A fireplace is a popular feature to have in a home, and in older homes it was originally a valuable source of heat. Today they’re prized as room focal points that add extra ambience when lit. Over the years, however, an old wood-burning fireplace can become less efficient, a hassle to maintain and a source of dirt and mess in a home. Some older fireplaces may also have inherent design flaws that make using them harder than need be.
A fireplace is the main attraction and focal point of your living area. In order to get the best use of your fireplace, having the right accessories is essential. Fireplace accessories need not be solely utilitarian in purpose as they now come in a variety of designs and styles to match the décor of just about any home. In fact, fireplace accessories can enhance the look and feel of the fireplace, adding to and even enhancing the ambiance of your home. Read on to learn more about choosing accessories that are just right for you.
As of January 1 this year, all glass walled gas fireplaces were required to have an added safety feature to keep people from being burned by the superheated glass. A barrier held away from the glass is now mandatory and this outer most wall cannot exceed a temperature of 172 degrees Fahrenheit. While 172 degrees is still hot, it’s much cooler than the 500 degrees that the surface of a gas fireplace can reach. This new safety feature is particularly important in homes with children or pets, who may be lulled into a false sense of security because the fire is fully encased.
Fire pits have evolved by leaps and bounds from the time of a simple campfire or stone paver ring. New styles have come onto the market to fit every aesthetic and space – from ultra-modern to tiny tabletop fire pits.
Winter is coming and the time for hot soups and warm fires is drawing near. Whether you already own a fireplace or you’re looking into getting one, there are some important things to consider before firing up. Fireplace maintenance is often neglected and leads to thousands of fires each year.
Fire pits have become a popular backyard trend recently. They’re beautiful, functional, fit just about any space and people love gathering around captivating dancing flames.