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Archive for September 2012

There’s a little chill in the air overnight and in the early mornings, and the first official day of Fall is Saturday.That means Mainers are starting to use their wood stoves and fireplaces.

September is finally here, and while there's still a little bit of late-summer warmth left to enjoy, it won't be long before the cool, crisp autumn weather is here to stay. This time of year is the perfect time for fathers to bond with their children over Jack-o'-lantern carving, apple picking, hayrides and playing in the leaves. After a long day of fun outdoors, it's also great to warm up beside a roaring fire. Here are a few fireplace tips to teach your kids to keep them cozy and safe all season long.

The demand for a modern, 36" multi-sided gas fireplace has brought to life Napoleon's new BGD40G featuring an elegant Topaz CRYSTALINE™ ember bed.

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The gas log fireplacehas a number of advantages over a traditional wood burning fireplace. While some of the reasons might appear to be obvious others might turn a few curious glances. Gas fireplaces do not have the same amount of realism and the impact of a wood burning fireplace but with added features gas fireplaces are widely considered realistic and beneficial enough to exceed the expectations of the hearth design.

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Wood stoves require heat shields both under and behind them to protect your home from heat damage. While many wood stoves include heat shields in their design, some do not. Refer to your wood stove to determine if external heat shields are necessary. Installing these heat shields as instructed is important for keeping your wood stove safe and efficient. Taking the time to understand the heat shield needs of your wood stove is important for your safety, and will give you ease of mind when you need to leave your house unattended.

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What's the difference between Fireplaces and Fireplace Inserts?

There is a lot of confusion about these terms. After all, a "fireplace" ought to be any place you can have a fire, right? Yep, but there is a difference anyway and today I'll lay it out for everyone.

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An annual chimney inspection is important to ensure proper safety. While these inspections will highlight your biggest problems areas, damage and fire hazards can show up throughout the year. It's a good idea to keep an eye on these important problem areas throughout the year. If any signs of damage appear, contact your chimney professional for a midyear inspection.

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No matter what sort of chimney lining you have, in time it will need to be maintained or relined. Understanding the three major types of chimney liners will help you discuss with a trusted professional the best way to line your chimney and keep your home safe and sound.

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Chimney liners are a vital element in the operation of your fireplace or wood stove. And when the liner has deteriorated, cracked or aged beyond its limit you have a choice of materials for the replacement chimney liner. Clay tile is a traditional choice for the liner, although you can also choose cement or aluminum. Stainless steel chimney linersare a popular and durable choice that delivers various benefits.

If you haven’t started storing wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove, I’d get started now. The days are already getting shorter, and before you know it summer will be over, and fall’s first chill will be in the air.

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