with a fireplace is one of the most sought after features when shopping for a home, most traditional wood-burning fireplaces can be very inefficient at keeping your home warm and comfortable. Due to the nature of design with most fireplaces, you may be losing up to eight percent of the warm air produced by your home’s heating system--right up the chimney. However, homeowners have found a way to fight back and increase the efficiency of their fireplaces.

Homeowners are choosing to increase the energy efficiency of their homes by upgrading their fireplaces with fireplace inserts. When professionally installed, a fireplace insert can help prevent this heat loss within your home. It can also extend the life of your fireplace by keeping the heat away from its masonry work.

There are different types of fireplace inserts that use wood or other types of fuel, including natural gas, pellets, and biofuels like corn or sunflower seeds. Many inserts offer additional options such as blowers, electronic ignitions, and remote controls. For those who wish to forego having to keep a supply of fuel on hand that includes firewood or pellets; natural gas may be the way to go. If you have an existing natural gas supply, a natural gas-fueled insert can be connected to the supply in your home to provide you with effortless comfort in your home.

To ensure that you are getting the most from your fireplace insert and to maintain your manufacturer’s warranty, it is in your best interest to have it professionally installed. A professional installer will inspect your existing chimney to make sure it does not require any repairs before the installation, in addition to making sure your new insert is properly vented.

A fireplace could either be the best thing you have in your home or its bane depending on how you take care of it, a wood and gas fire place each have their own procedures. Maintenance should be done in the accordance to procedure to ensure both the safety of your home and you.

When dealing with a wood fireplace, it is important to have the chimney swept regularly to clear out creosote (a dark/black colored substance) and soot which are both flammable residues the build up with time to avoid a fire a hazard. It is advisable to have a professional certify it every year to avoid a fire hazard. When the fire is out and the ashes are out you can use a soft brush and a dust pan or a vacuum cleaner if available, make sure the ash is cold before you carry this out. When lighting a fire always make certain the damper is fully opened and free from blockage to prevent the smoke from building up.

If you have a gas fireplace make sure the gas valve indicates cut off from supply before proceeding. Use a soft brush, soft cloth or vacuum to remove the cold residue from the gas logs to avoid damage. Make sure you regularly check for damage or corrosion to avoid a fire hazard or leaking gas. Ensure you thoroughly clean the internal pipes as frequently as you can to avoid internal build up, a credited professional should do a regular safety checkup.

Regardless of the kind of fireplace you have ensuring the right kind of fuel is important. When using wood hardwoods are the best option; they burn longer making them cheaper to use, generally have a hotter flame and have a lower residual effect. Always use scented gas that is easy to identify in case of a leak. Encase the area using fireproof glass to prevent heat loss and as a protective measure as well.

Always use a mask during cleaning and maintenance for health reasons and when in doubt contact a certified technician, it is better to be safe than sorry.

We all love fireplaces. They give your living room a more sophisticated look, better than bland alternatives like radiators. Once you get your fireplace installed, you'll want it to look the best it possibly can, much like showcasing one of the trophies in your house. Now, there's many tips to make your 'showpiece' appear more classy, catching the eyes of visitors and wowing them. In this article, we are going to cover some of the tricks that you'll want to try out and give your room that extra flair.

Let's start off with the wallpaper or paint. Many fireplace owners find that the surrounding walls can make a huge difference to the way their fireplace is perceived. By simply changing their wallpaper, they feel that the fireplace appears much more pleasant. There have been many people who have changed their wallpaper to contrast with their fireplaces more subtly and suddenly the room comes alive. We would highly recommend adapting your wallpaper to make your fireplace stand out more than it already is. Sometimes you'll want to change your wallpaper and keep your rooms 'in fashion' to appear more elegant as the fireplace does. This is a more time consuming approach but will certainly make a great deal of difference to how your fireplace is perceived.

Next up is the items placed upon your fireplace. To keep your fireplace looking sophisticated, mainly place objects that mix well together with it. If you have a dark brown colored fireplace, try more gold looking colors; if you have a black colored fireplace, try sliver, it works really well with black and emphasizes its beauty. Don't worry, you don't have to go overboard and cancel out some of your more personal or prized possessions like a picture of your son's graduation. These can also appear great on your fireplace so long as they aren't cluttered as that can be pretty distracting on the overall theme. Just try to keep it clean and well placed, that's the main focus of this tip.

Now we have the most obvious of the tips, albeit surprisingly overlooked. This is simple: cleaning. You will need to clean your fireplace on a regular basis otherwise dust can settle on and look unpleasing. You don't have to hire a cleaner just to clean your fireplace, just a simple cleanup is needed on a regular basis with a cleaning brush. Maybe set aside 3 minutes per week to brush off the dust every week that settles and your fireplace will always look squeaky clean! Dust mainly settles on the flat surfaces and we'd highly recommend that is where the most cleaning time is regulated. It is surprising how little number of people tend to do this simple task that can make your fireplace look brand new every day.

Finishing off, we'd just like to say that these tips will surely be what you need to get the most out of your fireplace. Three simple tips is all it takes for you to keep your fireplace top class and pleasing to the eye. We hope that you enjoy our fireplaces and heed our advice, it's only for the better and can bring life to your rooms.

A fireplace is not only some source of domestic delight in cool evenings but also reliable source of optional heat. But often, soot deposits will condense into some dangerous substances.

It’s thus important to clean your fireplace. This may be a messy work. But with right equipment, you can do it.

Wait till the following morning after the last fire. When cleaning, place some sheets of newspapers on the floor of the fireplace. You should also secure your furniture with a plastic tarp.

When the fire was a big one, you ought to probe through ashes with a fireplace shovel or poker. Pick up andirons or fireplace grate and take them outdoors for cleaning later. You should then shovel the ashes into a metal bucket, or you use a shop vacuum.

Carefully inspect the chimney. There are normally some soot, black or brown powder residue. Get rid of all the residues that you find in the chimney like creosote.

Then you now begin scraping. The ideal brush when you need to remove soot and creosote is normally a circular chimney brush. The poles and brushes are available in various home supply stores.

Then you should clean deeply. Select a wire brush, used in cleaning barbeque grills, or some heavy nylon brush.

Mix six tablespoons of Trisodium Phosphate or its substitute, and a cup of chlorine bleach in 3.8 liters of warm water. You may also make use of vinegar or baking soda when you are uncomfortable with caustic nature of the previous substance. You then begin as high as you are able to reach, working our way down.

It’s now the time to clean up and rinse. You do this by carefully collecting the newspapers, full of carbon compounds now, and placing them into the trash.

Using a rag, paper towels and a sponge you rinse the fireplace floor or chimney walls with clean water. You then collect the plastic tarp and dispose it.

When the firebox dries, you go outdoors and scrub the soot off the andirons, and then grate with the wire brush.

Place everything back where they should be and close the flue. Your fireplace is now clean and ready for its next use.

Wait till the following morning after the last fire. When cleaning, place some sheets of newspapers on the floor of the fireplace. You should also secure your furniture with some cheap plastic cloth.

When the fire was a big one, you ought to probe through ashes with a fireplace shovel or poker. Pick up andirons or fireplace grate and take them outdoors for cleaning later. You should then shovel the ashes into a metal bucket, or you use a shop vacuum.

Carefully inspect the chimney. There are normally some soot, black or brown powder residue. Get rid of all the residues that you find in the chimney like creosote.

Then you now begin scraping. The ideal brush when you need to remove soot and creosote is normally a circular chimney brush. The poles and brushes are available in various home supply stores.

Then you should clean deeply. Select a wire brush, used in cleaning barbeque grills, or some heavy nylon brush.

Mix six tablespoons of Trisodium Phosphate or its substitute, and a cup of chlorine bleach in 3.8 liters of warm water. You may also make use of vinegar or baking soda when you are uncomfortable with caustic nature of the previous substance.You then begin as high as you are able to reach, working our way down.

It’s now the time to clean up and rinse. You do this by carefully collecting the newspapers, full of carbon compounds now, and placing them into the trash.

Using a rag, paper towels and a sponge you rinse the fireplace floor or chimney walls with clean water. You then collect the plastic tarp and dispose it.

When the firebox dries, you go outdoors and scrub the soot off the andirons, and then grate with the wire brush.

Place everything back where they should be and close the flue. Your fireplace is now clean and ready for its next use.

There are a number of fireplace cleaning companies you may use their services when you need to have that toasty, and comfortable feel in your house

The traditional fireplace has again become a popular element of any room. Different types of mantels are also getting attention along with the fireplace. Whether you are building a new home or redoing your fireplace, there are several factors that you should consider when choosing the right kind of mantel for your fireplace.

Measurements

A common mistake that most people make when buying the fireplace mantel is to fail to take the measurements. The truth of the matter is that fireplaces are available in different heights and widths. While there are individuals who will look at a fireplace and decide that it is the right size, not everyone can manage to do so. To save yourself the time and frustration, take the measurements of your fireplace, including the hearth’s dimension. This will enable you to focus on the right proportion of the fireplace mantel.

Design

After determining the right size of the fireplace mantel, your next step should be to consider the accent piece design. Choose a style that will be in harmony with the fireplace. A good choice for the large brick fireplaces is the chunky wooden mantels. If you are looking to have a small fireplace in your bedroom, an appropriate choice would be something more demure. Consider whether you will need elements such as the scrollwork as part of the overall design. The most important thing is to have the fireplace mantel working with other architectural themes in the space and connecting with the furnishing style.

If your room has elements such as ornate baseboards and chair railing, it wouldn’t be a good idea to install a mantle that is small and relatively plain. Likewise, if you have a contemporary room, a mantle with carved bunches would look out of place. Choose a mantel that will enhance the theme of the room rather than making the room to appear off balance.

Wooden mantles

If you decide to have a wooden fireplace mantel, you will need to consider the most appropriate type of wood. If you intend to stain the wood and bring out the natural beauty, a good option would be birch or oak. Alternatively, you can choose a fireplace mantel made of MDF if you intend to have a simple look and intend to have the mantel painted. While you can have an idea of the type of mantel that you need, it is always important to remain open to new possibilities.

Gel fuel fireplaces are an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional log fire. They are also a great alternative to electric fires, as gel fuel fireplace (unlike the electric fire) uses a real flame giving that authentic and homey touch. Gel fuel fireplaces do not produce smoke or soot, meaning that you will not need to install a chimney or a flue into your living space when you get one of these kinds of fireplace.

A small amount of water vapor and a minimal amount of carbon dioxide are produced when gel fuel is used, so make sure to install your fireplace in a room with natural ventilation (a small window is enough!).

A gel fuel fireplace gives off roughly the same amount of heat as an electric heater of comparable size, but is so much more versatile! Whether you choose a gel fuel fireplace that replicates the classic look and feel of a log fire, or something a little more contemporary such as a wall hanging fireplace with gel fuel, these alternative sources of heat and light will revolutionize your home.

The fuel in gel fuel fireplaces is a form of denatured ethanol, meaning that it is very safe to use in domestic spaces. The ethanol is derived from a mixture of maize and isopropyl. You can get really creative with your gel fuel if you wish. For example, there are plenty of types of gel fuel on the market with gorgeous scents and delightful colors.

Try citronella gel fuel for a gel fuel fireplace that is going to be used outside (for instance in a patio area for entertaining on summer nights), as it will provide a natural insect repellent. Or, pick a gel fuel with your favorite essential oil added to it to perfume your home as you heat it gently.

Obviously, you want to be warm, but you also want to keep your family safe. Consider these facts about vented gas fireplaces when you start shopping:

1. Air quality - vented gas fireplaces draw all of their air from outside, meaning they don't draw heat out of the room like a traditional wood fireplace does. More importantly, since it is vented straight out the chimney none of the air returns into the room, meaning no air quality issues can come up.

2. Safety - As already mentioned, no by-products of burning will enter the room. However, there is one even more impressive safety feature: vented gas fireplaces are built with safety valves that close the line if the pilot light goes out. This prevents the gas from dangerously running without burning and prevents explosions.

3. The Look - the number one complaint against a gas fireplace is that it lacks the tradition, the nostalgia of building a wood fire. Fortunately, that's not really the case anymore. With a brick interior and painted high temperature logs, no one will even be able to tell the difference. Due to the air being vented, the flame burns at an even and realistic color and temperature, replicating a wood fire almost exactly.

4. Cost - one of the most overlooked facts about gas vented fireplaces is how efficient they are. Because the airflow and temperature are so easily controlled, they take very little gas to run; most less than $.20 an hour in most areas (obviously it depends on how much gas costs in your area).

5. Comfort - They're warm! Gas vented fireplaces can quickly heat a room and keep that room warm, again with very little cost. Isn't that the whole point of a fireplace? Having one guarantees that room won't ever be cold in winter again, it'll always have a fire to snuggle by, and you can having a roaring fire while you watch a movie. Those little moments add up for some great memories that you can't put a number on.

Just keep these facts in mind while you're shopping, and enjoy the fireplace you end up choosing.

The fireplace comes in handy during the cold seasons. However, besides arranging the firewood and lighting it up, few of us do the cleaning. If we do, it is not as thorough as we clean other sections of our homes. Most of the time we just ignore the fireplace in our cleaning schedule or in the worst case scenario, we do not know how to clean the fireplace. Well, this procedure will show you how to clean your fireplace.

The first thing to do is to protect your furniture and yourself from the toxic substances that come from the fireplace. Wearing protective clothing like old garments and rubber gloves on your hands is good to go. Besides that, cover everything else in the room where the fireplace is located with plastic paper.

After preparing yourself, check if the ashes and pieces of wood in the fireplace are still hot because you do not want to burn yourself in the process. You can do this by passing your hand over it to feel any warmth in that area. Then take out the andirons and grate.

The next step is to start cleaning from top to bottom. In this sequence, check for soot in the chimney. At this point, you will have to bend inside the fireplace and look straight up for some sticky and black deposits dangling above you. Eliminate it immediately with a long brush.

A combination of brushes will be used to scrub the walls and the barbecue grills. These brushes will be dipped continuously in a mixture of warm water with soap or baking soda or vinegar. The circular metal chimney brush will be used for the walls and the chimney, while the wire brush or a heavy nylon brush will be used for the barbeque grills.

Rinse the surfaces with a rag or a towel using very clean water after scrapping. Leave it to dry as you go wash andirons and grate with the wire brush using our previous solution. After everything dries up fit everything correctly back to the fireplace. Now you have a clean fireplace.

When enjoying the heat of your fire, it's simple to forget that it is a hazard if not properly cared. Home heating systems—such as fireplaces are the second largest reason for home fires within our home. Most of those fires are the results of improper installation and neglecting correct maintenance. You will be able to save yourself thousands of bucks in property harm and shield your family by following these basic fire safety tips and things you shouldn’t burn in your fireplace.

Build& Maintain a secure Hearth:

When building a hearth, solely use seasoned fuel and safe ignition materials as a newspaper. Kerosene and different accelerants ought to never applied as a result of them because to induce largely too quickly, or they'll explode and severely burn you.

Do not burn leaves, the different yard detritus, garbage, Christmas trees or wood that has been affixed, stained or painted. All of those styles of fuel usually produce longer flame trails will which ignites accumulated creosote high within the chimney and a few of those fuels produce toxic emissions than can damage you or the surroundings. Extremely flammable fuels a bag of leaves or a Christmas tree will cause fires to become out of management. 

Along with exploitation the proper fuel, take care to not overload your hearth and don't leave open, wood burning fireplaces unattended. An excessive amount of fuels into Associate in nursing niche will cause the hearth to become large. Feat a hearth unattended prevents you from having the ability to acknowledge a danger early and take action.

A full hearth can even ignite creosote in your chimney leading to harmful and doubtless dangerous chimney hearth. Burning over one artificial log is vulnerable to overload a hearth. They’re not meant to be used like traditional fuel and exploitation over one will produce a blaze too hot for your fire to face up to.

Fireplaces are an important addition to our living rooms in order to keep them warm and cozy. They need to be secured with a door or screen. Glass doors are a beautiful, trendy and economic to have on your fireplace. They can offer many benefits to you which include:

Safety

This is one of the main benefits of a glass fireplace and should be a high priority. Glass doors prevent embers and sparks from jumping out of the fireplace and burning anything around especially the floor carpet and other highly flammable items in your house. Children and pets will also be safe if the fire is secure behind the glass door.

Elegance

Fireplace glass doors are a very beautiful accessory. They can enhance the décor of your living room. They come in many lovely colors, shapes and style. Moreover, the blackened logs and dirty ashes in the fireplace are not a pleasant look. The glass door will hide the dirty firebox an only show the embers of burning wood. 

Better heating efficiency

The traditional fireplace is lovely to have in the room but it does not provide meaningful amount of heat to your living room. Glass doors are able to triple the heat that enters the house. The heat from the fire is not blocked in the fireplace but it radiates into the room through the glass.

Riding your house of smoke

Wood burning in your fireplace may cause smoke to spread in your house especially from sudden downdrafts from the chimney. The glass door will keep the smoke in the fireplace.

Saving energy

The glass door offers a barrier that prevents heat from your house from escaping. When the fireplace is not in use, you rely on the damper to prevent heat from escaping but it is not as effective as a glass door.  

Fireplace bricks can become discolored over time due to exposure to fire, ash debris and smoke. This will obviously cause your fireplace to lose its natural beauty .Occasionally, you will need to restore your fireplace to its original glory to keep your house neat and well maintained.

The Following Are the Best Tips on How to clean Fireplace Bricks:

-Common Dish Soap and Water

This is an ideal method where the buildup on the brick fireplace is not so intense. Use slightly lathered water with a scrub brush, or elbow grease with a sponge, to clean the fireplace bricks. Dish soap is great for this job because it contains degreasers which makes it not to stain or disfigure the bricks or the grout.

-Water and Vinegar

Vinegar is an acidic mixture that is commonly used to clean stones, grout and bricks. Prepare a mixture of vinegar and water to the ratio of 1:1, and use a sponge or a spray bottle to apply the mixture to the fireplace. Let the mixture remain on the fireplace bricks for a few minutes to allow the acid to work. After this scrub and sponge your fireplace clean. Straight vinegar mixture can also be used although the smell can be overwhelming.

-Brick and Stone Cleaners  

These cleaners are sold by almost all home improvement stores. Cleaners which are specifically designed to deal with charcoal and soot build up in fireplaces are also available in these stores. The brands and types of these cleaners should not be a matter of concern to you because they all have the same application methods. You only need to mix them up according to the methods recommended by the manufactures, and follow the directions given for cleaning your fireplace bricks. In most cases, you only need to spray them on the bricks, scrub, and rinse with clean water until you are satisfied with the results.

Grout Cleaners

Where you find out that the soot has stained the grout, you may need to use a grout cleaner in addition to a stone and brick cleaner. You can mix the grout cleaner up as per the manufactures instructions, or apply it directly to the grout joints. Scrub with a toothbrush and then rinse with clean water.

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773 Windmiller Dr
, Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-864-5604
 

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