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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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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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The Case for Mounting a TV Over the Fireplace

Newer mounts refute the traditional reasons to avoid placing the television over the mantel. Sometimes, the space above the fireplace is the only spot in the room where a TV will fit; products like MantelMount makes those spots work.

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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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Why Won’t Your Stove or Fireplace Ignite?

Here are some troubleshooting tips, by fuel type, that might help answer many concerns regarding ‘no ignition’.  Keep in mind these are intended to be somewhat generic in nature in order to illustrate common problems and possible solutions.

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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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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 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 the Damper on My Fireplace?

What’s the purpose of a damper in my fireplace?  Should it be open, closed or partly open when I build a fire?  What do I do if it’s an older fireplace and the damper doesn’t operate correctly?  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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Solutions for Your Fireplace on Windy Days

Do you hear wind blowing inside your fireplace? Do you have a hard time lighting it when the wind is blowing strong? Do you have smoke rolling back into the house when it’s windy outside? This article deals with the wind and how to adapt your fireplace and chimney installation to avoid those issues.

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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 to Reface a Fireplace

Refacing a fireplace can save you a lot of money while giving your fireplace a complete makeover. What is refacing? How does it work?

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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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Planning Your Outdoor Fireplace

Are you planning to get an outdoor fireplace? Do you know there are many options available to you, as well as many regulations to comply with? Find out more here.

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Can I Use a Gas Fireplace When the Power is Out?

Can I use my gas fireplace when the power it out? How does it work? What are the technologies involved? This article explains why a gas fireplace will work during a power outage. It also explains the difference between the standing pilot and electronic ignition technologies.

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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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Are wood fireplaces and wood stoves legal to use in Canada?

The straight answer is yes, and it is true in every Province. But what are the requirements? First, let’s talk about the regulations in place and upcoming ones. What is mostly known as a regulation on the Market is the EPA Certification. The EPA is the Environmental Protection Agency in the USA. The EPA has…
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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 Wood to Burn in My Fireplace?

What wood to burn in my fireplace? What is the best wood to burn and what should you avoid burning? This article aims at offering a practical guide to operate your fireplace successfully.

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Why Do I Need a Blower Fan on My Fireplace?

Do I need a fan or a blower on my fireplace? Will it make my stove more efficient? What are the pros and cons of having a fan on a fireplace? This article aims at answering these questions, from an expert’s point of view.

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What Fireplace Inserts are the Best?

What is the best fireplace insert? Upgrading your fireplace is an important investment. Choosing the best fireplace insert is very important! This step by step practical article will guide you to ward the best insert to fit your needs.

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Can a Fireplace Heat my Whole House?

Can a fireplace heat my whole house? With rising heating bills, a fireplace may be the solution to lower heating cost while making your home warmer than ever. Find out how to choose the right fireplace to heat you whole house.

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Are Fireplace Inserts Safe?

The safety of any fireplace insert depends not only on it being installed and operated correctly, but also on the safety and/or condition of your existing fireplace itself.

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How to choose the right size fireplace?

How do you choose a fireplace but most of all, its power, its heating capacity and the necessary BTUs? The climate, room dimensions and the number of windows it holds, are all factors to consider. Find out more and evaluate your needs by consulting our online BTU calculator.

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Can I put a TV above my fireplace?

Place your television set above your fireplace. Safe installation of your television. Electric fireplace and television are a good match. Some electric fireplaces are built directly within a television unit. Insert in a niche or add a shelf to prevent heat.

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Six Facts About Pellets

Pellet inserts reduce heat cost and are ecological. No chemicals are used to produce pellets. Soft wood pellets produce less ashes but are most expensive. Spring is the best time to purchase pellets.

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Benjamin Franklin – The Father of the Fireplace Insert

Benjamin Franklin is known for his excellent contribution to the creation of modern fireplace inserts. Inspired by the work of Franz Kessler and Jean Desaguliers, his invention saved several lives and brought a more efficient heating source during a serious wood shortage.

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How Technology & Fireplaces Belong Together

Technology became Increasingly present in our day-to-day life, even in fireplaces ! From easy-light control to air-wash system and mobile application, discover how these technologies have improved your appliances.

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Recognizing Gas Fireplace Issues

It’s no secret that gas fireplaces are extremely popular today. But as a mechanical device, there can be failure of components and issues with equipment. There are a few common problems that you as a homeowner, should be able to recognize.

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Fireplaces: What’s new

Looking for a stove or a fireplace ? Here is a quick overview of great new products to consider next time you visit your local fireplace store.

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8 Reasons to Choose Gas Logs

Have you ever looked into the benefits of today’s gas log sets? Fireplaces are a favorite feature among homeowners, and gas logs provide additional features that are appreciated by many for your home

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Gas vs Wood Fireplaces

Ask any Realtor and they’ll tell you that, all other things being equal, homes with fireplaces show better. There’s something about a fireplace that lends ambiance to any room, and prospective home buyers seem to like the idea of owning a home that has one of these amenities – even if they never plan to use it.

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A Short Guide To Choosing Your Next Wood Stove

Are you looking to update or supplement your heating system? Whether you need to replace an old, inefficient heating unit or you want to add a functional and attractive improvement to your favorite room, a wood stove is the prefect option.

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Tips for Off Season Fireplace and Chimney Maintenance

The best thing to do with your fireplace during the off season is to schedule maintenance and cleaning. Approximately 42% of all home fires related to heating involve chimneys and fireplaces. You will be ready for the winter and able to use your fireplace with peace of mind that your family is safe by keeping up with annual chimney maintenance. The following is more information about an annual chimney inspection and cleaning as well as other recommendations on what to do with your fireplace in summertime.

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4 Benefits of Gas Logs

When someone decides to have a beautiful new fireplace installed, there are various factors to consider. While the aesthetics of the unit is important, the type of fuel the fireplace will run on should be a more weighty factor in deciding what kind of fireplace to purchase.

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Can You Convert a Wood or Gas Fireplace to Electric?

At first glance, it may seem strange to hear about someone wanting to convert their traditional fireplace that runs on either wood or gas into an electric fireplace. But if you think about it, this conversion makes very good sense in certain instances. Let’s look at a few of them and then talk about some tips for making this conversion.

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Gas Fireplace and Stove Q&A

A great alternative to a traditional wood-burning masonry fireplace is a gas fireplace or stove. Gas-fueled fireplaces and stoves provide plenty of heat to help cut the cost of utilities in winter; and they have other benefits, as well. If you’re considering having a gas fireplace or stove installed in your home, the following related…
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Wood Stove Troubleshooting: It’s Easier than You Think

When you bought your wood stove, you were expecting to bring home an appliance that would supplement your indoor heating, likely with an eye on reducing utility bills. You may have purchased the stove to be a nice visual amenity within your home, as well. Maybe you bought the style of wood stove that can…
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Comparing Wood-Burning Stoves and Pellet Stoves

Here we’ll look at some of the differences between wood-burning and pellet stoves. Both are popular options for people who prefer not to operate a fireplace and want a little more flexibility in where they set up the stove. Both bring warmth and ambiance to a home. So the main factors prospective buyers are looking at are cost to buy and operate and convenience and efficiency of operation.

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Why Choose Gas Appliances to Heat Your Home?

Why do gas-burning heating appliances continue to grow in popularity with homeowners throughout North America? There are many reasons, and we’ll look at some of them here. We’ll also talk a little about the three primary types of gas units that make wonderful additions to any home: gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts and free-standing gas stoves.

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Upgrade Your Existing Fireplace without Replacing It

The joy of a mesmerizing fire in the fireplace can be lost, once the inefficiency of the appliance is understood. Open fireplaces can lose up to 20% more heat through the course of winter than they give back in roaring fires. If you want to upgrade the efficiency of your fireplace but without buying a…
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