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What Wood Makes the Best Firewood?

Choosing the Best Firewood for Your Wood-Burning Fireplace You’ve got the fireplace, you’ve got the know-how—so what sort of fuel do you use? While all dry wood can burn, some types of firewood are safer and more efficient for heating your home in winter than others. Along with the type of wood you choose, firewood […]

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Fireplace Mantel Decor Ideas for The Holidays

Inspiration to Make the Most of Your Fireplace Mantel This Holiday Season (and Beyond) One of the most iconic images of Christmas is a fireplace with stockings and garland. Fireplace mantels are the perfect stage for Christmas decorations. The fireplace is always the centre of attention in a room, and mantels just happen to be […]

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Which is More Energy-Efficient – A Gas or Electric Fireplace?

Why Electric Fireplaces & Inserts Shouldn’t Be Overlooked as Home Heating Options What’s more energy-efficient – a gas or electric fireplace? Electric fireplaces may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of energy-efficient home heating. After all, electric baseboard heating is one of the most expensive home heating options during […]

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The Ultimate Wood Fireplace Buying Guide

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Wood-Burning Fireplace Once again, Ottawa’s winter is around the corner. And with it comes the need to layer up in warm clothes and turn on the heat. But some people are hesitant to crank up the thermostat just yet because they know how high their heating bills […]

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What to Do Before Lighting Your First Fall Fire

A Safety Guide for Your Wood-Burning Fireplace & Wood Inserts It’s starting to be that time of year where we’re opting for hot cocoa over iced tea, and warm sweaters over tank tops. And with cooler Ottawa weather comes warm evenings by a crackling fire in your wood-burning fireplace or wood inserts. Nothing quite beats […]

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Are Gas Fireplaces Good at Heating Ottawa Homes?

With Colder Weather upon Us, It’s Time to Start Heating Your Home with a Gas Fireplace As the days and nights get colder, it’s time to put on warmer clothes and think about turning on the heat. Of course, switching on the heat also means higher energy bills… doesn’t it? What if we told you […]

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Your Guide To Buying Fireplaces In Ottawa

Electric Fireplaces, Inserts, and Wood-Burning Fireplaces: What Buyers Need to Know Fireplaces add warmth and ambiance to any home. And no matter the type, a fireplace will increase the value of your home. But when choosing a new fireplace for your home, the type you choose will depend on various factors, such as: To help […]

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Why Is Your Fireplace Smoking Up the House?

Diagnosing the Most Common Causes of Smoke in a Wood-Burning Fireplace As catchy as it is, the classic Talking Heads song “Burning Down the House” should not describe how your fireplace works. When smoke starts billowing back down the flue or coming out of the firebox, you’ve got a problem. Smoke isn’t just bad for […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Choose a Gas Fireplace

Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Gas-Burning Fireplace for Your Home Gas fireplaces are growing in popularity. These attractive heat sources are found in homes more and more often, offering the warmth and appearance of a traditional wood-burning fireplace without the need to haul firewood. As a bonus, many of these fireplaces don’t need […]

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How Often Do You Need To Clean Your Chimney?

Everything You Need to Know about Chimney Cleaning, Fireplace Inspections, and More Chimneys need regular cleanings and inspections to ensure they are safe to use. When burning logs in a wood burning fireplace or a wood stove, creosote and soot gradually accumulate on your chimney liner, smoke chamber, damper, and firebox. This buildup is problematic […]

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