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6 Designs to Make Your Patio Area Comfortable

There are quite a few things you can do to turn your patio area into something unforgettable and interesting, but it will take some doing and planning before you can call it a day. Enjoying the sunny skies outside means you will have to focus on a practical, yet comfortable and aesthetically pleasing solution you can really have fun with. Here are some ideas you can use to make all of that a reality:

  • Using a patio primer

You can have a really good and refreshed look for your patio and other outdoors areas with a mix of colors or by going for a monochromatic approach. Creating a good and polished aesthetic for your patio will require a small amount of well chosen decorations. Choose the essentials in the beginning and move on from there with some umbrellas and useful seating space. It won’t take too much to complete the job and you will have a great new look regardless.

  • The tropical approach

You can go for this fairly easily without too much work involved. A decorated patio with vibrant colors and some florals or ikats combined with tangerine or similar colors. Work on using the appropriate plants during gardening and landscaping if the weather allows it or place them in containers to create the mood, but still allowing you to keep them safe during any cold seasons.

  • Weaving natural elements into patio design

You can make use of the already existing space to wave some natural elements into your gardening area around the patio or even into it as well. A good example of that can be plants or some pieces of driftwood, lacquered and preserved as well as dried leaves, rocks and other bits and bobs from the world around us.

  • Making use of better seating spaces

You can work on your patio area by introducing carefully chosen potted plants, light sources and more that befit your taste, but you will need to keep in mind that seating spaces are extremely important in the grand scheme of things. From outdoors furniture to landscaping, all of these seating spaces will make your yard space something more than just a purely aesthetic addition to your home.

  • Using rattan furniture

This type of solution can be a great way to have a mix of the previous points, but you won’t have to stop there instead. Rattan is hardy, but it will not last forever. Aesthetically speaking however it is an excellent approach you can go for to find a universal solution to seating spaces.

  • Other types of outdoors furniture

Plastics, wood, metal and more are all valid solutions for the style you may be going for in terms of furniture, each of them possessing drawbacks and advantages that make them situational if nothing else. If outdoor dining is a big part of your life, then this will be a very important part of how you handle your patio area. Visit our showroom at 5156 Sinclair Rd. Columbus, OH 43229 to find the perfect furniture for your patio!

Outdoor Furniture Maintenance

Outdoor Furniture Maintenance Tips and Guidelines

After spending a few seasons on your porch, the furnishings you have may begin to show their age with mildew, rust marks, stains and more. Use the following general care tips to ensure you have your tables, cushions, chairs and more looking good as time goes by. Outdoors furniture with woven fabrics will generally have undergone a chemical treatment allowing them better stain and moisture resistance, regardless of material, but you would still do well to protect them anyway.

  • Maintaining wicker furniture

The pliable weave of wicker furniture is made from split reed, rattan, coated paper and other similar solutions. Coated in paint, varnish and even a combination of both, they are pretty resistant to the elements apart from sunlight for the most part. You would still do well to cover the furniture pieces if you are leaving them for extended periods of time. Make sure you also vacuum it to get rid of dirt and debris, using a dust brush attachment or even a dry paintbrush. Clean up the surfaces using a mild soap solution, scrub and rinse and you will have solid results. Avoid the use of way too much water as it may easily weaken the fabrics. Dry off well before using.

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  • Wooden furniture care

Most of the lumber used for outdoor furniture has its own naturally resistance to decay and the elements. Even though the sealants used will help prevent color loss and wear and tear, they are not always necessary. Wood will often form its own patina and will require little to no maintenance and the ability to last for a long time. Deep cleaning of this type of furniture on the other hand requires a bit more care. If you want to do some serious cleaning of mildew stains, then you will need to mix a gallon of hot water with some powdered oxygen bleach following instructions accordingly. Scrub the affected area with a soft brush and rinse well. If you have any rust stains or bird droppings, then you will need to sand the area with fine grit sandpaper, rinsing it afterward. If your area is way too large to sand effectively, then you will need to mix hot water with some oxalic acid crystals, commonly known as wood bleach for easier cleaning. Apply it with a soft brush and then rinse well. Never use chlorine bleach or it will damage the wood fibers.

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  • Metal furniture care

Iron, steel, aluminum as well as other metals can be wrought into amazing shapes, cast from molds or even formed into hollow tubing. A lot of the metals used however are suffering from rust, making metal furniture painted with clear varnish, paint or even a powder coating for increased durability. Deep cleaning for these materials requires a mild soap, scrubbing and rinsing in most cases. If you have mold or rust stains then it will be an entirely new game altogether, prompting the use of fine grit sandpaper. Wipe the area clean, apply a touch up of paint as needed over several thin layers and let the area dry between coats. Humidity may affect the paint, so make sure you work on a dry day at all times.

 

If your outdoor furniture is beyond repair, then you probably bought it at a big box retailer! Aspen Fireplace and Patio carries only high-quality outdoor furniture that is manufactured to withstand the elements and last for a long time.

5 Big Green Egg Recipes for Spring

The Big Green Egg is one of the most versatile and consistent grills money can buy. A Big Green Egg can be used as a grill, an oven, or even a smoker.

When it comes to springtime cooking, that versatility can come in handy. Pulled pork for graduation parties, BBQ chicken for a get-together with friends, or burgers for the family are all dinners made fun and easy with a Big Green Egg. Here are 5 great recipes you can enjoy in the spring with a Big Green Egg.

1. Dr. BBQ’s Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled pork sandwiches are a springtime staple. Whether it’s a graduation party or a family reunion, pulled pork sandwiches are a crowd pleaser.

In this recipe, Dr. BBQ creates his own unique BBQ sauce and uses the Big Green Egg to smoke the meat for about 10 hours. This recipe is for the hardcore grill-lovers, but the end result is worth the wait.

2. Island Burger

Burgers are a necessity for spring grilling and a burger made with a Big Green Egg will be one of the best burgers you’ve ever eaten.

This unique burger recipe is a fresh take on a traditional recipe. Throw a pineapple ring on the burger to give it a bold, sweet flavor.

3. Veggie Noodle Stir-Fry

This recipe for a stir-fry shows the versatility of a Big Green Egg. The temperature control on a Big Green Egg is so accurate you can cook with a pan over top like a stove. You could make the same recipe on your stove, but with a Big Green Egg, you can enjoy the spring weather in Columbus while cooking a delicious meal.

4. Gourmet Pizza

This recipe is another example of the all the freedom you have with Big Green Egg. You can use the grill just like an oven to cook a homemade pizza. The temperature precision of Big Green Egg means you can cook a pizza just as well as you would inside an oven.

Pizza is a great meal any day of the year, but with a Big Green Egg, you can relax outside while your pizza cooks.

5. Strawberry Pound Cake

You can even bake desserts with a Big Green Egg. Prepare your desserts just like you normally would, but instead throw it inside the Big Green Egg to bake your dessert like it’s an oven.

 

Aspen Fireplace offers a wide variety of Big Green Eggs and BBQ grills. Come visit our showroom at 5156 Sinclair Rd. Columbus, OH 43229 to view our selection!

Why to Buy From a Local Supplier

Aspen Fireplace is proud to be a locally owned independent Columbus Ohio business that caters to Ohio and its surrounding areas for all of their fireplace and patio needs. We are proud to be impacting the growth of the Columbus economy, and we encourage all of our customers to purchase their fireplace and patio supplies from a local supplier like Aspen Fireplace. Here are some benefits to buying locally that the national and Big-Box stores cannot offer:

 

Strong Customer Service

Since we have a passion for our business, we hire only those who share our knowledge and understanding of every single one of our products and services. Our installers have been expertly trained as well as our sales staff and design team. When you speak to one of our staff members, you can be sure they’re sharing the most up-to-date information and knowledge of the product.

 

Quality Product

Our suppliers do not use third party products or allow distribution to discount websites or bargain stores. We distribute only the highest quality products and if you find the same thing at one of the big-box retailers, you’re getting a counterfeit.

 

Inventory Flexibility

Since we don’t partner with any national chain stores, we have the power to offer a variety of products and services, based on our past and current customer feedback. We have the independence to update our products and services regularly, depending on the season, trends and demand.

 

Aspen Fireplace has been serving the Columbus community for over 25 years, and we continue to grow and expand our products and services thanks to our loyal customers. With a wide range of products including fireplaces, stoves, patio furniture, grills and custom fireplace and patio designs, we are sure to have something that fits your design taste! 

Benefits of Fireplace Doors

In the dead of winter, is there anything cozier than a warm, crackling fire? We don’t think so, but we’re a little biased! While fires are a great way to warm a chilly house and provide a beautiful backdrop in the fireplace, there are some dangers. The most common danger is embers that come outside of the hearth and ignite on nearby carpet, rugs or anything else that is easily flammable. One simple solution, and a design addition to the fireplace, is to install fireplace doors for safety, among many other benefits. Here are some benefits of adding glass doors to your fireplace:

 

Safety

As we stated before, adding doors to the fireplace adds to the safety of a live burning fire. It catches embers or sparks that may exit the fireplace and keeps the fire more contained. If you’re using real logs, as the fire progresses the logs are burned down and tend to shift throughout the burning process. The doors will also keep the logs in place and greater assurance that a log will not leave the area in which it is burning. Glass doors also offer a protective barrier for pets and children while the fire is burning.

 

Energy Efficiency

 

Glass doors provide a great seal that does not let cold or hot air enter into the home through the chimney. Even if the damper is closed, the draft from the outside still comes in through the fireplace, which can make utility bills jump each month. Glass doors provide the insulation needed to ensure you are not paying any more than necessary for the HVAC bill each month.

 

Reduces Smoke

Whether a fire is burning or not, often times after a rainy or windy day, a draft of smoke will come through the chimney and penetrate to the surrounding area. Soot particles can also escape even after the fire has been extinguished, which can stain carpet, furniture and window treatments in close proximity to the fireplace.

 

Aesthetic Appeal

The fire is beautiful while it’s burning, but after, it leaves a mess of ashes and burnt logs. The glass fireplace doors hide the imperfections and provide a nice aesthetic addition to any room.

To see a selection of our fireplace doors, visit our showroom or give us a call to speak to a professional about a variety of fireplace options for your home.

Installing a Gas Insert Fireplace

A gas insert fireplace is a great way to safely and efficiently supplement the heating in your home while capturing the charm of a traditional fireplace. A gas insert fireplace is also a great addition to your home’s décor. If you decide to upgrade your wood-burning fireplace to an energy efficient gas insert, you have the option of installing it yourself. A gas insert is difficult to install by yourself, but if you have a strong DIY spirit it’s a good way to challenge your skills. If you’re not intimidated by the challenge, here’s what you should know.

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It will take about 1-2 days to install a gas fireplace insert. Installing a gas insert is a significant time investment. There are a number of steps and some will take a while to complete depending on how handy you are. For some people, one step will be to run gas and electricity lines to the fireplace. This should only be done by a professional so be sure to include that time in your estimate before you can have the insert working properly.

 

You probably need to do some shopping. Once you have your gas insert picked out, there are some other items that you will need to install it. You will need high-temperature silicone sealant, fiberglass insulation, screws and nails, a drill, and a caulking gun.

 

You can save time by having a professional do it. The experts at Aspen Fireplace have installed a lot of fireplaces and we would be happy to help you install yours. If you want to make sure your fireplace gets installed correctly, contact us and we’ll make sure it gets done properly. You can also pick out a gas insert fireplace and gas logs at our showroom.

 

For a video on how to install a gas insert, check out this article from ThisOldHouse.com: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20832677,00.html. They provide some helpful instructions that should get you started.

Fireplace Doors Style Guide

Fireplace doors are a combination of style and function. They make your fireplace safer and more energy efficient, but they also contribute to the style of whatever room they’re in. Fireplace door style mostly boils down to personal preference, but it’s good to know what options are out there so that you can make the optimal choice for your home. One choice is bi-fold or cabinet door style which is described in this blog post. Then you have a choice between an arched fireplace door design or a non-arched design. Finally, the finish is a big stylistic factor when choosing between fireplace doors.

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Above is an example of fireplace doors with clear a natural finish, strap hinges (notice the handles at the top) and an arched window pane design. This is a pretty standard set of fireplace doors that is appropriate for a wide variety of home design styles. These fireplace doors are also an example of cabinet-opening style doors.

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This next example is of a set of fireplace doors with an antique brass finish, non-arched, strap hinges, and a bi-fold design. These doors are not too different than the first example, but you can see that the finish has a pretty dramatic impact on the style. These doors would be better suited for a traditional style home.

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This final example is of bi-fold, non-arched, and brushed brass finish fireplace doors. The minimalist design and 3-D appearance makes these doors perfect for a modern-looking home.

 

At Aspen Fireplace, we have fireplace doors that suit any home design style. To find the perfect set, come visit us at our showroom. You won’t find a better showroom selection of fireplaces anywhere in Columbus, Ohio. If you have a specific question or would like to learn more about our fireplaces or fireplace doors, you can also contact us here and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

How to Chimney Sweep: Weight Method

So far, we’ve talked about two similar chimney sweep methods: the Top Down method and the Bottom Up method. The Weight method is most similar to the Top Down method, but you will need some different materials. Instead of the flexible metal rods, you need rope and a weight (minimum of 20 lbs.). Like the Top Down method, the Weight method requires you to sweep your chimney from on top of your roof. As always, the most important thing is to be careful. If you are not comfortable on top of your roof, Aspen Fireplace provides professional chimney sweep service and can do it for you.

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For the Weight chimney sweep method, you will first assemble the rope, pull rings, weight, and brush. Then, drop the weight and brush inside your chimney and raise and lower the brush so that it scrubs the inside of the chimney walls. Work your way down to the bottom.

 

One benefit of the Weight chimney sweep method is that you can close your fireplace doors to contain the mess. Before you get started just close your doors and then when you are done, open the doors and scoop out all the soot and debris. Make sure to dispose of the soot and creosote in accordance with your local laws.

 

The weight method is a popular type of chimney sweep because it usually cleans thoroughly and it’s easy to assemble the parts together. If you are not as much of a do-it-yourself person, don’t feel like you have to do a chimney sweep on your own. Aspen Fireplace will come out and perform a chimney sweep for you. We recommend you get a chimney sweep at least once every year, and even more if you use your fireplace often. To schedule your chimney sweep, contact us and we will respond quickly to find a time that works for you.

Understanding the Difference between Cabinet and Bi-Fold Fireplace Doors

In the process of choosing fireplace doors, there are a number of choices to make including how much you want to spend and style. When trying to decide what style of fireplace doors you like best there are a number of considerations. One of the main considerations is cabinet vs. bi-fold. These two types of fireplace doors have both differences in look and function that you should think about before deciding what to go with.

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Bi-Fold

Bi-fold fireplace doors have two options: tracked and trackless. They both open accordion-style in which they fold into themselves, and both types are good for homes with small children because they are more difficult to open than cabinet doors. The difference between tracked and trackless is that tracked fireplace doors are attached to a track that keeps them in place. Because of this, tracked is usually preferred because they won’t break if the fireplace has a rough or uneven surface. The advantage of trackless fireplace doors is that they open wider and are easier to clean because of this.

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Cabinet

Cabinet fireplace doors swing open 180 degrees. These doors are easier to open than bi-fold. One significant advantage of cabinet-style doors is that they are slightly more energy efficient because there is only one crack for heat to escape through. These are the most popular style of fireplace doors because of their elegant look and simplicity.

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Fireplace doors are important for the heating efficiency and safety of your fireplace. Aspen Fireplace offers a wide selection of fireplace doors that will suit any style you are looking for. To find the perfect fireplace doors for your home, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you with any of your fireplace needs.

Chimney Sweep Do-It-Yourself Guide

It is recommended that you get a chimney sweep at least once every year, and even more if you use your fireplace regularly. The best way to insure your chimney is properly swept is to contact a professional, such as Aspen Fireplace. However, if you are a do-it-yourself person, you can do a chimney sweep yourself. There are several methods to sweeping a chimney, but we will discuss the safest, the Bottom Up method.

 

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The first thing you will need to do is get the proper supplies and clothing. The supplies you will need are a chimney brush, chimney brush extension pipes, a stiff wire brush, tarp or drop cloth, broom and dustpan, a mask and goggles, and old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

 

Next you will want to prepare your house because the Bottom Up is also the messiest method. Take the tarp or drop cloth and cover the area around your fireplace and furniture. The last thing to do before you start cleaning is to inspect your chimney. Use a flashlight to look up the chimney and check for any bird nests or other blockages.

 

Now it’s time to clean. Get all your gear on and assemble the pipe and brush. From beneath the fireplace, start running the brush up and down the chimney flue. Start with the lowest section and then add pipes to extend your brush upwards as you clean each part. You will create quite a mess this way, but make sure to brush each section well.

 

Finally, use the broom and dustpan (and a small shovel if you have one) to clean up all the debris and empty it in a garbage basket. Because creosote is flammable, you should not dispose of the debris as trash. Check your local ordinances on how to properly dispose of the waste. That’s it, you’re done!

 

If you need help with any step of the chimney sweep process, feel free to contact the experts at Aspen Fireplace and we’ll be happy to help.