• 5 Benefits of Using Electric Fireplaces

    By Modern Flames Fireplaces have been popular in homes for centuries, and for good reason. They offer warmth, can make any room more attractive, and offer great ambiance for any occasion. Recent innovations have progressed toward using cleaner energy sources such as natural gas and electricity to generate heat, but electric fireplaces were unable to emulate the attractive qualities of a traditional fireplace. Now everyone has the option of benefiting from using electric fireplaces while also enjoying many of the best qualities of traditional wood-burners. Today we will provide a list of 5 benefits that come with using electric fireplaces. Read More
  • Winter Tips: 5 Steps to Get the Most Out of Your Fireplace

    By Mary Mazzoni Following a few simple steps before using your fireplace can help you reduce wood use by more than 30 percent and make your home even toastier on frigid winter nights, according to the U.S. EPA’s Burn Wise program. Opting for firewood rather than turning on the thermostat in the early winter months is a helpful way to save energy for many homeowners. But how do you know if you’re getting the most out of your cozy fire? The U.S. EPA’s Burn Wise program provides homeowners with best practices that can cut firewood use by more than 30 Read More
  • How to Build Good Wood Fires

    How to prep your fireplace for its busy season, with tips from chimney expert Mark Schaub. Learn how to build good wood fires with these helpful tips. Before you succumb to your primal urges and set even a single log ablaze, be certain you've taken the steps required to make the fires you start this season as successful—and safe—as possible. Mark Schaub, of Chimney Savers in Hillsborough, New Jersey, has offered his expertise on many This Old House television projects. Here, he takes you through the drill. 1. Hire a Chimney Sweep Book a pro to give your chimney and Read More
  • Dressed-Up Christmas Mantels

    Look no further to find inspiration for the best look for your home. Browse our gallery of beautiful Christmas Mantels and find the one just right for you holiday home! Simple & Refined To get this look, drape garland down the length of the mantelpiece. Next, nestle large hurricanes in the garland, one on each end of the mantel for symmetry. Finally, hang stockings above the hearth. Simply space them evenly along the mantel. Conceal hooks under garland, and add metal letters (ours are paperweights) for a personal touch. Sophisticated & Natural To get this look, start with a feathery Read More
  • How to Keep Your Fireplace Clean and Safe

    If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, you likely enjoy it most during the winter season. A crackling fire adds warmth to your home and creates a peaceful ambiance for family gatherings or guests. We read books by the fire, play board games, enjoy hot chocolate, take part in relaxed conversation, or simply relax by gazing at the flickering flames. But in order for a fireplace to be both safe and effective, it requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Thanks to information provided by ServiceMagic and The Learning Channel, we can share the following fireplace maintenance Read More
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