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Should I Have my Chimney Cleaned if I Didn’t Use It?

Just because you may not have used your fireplace in Pittsburgh this winter due to the mild weather does not mean you should forego cleaning your chimney.  Many homeowners believe that there is no need to inspect or clean your chimney if it hasn’t been in use. The truth is that you may not have … Continue reading “Should I Have my Chimney Cleaned if I Didn’t Use It?”

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Can You Burn Wood in a Gas Fireplace?

If you own a gas fireplace, you are familiar with the benefits gas fireplaces offer—low-maintenance, cost-efficient and eco-friendly.  While they provide warmth and coziness, just like a wood-burning fireplace, sometimes you may be tempted to add more heat, flame or scent to your gas fireplace by throwing on a log or two.  But is this … Continue reading “Can You Burn Wood in a Gas Fireplace?”

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Is My Fireplace Safe to Use?

Safety is essential if you plan on enjoying your fireplace during the cold months ahead.  But how do you know if your fireplace is safe and ready to use? To ensure you and your family enjoy the beauty and warmth of your fireplace this winter, make sure you consider five key factors before lighting your … Continue reading “Is My Fireplace Safe to Use?”

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Should I Invest in a Freestanding Fireplace?

There is no doubt that having a fireplace brings an instant feeling of warmth and coziness to your home.  Who doesn’t enjoy sitting by a warm crackling fire, while reading a book and sipping hot chocolate?  Unfortunately, for those of us who do not already have a built-in fireplace, it can be quite expensive to … Continue reading “Should I Invest in a Freestanding Fireplace?”

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Why is My Chimney Leaking?

Signs of fall are definitely upon us, here, in Pittsburgh—leaves of many colors, cooler days and colder nights and the distinct smells of working fireplaces. Synonymous with fall weather, fireplaces offer warmth, coziness, and relaxation as we spend more time inside. In order to enjoy the benefits this winter, be sure to regularly inspect and … Continue reading “Why is My Chimney Leaking?”

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Fireplace Safety and Smoke Alarms

The beauty that goes with the warmth and glow of fireplaces cannot be denied.  But what also can’t be denied are fire safety practices.  In recognition of Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12, 2019), Ed’s Woodshed is sharing tips for you and your family to safely enjoy your Pittsburgh fireplaces.

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Reasons It’s Time to Upgrade Your Fireplace Insert

Do you enjoy the crackling sounds of wood burning in your fireplace and the glow cast on your family room by the firelight? At the same time, are you constantly tending to your fireplace to keep the fire lit and your space warm? If so, then it’s time to upgrade to a fireplace insert.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Entertaining Space

Do you have an outdoor space that you’d love to turn into the best entertainment spot in your house? There’s still lots of time this summer to make some impressive improvements and additions to your outside entertaining space and create a fun and relaxing atmosphere where everyone wants to be. Here are 5 of the … Continue reading “5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Entertaining Space”

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Wood Stove vs. Wood Burning Fireplace

If you’re thinking about adding a wood burning stove or fireplace to your Pittsburgh home, there are many points to consider. Both heat sources have their advantages and disadvantages when compared to one another, so it’s important to consider your design taste, lifestyle, and intentions for use as you contemplate which one is right for … Continue reading “Wood Stove vs. Wood Burning Fireplace”

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How Do Electric Fireplaces Make Flames?

You may be considering adding a fireplace to your home for extra warmth and ambiance in the cool of fall and the dredges of winter; however, you might not want the extra work of fueling a fire with wood or cleaning up the mess that a real fire makes. So what should you do?

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