Archive for July, 2012


Monday, July 30th, 2012

There are many reasons why the addition of an outdoor fireplace, firepit and grill island is valuable. It can bring that “wow” factor. It increases home value. It’s a current trend. And whether you prefer gas-burning or wood-burning fire, adding this focal point can you give you some unexpected benefits. Here are three electrifying reasons to bring an outdoor room to your home.

It extends your outdoor season: Combining comfort and warmth, an outdoor fireplace allows you to be outside more months of the year! Take more time to gather with family and friends around a cozy fire. If you live in an area where the weather is always warm, an outdoor fireplace can function as another area of your home and will encourage you to spend more time outdoors. The flames from your fire will light up the night and will help feature this stunning focal point of your home.

It’s an easy process: Adding an outdoor fireplace is the ultimate design project because you won’t have to worry about tearing down existing walls, getting the carpet dirty or ceiling height. You can turn a completely empty space into a focal point of your home. Tall chimneys elevate the eye and create wonderful depth for your outdoor space. The Montana Wood Fireplace gives great depth to an outdoor space and uses FireBrick technology to give you 25% more radiant heat. Style and function all in one!

There are no style limitations: Afraid an outdoor fireplace won’t fit your style of home? Think again! Modern, traditional, rustic, eclectic or whatever style your home fits into, you won’t have trouble finding an outdoor fireplace for it. If you’re working with a smaller deck or patio, the Dakota Gas Fireplace will fit right in. Blending classic design elements with strong performance, this fireplace adapts to a wide variety of styles.

Adding a grill island is easy and attractive: Even a small gas, charcoal or pellet grill will add ease of cooking along with flavor to your food. Imagine stepping into your backyard kitchen loaded with all the appliances, including the kitchen sink! These islands can be small and easy to very large and complex! They can be maintenance free stainless steel products wrapped in stone, stucco or the finishing product of your choice. There are many different grills, side burners, pizza ovens for cooking. Adding refrigerators, coolers, cabinets and running water makes it easy to do everything you like in your backyard oasis!

Extend your unique style to the outdoors and enjoy the benefits of an outdoor fireplace! Don’t forget to check out Heat & Glo’s entire line of outdoor products here!

Back to the importance of maintenance!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

The popularity of gas fireplaces has risen over the years, which has increased the need for inspection and maintenance of these units. Many don’t know much about their gas fireplace other than it can heat their home, so looking for a qualified professional can often be difficult. Knowing the reasons behind a gas fireplace inspection is the first step towards understanding how to properly utilize this important home appliance.

Direct vent gas

Basic gas fireplace diagram


The Affordability Of A Gas Fireplace

Overall, a gas fireplace is more economical than a typical wood burning fireplace. A large portion of the heat generated by a wood fireplace is wasted and sent out of your house through the chimney. This is one of the main reasons why a gas fireplace or insert is more affordable. So, is it more affordable to have it inspected frequently?

Unfortunately, it’s not cheaper to have a gas fireplace inspected. A gas fireplace has a more complicated inner framework then does a wood burning fireplace. Vents, outlets, combustion chambers, pipes and other mechanisms make up its structure, when all that makes up a wood burning fireplace is the hearth and the chimney. However, you can make up for the cost of inspection when it comes down to the money you save out of the unit’s efficiency overall.

Always be sure to use trained technicians. Look for manufacturer trained mechanics and also NFI Certified technicians. These professionals are trained in the hearth industry on every aspect of  gas fireplace service.  They know what to look for on builder installations. They are up to date on local building codes. They are stocked with specific tools to test for gas or carbon monoxide leaks. Industry professionals are also able to access manufacturer web sites if needed for proper settings and log placement charts.

A Gas Fireplace Inspection

To keep energy costs low annual maintenance of your gas fireplace is required. There are many reasons as to why a gas fireplace inspection is necessary. Firstly, checking for irregularities in the glass doors of the fireplace is essential to prevent gas or carbon monoxide from leaking into your home. This is obviously a safety concern for your family and the main reason why this type of inspection is completely necessary. Checking the venting system and the pilot of your natural gas fireplace can also help to ensure it continues to operate correctly by heating your home and expelling extra smoke and heat outdoors.

If either the venting system or your pilot stops functioning the gas fireplace could begin to cost you more money than it’s worth. Another important reason for inspection is to check the combustion chamber for cracks. This is a major safety concern because if it’s not caught it can let gas seep into your home. Gas leaks can be silent killers, regardless if they’re uncommon. For safety’s sake, have your fireplace inspected once a year because it’s not worth the risk.