Easter Bunny Fireplace Myths

Easter Egg Candles

Many a family has decorated their fireplace for Easter by replacing the regular candles in their fireplace candelabra with Easter egg shaped candles.  It’s a quick, easy, and delightful way to give a springtime pop to a fireplace, the focal and gathering point of a home.

However, serious Fireplace Easter Bunny Myths have evolved from this practice!

It is believed by many that the Easter Bunny, seeing the Easter egg candles perched on the fireplace candelabra, will hop into the fireplace and replace one or more of those candles with chocolate eggs.

While it is true that the Easter Bunny has been known to exchange Easter egg shaped candles with chocolate eggs, he only does so when he can reach those candles without entering the fireplace.

Unbeknownst to most fans of the Easter Bunny, for health, personal, and even legal reasons, he never, never sets even one white furry paw into a fireplace!

A long-standing legal arrangement between the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus gives the jolly ol’ elf the exclusive rights to the chimney and fireplace.  The Easter Bunny is officially prohibited from entering or using as a thoroughfare either the chimney or the fireplace area.  This pact works for the Easter Bunny because, unlike Santa, the Easter Bunny suffers from Santaclaustrophobia, the fear of getting stuck in a chimney.

A related Easter Bunny myth is that he sometimes hides Easter eggs in a fireplace.  This myth came about because, indeed, from time to time an Easter egg has been found on Easter morning in a fireplace.  Yet those eggs were not hidden there by the Easter Bunny.  In truth, those were what the Easter Bunny terms “Rollers.”  Rollers, as the name implies, are Easter eggs that roll to a different location after the Easter Bunny hides them.

So, feel free to use Easter egg shaped candles in your fireplace candelabra.  After all, since Easter egg candles are available in such an array of colors and designs—everything from brown, chicken egg looking candles to traditional pastels to highly elaborate candles resembling Ukrainian folk art eggs— there are options for all decorating styles and color schemes.

We just encourage you to manage children’s expectations about chocolate or real Easter eggs being found in the fireplace and to prevent the spread of these two Easter Bunny Myths .

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5 Reasons Get Firewood in Spring

Stacked and seasoned firewood

As the weather warms, many are delighted that the worst of winter fuel bills are ending. Smart consumers, however, are doing more than heaving a sigh of relief; they are getting a step ahead of next winter’s fuel costs by buying or gathering firewood now to use in their fireplaces and woodstoves next winter.

With the sharp rise in fuel oil costs, increasingly home owners are turning to firewood as a supplemental or primary source of heat. A cord of birch firewood, for example, has 25 million BTUs, the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of fuel oil! Buying or gathering that firewood in spring, instead of waiting until next fall or winter, has several significant advantages.

Why Spring is the Best Time to Buy or Gather Firewood

          1. Prices for firewood are generally down in early spring, and the supplies are good. Buying now instead of waiting for cold weather to buy your firewood will save you money.
            save money by buying firewood in early spring


          2. There is no indication that fuel costs, especially the cost of heating oil, will be lower next winter. In fact, many indicators predict next winter’s fuel costs will be even higher than this winter’s. People may be all the more turning to fireplaces and woodstoves to offset their fuel costs next winter, increasing the demand and therefore the price of firewood next fall and winter. Buying your firewood in spring puts you ahead of those price increases that are forecast for firewood next fall.
            one cord of firewood
          3. Firewood needs at least six months to season. If you want your firewood ready for the cool days of next fall, now is the time to be getting it and storing in on firewood racks so it can properly season.
            firewood rack
          4. Insects living under the bark are dormant in early spring. When you store firewood in the spring for use next fall or winter, any insects will likely die before you bring the firewood into your home. That’s a plus!
            insects in firewood bark
          5. Landowners whose property has been logged will welcome you if you ask permission to salvage firewood. Loggers leave behind about 50% of each tree, cluttering the landscape but providing you with free firewood.spring firewood after logging
            With a chain saw and a wood splitter, you can tailor your firewood to the dimensions of your fireplace. There’s considerably less competition for this free firewood in spring than there is during the cooler seasons.Wood Splitter
          6. Bonus Reason!  Fruit trees are pruned at the very end of winter. Many orchards are glad to donate pruned limbs as firewood. Since fruit trees are all hardwoods, they are ideal firewood.
            firewood from pruned fruit trees

Smart homeowners who seek out firewood in the off season will have lower cost, seasoned firewood waiting for them when the cold weather and high fuel oil costs return.  They know that spring is the best time to buy or gather firewood.

Wondering how much firewood you need, or what kind to get? Check out the FireplaceMall Guide to Firewood.

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Summer Decorating Ideas for Your Fireplace

greenery in the fireplace

It is easy enough to make a wood-burning fireplace an interesting focal point in the winter when it glows with an inviting warm fire. But once hot weather rolls around, a fireplace often seems like just a dark, empty space.

Fireplace Summer Decorating Ideas

Even when not in use, a fireplace remains a focal point and people`s eyes are naturally drawn to it. So, why not clean out your fireplace and use it as a display space in the summer?

Greenery

Plants are an ideal warm weather display for indoor fireplaces. Place three or more tall or oversized vases full of freshly cut, summer blooming flowers right in front of the fireplace to bring summer into the room.

Arrange a few shorter vases of flowers on the mantle. Keep the summer theme going by using green vases if you have a white wall behind your mantle, or use clear glass containers to promote a more ethereal vibe.

Arrange a variety of potted plants in front of your fireplace. Use plants with various shapes, textures and sizes to add interest to the space. Use pots in styles and colors that complement the room`s decor.

Find a shade tolerant plant to place directly inside or in front of your hearth if the space offers little to no natural lighting. Many bamboo varieties don`t need much sunlight but will require frequent watering and the occasional feeding.

Weave a strand of small, soft white lights into plant and flower arrangements to give you a cozy ambiance in the evenings.

Candles

Mirrored Stainless Steel Fireplace with candles

Place candles inside of your fireplace to keep it looking cozy throughout the summer. Large candles of various heights can create a pretty, inviting glow while putting out very little heat.

For a dramatic candle display you can use fireplace candle holders. Candelabra can fill your entire fireplace by staggering the height of the candles. They come in a wide range of styles and materials, from traditional steel or iron to modern and sleek glass and stainless steel.

Candle displays are also great for decorating the mantle. Use unique candle holders and candles of different heights, sizes, colors and shapes. Light the candles on evenings when you wish to set a romantic mood.

To really set the mood for summer, use scented candles with summery smells. Honeysuckle, lavender, rose, fresh rain, crisp linen and any citrus scent are all perfect fragrances to complement sunny summer days.  For an outdoor fireplace, add citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes away.

Collections

You can display nearly any type of collection in your fireplace during the summer, from brightly colored glassware to pretty seashells and coral. You could stack up vintage suitcases or books inside the space as well.

Place sculptures or small paintings directly inside of your fireplace to add a more artsy vibe to the room. If you like the natural look, arrange wicker baskets with pine cones, smooth stones or even uniquely shaped driftwood inside the space.

Decorative Fireplace Screens

Birds in Branches Summer Fireplace Screen

If you don`t have time to style your fireplace, make it look more decorative with a summer fireplace screen. You could use a large painting with bright colors or purchase a screen in a style that matches your decor. Throw down a few shaggy rugs in front of the fireplace and you`re good to go!

Use these fireplace summer decorating ideas to enjoy your fireplace even in warm weather.

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Win a Leprechaun's Pot o' Gold!

Win a leprechaun's pot of gold!

In honor of St. Patrick’s day we’re giving away this leprechaun’s pot of gold! Leprechauns and leprechaun pot of gold are essential parts of St. Patrick’s Day.

When not holding gold at the end of a rainbow, this handcrafted copper cauldron is perfect for storing fatwood by your fireplace’s hearth, chilling a bottle of wine, or even being used as a planter. Every cauldron is a unique piece, handcrafted by artisans in Turkey. (see the cauldron here). Winner will also receive a one pound package of chocolate gold coins with their cauldron!

Copper cauldrons for fatwood, iced drinks, or plants

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