No matter what type of fireplace you have or what you choose to burn in that fireplace, it is very important to use a fireplace safely and know how to properly maintain it. Watch this video for some fireplace safety tips to follow.
Gas fireplaces are very popular today, and the main reason is convenience. Gas fireplaces provide an instant fire at the touch of a switch or remote control and there is no mess or clean up of ashes with a gas fireplace as there is with a wood burning fireplace.
Ventless gas fireplaces are a good option for your home because they don’t waste any heat, are easier to install since they do not require a chimney, and cost less than traditional fireplaces. Watch this video to find out more.
Fireplace screens can be bought, but why not make your own for under $10? Watch this video to find out how to refinish and hinge three old shutters together to make a beautiful fireplace screen for your home.
While you might think that rolling up newspapers to burn in your fireplace would be an eco-friendly idea, hand rolled logs are not compressed enough to burn effectively and can actually cause damage to your chimney flue, pose a potential fire hazard, and harm the environment. Rather than burning them, a better alternative is to recycle old newspapers.
A fireplace mantel often serves as the focal point in a room. While factory made mantels are available, do-it-yourselfers with a well equipped shop can make one themselves from stock molding and medium density fiberboard or solid wood.