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Protecting a Mantel from Heat Damage

Sometimes a gas insert will produce too much heat and can damage the finish on the mantel. Here's how we address that.
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Why See-Through Fireplaces Don't Work

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.
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Expert tip: Paint the Fireplace Black

Expert tip: Paint the Fireplace Black

Expert tip on how and why to paint a fireplace black
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1911 Building Code

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.
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Vintage Decor: Define Your Style

Vintage Decor: Define Your Style

Luckily, there are many different directions you can take with home decor to personalize your own vintage style. 
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Aldine Style Fireplaces

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.
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Where Can I Put a Propane Tank?


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Making the Windsor Arch work when a brick fireplace is too tall

How to make a brick fireplace work with the Windsor Arch gas insert
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Can I convert my wood stove to burn gas?

Here's the reason you CANNOT convert your wood stove to burn gas.
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About Vent-Free Gas Appliances

Why a vent-free gas appliance is a bad idea in an unlined chimney
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Looking for a Chimney Sweep?

Here's our highest recommendation for a chimney sweep in the Richmond, VA area.

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Cleaning & Restoring Antique Fireplace Accessories

I've found some great old antique fireplace accessories, now how do I clean and restore them?

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Carpenter Built Mantels vs Furniture Grade Antique Mantels

The style of your antique fireplace mantel can tell a lot about your old house
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Victorian Housemaids and their Fireplace Duties

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? 
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Install a fireplace any where!

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.

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Creating a "Vintage" Tile Fireplace Surround

how to install vintage fireplace tilesLaying tile on a fireplace wall - especially an old fireplace that isn't flat and level - can be a challenge. Let us share our secret method with you.Save
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Versatile Direct Vent Options

Versatile Direct Vent Options

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Direct vent stoves and fireplaces offer versatile venting options for a fire in nearly any room
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Cleaning Soot Stains From Brick

Cleaning Soot Stains From Brick

How to clean soot stains from brick (and how to prevent that soot from happening again!)
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