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Brand Spotlight - TimberCraft Metal Art

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TimberCraft Metal Art outdoor fire pit and fireplace logs stand triumphantly at the intersection of art, functionality, and sustainability. Making their debut in 2012, TimberCraft Metal Art created their log sets to meet a need in the high-end fire pit and fireplace market. Homeowners needed a hand crafted steel log set that was high-quality, yet affordable and easy to install - and these log sets were designed to deliver.

Made from 100% reclaimed steel, each TimberCraft log set is hand crafted by metal artisans right here in the USA. As a result, each log set boasts a unique touch and an attention to detail uncommon in mass produced products. Constructed from either 1/8” or 1/4” steel, these durable log sets will last at least three times longer than ceramic logs. Designed with age in mind, natural rust and aging cause a deep brown color to develop over the logs, creating a more natural wooden look over time. 
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On top of aesthetics and design, TimberCraft log sets boast functionality and ease of installation. The nature of a steel log set means it will absorb and radiate heat more efficiently than ceramic logs. After 10-20 minutes heating up, these logs will stay warm long after the fire is turned off, radiating heat for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy. And their ease of installation means you can set up your log set in 15 minutes or less, with no fork lifts or heavy equipment involved!

So, if you’re looking to spruce up your backyard with a new gas fire pit or searching for a new log set for your existing fire pit, check out TimberCraft log sets and enjoy their beauty and functionality for years to come!

Chimney Liner Materials

All of the chimney liners at Woodland Direct are made of a stainless steel alloy. Different alloy types are used for different fuel sources. Follow this guide to gain a better idea of which type of alloy best suits your needs.


304L-alloy: This alloy is both economical and versatile. It does a great job preventing corrosion in wood burning environments and wood burning applications. 304L is significantly different from basic 304 stainless steel, as it is much more resilient to corrosives and rust. This makes it an excellent choice for solid fuels such as wood or wood pellets.

316L-alloy: This alloy has more molybdeenum and nickel and slightly less chromium than 304-alloy. The result of these slight differences is that the 316 stainless steel is substantially more resistant to corrosion. Taking this one level further, 316L is processed as a low-carbon alloy, making it more resistant to corrosion than basic 316. 316L is an excellent alloy for coal, oil, and non-condensing or lower efficiency gas appliances. 

316Ti-alloy: With the added molbdenum and titanium in this alloy, you'll enjoy excellent corrosion resistance in acidic environments and high heat corrosion resistance. This durable stainless steel alloy is a great choice for wood, coal, oil and non-condensing gas.

AL29-4c-alloy The most corrosion resistant of all alloys, this alloy is a superferritic stainless steel designed by Allegheny Ludlum in the early 1980's. It is good for all gas appliances, especially higher efficiency, high-condensing appliances. AL29-4C works best for combating the high acidic bi-product of burning corn. With the lower temperatures of burning corn and high-efficiency gas furnaces, this alloy is the best choice; however, it is not as good as 316Ti in high temperature environments. 

Guide To Product Certifications

Here at Woodland Direct, we are proud to offer a wide range of products officially certified for safety and performance. As you browse our site, you will encounter a number of different certifications recognized by governments and major product testing organizations alike. Hats off to those shoppers that have done their homework; however, many people remain unaware of the significance of such certifications. That's where Woodland Direct would like to help.

We have compiled a list of certifications you will find on our site and across the industry, giving you the essentials about the significance of each.

ANSI Certified

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1918 that oversees the development and use of standards in the United States for products, services, processes, and more. ANSI accredits standards that ensure characteristics and performance of products, the use of definitions and terms, and product testing are all consistent. At Woodland you can find a wide range of ANSI Certified Fire PitsANSI Certified Indoor Fireplaces, and ANSI Certified Gas Logs.

CE Certified

CE certification denotes compliance with applicable laws regarding safety, health, environment, and consumer protection as they pertain to countries in the European Economic Area (EEA). CE Certification can be seen on products outside of the EEA if they were either exported out of the EEA or are products for which the EEA is a prime market. You can easily view our CE Certified Gel & Ethanol Fireplaces.

CSA Certified

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a non-profit standards organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and comprised of representatives from industry, government, and consumer groups. The CSA Certification denotes a product that has been tested and meets recognized standards of safety and performance. At Woodland, we have an extensive collection of CSA Certified Indoor FireplacesCSA Certified Outdoor Fireplaces, and CSA Certified Fire Pits.

EcoLogo Certified

EcoLogo certification is given by Environment Canada, a department of the Canadian government. The certification is part of the Environmental Choice Program and denotes environmentally friendly products. This prestigious certification is designed so that only the top 20% of products in the market can receive the certification. EcoLogo certifications cover many products and industries and can be seen in our Gel & Ethanol Fireplace line.

EPA Certified

The Environmental Protection Agency is a federal agency aimed at keeping people and the environment healthy, with legislation affecting our land, air, water, endangered species, and hazardous waste. Within the fireplace and hearth industry, you will see “EPA certified” in reference to wood burning stoves and inserts (gas burning stoves and inserts are by nature cleaner burning and do not require EPA certification).

An EPA certified wood stove will meet the following emissions criteria: 4.1 grams/hour of particle matter for catalytic stoves or 7.5 grams/hour for non-catalytic stove. This means that EPA certified stoves are designed to have better insulation and air flow, resulting in a cleaner burn and less smoke. The result is a more efficient wood stove, cleaner air inside and outside your home, and a lower heating bill!

You can rest at ease, as most of the wood stoves on the market today are EPA certified. However, we made it easy and put our wide selection of EPA Certified Wood Stoves all in one place for you.

OMNI Certified

OMNI-Test Laboratories, Inc is dedicated to testing and certifying products in the hearth industry to meet emissions and safety standards. When you see the OMNI certified label, you can rest assured that this product has tested environmental and safety standards recognized by significant accreditation bodies, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the International Accreditation Service, Inc (IAS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At Woodland Direct, you will find OMNI Certified Gel & Ethanol Fireplaces, and OMNI Certified Wood Burning Fireplaces.

UL Listed

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a US federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) nationally recognized testing laboratory. UL has a long, trusted history of safety related certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, advising, and training. To be “UL Listed” means that UL has tested representative samples of a product and have found it to meet UL’s standards for safety. You will find UL Listed products across many of our lines, including UL Listed Gel and Ethanol Fireplaces, UL Listed Fire Pits, UL Listed Outdoor Fireplaces, UL Listed Indoor Fireplaces, and UL Listed Chimney Systems.

ULC Listed
This certification reflects a UL Listed product in the context of Canadian standards for safety. You can find ULC Gel & Ethanol Fireplaces and ULC Chimney Systems.

Chimney Liner Types

There are three basic types of liners to choose from when you decide it's time to reline your chimney - Easy-Flex, Heavy-Flex, and Rigid. Easy-Flex and Heavy-Flex liners both offer some adaptability; the former is a light and flexible liner, while the latter is constructed with a heavier material but will still yield flexibility. Unlike the other two, Rigid liners have a fixed construction. The traditional rigid liner must be assembled into sections after purchase. Continue reading to find an in-depth analysis of the three types of liners.

This is the most popular liner in the market today. Over 85% of chimney reline projects today use the Chimney Champion Easy-Flex liner. Professionals and home owners choose this material due to its light weight and ease of installation. Don't let the terms "light" or "easy' mislead you, however; this liner has the same lifetime warranty as the Heavy-Flex and Rigid liners. The Chimney Champion Liner is 100% UL Listed and approved in the USA and ULC approved for Canada. The liner is .006" thick, making it the perfect combination of strength and durability, while maintaining its light flexible properties. Easy-Flex liners are recommended for all fuel types and can be made in four varying size shapes. 

The Chimney Champion Heavy-Flex Liner is built to last and is used in the most extreme harsh conditions of solid fuel burning such as wood or coal. Don't be shy when scrubbing it clean with your toughest wire brush; it can withstand a beating. Even though the liner is flexible, it is recommended for mostly straight chimneys and the components for this liner must be screwed or riveted together. The Heavy-Flex liner is smooth on it's inside walls, making it more difficult for creosote to build up inside. As mentioned before this liner is extremely heavy and would require help to lower the liner into the chimney using a "lift" or a top-mounted winch to pull the liner up the chimney. This kind of liner is 100% UL Listed and approved in the USA and ULC approved for Canada. It is also available in four varying size shapes.

The inside walls of the Rigid liner are extremely smooth and make it very difficult for creosote to build up on.  It will withstand the harshest conditions of solid fuel burning, as well as withstanding rigorous cleaning from a stiff wire brush. Rigid liner must be assembled in sections as it is lowered into the chimney. It is recommended for straight and preferably short chimney runs. 

Fireplace Firebacks - General Information

If you use a wood burning fireplace to heat your home, you want it to be as efficient as it can be. Fireplace firebacks are constructed of cast iron or stainless steel materials and are placed on the back wall of the fireplace to radiate heat from the fire into the room. 

When choosing a size of fireback, you will need to consider both the size of your firebox and the size of the fires that will burn in your fireplace. You want the fireback to be large enough to shield the back wall of the fireplace from the raging flames.  
If the back wall of your fireplace is perpendicular to the hearth floor, you can simply rest the fireback against the back wall. For those fireboxes with slanted firewalls, the use of fireback feet or boots are required for safe installation. These accessories secure the fireback, so it will not tip over. Depending on your fireplace setup, you also may need to raise the fireback off the floor to ensure that it's elevated enough to radiate heat into the room.  An easy fix is to simply place a few bricks underneath the fireback to raise it up to the appropriate level. It is also important to make sure that the firebox is centered within the firebox for best results

Firebacks are not only functional, but they can add a decorative flare to your hearth and complement the overall design of your home. You can find a wide range of designs that span from plain and conservative to edgy and ornate. Purchasing and installing a fireback is an easy way to open your hearth to more creativity and make it unique from all the others.

Like what you're hearing? Woodland Direct offers the largest selection of fireplace hearth products online. Contact one of our technical sales representatives today for additional service. 

5 Quart Cast Iron Wood Stove Humidifier with Chrome Handle - Product Review

Nothing compares to gathering the family around a warm, roaring fire when the weather cools off. However, many times the dry heat can cause the air in the room to dry out making it uncomfortable. A wood stove humidifier is a great way to alleviate this problem quickly and easily and without spending a fortune or adding an eyesore.

Wood stove humidifiers are designed to add the moisture back into the air that is lost from the dry heat your wood stove creates. One of the most classic and elegant designs is a traditional black, cast iron kettle style humidifier like the 5 Quart Cast Iron Wood Stove Humidifier with Chrome Handle.

Constructed of solid cast iron (and clearly heavy-duty at 12 lbs), this humidifier is sure to stand the test of time. Its classic simplicity will never go out of style and will stand out against any fireplace. It holds up to 5 quarts of water ensuring it will last through many of your evening fires. The safe, heat regulating chrome coiled handle will ensure you don’t get burned when moving it around.

Simply fill the wood stove kettle with water and place it on top of your wood stove. As the wood stove heats up the water inside will warm and begin to evaporate creating steam that will slowly release through the spout. This steam will increase the humidity in the room, countering the dry air produced by the fire and adding moisture back into the room, keeping you warm and comfortable so you can enjoy the fire.

Lava Rocks – General Information

Lava_Rocks Each day explosions of ash, fire, and lava erupt from volcanoes leaving cooled remains commonly known as lava rocks. One of the most common materials found on earth, lava rock is readily available and very reasonably priced for use in variety of household projects including decorating, building materials, and barbequing. Conveniently, because these rocks are naturally formed, they vary in size and shape and come in small, medium, and large to suit your needs.

You’ll most commonly see lava rocks used as a landscaping material or in barbeque grills. While lava rocks are great for both, many homeowners are using them when converting or updating wood burning fireplaces and fire pits. Depending on the look you’re aiming for you have the option of using gas logs for a classic, traditional look or filling it with fire glass for a more contemporary, modern look. While you can certainly fill the entire fireplace or fire pit with fire glass, it is much more cost effective to use lava rock as a filler; since the only part of the fire glass that’s actually visible are the top few layers. This way you get the same expensive look but for less by using a one inch deep layer to cover the burner pan of the firebox with lava rock and then covering it with a decorative fire glass of your choice.

Determining how much fire glass and lava rock you need can be tricky. Luckily, there are helpful calculators to do most of the work for you. After answering a few simple questions regarding where the fire glass will be placed and the size of the firebox, the calculator will provide you with an accurate estimate of how much fire glass and/or lava rock you will to fill your fireplace.

Whatever your reason for implementing lava rocks into your design scheme, you’ll definitely be happy with the price and the outcome.

Fireplace Toolsets – Product Information

Fireplace_ToolsetIf you have a fireplace in your home, chances are it’s become a main focal point and it is necessary to ensure that it is well maintained and cared for. Fireplace toolsets are not only an essential part of maintaining a fireplace but they can also serve as beautiful accessories on or near your hearth.

A fireplace toolset is a collection of fireplace tools that are useful in building a fire and tending the fireplace. They are usually sold in five piece sets and generally include a poker, broom, shovel, tongs and a matching stand. Many toolsets also have coordinating ash buckets, log racks, and other accessories available separately.

Fireplace toolsets come in a variety of styles allowing them to coordinate with any design scheme. They come in a variety of finishes and sizes to suit any décor including traditional, contemporary, classic, or antique and are all beautifully decorative. Whether you’re looking for the modern look of nickel and brushed steel, the rugged look of wrought iron, or the traditional look of an antique finish – there is something that is perfect to match your fireplace and your homes style.

Fireplace tools are some of the most functional and necessary items in homes with a fireplace. Not only are they a fireplace owner’s must have, they can also become a pivotal part of your décor. Purchasing a toolset containing coordinating tools is a very attractive way to display them as pieces of art and within arm’s reach of the fireplace.

Cougar Ash Vacuum – Product Review

The Cougar Ash Vacuum is one of the top selling ash vacuums on the market. Specially designed and patented for fireplaces, grills, woodstoves, pellet, corn, and wheat stoves - it will make cleaning out all of those pesky ashes quick, neat and eCougar_Ash_Vacuumasy.

If you’re looking for all of the power of the standard ash vacuum but would prefer a quieter one, the Cougar Ash Vacuum is perfect for you. Its ultra-quiet design and superior cleaning power are unmatched. This unit employs sound dampening technology to reduce the decibel output to 79 decibels, making it much quieter than standard designs.

Incredibly similar in design to its sister vacuum, the Cheetah II Ash Vacuum, the Cougar is constructed of a rolled steel three gallon fireproof canister. The five foot hose and nozzle are made of metal and all other components are made of fire-resistant thermoplastic. Even the primary filter is fire-resistant up to 1000°F.

In addition to its safe, quiet design the patented filtration system is intended to offer the cleanest possible removal of ash. It employs dual filters that are specially engineered to retain even the finest particles within the vacuum so your home doesn’t end up with a coating of gray dust.

The Cougar Ash Vacuums utilizes a powerful six amp motor to ensure optimum cleaning power. It is available in four unique color combinations including black, red, green, and winter scene.

Cheetah II Ash Vacuum – Product Review

When the time comes to clean the ash out of your fireplace you’ll need to stock up on a few useful tools to make the job easier, cleaner, and safer. You don’t want to use a standard household vacuum or shop vacuum since they are not specifically designeCheetah_Ash_Vacd for the fine ash. You could end up with a big mess and even risk starting a fire in your vacuum.

Every component of the Cheetah II Ash Vacuum is designed with safety in mind. Constructed of rolled steel, the three gallon canister is completely fireproof. The five foot hose and nozzle are made of metal and the primary filter is fire-resistant up to 1,000°F. All of the other vacuum components are made from fire-resistant thermo-plastic. Although most ash vacuums are designed to be used strictly with cool ash, these features ensure that any sneaky hot embers that get through won’t cause a fire hazard.

The Cheetah II Ash Vacuum is equipped with a powerful 6 amp motor and patented filtration system that is specifically designed to ensure the cleanest possible removal of ash. The patented dual filtration system is specially engineered to capture even the finest ash particles ensuring that your home stays ash and odor free. Conveniently, the filters can be cleaned without opening the canister lid ensuring that the ash remains in the canister and not all over your clean home.

The Cheetah II Ash Vacuum comes in four fun color combinations to suit any style: red, black, green, and winter scene. Its 90 decibel noise level is about equal to that of a home vacuum cleaner. The included manufacturer provided, one year limited home-use warranty will ensure the product stands up to its claims.

The Cheetah II Ash Vacuum is one of the top selling ash vacuums on the market. By providing a safe, easy way to remove ash from your fireplace, grill, woodstove, or pellet stove; you’ll stop dreading the clean-up and have a spic and span fireplace in no time.

Fireplace Bellows – General Information

Thursday, September 22, 2011 0 comments Posted by Stephanie H.

Building a large, strong fire can be tricky business and it may seem like you need to be a scout leader to accomplish it. You set up the logs perfectly and prepare to relax by a roaring fire only to have it quickly die out. It shouldn’t be so difficult to start and keep a large fire going. OnBellowse possible problem is that the fire isn’t able to get enough oxygen. Don’t try to blow on the fire yourself to make it bigger, as this can be dangerous and fairly ineffective. Instead, consider investing in a decorative and functional fireplace bellow.

Typical household fireplace bellows are small, handheld devices that consist of an air chamber and a nozzle and are traditionally constructed of some type of hard wood, leather and brass. They come in a variety of materials, sizes, and qualities and are available at any price point. A few companies still make each bellow individually by hand, making them a piece of art and not just a fireplace tool. Whether you’re looking for something that is traditional in design or something a little more unique, there are dozens of designs and options making it easy to find one that will blend in with your décor. Even when you’re not using the bellow, they’re attractive enough to display proudly near your fireplace and hold unique historical connection to the household fireplace.

Using a bellow is an incredibly safe and easy way to stoke a fire. Simply separate the two handles and stand a foot or so from the fire pointing the nozzle toward the bottom of the fire and squeeze the handles back together. This causes the air chamber to contract and force air out through the nozzle which stokes the flames. The more oxygen you provide through the bellow, the larger your fire will become. As a general rule, larger bellows provide more oxygen and will help aid in obtaining a larger fire.

Whether you’re looking to add a fireplace bellow to your fireplace tool collection for function or decorative appeal, it is certain to become an essential piece of your fireplace.

Fatwood Easy Fire Starter – General Information

There are many fire starters that are available on the market but not all are created equal. Some are made of sawdust or compressed wood fibers with added petroleum based products. Many of these products contain chemicals and imageadditives that are harmful to you and the environment. Alternatively, fatwood fire starters work more effectively than other fire starters and are 100% natural and non-toxic. Derived from the roots and stumps of pine trees; fatwood contains high levels of all natural resin which allows a fire to be started with just one or two sticks and a single match.

Fatwood lights quickly even when wet, is wind resistant, and burns hot enough to light larger pieces of wood. A piece of fatwood can even be used multiple times to create tinder by shaving small curls off  of the stick and using them to light other larger pieces of wood. Many people appreciate the distinctive sweet, fresh smell of fatwood and the smoke is an excellent bug repellent. Pieces are pre-split in convenient 8" long pieces and are about three-quarters of an inch in diameter and come in a variety of sizes including 10 and 25 pound bundles. Fatwood is so simple to use whenever you need to start a fire that you'll spend less time starting it and more time enjoying it.

Fireplace Ash Vacuums

Sick of using the old sweep, shovel, and bucket technique to clean out the messy ash leftover in your fireplace after you’ve enjoyed a roaring fire? Simply replace the broom and shovel with a convenient ash vacuum. Fireplace ash vacuums make cleanup a breeze by taking the place of the traditional dustpan and broom and actually vacuuming up all of that leftover ash remaining in the fireplace. Because they are designed uniquely for fireplaces, ash vacuums are much better suited than a shop vac or household vacuum.

When used properly and well maintained, ash vacuums last for years and will make cleaning your fireplace a breeze. The following are some helpful tips to ensure you get the most out of your ash vacuum.image

· There is a best way to clean with your ash vacuum. Be sure to fully read the manufacturer’s instructions prior to first use. As with anything fireplace related, this is not one of those things to do without knowing how to do it right. When used properly, ash vacuums are incredible for cleaning out the ash in your fireplace but if used incorrectly you may not get the most out of it and become frustrated or cause damage to the vacuum.

· The majority of ash vacuums perform best when the hose nozzle is pressed flat onto the surface; this creates the best suction and prevents the vacuum from blowing the ash around and creating dust in the room.

· Most ash vacuums will not clean up anything but ash – generally you can’t vacuum up nails (which could damage the vacuum and hose) or chunks of wood. If debris other than ash is in the fireplace, you’ll need to remove those particles prior to vacuuming or vacuum around them and leave them to burn later or you risk damaging your vacuum.

· Ash vacuums are exceptional for cleaning up ash once it has fully cooled. Vacuuming up hot embers may melt your hose or severely damage your vacuum.

· If at some point it seems like your vacuum has lost some suction power, check the filters. Sometimes the soot and ash can create a coating on the filters that simply needs to be brushed off. If the filters haven’t been changed in a while it may be time to replace them.

Whether you’re looking for a basic ash vacuum, a quieter lightweight model, a unique design, or a heavy duty type – there are plenty of options to choose from. The most important thing is to select what best suits your purpose, and then learn how to use it properly to get the best results and a show stopping fireplace.

Fireplace Candelabras – General Information

Historically, in the absence of central heating systems, fireplaces were used to warm a room and to keep its occupants from freezing in cold weather. With the invention of modern heating technology, fireplaces have become more abouimaget ambiance, decoration, and relaxation than heating a room. Many homeowners have chosen to discontinue use of their fireplace, whether year round or seasonally, and make it a decorative centerpiece in their home.

Fireplace candelabras are a great way to retain the atmosphere that a fireplace creates without the maintenance of burning wood. Other than changing the candles from time-to-time, a fireplace candelabra requires no maintenance. They are especially practical for decorative fireplaces that’s chimneys have been closed off since they don’t require any special ventilation.

Once the fireplace has been cleaned of dust and debris, simply place the candelabra into your fireplace opening to instantly transform the look. If the addition of the fireplace candelabra is a permanent change, consider purchasing different colored candles or entirely different candelabras for different seasons and holidays to add festive warmth to the room. Candelabras come in a variety of styles to suit any décor whether you’re looking for something traditional, contemporary or rustic, there’s sure to be something to fit your style.

Fireplace Blocker Blanket – Product Review

This exclusive Fireplace Blocker Blanket was designed to conserve both energy and money for you by maintaining heat in your home when only embers are still burning. Once the flames have died down, but before the flue can be safely closed, a substantial amount of heat escapes up the chimney. This heat could be keeping your home warm for free! This blanket attaches to the outside of your fireplace screen with magnets (included with the purchase of a Fireplace_Blocker_Blanketblanket) to draw heat from the fireplace into your home until the embers have gone out and the flue can be closed.

Made of black non-woven carbon fiber, the fireplace blocker blanket is durable and fire resistant. In order to use this product safely, it must always be attached only to the outside of your screen with the included magnets and never used as a fire containment device. With dimensions of up to 55” wide and up to 46” high, you are sure to find a size that will accommodate your fireplace size!
If you are looking to conserve your energy usage and save on heating bills, this Fireplace Blocker Blanket is a great investment for you!

Olde World Fireplace Screen – Product Review

Sleek and simple, the Olde World Bowed Fireplace Screen is the perfect complement to a fireplace that needs little added embellishment. A slender silver frame surrounds the steel mesh screen, creating a functional screen to protect your home Olde_World_Bowed_Fireplace_Screenand family from stray sparks. The curved structure of the Olde World Bowed Fireplace Screen enables it to stand on its own, so it is easy to maneuver when the fireplace needs to be accessed for adding wood or cleaning.

The Old World Bowed Screen comes in two sizes, accommodating fireplaces with a width of 30”-39”, or 40”-49”; and a height of 20”-29”, or 30”-35”. The total weight of the screen is 15 pounds.

There is no assembly  necessary when this ready-to-use screen arrives, and a one-year limited warranty covers the item in the event of defect in material or construction. If you are looking for a simple, functional screen with little setup or maintenance needed, the Olde World Bowed Screen is perfect for you!

Wood Burning Fireplace Heater – Product Review

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 0 comments Posted by Stephanie H.

Make your fireplace more efficient with the Wood Burning Fireplace Heater. This fireplace heater has one of the largest burning areas of any fireplace blower system on the market. It has a full-sized grate with the capability to hold a large display of wood.

The Wood Burning Fireplace Heater - which is designed for masonry fireplacWood_Burning_Fireplace_Heater es - features both a front and rear log guard along with a heat shielded blower unit. This grate sits lower to the ground, allowing you to have a better display of your burning logs. Your fireplace door sits on top of the heater bar.

Once your fire is lit, the heater system is automatically activated by a heat sensor. The heater system switches off once it reaches a temperature of about 90 degrees. This is how it works - the fireplace blower pulls in the cold air from your home and forces it through the grate. The cold air then heats up as it goes through the grate and passes through the fire, and exits on the opposite end pumping warm air into your home.

The unique feature about this particular heater system is that its blower motor has the capability to switch sides to accommodate both a left and right hand electrical power source. It also features 4 adjustable legs – this allows you to adjust the height you would like your grate at. This is also perfect if your fireplace happens to be uneven.

The Wood Burning Fireplace Heater is easy install – all you need to do is place it in your fireplace, plug it in, and build a fire! It is available in three different sizes – small, medium, and large. Increase the efficiency of your fireplace this winter with the Wood Burning Fireplace Heater!

Hearth Country Premium Ash Vacuum – Product Review

The Hearth Country Premium Ash Vacuum is one of the premier fireplace ash vacuums currently on the market. It’s a fast, quiet, and easy way to cleanup any ash debris from your fireplace, wood stove, or pellet stove.

This ash vacuum has multiple design features that help to minimize any damage to the unit from hot embers. The hose useHearth_Country_Premium_Ash_Vacuumd is made of a light-weight metal allow, and the pre-filter is a small screen metal mesh that is used to protect the hepa inner filter.

This is how it works – the debris enters the vacuum through the hose and goes straight down – minimizing the chances of hot embers damaging the machine. However, this unit is NOT designed to pick up hot embers. The embers go straight into the bottom of the canister. The canister has a dual-wall sub floor that keeps the outer sides of the canister cool. DO NOT attempt to pickup large piles of ash from a fireplace or woodstove with the ash vac. Instead, remove bulk of ash with a shovel and ash can and then use the ash vac for final cleanup. if large chunks of ash are picked up, turn off machine to dislodge.

Also featured is a built-in vibrating filter that clears any buildup  around the filter without having to remove the dust-proof lid. Make sure to activate the vibration feature after about 1 cup of ash has been removed. The spring loaded activHearth_Country_Premium_Ash_Vacuum_2ator vibrates the hepa filter while the vacuum is turned off, and cleans away much of the build-up helping to increase suction power and efficiency.

The Hearth Country Premium Ash Vacuum’s canister is comprised of steel and has a four gallon capacity. The outer finish of the canister is powder coated, and it is currently only available in black. This vacuum also features a comfortable hand grip and weighs in at only eight pounds. It has a specially insulated 80db quiet motor. Also – you don’t need to worry about ever replacing and bag filters because this ash vacuum does not require one! So enjoy your fireplace this winter and keep your cleaning easy by getting a Hearth Country Premium Ash Vacuum today!

Bear Wood Stove Steamer – Product Review

Bear_Wood_Stove_Steamer Wood stove steamers can be an essential part of your home during the winter months. The Bear Wood Stove Steamer is the perfect fit for anyone who has an affinity for the outdoors and nature. Made of cast iron, this steamers high-quality design features a durable porcelain finish inside and out that resists rusting and chipping. Used for humidifying, it will bring a pleasant fragrance to a room if you decide to fill it with potpourri.

The Bear Wood Stove Steamer is available in both black matte cast iron and brown majolica and has the capacity to hold about three quarts of water. Keep your home cozy and comfortable this winter with the Bear Wood Stove Steamer!

Log Cabin Wood Stove Steamer – Product Review

The Log Cabin Wood Stove Steamer will bring a classic, woodsy feel to any home. It is perfect for anyone that loves nature and the outdoors. This steamer has gorgeous intricate details that no picture can begin to show.

This Log Cabin Wood Stove Steamer is made out of cast iron and has aLog_Cabin_Steameran inner porcelain finish both inside and out that helps to resist any rust or corrosion. Woodstove heat is very, very dry and a steamer will add moisture to the air.

The neat aspect of this wood stove steamer is that the steam actually escapes from the cabins chimney! It makes a great addition to any home – especially one with a woodsy feel. The Log Cabin Steamer helps to keep the moisture in the air a great deal more during the winter months and will help to keep your home from becoming too dry!

Weathershield Chimney Cap – Product Review

The Weathershield chimney cap is not your average chimney cap – it’s specially constructed for two different types of chimneys. The Weathershield cap for air insulated chimneys makes sure that there is proper internal venting for both double-wall and triple-wall air-insulated chimneys.Weathershield_Chimney_Cap The other available style is for single walled chimneys or for solid pack pipes. These cap styles both help to maintain your chimneys performance by keeping out everything – snow, rain, leaves, debris, and pests.

The Weathershield chimney cap comes standard with a removable mesh screen that helps to contain any sparks and/or hot ash. It also has a secure wind-resistant fit that won’t interfere with the convection cooling features of the chimney. There is a spring-tension connector that helps to assure a tight, friction fit.

This chimney cap will not rust or corrode because of the high quality stainless steel that it is comprised of. There is also copper available for those who prefer that look over the traditional stainless steel. Regardless, both materials stand strong against forceful weather and irregular temperatures. The Weathershield chimney cap is a top of the line cap that will last you and your home for many years to come.

Woodstove Steamers

Woodstove steamers are becoming increasingly popular amongst homeowners with woodstoves. Steamers are an excellent way to add a decorative touch to your stove without spending Black_Matte_Lattice_Steamer a lot of money. They also do double duty by adding moisture and humidity into the air.

You might be wondering - why do I need to add moisture and humidity into the air? If you currently have a woodstove, than you probably already know the answer. The truth is - when it comes to burning wood in your woodstove - the heat output can be very intense and dry. Dry air becomes increasingly uncomfortable during the winter months. The dryness is quite noticeable and can result in scratchy throats, chapped lips, and dry skin. Nobody wants to deal with that!

This is how it works – the bottom of the steamer is bowl shaped and is where you place the water. The top of the steamer will have holes in it that allow the steam to escape and enter your home. All you have to do is heat up the water - it’s that simple! Wood stove steamers come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors. From whale to cabin shaped steamers - you will be able to find something that fits your liking and décor of your home.

Quick tip – you can add orange peels, potpourri, and even cloves to your steamer and it will give off a pleasant aroma in your home.

If you are planning on purchasing a steamer for your woodstove (or even if you already have one) you should consider getting a trivet. A trivet is generally madCircle_Star_Trivete from cast iron and sits on top of the woodstove as sort of a heat pad between the steamer and the stove. It helps to prevent rusting on the stove, and it keeps the steamer from becoming too hot. They are great for saving your table and countertops from heat damage too! Just like steamers – trivets come in an array of styles and colors.

Stay comfortable this winter with the help of a woodstove steamer. Whether you are looking for something stylish – or something that will do the job – you will easily be able to find one that will suit your liking!

Chimney Safety

Taking care of your chimney is a big responsibility not only for the efficiency of your fireplace, but for the safety of your chimney and home. The interior of your chimney can break down from the creosote, toxic gases, and extreme temperatures. This can become very dangerous for your family. Chimney safety can be promoted by making sure your chimney is operating correctly. It’s important that you take proper care and maintenance of your chimney to reduce risk of a possible chimney fire.

Creosote buildup in your chimney is what will cause a chimney fire. Creosote is very flammable and can ignite easily. Many house fires are caused by unsafe creosote filled chimneys. The main cause of creosote buildup is the burning of unseasoned wood. Creosote can also be from slow smoldering fires that do not allow the flue gases to burn off before cooling down and bonding to the inside of the chimney. Truly, to keep your creosote buildup down to a minimum you will want to burn clean, seasoned wood and nothing else.

For more information on how to keep you chimney safe, please check out “Cleaning Instructions for a Metal or Pre-Fabricated Chimney” or “How to Clean a Masonry Chimney.”

Chimney Cleaning Tools

It’s important to know what you are doing if you plan on cleaning your chimney on your own. But it’s even more imperative that you have the proper tools and brushes. I will break down the basic brushes and necessities that you will need to help you through the chimney cleaning process.

The Flue Brush
The Flue brush is used to remove the most creosote from the walls of your chimney. Flue brushes come in many different shapes and sizes. They are available in round, square, oval, and rectangular shapes. They range in widths from 5” to 14”. You will be able to find a brush regardless of the size or shape Chimney_Brush of your chimney. Not only do brushes come in different sizes and shapes, but they also come in a variety of materials. The most common materials are wire brushes and polypropylene plastic.

Wire brushes are made from oil tempered steel. Wire brushes come in two types – flat and round. Flat brushes are stiff and work well because they will put more pressure against the walls of your chimney. Round brushes give average scraping on the interior of chimney walls.

Polypropylene brushes are softer than wires brushes and can be used for most chimney liners and metal chimneys. These brushes bristles are so soft that they will not scratch the inside of a metal chimney. The only negative aspect of poly brushes is that they do not scrape as well as wire brushes because their bristles are so soft.

Hand Brushes
Hand brushes are probably the most commonly used chimney tool. They are used to clean connectors, fireboxes, smoke chambers, chimney caps, and smoke shelves. They come in a number of different shapes and sizes. Wire brushes are usually available with attached scrapers for extra convenience. There are even hand brushes available that have softer bristles that are used for cleaning up soot and ash.

Chimney Rods
Chimney rods are used to push the chimney brush through the flue. You can attach mChimney_Cleaning_Rodultiple chimney rods together so that you can achieve the desired length for your chimney. They are available in a number of different materia ls such as fiberglass and polypropylene.

Polypropylene rods are the most commonly used rods because they are the most flexible of the bunch. The downfall of this is that they will not withstand heavy duty use over and over again.

Fiberglass rods are the most commonly used because they are available in large variety of rigid and flexible styles.

How to Clean a Masonry Chimney

If you have a masonry chimney the cleaning procedure for it will differ from that of a metal or pre-fabricated chimney. However – you will still need the same type of chimney cleaning materials.

Cleaning your masonry chimney will be a bit easier than cleaning a metal or pre-fabricated chimney – you won’t have to go onto the roof! However – the downfall from cleaning inside your house is that it is much messier – so make sure to cover up furniture and flooring.

1. First you will need to make sure that you are outfitted in the appropriate attire. It is important that you are also wearing some sort of eye protection, gloves, and a dust mask.

2. You will need to measure the inner flue liner dimensions in both directions. It’s important that you obtain the correct size brushes – if they are too small they will not apply enough pressure to your chimney walls and if they are too large they can get stuck.

3. Connect your rods and brush, and place them into the opening of your fireplace and into the chimney. Brush on all sides in short up-and-down motions to break up the creosote buildup. Make sure to do this multiple times.

4. Next, you can take a vacuum and try to suck up any excess or loose creosote from the inside walls of your chimney and fireplace. Also make sure to vacuum any gunk that had fallen during the cleaning process.

If you use your chimney regularly during the winter seasons, you should clean it around twice a month to get maximum usage from it. Also, use chimney cleaning products that can help reduce your need to clean the chimney with brushes. Regular chimney cleanings and maintenance will help to increase the longevity of your fireplace.

Cleaning Instructions for a Metal or Pre-Fabricated Chimney

Cleaning your chimney is a very important task that needs to be done periodically. It is important that it is examined and thoroughly cleaned to maintain efficiency and to reduce the chance of chimney fire. Build up of creosote and soot on the chimney walls can cause smoke to coat the walls of your chimney and can even cause a fire.

You will first need to buy a set of chimney rods and brushes that are the proper size for the interior of your chimney. For a metal or pre-fabricated chimney, you will need to go onto your roof and remove the chimney cap. You will then need to measure the distance across the inner diameter of the chimney. You want to make sure that your chimney brush is the correct size – if it is too large it will get stuck – if it is too small it will not apply enough pressure to the walls of the chimney.

1. Before you begin cleaning your chimney, you will want to make sure to change into old clothes and wear safety goggles along with a mask. You will also want to cover your fireplace opening Round_Chimney_Brushwith a tarp or sheet to keep any dust and gunk from escaping into your home. You may also want to cover furniture or anything else in the room so that nothing gets ruined.

2. For your metal or pre-fabricated chimney you will need to start the cleaning process from the top of your roof. Make sure to use caution every time you are on your roof. You will need to remove the chimney cap and use either a round wire or poly brush in the correct size. Poly brushes are recommended for metal chimneys because they will not wear down or scratch the steel lining. You will want to use a rod that will reach the entire length of your chimney – so you will most likely need to attach multiple rods together.

3. Attach your bChimney_Rodsrush to your chimney rod and place your brush into the chimney and run it up and down the interior of the chimney. You will want to use a short up-and-down motion.

4. Once your brush reaches the bottom of your chimney, go through the motions again beginning at the top. You will want to repeat these actions a few times to make sure that everything is cleared out of your chimney.

Regular cleanings of your chimney will not only maximize your chimney’s efficiency, but will also increase the longevity of it as well. You also may want to consider using alternative chimney cleaning products in between chimney cleanings, such as chimney cleaning logs that will help reduce creosote buildup.

Hearth Rugs – What They Are & Why You Need One

Burning a fire during the cold winter months has been a family favorite throughout the generations. A fire is always a great excuse to stay in and relax. We have fireplace doors and screens that help to keep our family safe, but shouldn’t we have something to keep our floors safe?

It’s easy to keep your carpet or wood floor safe from hot embers or ashes that spark up by having a fire-resistant hHearth_Rugearth rug. A hearth rug is a small throw rug that is usually shaped like a half circle. You can easily save and protect your floor by placing one of these fire resistant rugs in front of your hearth. They will also save your flooring from rolling logs and firewood bark while giving adding elegance to your home.

Purchasing a hearth rug is definitely a smart investment. One hearth rug will last you for many years, where as if you don’t have a hearth rug – there is a chance that you may have to replace any carpet or flooring if there are any hot sparks that fly out of your fire. It’s important that you purchase a hearth rug over a regular rug – hearth rugs are flame-retardant whereas if you purchase a regular rug you’re not exactly sure what you will get.

There are many different styles, sizes, and co lors of hearth rugs available. You will be able to find one to fit into almost any décor. They are also available in a variety of materials; however, nylon, wool, and fiberglass are the most common.

Nylon hearth rugs are generally lower priced and are often used more for decoration. If a burning ember comes into contact with a nylon rug then there is a good chance that you will have a small black melted spot on your rug that cannot be removed. Wool_Hearth_RugNylon has a higher melting point than other synthetic hearth rugs. The best thing about nylon hearth rugs is that they are simple and inexpensive, yet they will still protect your flooring or carpet.

Wool is one of the best natural fiber materials that can be used in hearth rugs. Wool hearth rugs can be singed by flying sparks, however, any marks can be easily brushed out. Wool is very durable and does not melt. Another nice trait about wool hearth rugs is that they will extinguish themselves naturally if they do catch fire.

The best protection you can get with any type of hearth rugs are those made from fiberglass. Fiberglass is a man made material that is actually used in many industries such as electric and thermal insulation. This material makes these fiberglass hearth rugs a bit more costly, but they will never melt or burn, and last you for a very long time.

So add some more style and elegance to your home while keeping your floors safe with a hearth rug today!

Fireplace Heater Systems – Product Reviews

At this point, you’ve gone through all of your options and decided that fireplace heatera fireplace heater system is going to benefit your home but you’re probably not sure of which one to go with. The truth is, there are many options and quite a few of them will probably work for you, so you have to take some time to do some research and decide which one would be best for you. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a quick review of each of the most popular heater systems so that you can get all the information you need in one place.
Cozy Grate Fireplace Heater
Specifically designed for easy installation inside the firebox, this high quality fireplace heater system is a great choice for wood burning fireplaces, and has a blower that fits inside the firebox so that you can still close your fireplace doors when you’ve finished burning. This heater system can replace your current standard steel grate and comes in three different depths, 17” deep, 20” deep, or 22” deep, at no additional charge. For convenient installation, you can also choose which side you want the blower on, making it easy to plug in to the nearest outlet. Continually controlled by a thermostat, this intuitive heater system collects air and heats it until 110° so it won’t blow out cool air. A dialable rheostat controls how much air is blowing through the tubes at any given time. Although the blower box is housed inside the firebox, there is no concern for it to combust because it is contained in an insulated, protected box and the unit is completely self cooling.

Fireplace Gas Log Heater
Another remarkable, high quality grate, the Fireplace Gas Log Heater is made to work with gas or wood burning fireplaces. Specifically designed to fit completely into the firebox including the blower, this heater system will replace your grate and comes in four size/electrical outlet location options. The variable speed blower is equipped with a thermostat control that turns on automatically at 110F and off at 90F.
Emberaire Wood and Gas Log Fireplace Heater The Emberaire heater system is designed to work with both gas and wood burning fireplace units. The flexible tube can go underneath or on top of your existing grate, or you can use it as a grate if you’d prefer. It can be used it while burning wood by simply laying the titanium alloy exchanger tube on your fireplace grate, in the fire or when using with a gas fireplace, simply use the tube as a replacement for your back gas log. The titanium alloy tube is incredibly durable and is designed to withstand intense temperatures.
Spitfire Fireplace Heater
Unique in the possibility of customization, the Spitfire fireplace heater can be modified to fit just about any firebox or fuel type. Constructed of aluminized steel, the metal framing height can be adjusted to accommodate special heights and though designed to be wood burning, it can be modified to be used with gas burning fireplaces. You’d obviously want to talk to a professional about anything like this, as it can be complicated. The blower sits outside the firebox so you won’t be able to close your fireplace glass doors if you have them.
Zero-Clearance Fireplace Heater
Designed specifically for pre-fab and zero-clearance fireplaces, the Zero-Clearance Fireplace Heaters are usually smaller than traditional masonry fireplaces and require a special size. The heavy duty steel tubes serve as a fireplace grate so you can simply build your fire directly on the tubes.
Masonry Fireplace Heaters
These tube systems are one of the best performers available and can be purchased with or without a blower, the amount of heat pushed into the room is better than any other heater system. The framing can be adjusted a no charge or extensions added at an additional cost so the heater system can sit deeper inside the firebox. Additional light duty flex tubes are also available for extending the blower further out if you have a deep firebox.
Fireplace Radiator
Constructed of heavy duty cast iron, the Fireplace Radiator is built to  last. It has a built in cast iron fireback to assist at radiating heat and takes the place of a grate. The blower motor, left or right handed, sits outside the firebox and draws cool air from the room into the heat chamber. The heat chamber, which is constructed with heavy duty cast iron, superheats the air which is then pushed back into the home with the assistance of the blower. This blower moves the hot air back into the home at up to 180 cubic feet per minute, but because it pushes so much air it can get a bit noisy.

Fireplace Heater Systems – General Overview

Chances are if you have a fireplace you have considered finding some way to get more of that hot air into your room. Fireplace heater systems are designed to do just that. When combined with a fireplace glass door, it can keep that valuable hot air from escaping up your chimney. Doing so can save a significant amount of money on heating costs and keep the family a bit cozier throughout the colder seasons. Not to mention you’ll have a great peace of mind knowing your fireplace is working for you, not against you. Fireplace heater systems are made for fireplaces with or without doors, for gas or wood burning fireplaces, and there are pros and cons to each one. You’ll want to take each of them into consideration to find one that’s best for you.

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The first thing to consider is the type of fireplace you have. Not all fireplace heater systems will work with every fuel type or with or without doors. If your fireplace burns wood then you will need to narrow your choices down to the Cozy Grate Fireplace Heater, Emberaire Wood and Gas Log Fireplace Heater, Spitfire Fireplace Heater, any Tube Heater System, or Fireplace Radiator. Fireplaces that use gas can use the Fireplace Gas Log Heater, Emberaire Wood and Gas Log Fireplace Heater, or if you like the Spitfire Fireplace Heater it can be modified to be used with gas, although it is built to be a wood burner. Some fireplace heater systems are designed to be used with fireplace glass doors, basically they can be hidden inside the fireplace and the doors closed when not in use. You can always have doors and use a fireplace heater system but you may have to leave the doors permanently open to accommodate tubes or a blower. The Fireplace Radiator, Cozy Grate Fireplace Heater, Fireplace Gas Log Heater, and Emberaire can all be used with doors - just be sure to have them open when you have a fire going.

There are a few options you may also want to consider when purchasing a heater system for your fireplace. Many heater systems are available with or without a blower and some come standard with a blower. A blower is intended to force heater air into the room. Essentially, you will get the same volume of heat but it will come out with a greater force than a heater system alone. If the heater system you choose has a motor it will need to be plugged in, so you’ll want to choose a left or right sided motor based on the side closest to an outlet so it can be conveniently plugged in. Many of the heater systems also act as a grate allowing you to eliminate a standard iron grate in your fireplace.

If there isn’t a stock model to fit your needs, custom options are often available. Some fireplaces require a custom size because they have a wider opening than a standard fireplace would.

If you are weighing your options and can’t decide between a fireplace insert and a heater system and maybe a new fireplace glass door, it might help to know that on average it’s much cheaper to buy a brand new door and heater system than to put in a fireplace insert. You’ll encounter significant savings on a heater system because it’s a do it yourself project as opposed to needing to hire someone to install an insert. While a fireplace insert could cost around $4,000 just for the product, not including installation; you could easily get a fireplace heater system and door for around $1,000 depending on your specifications.

Whatever your reason for choosing a fireplace heater system, it will likely save a significant amount of money while ultimately providing you with additional heat output.