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Preparing Your Fireplace For The Season

Whether you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace, it is important to properly prepare it for the fall and winter seasons to ensure both the fireplace's functionality and your safety. Accidents involving fireplaces can be a major cause of home fires, but most of these fires can be prevented.

Read More Backyard Fire Pits

Don’t get burnt with the wrong fire pit for your family. You can choose from a variety of styles, sizes and materials, but your choices should be based on your space and budget. New to the ’hood? Be sure to check out your local ordinances to prevent any unnecessary visits from law officials. The Wood Stove & Fireplace Center encourages its customers to take the right precautions prior to lighting the flame!

Read More Fireplace Designs for Summer

It’s likely you are going to want your fireplace design to match the look and feel of the rest of your home. The various looks described will help guide you so your fireplace is a perfect match (no pun intended). Consider the size and dimensions for your new log burner.

Read More Frequently Asked Questions About Wood-Burning Appliances and Wood Smoke

Learn all about the selection, installation and replacement of wood burning appliances: stoves, fireplaces, fireplace inserts, fuel options and accessories. View the most frequently asked questions and answers from the experts so you can make an educated and informed choice.

Read More Hottest Outdoor Trends

As more homeowners seek to bring the indoors to the outdoors, fireplaces and fire pits are becoming an even hotter commodity — literally and figuratively. Fire pits are one of the biggest trends in 2017 for homeowners wanting to upgrade their outdoor living spaces. Fire features such as fireplaces and fire pits not only add ambiance to an outdoor space but also provide heat and light, allowing you to use your deck later into the evening and into the year.

Read More Electrical Fireplace Advantage

What image do you think of when someone says "electric fireplace"? The cheesy one with fake-looking flames your grandma had next to the rocking chair in her living room? Think again! Electric fireplaces have come a long way since those days.

Read More Know All About Fireplace Safety

Fireplaces and other hearth products are beautiful, functional additions to any home, but they can pose a risk when not used and attended to with proper vigilance. Learn more about the importance of fireplace safety and the steps you can take to ensure safe fireplace operation in your home.

Read More Using Your Fireplace During A Power Outage

Few things can make you appreciate the convenience of modern living like losing power. With the severe winter weather expected to hit much of the East coast this week, losing power – and subsequently, heat -- may be a very real concern.

Read More Science Settles The Charcoal Vs. Gas Grilling Debate

WINTER IS FINALLY beginning to thaw into spring in some parts of the country, which means it will soon be time to start grilling outside. And this brings back the age-old argument over which type of grill is best to cook your steaks, hamburgers, chicken, salmon or eggplant: charcoal or gas.

Read More No Fireplace Add One To Your Home

So you may not be lighting up a roaring fire anytime soon, but that doesn't mean you have to ignore your fireplace until fall. As the heat draws you indoors for the summer,

Read More High-Efficiency Fireplace for Your Home

The classic fireplace, with a blazing fire open to the room, is a traditional symbol of comfort and security. Many people include a fireplace among their "must have" features when planning for their dream home. On a more practical level, an open fireplace is notoriously inefficient as a means of heating a room. Its appetite for air, to keep smoke from the fire going up the chimney instead of out into the room, is what causes the inefficiency.

Read More Choosing Wood Burning Appliances

When choosing your wood burning appliance, consider efficiency, emissions, and the size of the space you'll be heating. The cleanest wood-burning appliances are marked with EPA-certified and EPA-qualified labels. Your local hearth retailer can help you make the best choice and provide you with options to suit your needs and budget.

Read More Natural Gas vs. Wood Burning Fireplaces: Pros and Cons

One of the nicest places to be during the winter is in front of a fireplace. Looking into the crackling flames is an age-old human ritual that comforts and soothes children and adults alike. But ask homeowners whether they prefer natural gas or wood burning fireplaces and you'll soon find a wide gulf arrayed along the divided ideas of look-and-feel, cost, maintenance, convenience, and environmental responsibility.

Read More Fuel Options

Today gas-burning hearth products are the most popular hearth category. Thanks to significant product innovations almost 70% of all hearth products now burn gas. Gas appliances, including fireplaces, log inserts and stoves have convenient optional features that allow you to have a beautiful fire at the touch of a switch, thermostat or even a remote control.

Read More Gas Vs. Wood Fireplaces

Unless you really enjoy snow-related activities, winter is pretty terrible. One of the small consolations to this seemingly endless season is the feeling of curling up in front of a nice fire on a cold winter's day. Most home fireplaces are either wood-fired or use natural gas, though there are some alternatives. Let's examine the pros and cons of each in a few important categories.

Read More Chimney Cleaners

If you often cozy up by your fireplace to relax it's important to have the chimney cleaned and inspected annually to ensure safety. A reputable chimney sweep will be able to clean and detect any dangerous problems within the chimney. Refer to these tips when hiring a chimney sweep.

Read More Charcoal Vs. Gas Grills

The flame war between charcoal grill purists and gas grill hotheads burns brighter than the debate between Mac and PC users. You should read some of the slop slung on the barbecue message boards. On second thought, don't. Let me try to sort it out for you with a few inflammatory thoughts.

Read More Outdoor Fireplaces, Fire Pits, and Fire Bowls

Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and fire bowls are hot this summer! According to Portland, Oregon-based Architect Risa Boyer Leritz, an outdoor fireplace or fire bowl is one of the top five ways to add style to your outdoor room. And whatever your style, from traditional to modern, there are beautiful and affordable options available.

Read More The Ultimate Trick To Cleaning A BBQ

A clean BBQ has several benefits: better tasting meals, a more sanitary cooking environment, a longer lasting grill grate and even helps you to create those highly sought after grill marks. However what is the simplest and most efficient method to get your outdoor grill clean? The key is choosing the right grill brush and utilizing it in the most efficient way.

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