Does your fireplace warm the cockles of your heart but leave your toes cold? With some modifications, your fireplace can become a legitimate heat source for your house and ensure your toes stay nice and toasty. Read on to learn how to get more heat from your fireplace.
- Burn seasoned firewood. Seasoned firewood has been allowed to dry before being burned, allowing it to burn much hotter. See How to Tell If Firewood Is Seasoned.
- Install a fireback. A fireback is a piece of metal that sits behind the fire and reflects heat into the room. Firebacks have been used for centuries to increase the efficiency of fireplaces.
- Buy an EPA-approved fireplace insert. An insert is essentially a woodstove designed to slide into a normal fireplace. Those stoves use blowers to circulate heat into the room and their heavy metal construction radiates heat. Many models have glass fronts, so the fire is still visible, preserving some of the aesthetic benefits of an open fireplace. Inserts can be pricey, but they can put off a tremendous amount of heat.
Learning about and employing these three techniques will show you how to get more heat from your fireplace.
The United States celebrates National Bioenergy Day each October. It recognizes and encourages the use of renewable and sustainable bioenergy sources. In 2021, National Bioenergy Day is October 20. When any organic material with few or no productive applications is used to generate energy, we call it “bioenergy.” The biomass can be any organic low […]
Traditionally, knowledge based on teachings and experiences about selecting and burning firewood was passed along verbally. Often such information was put into a rhyming format to make it easier to remember. Thus were born firewood poems and firewood songs to address the question, “Which Firewood Burns Best?” As with most things passed from generation to generation, […]
Mosquitos are the bane of everyone who wants to relax by a fire pit or fire bowl or campfire. A careful selection of specific eco-friendly firestarters, logs and other fire fuels can safely repel those flying pests. Here is a list of what to burn for mosquito free fire pit or other outdoor fires. What […]
We celebrate Arbor Day in the United States on the last Friday of April. The holiday celebrates the joys of trees. Trees provide both people and animals with services as well as goods. Planting trees on Arbor day is a traditional way to honor forest, ornamental and fruit trees. To those with wood-burning fireplaces or […]