Selecting a Great Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces come in many different sizes and forms and it is important to choose one that best suits your lifestyle. It is recommended that homeowners appraise the advantages and disadvantages of different types of gas fireplaces and undertake research to choose the best fireplace for their long-term needs.

According to Fran Marengo at Custom Fireplaces, it’s important to decide whether to choose a vented or ventless fireplace. Ventless (or vent-free) models are incredibly efficient, as all the heat remains within the home, and because there are no pipes to buy or holes to cut, the costs of purchase and installation are lower.


Make Over Your Mantel

There are many beautiful and effective ways to decorate the mantel of a fireplace and many of these require only a few supplies that can be easily obtained, according to Better Homes and Gardens.

One option is to use just a shelf, thick wood shelf brackets and flat carved pieces of wood. All of these elements can be painted in the same colour and the shelf and brackets mounted just above the fireplace. The flat carved wood can be positioned beneath the shelf.


How to Maintain a Safe and Effective Fireplace

When cold weather approaches, one thing that many people look forward to is use their fireplace. There are few things more relaxing and comforting than a warm, safe fire.

However, to enjoy such a fire, a number of safety tips must be followed, according to Robert Reid. At least once a year, a wood-burning fireplace should be cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep. If creosote (black tar-like build up) is present, the chimney should be cleaned and inspected more regularly as excessive creosote can ignite the walls of the chimney.


Understanding Combustion

To get the best out of your wood-burning fireplace or furnace you will need to understand the processes that occur before and during combustion. With this understanding you will be able to make your burning more efficient and can reduce the costs of heating your home.

1.Water Density

When wood is first cut down, it contains roughly 50% water. After being properly seasoned in a dry place this percentage drops to around 20% and you will notice that the wood becomes lighter. When burning wet wood, the water boils and this absorbs heat, so the less water the better.