Chimney Lining Requirements for Historic Homes

September 29, 2014 @ 3:54 PM

We're often asked if a chimney liner is required in an old home that was originally built without one. The real answer is that it depends on how you'll use the chimney.

If you're using the chimney for its original intended purpose of burning wood or coal, then generally the building code requirements in effect at the time the house was built will apply under standard practices of grandfathering codes. For example, if the codes in effect in your area in 1905 did not require a chimney liner then code bodies will not normally force you to install a chimney liner now AS LONG AS YOU'RE NOT CHANGING ITS ORIGINAL INTENDED USE - in other words if you will continue to burn wood or coal in this chimney.

HOWEVER, just because you ............

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Old Time Tile Projects

September 25, 2014 @ 12:56 PM


I scour the internet and vintage book stores for vintage fireplace photos, old stove ads, old mantel catalogs and the like. These 2 projects are from 1920's cigarette trading cards. Visit us often as I'll share as many of these as I can!

Here's how to make a wooden window box and face the outside with tile. This idea is as fresh today as it was 100 years ago. I need an assortment of these for my own dormer windows!









Of course, we cary vintage reproduction tiles that would be perfect for this
project! Here are a few samples, but be sure and check out our complete
selection of vintage style ceramic tiles
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Bathroom Fireplaces

September 23, 2014 @ 7:10 AM

One of the hottest design trends today is the bathroom fireplace, a once-great idea that has been rediscovered! Many old Victorian homes feature large bathrooms with a fireplace because indoor plumbing didn't come along (at least for common folk) until some of these old homes were already decades old.
It was common to convert a bedroom into a bathroom, and since the room already had a fireplace it was easier to leave it there than to tear it out. In the early days of indoor plumbing (often before central heating, too) baths were the norm; there was no hot shower to help warm the room. You might not even be the first one to bathe in that tub full of water so it could be pretty nippy by the time your turn came ...

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Why an Electric Fireplace?

September 20, 2014 @ 6:04 AM



Got a room that needs a cozy focal point? An electric fireplace or insert  brings your room together perfectly... and brings the family together, too.

Our selection includes a variety of styles, including specialty reproduction styles for historic homes or a vintage decor, contemporary wall mounted models plus modern European styles. We offer log effect fires, coal effect fires and even fires featuring stones, salt rocks and crystals.

FLICKERING FLAME TECHNOLOGY continues to develop electric fires that are simply mesmerizing. Many visitors in our store actually have to ask which fireplaces are electric and which ones are gas! New LED models offer twinkling flame effects while also providing decades of .........

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How to Decorate Your Mantel

September 18, 2014 @ 7:10 AM

Your fireplace is the natural focal point of the room, so make a statement by choosing treasured items that you want to display. The general rule is to choose a tall item for the center of the mantel, and shorter objects on either side.

A simple style that works for both formal and contemporary rooms is to place one large mirror, painting or portrait centered above the mantel, and matching candles (or other tall narrow items) on either end of the mantel shelf.

Another method is to mix and match the items displayed on your mantel. Again, begin with the mirror or artwork centered above the mantel. On one side choose a single tall item such as a vase, candelabra, tall mantel clock, sculpture or other bold piece......

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Custom Electric Fireplace Project

September 15, 2014 @ 1:06 PM

Did you know that we do TONS of custom fireplace projects? Thanks to camera phones, Photoshop and e-mail, we're even able take away all the mystery by showing you how the finished project will look!

Here's an e-mail I got today:

Interested in electric insert but need help! I have attached a photo of the situation I have in a NYC apartment--- an old mantle sitting on top of onyx hearth, both of which I installed several years ago. Love the mantle but have never been happy with outcome. The opening is roughly 31 1/2 wide by 28 1/2 high. The depth of the opening is just shy of 11 inches.

I suggested a 28" Classic Electric Insert with a custom trim panel that fits to the INSIDE edge of this lovely mantel, rather than a standard ...

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Why Does My Fireplace Stink?

September 8, 2014 @ 12:39 PM

I had a guy in the store last week who was desperate to stop the stinky "burnt ham" smell coming from his fireplace. Why does this happen?

 Sometimes cleaning the chimney will help some, as removing the solid particulates (soot and creosote) will take away some odor. When wood burns, some of that smoke cools down and becomes solid and is absorbed into the clay tile liners or brick and mortar inside of your fireplace. And like a dirty clay fire pot, those stains - and the smells that accompany them - will never truly be removed.

You'll notice these odors most on warm days or rainy days. In the summer your chimney contains a column of air that's cooler than the outside temperature. Since warm air rises and cool air ...

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