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Where should I put my outdoor fireplace?

Congratulations! You're taking the plunge and investing in an outdoor fireplace. While that is the first step toward building an outdoor extension of your home, what comes next could have a big impact on the overall feel of your space. You have to decide where you're going to install your fireplace. Here are some tips that could help make the decision a little easier.

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Is your gas fireplace safe?


The vast majority of today's gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts are designed as a sealed system known as "direct vent." Direct vent fireplaces bring 100 percent of the air needed for the fire from outside the home and exhaust all of the combustion by-products outside the home as well. The result is a balanced system that increases efficiency, provides optimal heat, conserves energy and ensures a clean healthy indoor air quality.

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Outdoor cooking can be enjoyed for less

Stoves on wheels have definite advantages over stoves in stones, Mike Buckiso says. "When the weather gets lousy, you can roll them over to the door at the patio and cook without going outside," the co-owner of Fireplace & Patioplace in Mt. Lebanon says. His comment points to an advantage of having a stove that is not mounted into a dramatic and beautiful stone construction that generally is the centerpiece of an outdoor kitchen. It points to the question of whether that outside kitchen is necessary at all. Read More 

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Heat up your grilling game

More than 95 percent of Americans have cooked outdoors in the past year and 80 percent of U.S. households have an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. To help your grilling, Russ Faulk, author of "Cook:Out," shares some techniques. Read More 

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Shopping for a fire pit

People have sat around an open fire outdoors for centuries. Not only does fire provide warmth and light, but also it offers a relaxing setting for conversation and socialization. The outdoor fire pit has transformed the concept of backyard entertaining. Homeowners understand how a fire pit can add value to a home and make their yard an inviting place to be on a summer evening or a chilly autumn night. Outdoor fire pits are a relatively new creation that continue to grow in popularity. Once available strictly through specialty retailers, fire pits can now be found on the shelves of many home improvement and big box stores as well as online. Read More

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Wood seen as popular, cheap option to heat homes

Many consumers are still avid fans of using wood to heat their homes despite other more eco-friendly alternatives such as renewable energy. The reliance of burning wood as a main heating source is popular throughout the U.S., but its use has increased by 50 percent in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions from 2005 to 2012, said the Energy Information Administration. Read More

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Can a gas fireplace be installed in a home that runs on oil?

If you use oil for heating, there's nothing stopping you from having a gas fireplace. Your home probably isn't equipped for natural gas, but never fear; you can install a propane fireplace, which is just as efficient as a natural gas one. Read More

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10 steps to positive change

Spring is in the air and many of us are looking at making some refreshing changes to our homes. It's my belief that making small, carefully considered modifications to a home can make a meaningful difference to how it feels. Here are 10 simple things a homeowner can do to improve their home without breaking the bank account. Read More

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Fireplaces can be focal point of room

Fireplaces and their accompanying mantels and surrounds have always been, and continue to be, one of the main focal points of a home. Styles range from a simple shelf on a stone or brick fireplace wall to a shelf with breast and legs all the way to a full ceiling height installation with columns and over mantel paneling. Read More

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Proper fireplace maintenance saves time, money and accidents

On the heels of an unusually frigid winter, it's important for homeowners to take a critical look at their fireplaces to assess if any damage was sustained from the season's heavy usage. Cracks in the hearth or a build-up of soot are especially important conditions to note and have rectified. To help you inspect your fireplace, here are some life-saving tips for keeping the home fires burning — safely. Read More

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Congratulations! You're taking the plunge and investing in an outdoor fireplace. While that is the first step toward building an outdoor extension of your home, what comes next could have a big impact on the overall feel of your space. You have to decide where you're going to install your fireplace. Here are some tips that could help make the decision a little easier.


The vast majority of today's gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts are designed as a sealed system known as "direct vent." Direct vent fireplaces bring 100 percent of the air needed for the fire from outside the home and exhaust all of the combustion by-products outside the home as well. The result is a balanced system that increases efficiency, provides optimal heat, conserves energy and ensures a clean healthy indoor air quality.

Stoves on wheels have definite advantages over stoves in stones, Mike Buckiso says. "When the weather gets lousy, you can roll them over to the door at the patio and cook without going outside," the co-owner of Fireplace & Patioplace in Mt. Lebanon says. His comment points to an advantage of having a stove that is not mounted into a dramatic and beautiful stone construction that generally is the centerpiece of an outdoor kitchen. It points to the question of whether that outside kitchen is necessary at all. Read More 

More than 95 percent of Americans have cooked outdoors in the past year and 80 percent of U.S. households have an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. To help your grilling, Russ Faulk, author of "Cook:Out," shares some techniques. Read More 

People have sat around an open fire outdoors for centuries. Not only does fire provide warmth and light, but also it offers a relaxing setting for conversation and socialization. The outdoor fire pit has transformed the concept of backyard entertaining. Homeowners understand how a fire pit can add value to a home and make their yard an inviting place to be on a summer evening or a chilly autumn night. Outdoor fire pits are a relatively new creation that continue to grow in popularity. Once available strictly through specialty retailers, fire pits can now be found on the shelves of many home improvement and big box stores as well as online. Read More

Many consumers are still avid fans of using wood to heat their homes despite other more eco-friendly alternatives such as renewable energy. The reliance of burning wood as a main heating source is popular throughout the U.S., but its use has increased by 50 percent in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions from 2005 to 2012, said the Energy Information Administration. Read More

If you use oil for heating, there's nothing stopping you from having a gas fireplace. Your home probably isn't equipped for natural gas, but never fear; you can install a propane fireplace, which is just as efficient as a natural gas one. Read More

Spring is in the air and many of us are looking at making some refreshing changes to our homes. It's my belief that making small, carefully considered modifications to a home can make a meaningful difference to how it feels. Here are 10 simple things a homeowner can do to improve their home without breaking the bank account. Read More

Fireplaces and their accompanying mantels and surrounds have always been, and continue to be, one of the main focal points of a home. Styles range from a simple shelf on a stone or brick fireplace wall to a shelf with breast and legs all the way to a full ceiling height installation with columns and over mantel paneling. Read More

On the heels of an unusually frigid winter, it's important for homeowners to take a critical look at their fireplaces to assess if any damage was sustained from the season's heavy usage. Cracks in the hearth or a build-up of soot are especially important conditions to note and have rectified. To help you inspect your fireplace, here are some life-saving tips for keeping the home fires burning — safely. Read More

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