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Taking care of your fireplace

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Taking care of your fireplaceA well lit fire in your fireplace can make your living room look beautiful, not even mentioning how helpful it is to save you from the cold. But to have a safe fire, maintaining the fireplace as well as the chimney is extremely important.

You must have your chimney checked and cleaned by a professional at least once a year. If you keep the fire on with wood, it might be advisable to check the chimney even more frequently. A chimney fire can destroy an entire house, hence maintaining and cleaning it is extremely important. The best time to get your chimney checked is before the burning season every year. If a chimney fire does take place, make sure everyone gets out of the house and immediately call the fire department.

Chimney fires are mostly caused by creosote. Creosote deposits are formed from flammable, unburned tar vapours which come out of wood smoke. Slow, long burns or using wet or green wood can form such dangerous creosote deposits.

A good fire needs not only a functional appliance, but a good fuel too. Use seasonal firewood (wood that has been kept covered for most part of the year) for the best results. Season the wood that you will be using to raise the fire under cover, but make sure it gets proper airflow.

Green wood or unseasoned wood has very high moisture content and hence does not burn well; Hardwoods such as oak burn better than softwoods. Hardwoods will give you better performance and a longer burn time.

Newspapers are great to light a fire, but they can never be a replacement to firewood. Use the amount required to start the fire and then recycle the rest.

A fireplace is there to provide comfort and warmth. Having knowledge on how to take care of your fire place gives you these desired effects instead of smoke, house fires, bad odours. At the end of the day it is all part of taking care of your house.

Wall mounted fireplaces: a good choice to create a cozy space

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Wall mounted fireplaces, fireplacesFireplaces have been a part of homes for centuries. It creates a very comfortable, cozy, and elegant look to your room. Mostly, bedrooms, study and drawing rooms look best if there is a fireplace to spice up and decorate the area. Traditional fireplaces are being replaced by in built wall fireplaces these days. They are so useful and easy to install that everyone who has a considerable amount of space on the wall should get it.

 

You can for getting it hung up like a wall hanging or even a full reinforce inbuilt fireplace as well. The great thing about these contemporary fireplaces is that it may look like a decorative wall hanging or a painting, but at the same time, it will induce a bright flickering flame.  It is electrically charged and it produces heat within minutes. You also don’t have to permanently install them as they can be taken down and shifted or taken from one place to another as you wish.

 

Nothing is built like a Brick Fireplace

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The rustic look of a brick fireplace is still the most favorite of many house owners. The boldness, which the bricks show, is awesome and its looks are irresistible in nature. Although the brick structures are majestic in nature but they are not at all imposing. There are people who wants to portray something unique. You can of it with the rustic bricks by just shifting on the location. This should be done by seeing the interior of the house.

It is generally angled in the corner or kept it in the middle of the room to attract the focal point of the room. A double view of the fire glaze can be created with the help of shifting location. These brick fireplaces can be made of gas or wood burn.

Installation is not of much worries, you just need to check in that it has other outlets for the gas to move out. It these things are checked in then there will not be any other problem.

Designing and Installing Your Fireplace Mantel

Monday, February 28th, 2011

People here and there talk about buying a new fireplace or a brand new house with an in built fireplace. The most important thing apart from the fireplace is the mantel. The mantel is also an important part of the fireplace and is complimentary with the fireplace. A picture is incomplete without a frame similarly a fireplace is incomplete without a mantel.

Another reason why the mantel is so important is that it can hold any huge artifacts or family picture. This is the most t favorite place in the times of Christmas as it is used to hang the leggings.Installation is a very easy task; you just need to contact the professionals. These people will come do the rest. It is a cost effective mechanism. If you buy the fireplace and ask the mechanicals to fit the mantel, they will do the same. You just need to buy them from a reputed company.

Various styles of fireplace screens

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

nullIf you want change the way your fire place looks, you have many options. You will get a wide range of fire place screens to choose from giving you a chance to redecorate your fire place in a manner that will suit you best. You will find some with one or both access doors making it easy to add logs or stoke a fire. You also get the chance to pick a flat, single panel fireplace screen which fits against your fireplace, instantly giving your house a modern look.

If you are a stylish kind of person and are looking for the same for the fireplace, try the arch-topped fireplace screen. Some people prefer the same old traditional make made out of brass but interior decorators are getting more demand on Pewter fireplace screens which have only recently been manufactured. With all this at your disposal, making your house beautiful and modern has never been this easy.