Restoring a Bedroom Fireplace

Posted by Karen Duke on 9/1/2018 to Tech
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.

Is it time to replace that old prefabricated fireplace?

Posted by Karen Duke on 8/31/2018 to Tech
Learn about the primary safety concerns with old wood burning prefabricated fireplaces


Posted by Karen Duke on 8/30/2018 to Tech
Smoke stains on the outside of your fireplace are proof of a smoking problem. This is a primary safety concern because soot stains are CARBON particles. If you have soot stains inside your home, you have  also had CARBON MONOXIDE fumes in your home.

Understanding Pilot Lights on Gas Fireplaces

Posted by Karen Duke on 8/29/2018 to Tech
Has a pilot light become obsolete on gas fireplace products?

The Problem with Floating Hearths in Historic Homes

Posted by Karen Duke on 8/28/2018 to Tech
Historic homes were not built like they are today, with a solid masonry base below. Over time the weight of the hearth combined with the house settling over the decades can lead to serious fire safety issues.

Understanding Gas Efficiency: Gas Logs vs. Gas Inserts

Posted by on 8/15/2018 to Tech
Confused about the difference in gas logs versus gas inserts? Vented gas logs are just a pretty fire that provide little to no real heat gain while a gas insert can use your fireplace to heat your house! Learn more.

Protecting a Mantel from Heat Damage

Posted by on 3/3/2018 to Tech
Sometimes a gas insert will produce too much heat and can damage the finish on the mantel. Here's how we address that.

Why See-Through Fireplaces Don't Work

Posted by on 2/15/2018 to Tech
It may seem like a good idea to remove the rear wall of a fireplace to make it a see-through, but here's why it doesn't work.

Expert tip: Paint the Fireplace Black

Posted by on 1/18/2018 to Tech
Expert tip: Paint the Fireplace Black
Expert tip on how and why to paint a fireplace black

1911 Building Code

Posted by on 1/1/2018 to Tech
1911 Building codes specified that chimney liners shall be used, but other specifications offer unsound advice. Get a link to the code and some further information from us.

Where Can I Put a Propane Tank?

Posted by on 11/17/2017 to Tech

About Vent-Free Gas Appliances

Posted by Karen on 11/6/2017 to Tech
Why a vent-free gas appliance is a bad idea in an unlined chimney

Install a fireplace any where!

Posted by Karen Duke on 1/28/2017 to Tech
How do you fit a fireplace into a room that's just 12' x 12'?

Choose a small model and mount it farther up the wall! Here's how we did it.


Versatile Direct Vent Options

Posted by on 10/24/2016 to Tech
Versatile Direct Vent Options
co-axial direct vent pipe
Direct vent stoves and fireplaces offer versatile venting options for a fire in nearly any room