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Nov 15, 2019
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TV over the Fireplace Movement

There was a day when burning wood in the wood burning fireplace was the only option. That’s before the furnace, baseline heaters and central air. So, having a fireplace was a necessity.

But, there were so many things different back then. They weren’t burning treated wood. There weren’t a billion houses in the world at that time. Everything was cleaner because we hadn’t had time to destroy it all yet.

But, the wood burning fireplace is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Of course, it’s still great for wide open places like in the country in your farmhouse or in your own ranch. But, in urban and suburban areas where living is tight is not conducive to the wood burning fireplace.

But, we don’t have to completely trash the entire idea of having a fireplace in the home. There are alternatives. Some of these alternatives throw every bit as much heat and look every bit as good as a wood burning fireplace.

Electric Fireplaces

These are ventless fireplaces that are made in all types of shapes and sizes. You can have contemporary looking fireplaces with brass or silver linings. Some are made of glass or stainless steel. They are portable to any room and they shut off instantly.

You can also have traditional looking fireplaces that are made of wood like mahogany or dark walnut. You can have a marble or stone finish that looks great with just about any decor. So, the electric fireplace has quite a few advantages over the traditional wood burning fireplace.

You don’t have to wait for the fire to go out or try to douse it with water. You can simply shut off the fireplace when you leave the house or go to bed. But, you can leave them on all night too as an extra heating source. You won’t have to worry about any jumping embers setting your house on fire while you are asleep.

Flame Fireplaces

These are actually commonly referred to as ventless fireplaces. But, I wanted to make the distinction because electric fireplaces are also ventless. The reason these are more commonly referred to as ventless is because there is a real flame in the fireplace. But, you don’t need a chimney or any other type of outside vent.

The flame that is burning in the fireplace is a gel fuel that burns into water vapor. It doesn’t cause damage to the house or the environment. It burns very hot even though the FTC won’t allow the companies to actually call it a heating source. These also come in the same designs as electric fireplaces.

Build Your Own

Another great thing about the ventless fireplace is that you don’t have to settle with a design that a designer designed. You can build your own with fireplace inserts and gel fuel. Build a hearth with 2x4s. Build a surround and then put your fireplace insert inside. Take the chimney to the ceiling if you want and finish with a faux stone or brick look. You can have a fireplace in any room and it won’t come anywhere near the cost of an actual wood burning fireplace.

With the environment the way it is and the more restrictions being placed on home building and home remodeling permits, you might see it one day when building a traditional wood burning fireplace might take a special permit or won’t be allowed at all. But, you don’t have to miss out on the fireplace experience. There are alternatives and you should start looking into them.

Jessica Brylan has been a student of construction all her life, under her father who retired in 2004. Her passion turned to interior design and strangely evolved into becoming a fireplace expert. She has written such great reports as DIY Outdoor Fireplaces, Fireplace Ideas Report, and DIY Fireplace. Read further details about the Ventless Gel Fuel Fireplace []. Keep yourself up to date. There is always new and innovative information for home improvement, home interior and lawn and garden.

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Nov 11, 2019
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Make your fireplace cozy

With cold weather coming, many of us are dreaming of long snowy days enjoyed by the fireside. There’s nothing better than soaking in the warmth of a winter fire, enjoying hot chocolate, and reading a good book. In fact, according to the National Builders Association, fireplaces are the second most requested feature shoppers look for when buying a new home. But what if you’re a homeowner that wants to install a fireplace into your current home? There’s a good news: the days when building a fireplace was prohibitively expensive are over. Thanks to advancements in technology with gas fireplaces, it’s possible to have a professional plumber complete this project affordably in a day or two. Here’s what you need to know when planning to have a gas fireplace installed in your own home.

What is the difference between a gas fireplace and wood fireplace?

Wood fireplaces are the models you may be most familiar with. Installing one requires building the fireplace itself, chimney, firebox, flue and sometimes even floor supports to support the weight. These fireplaces operate by burning wood. Because of structural and exterior building concerns, limited areas within most houses are suitable for adding a traditional wood-burning fireplace.

A gas fireplace installation is much more flexible. No burning or combustion takes place within the actual fireplace. The fireplace structures are able to contain the heat safely. Gas fireplaces can be added anywhere, from under a window to the center of a room. Gas fireplaces that are made with tempered glass can be exposed on three or four sides, to create a center room island look that’s very popular now. The only thing that’s required is a natural gas or propane connection.

What are the benefits of a gas fireplace?

If you’ve never seen a gas fireplace in action, you may be wondering how they hold up against the real thing. A gas fireplace often looks just like a wood burning fireplace. Of course, they do not put out the same heat as wood but options such as blowers make then nice and cozy to sit by. They’re available in a range of styles, which allows for design flexibility to blend with your existing décor or achieve a specific look and feel. Ceramic logs can be placed inside to create the illusion of burning wood.

In terms of unit costs, wood and gas burning units are typically on par, ranging from several hundred to a few thousand dollars. The installation costs are often lower for a gas unit, although costs vary depending on which model you select, the construction of your home, and your current access to a gas or propane connection.

In the long-term however, you can expect to save significant money and maintenance hassle with a gas model. Powering with gas is much less expensive than wood over time and friendlier to the environment. Some estimates suggest that that gas is the most efficient way to heat your home, costing about 25% of alternative methods. Gas fireplaces also need less maintenance and give you more control over your heat output. Finally, there is no need to stock up on wood every winter with gas.

What are the different kinds of venting?

One of the issues to consider with a fireplace is venting. Specifically, this refers to how heat, combustibles, and debris are carried out of the fireplace safely. With a traditional wood burning fireplace, this is the function of the flue and chimney. For gas fireplaces, there are three options to consider.

Natural venting uses your existing chimney or a steel chimney insert to vent a gas fireplace. Direct venting draws in air from the outside, and releases it the same way. Vents are built directly from the fireplace to the outdoors, through the roof, chimney, or an outside wall. Finally, vent free technology is another option. The process uses a technology similar to your car’s catalytic converter to clean the air. These models are extra sleek, and may be the perfect choice to eliminate extra construction requirements.

With gas powered fireplaces, it may be easier than you ever thought to have your dream fireplace installed this winter. Begin by shopping styles that appeal to you. Once you’re ready to move forward, contact a local professional plumber. They’ll be able to review your existing home layout, desired styles, and make recommendations for brands, installation plans, and venting that match your design goals and budget. Get started today, to keep warm this winter!

Jill Smith is a writer, policy annalist, and fan of digital marketing.

Gas fireplaces bring all the ambiance with none of the hassle of the wood alternative. For gas line and fireplace installations in and around Salt Lake City, see Towers Murray Plumbing.

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Nov 1, 2019
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4 Milestones by Timberlake

Timberlake strives for accuracy every step of the way.

Cabinetry involves a lot of transactions, to say the least — and you can’t complete your project on time unless those transactions run smoothly. In order to ensure an on-time and complete delivery, we’ve established a consistent, four-part process.

Milestone 1: Design & Quote

We provide:

  • Local, dedicated sales and design support
  • Professional kitchen design
  • Layouts and elevations
  • Prompt turnaround on quotes
  • Upgrades and option packages

You provide:

  • Product and plan specifications
  • Blueprints
  • Clearly defined product expectations

Milestone 2: Measure & Order

We provide:

  • Job tracking
  • Field measurement of each kitchen for accuracy
  • Detailed correction notices, as needed
  • Confirmation of job readiness prior to delivery
  • Installation confirmation prior to scheduled date

You provide:

  • A start date notification for each of the lots we are contracted to install
  • Notification of the homebuyer product selection and option information prior to the scheduled release of the delivery and installation
  • A scheduled “release” of the house at least 15 days prior to delivery, which triggers a confirmation number, along with delivery and install dates

Milestone 3: Deliver & Install

We provide:

  • Delivery of cabinetry on your schedule, to the lot or address indicated
  • Placement in home, in specified secure location
  • Next-business-day installation

You provide:

  • Safe working conditions
  • A secure location, free of debris
  • Easy access, without interference from other trades
  • Plumbing, electrical and drywall in place

Milestone 4: Punch Out & Transfer Ownership

We provide:

  • A prompt inspection of each job
  • Complete punch out and transfer of ownership prior to close

You provide:

  • Inspection with Timberlake representative
  • Holding other trades accountable to minimize trade damage
  • Final signoff and payment
  • Purchase orders for any parts or labor required after signoff