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Is A Gas Fireplace Insert Right for Your Family?

Dreaming of a fireplace but think it’s beyond your budget? Wood burning masonry fireplaces are beautiful, but costly to build, inefficient and difficult to add after your home is built – not impossible, but difficult. There are economical and efficient alternatives to give your family comparable ambiance without the prohibitive expense and construction. Most homeowners […]

Does My Gas Fireplace Need Spring Cleaning? How to Make Your Gas Fireplace Safe

Your gas fireplace burns much cleaner than the old wood burning fireplace. But that doesn’t mean you can forget about annual maintenance and inspections. The relatively sparse maintenance requirements are a great perk of your new gas fireplace, but relatively is the key word. It requires less maintenance than your old wood burning fireplace, but […]

Heating with a Gas Fireplace? Remember these 3 things

Remember these 3 things if you heat your house, or even a room, with a gas fireplace. For some houses, a gas fireplace is enough to keep the whole place warm all winter long. For others, the gas fireplace mostly supplements furnace heat, allowing you to keep the thermostat a little lower and saving some […]

Preparing for a Winter Power Outage

Are you ready? This winter is expected to be cold and snowy. Heavy snow and ice leads to power loss across the Niagara region every year, and this year could be worse than most. How ready are you for a winter day and night without power? Have you thought about how you’ll keep the family […]

Cleaning the Glass On Your Gas Fireplace | Fireplace Chores

Cleaning the Glass On Your Gas Fireplace If you can’t really see the flames flicking around the inside of your direct vent gas fireplace, how do you know if it’s performing as intended? Aside from that, why wouldn’t you want to have a clear, unobstructed view of the flames every time you turn the fireplace […]

How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace

A certain style of brick fireplace is timeless, but yours might not be. A handful of homebuilders in the area jumped on a brick fireplace trend which was, at the time, highly desirable. And it’s not a bad look today, but it can look a little dated. The imposing, exposed brick look is still a […]

How to Heat Your Cottage with a Fireplace

If you’re lucky enough to have access to a cottage, you’ve probably considered using it year round—not only during the warm summer months. Most Canadians think of cottage time as roughing it (at least compared to the amenities we have in our year-round homes), but when looking to expand your usage to the winter, the […]

Almost Off the Grid Heating – Propane or Wood Burning Stove?

It is becoming more and more common for families to want to lower their reliance on the electrical grid. For many, separating as much as possible from utility companies has become a goal—especially due to the high costs of heating. When looking to take heating almost off the grid, most homeowners consider two options: propane […]

Is a Gas Fireplace or Wood Fireplace Better?

A fireplace can be a great addition to your home. Not only can a fireplace help add warmth during the colder months of the year, it’s mere presence helps to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in addition to helping to establish a focal point in your room’s interior design. However, once you’ve made the […]