General

ABOUT ELECTRIC SPACE HEATERS

Electric Space Heaters – Initial Costs and Operating Costs Modern electric heaters are a popular way to take the chill off a room in the fall or to help with temporary heating in hard to heat parts of your house. However, it is important to become educated on the basics of electric heat to avoid spending too much money on …
Conservation

REDUCE YOUR HEATING BILLS THIS WINTER – CONSERVATION IDEAS

Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter – Overlooked Sources of Heat Loss in the Home by:Mark D. Tyrol, P.E., http://www.batticdoor.com Imagine leaving a window open all winter long—the heat loss, cold drafts and wasted energy! If your home has a folding attic stair, fireplace or clothes dryer, that may be just what is occurring in your home every day. These …
General

FIREPIT AND PATIO PIT SELECTION, USE AND CARE

Editors note: Many firepits don’t come with decent instructions – our thanks to John Ansart of Chimineas.com for the following guidelines. Fire Pits and Portable Patio Fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular. Their popularity has generated an influx of new styles, designs and materials from the leading outdoor fireplace manufacturers. With their popularity increasing patio fireplaces are appearing more and more …
Uncategorized

CLAY CHIMINEA USE AND CARE

Editors note: Many Clay Chimineas don’t come with decent instructions – our thanks to John Ansart of Chimeneasinc.com for the following guidelines. Introduction As with any product that involves fire it is necessary to use caution and good judgment. Although the vast majority of companies that are offering Chimineas to their retail customers are conscientious, there is that occasional instance …
ChimneyWood Stoves and Fireplaces

MAKING A SHEET METAL BLOCK-OFF PLATE FOR A MASONRY FIREPLACE

Hint #1 The plate does not fit it up at the damper area, but lower than that – about 2” above the fireplace opening…this has many advantages…. Materials needed Sheet metal – 24 or 26 gauge galvanized metal is ideal for this application – available at many plumbing and heating supply housesMasonry or cut nails – approx 1.5”Silicone sealantFurnace Cement …
Chimney

ALL ABOUT CHIMNEY CAPS

The various claims made by chimney sweeps, cap manufacturers and fireplace retailers can often confuse the issue. In this article we’ll take an in-depth look at the different types of chimney caps and answer this burning question once and for all. Metal ChimneysVacu-Stak: http://www.chimneycaps.com/ Please check with the manufacturers and your chimney professional to determine if these devices will work …