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How to Clean Your Fireplace Bricks

November 10, 2017

With the holidays just around the corner, you’re probably concerned about how your home is going to look when your family arrives for a visit. The fireplace is the center of attention during such a chilly time of year, and we all want to gather around the flames to warm ourselves. A fireplace also presents […]

How Much is a Cord of Wood?

October 12, 2017

Back in the 1600’s, wood was sold in bundles and tied with a cord. As such, the unit of measurement called a cord came into being. However, cords were smaller back then, due to the limit of how much a single person could carry. These days, the cord has changed in its specifications. Because wood […]

Choosing Between a Fireplace or Wood Stove

September 22, 2017

As the temperatures begin to drop in the northeast, homeowners are beginning to think about how they’ll keep their home warm throughout the fall and winter. Fireplaces and wood stoves are popular in this area of the country, because they provide both ambiance and warmth to your home on cold, snowy days. But how do […]

How to Clean Your Fire Pit

August 31, 2017

It takes no time at all to realize your attractive patio fire pit—so warm and welcoming—also gets dirty quick. Which means you will eventually have to clean your fire pit. Fire pits are so welcoming, so lovely, so romantic. And yet, they are like contained industrial furnaces that certainly do not click with the modern […]

Why is Creosote Dangerous?

March 9, 2017

09If you own a fireplace, you’ve probably heard of creosote. Most people know creosote is the stuff that clogs up a chimney, but not much more beyond this simple understanding. Creosote is a dangerous substance, but exactly why is it dangerous? We will dive a little deeper into explaining what creosote is, why it is […]

What Types of Wood are Best for Fireplaces?

January 11, 2017

If you own a wood burning fireplace you’ve probably heard different answers to the question of what types of wood are best for fireplaces. Some people will tell you hardwoods, others may say softwood. The answer isn’t as cut-and-dry as you may think. So, here are the types of wood that are best for fireplaces. […]

Tips for Choosing an Energy-Efficient Fireplace

September 15, 2015

A fireplace can add value to your home in many ways, as well as transform any room into a warm, inviting space for you and your family. However, most old wood-burning fireplaces do very little in terms of warming your home, while also leaking heat out of the chimney. They may be attractive, and even […]