Recent Posts by Joe Bodden

Electric fireplace, pro’s & con’s

There are lots of pros and cons when it comes to electric fireplaces. The most significant boil down to heat output, price and details with the installation. Hopefully, this chart sheds additional light on comparing the advantages and disadvantages of an electric vs. gas fireplace.   ELECTRIC FIREPLACE GAS EQUIPMENT Heating Capacity Low Moderate to…
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Is it cheaper to use electric heat or gas fireplace?

This is another question where the answer could be, it depends. The main 3 variables here are: Your electric rates. The current cost of gas. How much do you use your fireplace monthly? Remember that BTU’s are what it takes to heat your home or warm up a room. Gas fireplaces produce significantly more BTU’s/hour…
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Is a gas or electric fireplace cheaper?

You will likely spend less money on an electric fireplace than a similar size gas model. A gas fireplace is a more complicated piece of equipment with an ignition system, adjustable gas valve, gas pressure and air to fuel adjustments, an insulated firebox and a coaxial venting system. The flames and lighting effects on an…
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Are electric fireplaces better than gas?

This is one of those questions where the best answer is, it depends! It depends on your wants and needs. Both fuels come in lots of traditional and linear sizes. Both have several media options for a unique and customized look. But, are you looking for much heat? If the answer is yes, go with…
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Can electric fireplaces be converted to gas?

The short and direct answer to this question is: absolutely not! Never try it, it would be extremely hazardous. There are several reasons for this: 1) Gas appliances must be vented; electric fireplaces do not. 2) Clearance requirements are necessary for gas units, as they produce significantly more heat and get much hotter than an…
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General advice: electric fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are very popular, and for good reasons. The colored lighting effects, several different media options, super convenient and easy to use are just some of the reasons why electric fireplaces are so prevalent in homes today. If you’re thinking of an electric fireplace for your home, there may be some questions you’ve been…
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How fireplaces work ?

There are two types of wood burning fireplaces: masonry and zero-clearance (or factory built) models. How they are built and the components used during installation are different, but the principles of how they work is the same. So, let’s discuss the basics of how a wood burning fireplace operates. THE MOST IMPORTANT DETAIL! Combustion air,…
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What’s best … a fireplace, stove or insert?

If you are contemplating adding a new hearth appliance to your home, you have lots of options. Should it be a fireplace, stove or insert? You should also decide whether it’s going to be a wood, gas, electric or pellet model. Let’s talk about the applications of these three types of products, some of their…
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What about electric fireplaces near a bathtub?

A GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) circuit or receptacle must protect an electric fireplace in a bathroom. Fireplaces are not watertight, and you must protect them from water ingress. For this reason, you must install electric fireplaces away from tubs and showers. For this reason, we do not recommend wall mounting a fireplace in a bathroom.…
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Who installs electric fireplaces?

Anyone can plug an electric fireplace into an existing wall outlet. However, hard-wiring an electric fireplace is a different story. Depending on local codes, hard-wiring an electric fireplace is a project that a competent DIY’er might tackle. If regulations allow it and you have experience and knowledge of electrical practices and basic construction skills, go…
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Where to plug in an electric fireplace?

Most electric fireplaces come pre-wired with a 72" (1.8M) cord and a grounded plug. For planning, see if your electrician prefers the line on the unit's left or right side. Depending on circumstances, some fireplaces simply plug into a wall outlet. The only issue with plugging into an existing wall outlet is the possibility of…
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Where to install an electric fireplace?

This is a tricky question because it's based on individual preferences. There are so many sizes and shapes of electric fireplaces that you can install one nearly anywhere in your house! First, think about these points before the installation: 1) Allow for proper wall and ceiling clearances. 2) Avoid direct exposure to the sunlight or…
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How to install an electric insert?

An electric fireplace insert is intended to be put inside an existing wood-burning fireplace. You install an electric wire into the hearth by running it up the clean-out chute in a masonry fireplace. If yours is a zero-clearance fireplace, you can install the electrical supply directly through the steel side wall of the existing fireplace.…
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How to install an electric fireplace?

Once you’ve decided on the type of installation, the owner’s manual will have specific details for framing, securing the unit, wiring, and clearances. Most electric fireplaces come with a plug on a six-foot cord. Depending on the installation, many fireplaces are hard-wired. A qualified electrician will remove the corded connection and wire the appliance directly…
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Can I install an electric fireplace in a wall?

There are a few ways to install an electric fireplace, depending on whether you plan to wall mount, built-in, or flush mount it. Some models can hang on the wall with special mounting brackets, much like a picture or mirror. Although sometimes a challenge, it’s always a good idea to hide the electric cord as…
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Electric Fireplace: General Installation

Hello again, in this installment we will answer your questions about installing an electric fireplace. Can I install an electric fireplace in a wall? How to install an electric fireplace? How to install an electric insert? Where to install an electric fireplace? Where to plug in an electric fireplace? Who installs electric fireplaces? What about…
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Can you leave an electric fireplace on all the time?

The short answer to this question is: yes, you certainly can! And many people do just that!  Much has been said about the spectacular effects of today's electric fireplaces. The colors, media options, and the inexpensive costs to enjoy the light show are reasons enough to keep your fireplace stay on all the time! Some…
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Will my electric fireplace heat an entire room, house, basement, or garage?

An electric fireplace could reasonably be expected to heat an insulated room up to a couple hundred square feet of space. Think of the heat from an electric fireplace as "supplemental" to your primary heat source. Many homes have been designed and built to heat with electricity. However, heating with an electric fireplace should complement…
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Will using an electric fireplace save me money?

Heating your home with an electric fireplace is not realistic. At about 7,675 BTUs, it would take four or five electric fireplaces in your home to equal the heat output from one gas fireplace. Not surprisingly, even more than a larger wood-burning stove or fireplace. Heating a home is all about BTUs. Many modest size…
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Are electric fireplaces expensive to operate?

Although electric heat from a fireplace is 100% efficient, it is worth noting that much of our electricity is supplied from generation sources such as hydro, coal, gas, or oil. Most of this electricity production turns about 1/3 of the fuel’s energy potential into electricity. Because of the generation and transportation losses in transmission lines,…
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Are electric fireplaces energy efficient?

Electric resistance heating is considered 100% energy efficient. By contrast, gas fireplaces are in the mid 70% to low 80% range, and wood-burning equipment is in the low to upper 70% range. All the incoming electric energy used in an electric fireplace is turned into heat. Since there is no venting or chimney needed with…
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Are electric fireplaces energy efficient?

With energy costs going up, you may be wondering if an electric fireplace is a good fit for your family. If you’re thinking of an electric fireplace for your home, you undoubtedly have some questions you’d like answered before you buy. Questions like: Are electric fireplaces energy efficient? Are electric fireplaces expensive to run? Will…
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Which hearth product is right for me?

If you’re thinking about adding a hearth product to your home, you have a few options to consider. There are advantages and disadvantages to a fireplace, stove or an insert. Likewise, pros and cons with the fuel you decide to use. Let’s spend a few minutes discussing what hearth product will suit your needs and…
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Can I buy directly from the manufacturer?

No, not directly. The WE LOVE FIRE dealer network is part of the United Buyers Group organization. Over 300 independents, locally-owned retailers specializing in fireplaces and stoves have joined together to increase their buying clout with premier manufacturers in the industry. By doing this, dealers can eliminate distributors and work directly with those companies that…
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Why won’t you install the equipment I buy at the big box stores?

This question comes up periodically and provides a higher level of service to customers who see the value in buying from a specialty hearth products shop. All WE LOVE FIRE dealers provide reliable, professional information before, during, and after a sale. The equipment you'll see in these showrooms will not be the same equipment the…
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How to break in a new gas fireplace or stove?

A new gas fireplace or stove will emit smoke and fumes during the first couple of start-up fires. This is normal and is called “off-gassing.” As paint cures and oils from the manufacturing process burning off, strong odors and smoke may occur. Basically, you need to turn the appliance on high and let it thoroughly…
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Why won’t you install equipment I buy at the big box stores?

This question comes up periodically and has to do with what is most valued by a customer. We understand it's your wallet that's taking a hit, and your budget is limited. But, you've likely heard this common folk wisdom before: "Pay me now or pay me later" or "Buy once, cry once." It means that…
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Does my old wood fireplace need a door?

Yes, it does, because a door serves several purposes. A door will contain smoke to the firebox as the draft is established from a cold start. Closed doors will keep embers and sparks where they belong, inside the firebox. If your door is gasketed, it will help control the amount of air allowed to the…
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What burns cleaner, wood or pellets?

By “cleaner,” we mean less ash or maybe a higher efficiency. So, let’s define a couple of terms first. Ashes: The quality of the wood, the moisture content, and the wood species will all affect the amount of ash from burning cordwood. On the other hand, pellets are a manufactured fuel. Since the moisture content…
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How do wood stoves achieve such high-efficiency ratings?

If you buy a new wood stove today, it must comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2020 New Source Performance Standard emissions for clean air. This standard requires manufacturers to limit emissions to 2.5 grams/hour or less for cordwood. The overall efficiency rating of today’s modern wood-burning stoves is in the low 70% to…
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How to break in a wood-burning stove, insert, or fireplace?

A new wood-burning stove, insert, or fireplace will emit smoke and fumes during the first couple of start-up fires. This is normal and is called “off-gassing.” As paint cures and oils from the manufacturing process burning off, strong odors and smoke may occur. These fumes are non-toxic and may be objectionable to some. You will…
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How To Prepare My Fireplace For The Off-Season

Whether you use your fireplace, stove, or insert every day or occasionally, end-of-season maintenance items should be done.  Doesn’t matter if it’s wood, gas, or pellets; you’re wise to follow through with these preparations sooner rather than later. Here’s why. INTERESTING STATISTICS According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Federal Emergency Management…
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Top 8 Summer Products

Top 8 Summer Products! We’re excited about these eight products.  After reading about them and seeing them in action, we have a hunch you will be too!

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What is The Smart Way To Buy My Fireplace or Stove & Why?

What’s the big deal about buying a new fireplace or stove? Why not just buy the cheapest one you can find at the big box stores or online? Burning gas or burning wood, it really doesn’t matter . . . . after all, they all look the same, they’re all built the same, and all…
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How To Break-In Your New Stove or Fireplace?

Your new fireplace is installed and you can't wait to feel it's heat, but wait! Is there a procedure to follow before enjoying your new wood burning or gas stove? Yes! Read here how to break-in your brand new stove!

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What Fireplace Tools Do I Need?

Heat from a wood burning fireplace is so comforting and brings cozyness to a home. To make this heating method a little easier, here is some tool advice for you.

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Can The Glass on My Fireplace Break?

Breaking your fireplace glass is something we definitely want to avoid. But why does a stove or fireplace glass break? You can read here why it may happen and how to keep it from happening!

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Are Fireplaces Safe?

Are you scared to cause a house fire if you operate your fireplace? Do not fear your gas or wood stove anymore! Here is the information you need to be confident using your fireplace.

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What is a Fireplace Blower?

How essential is a blower on my fireplace or stove?  Does it provide more heat?  Are they noisy?  These are common questions.  For the answer to these and others, keep reading!

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Our Top 8 Products

The WE LOVE FIRE dealer network has put together this summary of our top eight products picks.  Understand that these are not our top eight most popular items or our best sellers, but eight of the most interesting and innovative products available from your WE LOVE FIRE dealer.  All these products are designed to make your life more pleasant, a bit easier and definitely more enjoyable.

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What Fuel Do I Burn?

When it come to heat, everybody has their preference in terms of fuel. But other factors are to be considered before making the final decision. This article will help you by giving you some questions to ask yourself.

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Why Burn Wood Pellets?

Want to know why using wood pellets is a good thing? Why is it a choice you really should consider? This article will help you understand more about wood pellets and see if it's the right fit for you!

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What Size Fireplace Do I Need?

Selecting the good fireplace for your home can be very confusing.  This article will take a practical look at several criteria that should be considered before making a final decision on the size and type of fireplace to use.

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How Gas Fireplaces Work

You might be considering a gas fireplace for your home but wonder if it's complicated to operate or if it's expensive? Let's answer to these questions and see how exactly works a gas fireplace!

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Which Fireplace Should I Choose?

Are electric fireplaces expensive to operate?  How much heat can I expect?  Are they complicated to use?  These are just a few of the questions we’ll answer in this article.

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Are Fireplace Inserts Worth It?

You have a nice old fireplace but you'd like to know how you can use it to heat the room more efficiently! How you can best utilize an old chimney? See your options here!

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How Does My Chimney Work?

Maybe you already know that a chimney plays a big role in the efficiency and safety of a wood or gas fireplace but you wonder how exactly! Let us explain!

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Can my fireplace flue be angled?

You are dealing with a weirdly placed fireplace? Or you found the perfect spot for you new fireplace but you would have to angle the chimney flue for it? Let's see together what you have to consider and if you can angle a chimney flue.

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Why Heat With Pellets?

What are the benefits of heating with pellets? You have heard of wood pellets and you are wondering if it's for you? Let's see why it really is an option to consider!

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Who Installs Fireplaces?

You have been thinking of fireplace in your home for a while and now you are ready to buy one. But who should you hire to install your new fireplace? Or maybe you ask yourself "Can I install my fireplace myself?". This article will help you clear things up and guide you to make a wise choice!

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Who Cleans Chimneys?

Cleaning the chimney! We know it has to be done but is it worth it to hire for that? Or on the contrary, is it worth it to do it yourself? Let us give you the information to make the decision and understand the process!

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Help! My Fireplace Won’t Draft

There are a few reasons why a draft may be difficult to establish in your wood burning fireplace or stove.  Our hope is this article will provide some insight and relieve that frustration.

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Are Gas Logs and Insert the Same?

Gas inserts and a set of gas logs are not the same product.  There are certain applications where an insert is the best and other applications will dictate which one of the two types of gas logs might work best. 

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Mantel and Hearth Considerations For Your Fireplace

If you are planning to install a fireplace in your home, you will have many options regarding the mantel and the hearth. And, it’s a safe bet that you will be living with the decisions you make for a long time. Here are items you will want to give special attention to in order to make that new fireplace the focal point of your home.

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Why Buy An Electric Fireplace?

Your WE LOVE FIRE expert gets this question quite often.  Here are the top ten reasons an electric fireplace (or two or three) is going to add value, atmosphere, and a touch of class to your home. 

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Can I Convert From Wood To Gas?

Fireplaces that have not been used in years can be resurrected and enjoyed nightly by you and your family.  There are hundreds of old, outdated, inefficient wood burning fireplaces in this area that would be terrific candidates for a gas insert.  Is yours one of them?

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How Do I Accessorize a Fireplace?

Does your fireplace seem to be missing something or look a little blahzay? Maybe it needs something unique, a touch of class to have it reflect your life style. What are some options that I can consider that would spiff up my fireplace?

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How to Choose a Gas Fireplace

If you’re planning to add a gas fireplace to your home, we can help with some insight and can help explain why the best values in the fireplace industry are at your WE LOVE FIRE dealer!

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Why Is My Fireplace Beeping?

You really enjoy your gas fireplace and what it adds to your home . . . . the wonderful heat from it, the dancing flames and glowing embers and especially how easy it is to use.  But suddenly, it’s making an odd, beeping noise.

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What’s The Best Type Of Wood To Burn?

This is a frequent question that can cause a spirited conversation around a fire.  Everyone knows that hardwoods are the best, right?  Do softwoods have a place?   Is there a “best” wood to burn?  Yes, there is!  Keep reading to find out what it is!

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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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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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What are the electrical requirements for an electric fireplace?

Depending on the model, electric fireplaces will operate on either 120 volts or 240 volts or electricity.  Most common is 120 volts and they plug into a standard wall outlet.  Although some codes may not require it, most dealers and electricians will recommend installing a designated circuit from your electrical distribution panel.  A 240 volt…
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How much does it cost to operate an electric fireplace?

Electric rates vary considerably around the country.  The answer to this question has everything to do with your specific rate.  Electric rates are based on kilowatt hours (KWH) of usage.  A kilowatt hour is 1000 watts of power, used for one hour. Check your latest electric bill and find the rate closest to the chart…
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How do I vent an electric fireplace?

Unlike a gas vent pipe or a stainless steel chimney for a wood burning appliance, there are no venting requirements for an electric fireplace.  Since there is no fuel being burned and no smoke or by-products form the combustion process, there is nothing to vent outside.  This is exactly why an electric fireplace can be…
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How to Choose a Gas Fire Pit

Owning a gas fire pit has many advantages. Learn more about how to choose the right fire pit for your outdoor space and turn your backyard into an oasis!

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What are by-products of combustion?

Whenever something is burned, there are ‘leftovers” from the process.  It really doesn’t matter what is burned, wood, natural or LP gas, fuel oil, kerosene or coal.  These leftovers, or by-products include:  water vapor, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and other particulate matter.  Indoor air quality will be affected.  It can be…
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Can I close my damper a little so I lose less heat up my chimney?

This is a question that comes up periodically.  And, the answer is always the same:  NO!  Never do this.  The damper to your fireplace must be completely open when there is a fire burning.  If you close the damper, even slightly, you are running the risk of allowing smoke and other dangerous contaminants from the…
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What can I burn in my wood burning stove?

It’s called a “wood” burning stove for a reason!  The only thing to burn in your stove is: wood!  Yes, use a few wads of newspaper to get kindling going from a cold start, but never burn the following in your wood stove: pressure treated lumber particleboard plywood or chipboard wood with nails or screws…
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What is a connector pipe?

This is the black pipe that “connects” a wood stove to the chimney system.  It’s often called stove pipe or black pipe.  Connector pipe can be the standard single wall black pipe that many are familiar with.  Or, it can be a double wall, close clearance pipe.  Your stove requires specific clearances to combustibles.  Oftentimes,…
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How is wood-burning equipment sized?

The literature on wood-burning fireplaces, stoves and inserts will provide lots of information.  Included with these details will be the size of the firebox.  The size of the firebox in wood-burning equipment is expressed in “cubic feet”.  The larger the number, the bigger the firebox.  And a larger firebox means longer burn times and more…
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How often should I clean the chimney for my fireplace, stove or insert?

That depends on the quality of the wood you’re burning.  Aiming for a moisture content of <25% will significantly reduce the amount of creosote that builds up in your chimney.  Ensuring that your stove, insert or fireplace is well maintained will help too.  The standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that all…
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Can I install a wood burning stove in my mobile home?

Yes, you can, provided certain conditions are met.  The first thing to do, is to make sure the stove has been tested and approved by HUD (Housing & Urban Development) to be installed into a mobile or manufactured home.  Other items include: 1) An outside air kit must be installed.  2) The stove most be…
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How do I protect the floor around my wood burning stove?

Adequate floor protection, or an approved hearth pad, is critical to a safe wood burning stove installation.  You must protect a combustible floor with a non-combustible material.  This floor protection must extend beyond the front, back, and both sides of the stove.  Hearths pads (floor protection) are designed for ember protection or thermal protection.  Ember…
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What is a moisture meter?

It’s a small device about twice the size of a deck of playing cards.  There are two probes or pins on one end of the meter that penetrate the wood to check the moisture content.  If you’re a wood burner, you know the importance of burning dry wood.  How dry is dry?  Wood with a…
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Will A Fireplace Add Value To My House?

So, you’re planning to build or do some remodeling and you’re wondering if a fireplace is going to be a good idea?  Should we think about wood, gas, electric or maybe pellets?  If we sell the house, will a fireplace be a selling point or a liability?  Will it add any value to my home?…
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Why is My Pellet Stove Not Heating?

Most pellet stoves and inserts generate heat in the range of 8000 – 40,000 BTU’s/hour.  If your appliance seems to have lost a little something in the heat output department, the fix might be easier than you think! PELLET STOVES 101: THE BASICS OF HOW THEY WORK. A hopper or bin on your pellet stove…
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How hot does the glass get on an electric fireplace?

Unlike the glass on a wood burning fireplace or a gas model, the glass on an electric fireplace will not get hot.  Even with the heat on, the glass will stay relatively cool to the touch and should not cause any safety concerns.  Since there’s no actual fire in the firebox, if the heat is…
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Does the heating element always have to be on?

No, it does not.  This is one of the appeals of an electric fireplace.  If you want a bit of heat, turn the heat on.  If you want just the effects afforded by an electric fireplace, without any heat, just leave the heat off.  This will allow you to enjoy that special feeling and atmosphere…
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Will an electric fireplace heat my room?

Many variables affect how much space an electric fireplace will heat. House age Type of construction Condition and size of windows and doors Sidewall and ceiling insulation levels Southern Orientation Prevailing winter winds Etc. And obviously, a home in Northern Canada will have different heating requirements than a house in the Carolinas. Many people use…
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How do I properly vent my pellet stove?

You probably will have a few options for venting a pellet stove. Most pellet stoves require type “L” vent pipe. Many will have a 4” vent pipe requirement. L-vent uses a small air space between a stainless steel inner pipe and a galvanized outer pipe. Since the exhaust on pellet equipment is pressurized, all joints…
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How do I vent my pellet insert?

Pellet inserts must be vented vertically through the existing fireplace chimney. The existing chimney is used as a conduit for a 4” stainless steel liner.  This liner is connected to the top of the insert, installed up the chimney and terminated with a special adapter and termination cap on top. Note that many pellet inserts…
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How do I know how much space my pellet stove will heat?

It’s all about the BTU’s! The more BTU’s, the more heat you’ll enjoy.  And, this is easily controlled by how fast the pellets are burned.  The faster the burn rate, the more BTU’s are produced.  The more fuel you’re using, the more heat you’re getting.  Your pellet stove or insert will have a range of…
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Pellet stoves vs. wood burning stoves . . . . which is better?

This answer depends on several factors, such as: 1) your lifestyle, 2) quick and easy access to a wood supply, 3) the amount of time you can devote to cutting, splitting, hauling and stacking wood, 4) installation details, 5) cost, and other considerations. Let’s talk about cost first.  A pellet stove vs. a wood stove…
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What happens to my stove or insert if I lose power?

If power is interrupted, by Mother Nature or a little one unplugging the appliance, your pellet equipment will not function. When power is off, there will be no additional fuel delivered to the burn pot, so any fire that’s burning will continue until it simply burns itself out.  If there is some rise to the…
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How much electricity will I use for my pellet insert or stove?

That depends on your electric rate and your specific model. Most pellet stoves and inserts will use between 200 watts and 500 watts per hour.  Generally speaking, if you’re paying between 8ȼ - 10ȼ/kwh, expect to pay about 2 ½ȼ - 3ȼ/per hour to operate the electric motor, fan and circuit board.  That would translate…
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How dangerous are pellet stoves?

Common sense goes a long way when it comes to heating devices. It doesn’t matter if it’s a forced air furnace, a wood burning fireplace or stove, a boiler system or for that matter the toaster in your kitchen!  Properly installed, operated and regularly maintained equipment will avoid potentially dangerous scenarios.  Do not install equipment…
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Will a pellet stove run without electricity?

Pellet stoves and inserts need to be plugged into a 120-volt outlet.  The “brains” of the stove (the circuit board) as well as the fans on the equipment and the auger (or pellet feed mechanism) are reliant on electricity to operate.  However, there are manufacturers that have battery back-up systems available for specific models.  If…
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How long will a 40 lb. bag of pellets last?

This has everything to do with the heat setting or the “burn rate” on your stove or insert. One pound of wood pellets will produce approximately 8,000 BTUs of heat. So, if you are burning pellets on the “low” setting, say 1 ½ lb./hour (or 12,000 BTU), a bag will last about 26 hours. (40…
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How do I remove the ashes from my pellet stove?

Your pellet appliance comes equipped with an ash drawer or an ash tray.  Simply pull it forward, remove it and empty the ashes.  Be careful and remember that the ash is “powdery” fine and can be easily blown around the room.  It’s always a good idea to empty the ashes into an ash bucket with…
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How much maintenance will my pellet stove or insert require?

This is a great question and should be one of the first things you discuss with your dealer.  If you’re a person who does not like to get your hands dirty or procrastinates on regular maintenance items, do not buy a pellet stove!  A gas model would be your best bet.  But, if that description…
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How does my pellet stove light?

Most models have an automatic ignition system designed into a circuit board. Simply turn your control to the “on” or “start” position.  Keep in mind the moisture content in pellets is very low, so pellets are quite easy to ignite.  Depending on your model, an ignitor rod, a hot surface ignitor or glow plug are…
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Are pellets messy or convenient to use?

If we’re going to compare pellets to cordwood on the “Messy Scale”, pellets win, hands down!  Pellets are packaged in easy to handle, 40 lb. bags, much like water softener salt.  There are no bugs, no dirt and no bark to constantly be cleaning up.  Bags easily stack on top of each other.  Both cordwood…
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What’s the best way to store the wood pellets?

First and foremost:  Keep ‘em dry!  And, preferably inside the garage, shed, basement or utility room if you can.  Pellets can be purchased in bulk, but most customers buy pellets in convenient 40 lb. bags.  Dealers will sell individual bags, but as a homeowner your best value is to purchase pellets by the ton.  That…
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How reliable are pellet stoves?

Manufacturers of pellet equipment will provide a warranty.  These warranties will vary a bit from each manufacturer, but most covers several years for specific components, or a limited lifetime.  Details will be spelled out in the owner’s manual.  Always ask about the warranty before a purchase is made.  Warranties are precisely why you should buy…
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How do pellet stoves work?

Pellet stoves look like a gas or a wood burning stove. But they operate much differently.  There is a hopper that’s located on the back side of the stove that serves as a storage bin for the pellets.  Lift the lid on this hopper and pour in the pellets.  The size of this hopper will…
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What should I look for when I shop for pellets?

Manufacturers of pellets produce a standard or premium grade of fuel. There is an accredited program that is designed to help homeowners identify consistently reliable pellets from producers.  A quality mark has been established by the Pellet Fuel Institute (PFI) Standards Program.  Pellet manufacturers that choose to participate in this program are subject to regular,…
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How are pellets made?

Wood pellets are made by recycling wood waste. It’s a fantastic way to keep tons of waste out of landfills and create an efficient fuel!  According to the Pellet Fuel Institute, there are over 1,000,000 homes in the USA and Canada that use pellets to stay comfortable in the winter. Most pellets are made from…
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How efficient are pellet stove and inserts?

The literature for most pellet stoves and inserts today list efficiencies in the range of the low 70% to the low 80% range.  Because of the fine ash when burning pellets, it is very important to clean the stove on a regular basis.  This ash collects on the heat exchange tubes and other surfaces in…
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Why does my pilot light go out?

If you follow the instructions above to light your pilot light, make sure you keep holding down the control knob in the ignite position for as long as a minute after the pilot light has been lit by the igniter. This helps to make sure the flame is lit and stable. If you’re still having…
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Does my pilot light need to stay on all year round?

Regardless of whether you’re using your fire all year round or not, it’s best to leave the pilot light on all year round. It will only use a tiny amount of gas and turning the pilot light off can lead to problems that will need to be fixed. Running the pilot light all year round…
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How can I re-ignite my pilot light?

First of all, ensure your gas supply is turned on. When you’re sure that it is, look for your control panel which is behind a door or behind fireplace grates. Locate igniter and on/off knobs which are beside each other. The first one is usually red or black. Then turn the on/off knob to the…
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How do I switch my gas appliance on and off?

The functions on your gas appliance will vary depending on the make and model you own. In many cases, you can turn your gas fire or stove on or off at the wall, by using a remote control or by turning the thermostat up or down. A wall switch will just turn the appliance on…
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How should I maintain my new gas burning stove or gas fireplace?

You need to have a regular gas appliance check and carry out maintenance for safety reasons. This should be done on an annual basis. You can clean the glass door on your gas stove or fireplace every couple of months to prevent sticky deposits from accumulating. However, only do this with a special glass cleaner.…
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How much does it cost to operate a gas appliance?

There are adjustable gas valves installed on fireplaces, stoves and inserts.  Adjust the flame height down and you will use less gas and realize less heat.  Adjust the amount up, and you’ll use more gas and get more heat from the unit. In the USA and some Canadian provinces, natural gas (NG) is measured in…
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What is zone heating?

This is a term that’s used when heating only a portion of your home.  When you think about it, most people spend the majority of their time only two or three rooms.  And many people like their bedrooms cooler than the rest of the house.  Zone heating warms those the area of the home that…
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What does the term ‘zero clearance’ mean?

A zero clearance (ZC) fireplace is a fireplace that has been designed to be built into a combustible frame wall.  There are small “stand-offs” on the exterior of a ZC fireplace that that can be in direct contact with 2x4 or 2x6 framing.  This makes for versatile and rather quick installations. Do not get this…
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What if the power is out to my house, will the fireplace still work?

Yes it will!  Your gas fireplace, stove or insert generates its own electricity to open and closed the gas valve. Today’s appliances use one of two types of ignition systems: 1) a standing pilot light, called a “millivolt system” or, 2) an intermittent pilot ignition often referred to as an IPI or electronic ignition system. …
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Why does my flame look blue when I turn my fireplace on?

This is not uncommon.  Combustion air levels could be a bit low and the draft will take a couple of minutes to get well established.  It normally takes a few minutes for the flames to adjust on a cold start.  LP seems to have a tendency to look a little more bluish on start-up than…
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Is there a difference between a gas fireplace and a gas fireplace insert?

Yes, there definitely is a difference!  These are NOT synonymous terms!  A gas fireplace is designed to be built into a framed wall.  This is done during construction or a remodeling project.  There is an insulated shell around the firebox that provides protection against overheating any wooden framing members.  Gas fireplaces can be vented horizontally…
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Is there a burn-in procedure for a new fireplace, stove or insert?

On a new appliance, there are oil residues from the manufacturing process.  Your new equipment has also been painted with a high temperature paint.  It normally takes an hour or two of curing time to burn the excess oil residues off and for the paint to completely cure.  During this time, the fireplace may have…
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Why does the glass on my fireplace turn black?

This can be more of a problem, but can be corrected by a competent fireplace service technician.  The black is the result of soot from incomplete combustion.  One of these scenarios is likely occurring:  1) the air to fuel ratio is not adjusted properly, 2) the logs are not positioned exactly as the manufacturer specifies,…
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Why does the glass on my fireplace fog up when I turn it on?

There is a temperature difference between the air inside of the fireplace and the air in the room.  Warmer air has more moisture than cooler air.  When the fireplace is turned on, the temperature inside the fireplace begins to warm up and condensation forms on the cooler glass.  The water vapor in the warmer air…
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How much should I pay?

In this ever changing world, it's interesting to note that over the past 125+ years, some things don't change!  Your WE LOVE FIRE expert is absolutely committed to quality:  Quality people, quality products and quality service. The Common Law of Business Balance states: There is scarcely anything in the world that some one cannot make…
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I’m having chimney drafting problems. Why is this?

You know you have chimney drafting problems if you see smoke coming back into your home rather than going up and out of your chimney. There’s no one answer to solve this problem and there could be numerous reasons behind the issue. The first golden rule is to have a properly-installed wood burning stove or…
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Can I convert my wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?

You can indeed! Use gas logs, inserts or fit a gas stove to change your wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace. Bear in mind that you’ll need a gas or propane supply and adequate venting to do this. One of our professional fitters will need to carry out checks to help your work out…
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How are radiant heat and convection heat different?

For convection heat, air blows over a heating element and absorbs the heat, which is then blown by convection into your room. This lifts the ambient temperature and creates warmth. Radiant heat works by heating objects and people in a room and is therefore less effective at raising ambient temperatures. However, in smaller spaces radiant…
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What regulations must I be aware of when installing my wood burning appliance?

Firstly, refer to your owner’s manual, which every wood burning fireplace, insert, or stove should come with. In the manual, you’ll find detailed instructions and installation regulations as well as diagrams or pictures to show the clearance requirements. When buying an older model, it may not have been tested or listed. Therefore, refer to the…
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When choosing a wood burning stove is a catalytic or non-catalytic stove better?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set clean air standards, which mean that wood burning stoves must now contain a re-burn system. These are special components that reduce particle pollution and they come in two different types - catalytic and non-catalytic. Catalytic wood stoves have a tiny combustor. When you shut off the damper, smoke…
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Are wood burning stoves clean and environmentally friendly?

Recently, the regulations against polluting wood burning stoves have tightened. The Environmental Protection Agency has set out regulations about how much pollution a wood burning appliance can emit. The reason behind this is that, as part of the combustion process, the smoke from a wood burning fire contains harmful gases and particles. Prior to the…
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What is the Best Kind of Wood to Burn

Your choice of wood will have an effect on how your wood burning appliance performs and how long a lifespan it will have. Also, the type of wood you choose will have an effect on the maintenance and service requirements for your fireplace, stove, or insert. Finally, the wood can influence the heat your appliance…
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What’s the capacity of my wood burning appliance for heating my home?

This really depends. The most influential factor is the size of your firebox in cubic feet. Larger fireboxes can burn more fuel, therefore heating a larger space more effectively. Other important factors are the kind of wood you burn and how well insulated your home is. This includes the quality of your doors and windows…
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How should I maintain my new gas burning stove or gas fireplace?

You need to have a regular gas appliance check and carry out maintenance for safety reasons. This should be done on an annual basis. You can clean the glass door on your gas stove or fireplace every couple of months to prevent sticky deposits from accumulating. However, only do this with a special glass cleaner.…
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Why Is There Water On The Inside Glass Of My Gas Fireplace?

When starting a fireplace, many experience condensation or fog on the glass for the first few moments. This shouldn’t cause any concern as it is part of the normal process of condensation that occurs when water vapor condenses onto a cool surface. Here is what you need to know.

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Why a Fireplace Insert?

Do you have a house with a wood burning fireplace that doesn’t provide any heat to your home? What can be done to provide more heat to your family room? Let’s discuss why a fireplace insert is a terrific way to update that old, inefficient outdated fireplace.

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When to Close My Fireplace Damper

What’s the purpose of a fireplace damper? When should it be open or closed? What if it doesn’t work? For these answers and more, keep reading.

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Which Electric Fireplace is the Best?

Which electric fireplace is the best? We have our favorites for good reasons. Before getting that answer, let us explain what is important to consider when it comes to electric fireplaces.

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What is Creosote?

What is Creosote? Where does it come from? How to prevent its buildup in your chimney? This article answers these questions and offers a guide to ensure you keep your family safe while enjoying your fireplace!

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Where Do I Put a Fireplace in My House?

Adding a fireplace to your home adds value and a tremendous source of comfort. What are the requirements to consider before installing a fireplace? Is it different whether it is wood, gas or electric? This article provides great information on what is physically necessary to consider before installing a fireplace.

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How to Light a Fire in My Fireplace?

Ready to use your fireplace? Starting a fire may sound simple at first, but failing at doing it may feel embarrassing and even create some problems. This article offers practical advice to light a fire and two proven methods that are easy to put into practice.

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What Happens to a Fireplace When It Rains?

What happens to your fireplace and chimney when it rains? Does it have any impact? Will the rain create damages to my chimney? This article explains the effect of water infiltrations and gives the solution to prevent problems from happening to your chimney.

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How Much Wood Will My Fireplace Use?

How much firewood do you need to buy or cut for the coming winter? This article explains what variables to consider when heating with wood. Several factors will be at play to determine how much firewood is needed to go through a whole winter.

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Using a Gas Fireplace When the Power is Out

Can I use my gas fireplace when the power is out? How does it work? This article explains how to start and use a gas fireplace during a power outage.

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Who Sells Fireplace Accessories?

Fireplace Accessories make a difference when it comes to upgrade the look and impact it has in your home. Which ones are the most popular? Where do we find them? Are there rules to follow? This article answers these questions.

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How is a Gas Fireplace Installed?

How are gas fireplaces installed? Some online resources may show a step by step process to help the DIY in you. Gas fireplaces involve fire and gas, inside the home! Understanding the process is important. Having the certified experts to do the work is of the outmost importance. This article highlights what is involved in installing a gas fireplace.

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Who Does Fireplace Remodeling?

Remodeling an older fireplace is fun and will increase the value of your home. Where do we start and how do we get this done? This articles provides good insight on the options available and 3 steps to follow to make of this project a success.

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HOW CAN I PREVENT A CHIMNEY FIRE?

How to prevent chimney fires? This article explains the importance of chimney maintenance and also, offers great tips for the every day use of a wood stove or fireplace.

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Where To Find Fireplace Parts?

Where to find fireplace replacement parts? As fireplaces get older, some maintenance is necessary to ensure optimum efficiency. Finding replacement parts for an older fireplace can be tricky, but the We Love Fire expert can help out!

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Can a Fireplace Be Painted?

Do you want to upgrade the look of your fireplace at a very low cost? Painting your fireplace might be the perfect option. This article offers practical advice to make of your project a successful one.

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What is a Pellet Grill?

What is a pellet grill? They are becoming very popular! The flavors, the smokiness and the versatility are what our experts like the most.

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Why Do I Need a Blower Fan on My Fireplace?

Do I need a blower fan for my fireplace? Will it make my stove more efficient? What are the pros and cons? Read on for an expert’s answers to these questions.

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How to Modernize and Update a Gas Fireplace

Does your old gas fireplace clash with your modern tastes? There are some inexpensive ways to update a gas fireplace and several options to suit your decor.

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