The world is full of people who assume wood is wood, and whatever they use to fuel their fireplace or wood stove will keep them sufficiently warm throughout the winter. The truth is that some types of wood are better fuel than others. Stick to Hardwood As tempting as the idea of using the old pine tree … Continue reading The Best Firewood to Burn This Winter
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 … Continue reading Is a Gas Fireplace or Wood Fireplace Better?
If you own a fireplace, there’s a good chance it goes unused most of the year. However, you’ll be ready to start a cozy fire once the temperatures begin dropping and the fall and winter hit. Before you begin using your fireplace, we want to share some knowledge so you can get the full performance you expect from your … Continue reading 5 tips so you get the most from your fireplace this season
Adding a new fireplace to your home, whether it’s in the living room, the dining room or even the master bedroom, can be a great way to not only add another heat source to use during the winter months, but to also create a more inviting and cozy atmosphere. However, once you begin doing a little … Continue reading Which type of fireplace is best for you?
So here’s what happens when you burn wood in your fireplace. When you start the fire, everything heats up (obviously). The mass of the fuel, the wood, is destroyed by the flames and most of it is released as heat energy. Some of the mass is left behind in the bottom of the fireplace, as … Continue reading This Hidden Mess Could Burn Your House Down
Grilling enthusiasts often debate whether gas or charcoal grills are best. There are some strengths and weaknesses to each one you should think about before you make your decision. Advantages of Charcoal Grills Charcoal grills cook hotter than gas grills, making it easier to prepare a number of foods. Many people argue that charcoal grills … Continue reading Gas Grills vs. Charcoal Grills | Now You’re Cookin’ With Fire!
Knowing when to clean your fireplace and chimney is sometimes tricky to figure out if you do not know how to tell if it’s dirty or just a little worn in. Thankfully, we can show you what to look for to help decide when your chimney and fireplace needs cleaning. Step One: Check for Creosote … Continue reading When Should I Clean and Service My Fireplace?
While the aesthetics and functionality of an outdoor kitchen will certainly reflect the personality of the homeowner, the truly great ones share a few common features. Here are few things to consider when designing your own: Convenient Location – You may install every amenity in your outdoor kitchen but you will still be making a … Continue reading What Does a Great Outdoor Kitchen Look Like?
For over a decade, Canadian pediatricians have been pushing for mandatory fireplace screens on gas-fired glass front fireplaces. Now that the government has heard and acknowledged their voices, screens are mandatory parts of any gas fireplace with a glass front. While this may seem like an inconvenience for some, it’s an important safety standard with … Continue reading Hot, Hot, Hot. New Mandatory Fireplace Screens!
For many homes, especially those in rural areas, the fireplace is not only a cozy place to gather, but a much-needed aid to heating the house. Unfortunately, this benefit can be needlessly reduced if your fireplace doesn’t burn efficiently. Traditional fireplaces – the open ones where you can sit by the hearth – actually lose … Continue reading Let's Talk About Fireplace Efficiency