Recent Posts by Joe Bodden

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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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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How Do I Clean My Chimney?

There are many homeowners who choose to clean their own chimneys.  You burn wood and know the importance of cleaning the chimney.  But how often should I clean it?

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Will a Fireplace Damage My TV?

This is a good question and one that deserves discussion and planning. Lots of people are installing big screen TV’s above their fireplace. It’s a great use of space, but will the TV be damaged if the fireplace in operating? Is there anything that can be done to protect the TV? If you’re building or remodeling, are there techniques that can be incorporated into the project to shield the TV from heat?

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Why have electric fireplaces become so popular?

There are lots of reasons for this, many of them mentioned above.  The ease and versatility of installation probably tops the list.  Because there is no venting required, electrics can go anywhere in your home.  Electric fireplaces can be mounted on, or recessed into a wall.  How about one in the bathroom or bedroom?  Maybe…
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What kind of maintenance does an electric fireplace require?

Compared to wood, pellet or gas fireplaces, electrics do not require much maintenance at all.  An occasional bulb may need to be replaced.  Odds are that your dealer will have these on hand.  And, the glass may need to be cleaned occasionally.  A standard glass cleaner will do the trick.
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How do I turn my electric fireplace on/off?

Most will have an easy to use remote control.  The remote will activate the flame speed and colors, turn the heat on or off, adjust the intensity of the light effects and regulate the speed of the fan.  Additionally, most models will have conveniently located manual controls located on the unit, too.
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