Thursday, June 30, 2011

Five Fantastic Fireplace Ideas to Consider Now

It’s the middle of summer and the last thing you want to think about is a roaring fire in your fireplace, but fall will be here before you know it so it’s time to plan ahead and get ready for the colder weather now. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:
1. Start looking for fireplace doors. I recommend getting some quality doors that are reasonably priced (under $400). Whether you have a factory-built or a masonry fireplace, there are doors available. When you burn real wood and the fire is dying down but the embers are still smoldering, you can close the glass doors so no sparks will pop out of the firebox.
2. Get a new mantel. A new mantel shelf or surround is a great way to spruce up your fireplace. You could buy the mantel new or consider an antique mantel from a thrift store or make one out of old wood.
3. Invest in a Set of Tools. If you burn real wood, you need a sturdy set of tools. Choose a finish such as black iron or bronze to compliment your room’s décor. A poker and shovel are essential.
4. Repair damaged firebox brick. If you have any cracks in the firebox mortar or bricks, you need to replace or repair them.
5. Clean your firebox. Your firebox needs to be clean and soot- free. Soap and water and a wire brush usually does the trick. Consider a high- temperature paint in a black or cream color to make your firebox look like new.

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