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Why Fireplace Doors are better than Screens

When it comes to fireplace accessories, there are none more important than fireplace doors or screens. They are both important aspects of maintaining a safe and healthy fireplace, but they don’t serve the exact same purpose. Oftentimes, people are confused about the differences between fireplace doors and a fireplace screen. This article will help you understand the difference between fireplace doors and fireplace screens, and also explain why fireplace doors are a better investment in most cases.

 

The Difference between Doors and Screens

A fireplace screen is a piece of mesh that serves as a barrier between the fireplace and the room. The frame is usually made of a metal (iron and bronze are common) while the mesh panel is made of woven wire or perforated metal.

 

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Fireplace Doors

Fireplace doors are made with thick glass and much sturdier. Sometimes they are called glass fireplace doors in order to differentiate them from screens and prevent confusion. Similar to screens, doors serve as barriers for the fireplace, but the glass is much more solid than mesh.

 

The Benefits of Fireplace Screens and Doors

Fireplace screens and doors both serve a very important function: keeping your home and family safe from the heat of a fireplace. A fireplace can produce a lot of heat and can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Both screens and doors provide an extra layer of protection from either the hot glass of a gas fireplace or the burning logs of a wood-burning fireplace. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, a fireplace screen will also block burning embers from getting in your room and potentially starting a fire.

Fireplace screens are also great decorative pieces. They can be centerpieces of a room especially in traditional style homes. If you have fire logs and accessories around your fireplace, a fireplace screen is a great way to create space for those items and define the area of the fireplace. Subtle fireplace screens are also available that add a nice touch to your fireplace.

 

Why Fireplace Doors are Better

Doors have all the same safety benefits as fireplace screens. They add an extra layer of protection for gas fireplaces and they create a barrier between the flames and your room for wood-burning fireplaces. They also add to the décor of the fireplace. The main advantage of fireplace doors, though, is that they have energy efficiency benefits.

When your fire is out or dwindling, closing the doors on your fireplace will prevent the warm air from escaping out the chimney. By keeping the heat in the room longer, your fireplace becomes a more efficient source of heat. In addition, fireplace doors prevent cool air from escaping out of your fireplace during the summer.

 

Traditional fireplaces are beautiful elements of any home that has one, but they can be frustratingly inefficient at supplying heat. Fireplace doors are the easiest way to improve the efficiency of a traditional fireplace and they also have added safety and decorative benefits. While screens are nice additions to a fireplace, the better long-term investment is in fireplace doors.

 

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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.

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Fireplace Maintenance Tips

What better way to make your nights more welcoming than by making use of a nice, roaring fire in your fireplace? If you haven’t worked on fireplace maintenance and cleaning however, this will be the best time to handle it before it becomes a fire hazard. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your fireplace is a necessary step if you want to keep warm on your cold winter nights. Here are some tips on making it happen:

  • Start your fireplace maintenance by checking out the chimney damper

Grab a good flashlight and see whether anything is blocking your chimney damper. Animals will sometimes take up residence in the warm confines of the chimney for months on end. Falling leaves can also take up place inside the chimney, so if you see a blockage you would do well to arrange for a chimney cleaning.

  • Fireplace maintenance cleaning

You would need to clean your firebox from dirt, debris and ashes. This simple routine will remove the detritus that could easily become a fire hazard in the right circumstances. Once that is done you will be ready to light fires again when the cleaning is done.

  • Aries 1 - Lennox Hearth Fireplace aspen fireplace columbus ohioContaining Air Pollutants

The warm fire in your hearth makes smoke that contains carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and other volatile organic compounds that need to disappear from your home. These toxins can serious affect anyone who suffers asthma attacks and breathing issues, not to mention it can also hurt healthy individuals as well. The best way you can avoid this is to switch from a wood burning fireplace to a gas one if you can. Wood burning fireplaces inserts certified by the EPA or other agencies across the world are available in different styles and sizes so they can fit in with already existing masonry. Their fire is visible right through the screen for aesthetics and it will have good output without the need for constant cleaning you would need to handle otherwise.

  • Light your fire to keep smoke to a minimum

All firewood is not the same of course, so it pays well to know it before you move on with your wood burning. Dry wood will burn more efficiently and it will cause less smoke. Firewood needs to be seasoned and dry, from 6 to 12 months after splitting it. Hardwood such as orchard, oak and more will burn slower and dry slower than softwood such as pine and fir, so it may take longer for it to dry out completely.

Firewood stored outside your home should be placed on a higher ground. If you store firewood outside, you should make sure it is only a foot away from the ground at the very minimum. Cover the top of it to keep rain and dew out, but leave the sides open to allow for air drying. Choose a cord of wood with cracked, dark colored ends when possible. They should be lighter as this shows the moisture inside the wood is gone.

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Fireplaces Maximize the Comfort of Your Home and Wallet with Zone Heating

Most homeowners today would agree that a roaring fireplace on a chilly fall night is a nice thought. Other homeowners would say it’s a necessity. Fireplaces have come a long way from tromping out into the woods, pulling cut logs from the pile stashed under tarps covered in feet of snow. You have the many options of typical fireplaces set as a firebox, freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts, manufactured log sets, etc. But why the necessity?

 

While homeowners can mostly agree that a fireplace is nice, nearly all would nod their heads in saying that heating a house can be expensive, especially for us northerners. So how can we reduce the bills while staying warm? Turns out, you can have you cake and eat it too through a method called zone heating. Zone heating is putting heat where you need it, when you need it, allowing you to turn down the thermostat on your central heating system. Research states that we spend more than 80% of our time in 20% of the home. According to the US Department of Energy, by inserting a fireplace, stove, or logset insert, you are able to turn down the thermostat and decrease your bill by anywhere from 20-40%. Because seldom-used rooms don’t require constant heating, zone heating allows you to save money by running more concentrated amounts of heat when necessary.

 

In addition to the billing efficiency, zone heating can offer greater benefits like increasing the value of your home. The National Association of Realtors estimate that adding one fireplace can increase the value by almost 12%. And that’s per fireplace. They also state that adding a fireplace is among the top three things that interest homebuyers. If a fireplace is something that is not yet installed in your space, purchasing and placing the system won’t break your bank. Many factory-built systems use a safe and lightweight chimney (sometimes no chimney at all) and do not require additional structural support; making the installation easy and less expensive.

 

Zone heating is an option that should be thought through carefully and involve a professional installer who can advise appropriately. Here at Aspen Fireplace, we would be more than happy to help inspect and provide the best and most reliable products for your next home renovation. Feel free to contact us for more information on how you can improve the quality and function of your home space.

Fireplace Terminology

At aspen Fireplace, we like to communicate with our customers as clear as possible, but there are some important terms to know when researching and purchasing a fireplace or other gas appliance for your home. Use this reference guide of Fireplace terminology to understand exactly what you’re looking for in a fireplace.
 

B-Vent

A double- wall metal pipe used with range hoods and other appliances to ventilate the gas.

 

Blower

A motorized fan that circulates air through the fireplace convection air chamber.

 

British Thermal Unit/ BTU

A unit of measure used to calculate the amount of energy needed to convert 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit.

 

Clearances

The required safe distance between heat sources or flammable objects. For instance, the distance between a stove, fireplace, or chimney and upholstery or fiber carpets.

 

Direct Vent

A direct line for gasses to be released straight to the outside. No chimney is required when using a direct vent.

 

Efficiency

The amount of warm air delivered by the fireplace into the room versus the amount of warm air that escapes through the chimney.

 

Flue

The inner part of the chimney in which gas travels up and out of the fireplace.

 

Gas Fireplace Insert

A factory created appliance that can be placed directly into an existing fireplace, or can be free standing. It will provide the same amount of heat, with better efficiency.

 

Modulating Control

An automatic system to regulate the fuel input to the gas fire.

 

Natural Gas

The gas that burns in a gas fireplace. It is an all-natural, clean burning, fossil fuel that comes into the home via pipeline.

 

Pilot

The flame that ignites the gas used to start a fire on a gas stove or other gas appliance.

 

Radiant Heat

Heat that flows from a central point and heats objects it passes along its way.

 

Thermostat

The digital device that regulates an inside temperature. The thermostat triggers the HVAC unit to start and stop based on pre-set and current temperature.

 

For questions about fireplace and gas appliance terminology, the professionals at Aspen Fireplace are here to answer your questions. We can also help you select the best fireplace or other gas appliance that is best for you and your family this summer. 

Fireplace Xtrordinair’s High Output Linear Gas Fireplaces Win Prestigious ADEX Award!

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The 3615, 4415 and 6015 represent the High Output Linear Gas Fireplace Series, which recently won the 2015 New Products Platinum ADEX Award!

Sponsored by Design Journal Magazine, ADEX (Awards for Design Excellence) is one of the largest and most prestigious award programs for product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes, marketed to design professionals.

The High Output Linear Gas Fireplaces received the Platinum ADEX Award, which represents the highest level of award that can be achieved. Awards were given to new products based on the criteria of design excellence and sustainability, or “green” features.

What You Need to Know About the EPA Wood Stove Regulations

What You Need to Know About the EPA Wood aspen fireplace columbus ohio

Earlier this year, the EPA adjusted its standards for fuel efficiency thresholds of wood stoves. The EPA will require that wood stoves meet higher standards of fuel-burning efficiency in order to be sold. By the end of 2015, all wood stoves that are sold will have to meet these new standards.

What you should know about these EPA regulations:

1. Our wood stoves will be on sale. After December 31, we will no longer be allowed to sell our older wood stove models that don’t comply with the EPA regulations. This means we have to sell the remaining stock by the end of the year. You will be able to get great deals on our wood stoves from now until the end of the year so now is the time to buy if you’re looking for a wood stove.

2. Wood Stoves will be more energy efficient. Following the regulations, wood stoves will be more effective at using fuel. Wood stoves still won’t be nearly as efficient as other heat sources like gas or electric fireplaces, but they will be much more efficient than older models.

3. You won’t be forced to replace your current wood stove. One myth of these regulations is that it will impact the wood stove you already have in your home. You will be allowed to keep your wood stove regardless of its efficiency, but if you buy a wood stove from a certified wood stove dealer after December 31, it will have to meet certain efficiency standards.

4. Only certified dealers have to meet these regulations. One aspect to consider is that dealers will be selling wood stoves for cheap to get rid of stock, but consumer-to-consumer sales will remain unregulated. As long as you’re not a business dealer, you can sell a wood stove of any efficiency.

If you’re in the market for a wood stove, now is the best time to buy one. Be sure to check out our clearance items to find the best deals available and feel free to contact us with any questions.

6 Great BBQ Grill Graduation Party Recipes

 

6 Great BBQ Grill Graduation Party Recipes aspen fireplace

If your kid graduated from high school this year, then you’ve probably already started planning a graduation party. Graduation parties are an exciting time and it’s a great excuse to bust out the BBQ grill during a beautiful summer day. If you’re still trying to decide what to grill up for your kid’s graduation party, look no further. Any of these 6 BBQ grill recipes will be a crowd pleaser at a graduation party.

1. Grilled Bacon-Cheeseburgers. A classic recipe that just about everyone can enjoy. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to keep things simple and let the grilling speak for itself.

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2. Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs. This recipe is another summer classic. Hot dogs are meant to be grilled on a sunny summer day and you can easily grill up plenty for everyone in no time. Adding bacon to your hot dogs will make them a crowd favorite. Don’t forget to have all your favorite toppings and condiments available.

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3. Marinated Grilled Shrimp. This recipe is great as an appetizer or the main course. Marinate your shrimp to give them a unique flavor and then grill to perfection. The marinade makes this shrimp recipe memorable and your guests are sure to appreciate it.

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4. Easy Marinated Pork Ribs. This is another marinade recipe that will leave your guests asking for seconds. Ribs are a great summer dish and this recipe is the perfect graduation party meal.

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5. Grilled Tomato Bruschetta. Don’t forget about appetizers for your graduation party. This grilled tomato bruschetta recipe is a delicious and healthy way to start the party.

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6. Virginia Willis Pulled Pork. This pulled pork recipe is for Big Green Egg owners, but can be used if you have a smoker. Pulled pork is always a hit at graduation parties and this unique recipe will separate your pulled pork from the rest. A Big Green Egg gives you the versatility to cook amazing meals like this recipe.

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If all you’re missing for your graduation party is a BBQ grill, then be sure to visit our showroom. We have some amazing deals on BBQ grills going on right now so don’t wait!

Why You Should Get a Chimney Sweep (Infographic)

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A chimney sweep is an essential part of any home with a chimney’s maintenance. A chimney sweep keeps your fireplace healthy and can prevent problems with your chimney from getting worse. For your safety, it is recommended that you get a chimney sweep twice per year if you have a wood-burning fireplace and once per year if you have a fireplace that runs on gas. Here are some of the main reasons why everyone with a fireplace should get a chimney sweep.

 

1. Creosote build-up. Creosote is a black residue that builds up in your chimney over time. Creosote is combustible which makes an excess accumulation a serious fire hazard. A failure to clean out creosote buildup is the cause of 25% of residential fires in the United States.

 

2. Remove bird nests. Birds inside your chimney can be a great annoyance. A chimney sweep will make sure to remove the nest without hurting the birds, but you should put a cap over the chimney to prevent them from returning.

 

3. Inspect the chimney. Buildup of dirt, debris, and other material can cause damage to a chimney. A chimney sweep will inspect the chimney for signs of any potential problems or hazards.

 

4.  Difficult to clean yourself. If you have the right materials, it’s possible to clean your own chimney, but unless you’re a professional you might miss something. The safest way to chimney sweep is by hiring a professional.

 

Aspen Fireplace has a wealth of experience with fireplaces and we offer fast and reliable chimney sweep service to the Columbus area. Contact us to schedule chimney sweep service for your fireplace.