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Tips for Burning Wood

Burning wood made simple It’s almost Christmas and frosty nights are moving in. Make no bones about it, Old Man Winter is here! Soon wood stoves and inserts across the country will rise to the occasion, heating our homes and warming our hearts all winter long. Make light work of building fires with this common sense Read more

Important Fireplace Safety Tips

Safety tips for operating your fireplace It’s a simple concept that we all understand – fireplaces can get hot. But sometimes, especially with gas fireplaces that have sealed combustion systems behind glass, it’s easy to overlook basic gas fireplace safety. When using any fireplace – gas fireplaces included – there are real flames and hot Read more

OLD WOOD FIREPLACES: THEY JUST SUCK

Not to sound like Cliff Clavin, but it’s a “little known fact” that masonry-style, old-timey wood fireplaces are inefficient – and they aren’t just slightly inefficient. They cost homeowners hundreds of dollars a year in wasted energy, and actually make houses draftier and colder than those without old wood fireplaces. If you have one in Read more

HOW YOU HEAT & GLO: FIREPLACE INSTALLATION INSPIRATION

For most of us, our homes are where we spend the most time – and where we make the most significant investments. With the economy on the upswing and consumer confidence rising, many people are making their dream homes reality by building new or remodeling existing houses. In both scenarios, installing a fireplace is often Read more

Making the Most of Your Wood Stove

Wood stoves and how to make the most of them It’s November and if you’re like most wood stove owners, the cordwood is stacked, seasoned and ready to go. Depending on where you live, perhaps you’ve already stoked your stove for those first highly anticipated fires of the season. Make the most of your wood Read more

USING A MODERN FIREPLACE INSERT TO UPDATE AN OLD HOME

REFRESH AN OLD HOME WITH A MODERN FIREPLACE INSERT When providing design services for clients with older homes, interior designers are presented with a variety of unique opportunities and challenges. Unlike new homes, many older homes have era-specific architectural features that offer a unique, creative foundation for expanding upon. At the same time, challenges are Read more

How Many BTUs Do You Need From Your Fireplace?

Fireplace heat and how much you actually need. We are marching bravely toward winter with all its splendor – freezing temperatures, howling winds and for the vast majority of us, snow. Lots of snow. It’s no wonder this is the most popular time of year to install a Heatilator fireplace. But when it comes to Read more

EASY DIY IDEAS TO GIVE YOUR BRICK FIREPLACE A MODERN UPDATE

HOW TO UPGRADE A FIREPLACE TO BECOME A FRESH FOCAL POINT Author: Erin Vaughan With fall just around the corner, it’s time to start getting serious about your home’s interior appeal. After all, bland and outdated decor becomes strikingly obvious when poor weather keeps you indoors. And with winter entertaining just around the corner, you’ll Read more

How to Choose the Best Firewood for Burning

There are right ways and wrong ways to burn wood. If you’ve been heating all or part of your home with wood for any amount of time, you know this. But if you’re new to the program, we’ve outlined valuable information below about how to choose firewood, along with recommendations from the EPA Burn Wise Read more

HOME RENOVATIONS THAT RESULT IN MAJOR ROI

GENERATE ROI WITH HIGH IMPACT REMODEL TIPS All homes require renovations at some point. Some improvements make living in our homes more enjoyable every single day, like cooking in a newly remodeled kitchen. And some renovations are just necessary and not as much fun, like replacing siding or windows. When deciding what projects should float Read more