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How To: Clean a Chimney
Some homeowners are so drawn to the fireplace that they ignore the mess and hassle that accompany its operation and m...
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Bob Vila Radio: Is There a Leak in Your Gas Fireplace?
Gas fireplaces have been showing up in more and more homes the past few years. They're clean, easy to use, and add a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Venting a Fireplace Insert
With temperatures dropping, homeowners are resuming their seasonal quest to get the most heat for the least money. If...
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9 Reasons to Bring Back the Wood Stove
Costs for heating your home with oil, natural gas, propane, and electricity seem to go in only one direction: up! Steadily increasing prices for fossil fuels are ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Get the Fireplace Ready
When you're pulling your parkas and mittens from the back of the closet, it's also a good time to make sure your fire...
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7 Mistakes Not to Make with Your Fireplace
When the weather outside is frightful, there is nothing more comforting than curing up beside a fireplace with a good book or a good friend. This is why it is imp...
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The Right Way to Start a Fire
At first it may seem like a foolproof undertaking: You put some wood in the fireplace, light a match, then sit back a...
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Make Your Fireplace Mantel Fit for a Magazine
There's nothing as cozy and satisfying as relaxing in front of your fireplace on a long winter's night. But even when it's not lit, that fireplace takes up a lot ...
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10 Steps to Readying Your Fireplace for Winter
Nothing is quite as warm and cozy as a crackling fire in autumn. But before you touch match to kindling, take a good look around your fireplace and chimney to mak...
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Before & After: A Fireplace Redo
Jessica Bruno is a mom, daughter, and granddaughter—and the creative force behind the popular blog Four Generations O...
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5 Things to Do with... Fireplace Ashes
Cozying up to a roaring fire is a winter evening pastime that no one would reject. Disposing of fireplace ashes? Well...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pellet Stoves
A roaring fire makes for a lovely scene, but fireplaces are notorious energy-wasters. Most of the heat generated by a...
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Bob Vila Radio: Newspaper Fire Logs
There’s nothing quite like sitting by a cozy fireplace on a chilly night. Unless you own your own private forest, tho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Retrofitting Fireplaces
Did you know that only about ten percent of the heat from a fire in the fireplace makes it into the room? That’s righ...
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Pro Tips: Wood-Burning Fireplaces
Everyone loves the imagery of chestnuts roasting on an open fire—but wait just a minute! An open fire may be great fo...
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10 Rooms to Warm Up with a Fireplace
They're not just for living rooms anymore! With a well-situated fireplace, any room in the house can become warm and cozy.
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Quick Tip: Zero-Clearance Fireplaces
If you like fireplaces but your home doesn't have one, a zero-clearance fireplace could be for you.  It can be set on...
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Planning Guide: Fireplaces
Is there anything better than sitting beside the fireplace on a chilly winter eve? Not only does a fireplace provide ...
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Chimneys 101
Why would Kris Kringle choose to squeeze his considerable girth through one of the narrowest and most soot-covered pa...
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Quick Tip: Fireplace Doors
You can lose a lot of heat through your chimney, even with the damper closed. Installing fireplace doors is a great w...
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How To: Make Fire Logs from Newspaper
As winter approaches, many homeowners are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use their fireplaces and wood-burni...
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Quick Tip: Rumford Fireplaces
Fireplaces are a nice feature in any home. Count Rumford fireplaces, known for their heat efficiency, are tall and sh...
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10 Electric Fireplaces That Turn Up the Heat
If a smokey, wood-burning hearth seems like a hassle, these sleek and clean electric fireplaces will warm you up—with no mess to bring you down.
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Bob Vila Radio: Fireplace Tools
A new set of fireplace tools brings both style and utility to your hearth. Here are a few guidelines that will help y...
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Bio-Blaze Ethanol Fireplaces Burn Virtually Anywhere
Call it the PC-ification of the fireplace. A company called Bio-Blaze is selling a line of portable, vent-free firepl...
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Bob Vila Radio: Log Splitter
If you heat your house with wood, you know how expensive buying firewood can be. Cutting, splitting, and drying a cor...
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Bob Vila Radio: Firewood Types
While traditional open-hearth, wood-burning fireplaces are quickly going the way of the dinosaur, if you still want t...
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Firewood Primer: Which Wood Burns Best?
Of all the many species available, which types of firewood are the best to use at home?
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Hot Fireplace Inserts
Fireplace inserts are a great way to update an existing masonry fireplace. A traditional open-front wood-burning fire...
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Trending Now: Pellet Stoves
Practical and eco-friendly, pellet stoves are the perfect solution to a variety of home heating challenges.
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Firewood: What Type Should You Use?
'Tis the season for hot chocolate and snuggles by the fire. Many newer homes have gone to gas fireplaces. They’re che...
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The Pellet Stove: An Eco-Friendly Heating Option
The warmth of a wood stove appeals to many homeowners as much for its practicality (it can cut down on heating costs)...
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10 Accessories for the Fashionable Fireplace
We've rounded up the best fireplace accessories to poke, air, and shield flames while keeping your hearth looking great.
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Fireplace Maintenance Checklist
As days get shorter and weather gets colder, we retreat indoors to the warmth of our homes and hearths. If you have a...
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When a Chimney Tilts (A Foundation Problem Lurks Below)
It’s not something you really want to acknowledge. You tell yourself it’s an optical illusion, or clutch to the conso...
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Bob Vila Radio: Fireplaces
While it’s hard to argue with the romance of a crackling fire on a chilly night, your fireplace might be costing you ...
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Quick Tip: Make Your Fireplace More Efficient
Burning MoneyA fire in an open hearth is only 10 percent efficient at best, which means that 90 percent of the heat e...
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Eldorado Stone's "Non-Stone" Fireplace Surrounds
Love the idea of a stone fireplace mantel but turned off by the high price? Eldorado Stone—one of the leading manufac...
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Gas Fireplaces 101
Fireplaces have always been among the top amenities for homeowners looking to buy a new house. In fact, they rank jus...
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Gas Fireplaces: A Showcase of Design and Innovation
Consider these gas fireplaces for warmth and energy savings, certainly, but also for their red-hot style.
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Viva La Outdoor Fireplace
It’s January and, while some of the country is buried in snow, people in more moderate climates are still enjoying th...
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How To: Stack Firewood
Nothing celebrates the colder weather like the distinct scent and sound of a crackling log in the fireplace. A steady...
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Putting in a New Fireplace, Painting the Interior, and Installing Doors and Floors
The walls in the new addition are just about ready for paint. The new fireplace, trimmed with fieldstone, will make this new in-law suite very cozy. Interior door...
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Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
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Brick Chimney Repair
Bob meets with Ed and Lisa Zywusko, a husband-and-wife masonry team, and sees how they are going to refurbish the old brick chimney.
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Repairing the Chimneys, Installing a Gas Fireplace Insert and Completed Cabinets in the Basement Family Room
The house's two chimneys are repaired, allowing the installation of a gas fireplace insert, and basement family-room cabinets are completed.
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Direct-Vent Fireplace Installation
Jack Murdock from RMI and Craig Ryans from Vermont Castings demonstrate how simple it is to have gas appliances and heat in a rural location.
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Touring the Heat-N-Glo Showroom
Bob learns about Heat-N-Glo gas fireplace technology.
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Gas Fireplace Installation
The crew from The Ironhouse hooks up with Dan DeMagistris of Heat-N-Glo to install the fireplace.
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Tour the Tappahannock Room at Winterthur
Bob returns to Winterthur, the historic du Pont estate, to tour the Tappahannock Room.
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Touring the Blackwell Parlor at Winterthur
Bob tours one of Winterthur's most ornate rooms, the Blackwell Parlor.
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Installing the Chimney Liner
Bob and Chris Vila join Andy Grover of Hallsted Welles Associates for the installation of a new, flexible, stainless-steel chimney liner.
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Building the Fireplace
Bob talks with general contractor Ted Riley about the fireplace construction.
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Building a Rumford Fireplace
Masons are building the Rumford fireplace, as Bob talks over the herringbone construction process being used.
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Installing the Fireplace Throat and Flue
Masons install the throat and flue for the Rumford fireplace in the Lifespan House.
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Lamp Making and Landscaping
Bob explores the practice of custom lamp making and learns more about the outdoor fireplace.
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Restoring the Mantel
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Greg Cowan (from Tidewater Restoration) discuss the process of restoring the antique mantelpiece.
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Installing the Restored Mantelpiece
Bob returns to the Virginia governor's mansion to see the restored mantelpiece reinstalled in the ballroom.
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House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
The first Elmwood project concerns remodeling a Gothic Carpenter-style home, built in 1871.
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Installing a Gas Fireplace and Refinishing the Hardwood Floor
Joe Murphy installs a direct vent gas-driven fireplace, and Howard Brickman refinishes the hardwood floor.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Salvaged Brick Hearth
Bob watches as the mason lays a new hearth in the old fireplace using salvaged Charleston brick.
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Mantelpiece Work
Bob joins restoration contractor Richard Marks in the library of the Federal-Style home to review the restoration of the mantel.
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Count Rumford Fireplace Construction
As the mason builds a Count Rumford fireplace, he describes the foundation built to support the hearth and the variety of bricks used throughout the fireplace.
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The Search Ends for a Home on Martha's Vineyard
The search for Bob's next project house ends, when he finds a small 19th-century home on a large plot of land in East Chop, a laid-back, picturesque part of the i...
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Concrete Chimney
Bob and contractor John Clancy discuss creating the new concrete chimney at the Victorian-style project house in Martha's Vineyard.
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Tour of Vermont Castings
Bob tours the Vermont Castings factory in Randolph, VT in order to learn about the manufacturing process for the type of wood-burning stove being used in the Mart...
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Redressing the Fireplace
Carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley dresses up the fireplace to give it a Colonial look.
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Installing a Zero-Clearance Fireplace
Fireplace dealer Kris Renier installs a new zero-clearance fireplace and explains how it operates.
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