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How Do I Clean My Fireplace Glass?

Once or twice a year, it’s a good idea to clean the glass on your fireplace, stove or insert.  So just spray on a little window cleaner and wipe it off, right?  Cleaning fireplace glass isn’t a big deal.  Wrong!  There are right and wrong ways to clean the glass on your fireplace.  Some “do’s” and some “don’ts”.

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Do Electric Fireplaces Heat?

Electric fireplaces are more popular than ever.  They can be installed anywhere in your home.  But can you count on them for much heat?  If your expectations for an electric fireplace are to heat a 2000 - 3000 square foot home, you may want to keep reading.

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What Is Negative Air Pressure?

The difference in the air pressure in your house and the outdoors can be negative or positive.  Neither is particularly beneficial.  Let’s discuss negative air pressure as it relates to your home and specifically to your fireplace.  Keep reading to see why this subject is important.

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Can A Fireplace Heat The Whole House?

Do you go through the exercise of cutting, splitting and stacking wood every year? You’re tired of those monthly gas or fuel oil bills, right? You would like to be a bit more independent.

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Can a Fireplace Be Removed?

There are a few reasons for considering removing a fireplace.  Can it be done?  How practical would it be to do so?  Is it expensive?  Are there any cost effective alternatives?  Let’s try to help you determine if removing a fireplace is a project you should be contemplating.

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Interview with Wayne Visbeen

Get to know one of our favorite architects, Wayne Visbeen, and the way he uses fire when creating the home of your dreams.

Founder of Visbeen Architects Inc., Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, is a licensed architect and registered interior designer. Visbeen has the skill and vision to make any dream become a reality, whether it be a commercial or residential project. Striving to make every plan unique, his designs are both functionally efficient and visually stunning.

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North America’s Top 10 BBQ Experts

Your favorite chefs reveal their best-kept secrets and what fuels their fire! Get to know some of North America's top pitmasters and what inspires their award-winning BBQ. Learn how to take your grilling to the next level and achieve the best BBQ, every time. Start sizzling, summer is around the corner!

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Which is Better:  Hardwood or Softwood?

You burn wood in a fireplace, stove or insert.  And you want to use the best wood you can for keeping your family comfortable.  Different wood species are found in different areas of the country.   Everyone knows that hardwoods are best for burning, right?  Or . . . . are they?

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