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Direct Vent Fireplaces

Direct Vent Fireplaces have taken over the market in the past decade, and have become amongst the most popular hearth appliances offered in the industry. There is no question that one of their many advantages over wood-burning fireplaces is their relatively low maintenance. However, like any appliance in the home, direct vent fireplaces should be consistently maintained to ensure proper appeara...

Read More | 2/2/2018 9:08:16 AM


Higher Heating Costs Forces Many to Consider Alternatives

  As many Southern New Englanders try to figure out how to save money on heat this upcoming winter, some are ditching their boilers for a clean burning pellet stove.   Frederickson Farm in North Scituate has 40 stoves to install before Thanksgiving.   "People are coming in asking us all kinds of questions on how they can curb their oil costs," said Howard Frederickson, pelle...

Read More | 1/23/2018 6:32:35 AM


Direct Vent Fireplace Technology

In today's market whether your looking for a extra heating source or a great looking fireplace, direct vent technology has come a long way. With many different styles of direct vent fireplaces on the market from linear, traditional, contemporary, high efficent, lower efficent and units designed for bathrooms and bedrooms.  Direct vent fireplaces today are great options for zone heating pa...

Read More | 1/18/2018 6:20:24 AM


Tips for Storing Wood in Shed

  As the nights draw in and winter descends, it’s time to get ready for the colder months ahead – and this includes making sure your log shed is in good order.   Whether you took the plunge over the summer to build a log store or instead have an alternative storage option in your garden to store the logs for your woodburning stove, it’s a good idea to winter-proof...

Read More | 1/17/2018 9:29:22 AM


Safety Precautions of heating with a Wood Stove or Fireplace

With increased cost in utilities, more home owners may return to using their fireplace or wood stove for additional heating. With this in mind, there are some safety precautions that need to be followed:     1. Clear the area around the fireplace/wood stove chimney. 2. Always use a fireplace screen or have the wood stove doors closed. 3. Never overload the fireplace/wood stove wi...

Read More | 1/15/2018 9:01:52 AM


How to Make a Good Fire in Your Fireplace

Building a good fire in your fireplace is easy if you take it step by step.   First make sure your chimney has been cleaned and inspected, within the past year, by a chimney sweep or other qualified professional.  If creosote from burning wood has built up in your chimney, it can start a disastrous chimney fire.    Next, make sure the damper is in the open position. ...

Read More | 1/12/2018 7:11:23 AM


Three Common Fireplace Myths

Here are three myths about fireplaces.  Don’t believe them.   1.        Burning pine or other softwoods will cause creosote to accumulate in your chimney.   Because pine contains flammable resin, from which turpentine is made, people have long believed that when the resin burns it deposits creosote in the flue.  Research conducted at the Univers...

Read More | 1/8/2018 8:27:54 AM


The Science of Smoked Turkey

  Have you ever cooked a perfect turkey? Were the breasts moist and tender and the leg completely cooked? Chances are, not always. Why is it so hard to get the dark meat cooked perfectly without over cooking the white meat? The reason is that a turkey is actually two distinctly different kinds of meat. The breast meat is very different from the leg, thigh and wing meat. This can create a ...

Read More | 12/27/2017 7:24:33 AM


John Henry Burgers Recipe

8 oz. ground chuck, ground round, ground turkey or lamb.     My choice of John Henry's salt-based rub seasonings: 1. Ole Bob's Hickory with Garlic 2. Tammy's Herbal 3. Cactus--Regular 4. Lil' Shag's Original Purpose 5. Or use any one of your favorite salt-based rubs you own at home, remember that you can purchase any of those rubs at our store in Lisle!   My choice of J...

Read More | 12/18/2017 11:44:18 AM


Ashes, ashes, we can all be safer!

Ashes, ashes, we can all be safer! The holidays are here, and there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be hosting some kind of get together at your home – friends, co-workers, family.  Before your party, you may want to tidy up your fireplace before the guests arrive to remove those ugly ash piles that can build up in the space.   Maybe there’s no party, and...

Read More | 12/13/2017 9:03:46 AM


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