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Here's how we updated an old coal basket with a gas coal burner featuring a remote control
Posted by on 11/13/2018
Who wants to lug wood up the stairs or tote ashes down? We're often asked about installing or renovating fireplaces in bedrooms so they can burn gas. It is a controversial issue as building inspectors sometimes don't like the idea due to safety concerns.
Posted by Karen Duke on 9/1/2018
Luckily, there are many different directions you can take with home decor to personalize your own vintage style.
Posted by Karen Duke on 12/14/2017
I've found some great old antique fireplace accessories, now how do I clean and restore them?
Posted by on 8/24/2017
Before central heating, all rooms were warmed with a fireplace or, in the latter part of the Victorian era, with wood or coal stoves. So who kept all those fires going?
Posted by on 3/22/2017
How do you fit a fireplace into a room that's just 12' x 12'?
Posted by Karen Duke on 1/28/2017
Choose a small model and mount it farther up the wall! Here's how we did it.
In many turn of the century homes it's common to see a coal fireplace with a door that's an open grate. Usually this was never a proper fireplace but was a passive heating system that made use of the hot vented air from a downstairs fireplace.
Posted by on 10/7/2016