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Archive for December 2012

Most of us have already enjoyed the pleasure of a water lounger and a floating ice chest, and of course who hasn't enjoyed a swim-up bar? Oh the pleasures of the water, sun and the sand. Apparently, the creators of the Floating Flamer barbecue haven't heard the old adage that you should wait an hour after eating before swimming. Because they want you grilling up burgers and hot dogs while you're frolicking in the waves. More

Outdoor living remains one of the fastest-growing segments of residential construction. As homeowners look to extend living and entertainment spaces without greatly impacting budgets, more are choosing to build out formal outdoor spaces. Increasingly, buyers and homeowners are demanding more sophisticated features that can serve their needs year-round. This trend is evidenced by the growing popularity of outdoor-specific appliances, covered patios and decks, and fire pits/fireplaces. More

We're a long way from summer, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some of the high points of that season. Snowfall and freezing temperatures are no impediment for the hardcore grill master. Scott Drawbaugh, director of merchandising for the lawn-and-garden division at Westlake Ace Hardware, said there's no reason to retire the grill until May, citing a Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association survey that found 56 percent of households grill in the winter. More

The warm glow of a fireplace is one of nature's simple gifts. To keep things simple and safe, clean the fireplace regularly and know that it is well built. It's also a good idea to have a professional initially inspect the fireplace and chimney even if you plan to clean and maintain it yourself, according to Ken Robinson, of the Chimney Safety Institute of America. More

The battle for the grill has raged on for decades since the introduction of grills with gas tanks. Each side has their own theories as to why one is better than the other. Well, the reality is there is an answer to the age-old question, and as you may have guessed, it's based on the science. More

Fireplaces can be a wood-burning open masonry fireplace, the traditional Santa Claus entry point, a factory-built wood-burning fireplace, or an insert. Wood stoves or fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected by a qualified, licensed specialist annually. Without annual maintenance, creosote, a flammable tar-like substance, can build up inside the chimney and flue, becoming a potential fire hazard. More

As Christmas nears, deadly fires or those that displace entire families for the holidays are especially heartbreaking. And with rising winter heating costs, some consumers are looking elsewhere for a cheaper way to keep warm, unaware that the alternatives can come with increased risks. Fire departments everywhere are urging people to be more vigilant and properly inform themselves to prevent potentially damaging or deadly accidents. More

A lot of homeowners are thinking about installing pellet stoves to stay warm this winter, and for good reason: They burn cleanly, produce tons of heat and require little maintenance. And people who own pellet stoves absolutely love them. More

Laura Streitman says deciding to install three wood-burning fireplace inserts in her Butler County home was not a tough decision. "It was the cost," she says about heating the all-electric home. "The first bill we got, I think, was about $650." Now, she says, they have cut that amount by about 30 percent by turning to zone heating as a way of paying less to stay warm. More

Nothing beats the winter chill like a cozy fire in the fireplace. But sparks, hot glass and chimney fires can quickly turn a fireplace into a hazard without some preparation and diligence. According to Bob Martin, owner of Monroe Fireplace, a few simple precautions can protect your home and its inhabitants. More

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Lauren Kossakowski  Lauren Kossakowski
07/24/2015   12:03:39 PM
Thank you for your blog article.Thanks Again. Great.

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