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Annual Costs of a Gas Fireplace

The annual costs associated with running a gas fireplace, insert or stove depends on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the size of the unit, the area that you are heating, type of gas used and the cost of gas in your area.  Once you have looked at these factors, you can … Continue reading “Annual Costs of a Gas Fireplace”

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How to Choose the Best Fireplace

When investing in a fireplace, you want to make sure it provides the warmth, comfort, and ambiance that you desire.  Fireplaces do not come one size fits all. There are many factors that go into choosing the right one for your home, including a budget, size, and location.  The ones we will focus on in … Continue reading “How to Choose the Best Fireplace”

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Eco-Friendly Fireplaces

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of eco-friendly is “not environmentally harmful.” When it comes to traditional wood-burning fireplaces, they can negatively impact the environment through tree reduction and the production of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Homeowners are choosing eco-friendly options these days for fireplaces and stoves in order to … Continue reading “Eco-Friendly Fireplaces”

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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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