Chimney cleaning isn’t a cosmetic job. It’s 100% about safety. The creosote and other byproducts left after a season of warm fires are a danger many homeowners don’t acknowledge. It only takes a small amount of creosote sticking to the walls high up your chimney to start a fire you won’t even know is burning … Continue reading How Often Should I Get My Chimney Cleaned?
Most families who bring a new pet home assume it knows how to act around the fireplace. But the way a contained fire acts can be confusing to a cat or dog (especially when they are kitten or puppy sized), and the movement of the flames in the contained space sometimes draws the curious creatures … Continue reading Pet Fireplace Safety | How To Keep Your Pet Safe Around the Fire
Lots of older homes have aged wood burning fireplaces that aren’t quite suitable to hold a cracking blaze anymore. These little brick caverns sit unused in most cases, with the homeowners wasting a great opportunity for some unique changes to the aesthetic of the house. Here are three great options to reuse that space. Decorate … Continue reading 3 Ways to Use Your Old Wood Fireplace
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 … Continue reading Cleaning the Glass On Your Gas Fireplace | Fireplace Chores
The last thing you’re probably thinking about is heating up the house with the fireplace. But since you aren’t using it, now is the perfect time to give your gas fireplace the maintenance it deserves. This will get it ready for the fall and winter, so you can fire it up the moment you need … Continue reading Summer Maintenance for Your Gas Fireplace
Modern wood stoves are stylish and an efficient heat source for the home. One common worry is how spare parts are hard to come by. That’s why maintenance is so crucial and we have a few tips for homeowners who wish to enjoy their modern wood stove for a long time. Keep that chimney clean … Continue reading How to Extend the Life of Your Wood Stove
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 … Continue reading How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace
Chimney-sweeping season is upon us! If your family doesn’t use the wood burning fireplace as much as you used to, you may feel there is no reason to have it swept. As it turns out, having your chimney serviced once or twice a year improves the quality of air in your home, and gets rid … Continue reading What to Expect from a Chimney Sweep
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 … Continue reading How to Heat Your Cottage with a Fireplace
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 … Continue reading Almost Off the Grid Heating – Propane or Wood Burning Stove?