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Should I Buy a Propane or Charcoal Grill?

January 8, 2022 Published by Leave your thoughts

When picking out a grill, one question always comes to mind: “Is a propane or charcoal grill healthier?” There are several factors that explain why people choose one or the other. When it comes to your health and safety, propane wins by a landslide. Keep reading to learn why propane is the healthiest type of grill and why you should steer clear of charcoal. The health risks of charcoal Grills fueled with charcoal are a much greater risk to your health. Charcoal grills produce carcinogens, specifically heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). HCAs form on meat when it’s... View Article

How to Get Your Chimney Ready for Winter

December 25, 2021 Published by Leave your thoughts

Homeowners often underestimate the importance of chimney maintenance. Without proper care, your next woodburning fire could make the flue burst into flames! The chances of a fire hazard occurring are higher than you may think. This leaves homeowners wondering, “Is my chimney ready for winter?” Luckily, there are plenty of steps you can take to guarantee your home’s safety during the cold months. Keep reading for tips on how to get your chimney prepared for the winter. Inspect the chimney components Checking the various components is necessary to get your chimney prepared for the winter. Start by making sure the... View Article

Five Things Not to Burn in Your Fireplace

December 11, 2021 Published by Leave your thoughts

It can be soothing and satisfying to watch the flames licking properly-seasoned wood in a fireplace. Especially on a cold night when you’re curled up next to the fire, there’s nothing quite like the mesmerizing scene of fire’s slow consumption of a log. Wood meant for fireplaces is fine to burn, but there are some things to avoid burning in the fireplace. While it may be tempting to use the fireplace as an incinerator for unwanted paper goods or other flammable materials, there can be serious consequences if the wrong things are burned. Here are some things you should not... View Article

Safely Decorate Your Fireplace This Holiday Season

November 26, 2021 Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s nothing quite like having a cozy fire going during the holiday season. As with any open flame, it’s important to exercise proper safety precautions around a fireplace when it’s burning. That includes using safe decor for above the fireplace. There are some general rules about fireplace safety that should be followed year-round, not just during the holidays, but there are specific dangers around this time that also need to be taken into account, like decorations and guests—especially children. Here are some tips on how to safely decorate for the holidays with a fireplace. Observe the 3-foot rule One general... View Article

Update Your Fireplace on a Budget

November 12, 2021 Published by Leave your thoughts

Your fireplace provides warmth and comfort—but you want a little bit more than that. You want it to be the focal point of the room while still being functional; however, you’re afraid that a fireplace remodel will cost too much. It is possible to do fireplace design on a budget. Whether you want to try out a few things or personalize a new home, here are inexpensive fireplace updates that could work for your situation. Add a mantel Some people prefer the modern look of removing ornate pieces such as mantels. Others like the traditional look with a mantel above... View Article

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