Fun Fireplace Sweaters

fireplace sweaters

Ugly Christmas sweater party on your calendar? Or looking for a unique and fun way to celebrate the holidays? Maybe you enjoy keeping your friends and coworkers entertained. Fireplace sweaters let you take the hearth glow wherever you go. So light up that Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or a cozy night in with bright dancing flames on your Christmas fireplace sweater.

Three Types of Fireplace Sweaters

Although they are made for children and adults, men and women, and in different holiday colors, there are three basic types of fireplace sweaters:

Phone or Tablet App Fueled Fireplace Christmas Sweaters

The only thing these fireplace sweaters are missing is the heat from the flames and the smell of a burning fire. Apps give you vivid videos of actual fireplace fires and come complete, if you like, with the crackling sound of the flames! Simply slip your cell phone or tablet into the secure pocket. Then turn on a fireplace app. Instant fun and amusement!

The tablet-sized fireplace sweater makes a huge statement! The clear pouch will hold any tablet up to 9 7/8 inches wide and 7 inches tall. Three snaps along the top of the pouch securely hold your tablet. Tiny, real jingle bells adorn the mantel garland.

iPad Pocket Fireplace Sweaters

Your iPad, Kindle, or other tablet slips into the secured pouch for a large, life-like fireplace display. In men’s and ” rel=”nofollow”>women’s sizes (order one or two sizes larger than you usually wear.)

Three actual stockings button onto the tablet fireplace Christmas sweater, so you can remove them if you like. We prefer to fill the mini-stockings with holiday appetizer picks for easy snacking or tiny miniature candy canes for gifting.

Fill the tiny stockings with treats or appetizer picks


For an equally dramatic but lighter weight option, we are all in for the cellphone sized Morphsuits Digital Dudz crackling fireplace sweater for men or women!  Cellphones smaller than 5 inches fit into the pocket. Download the app that comes with it or another fireplace app if you prefer.  If the crackling of the fire amuses you, enjoy it. But you can also turn off the sound if you find it annoying.

Cellphone fireplace sweaters

This novelty fireplace unisex fireplace sweater works best with cell phones 4.7 inches or smaller. A five-inch phone is a tight fit. Comes with a free fireplace app.

The cellphone fireplace sweater is available in pink or green, in addition to the Christmas red edition.

pink or green fireplace sweaters

An advantage of these cellphone fireplace sweaters is that you have instant, hands-free access to your cellphone. No extra pockets or purses required.


LED Lit Fireplace on Sweaters

These sweaters do not have the realistic look of the phone or tablet app fireplace sweaters. Nevertheless, they light up, twinkle, and bring smiles to all who see you wearing one. Most allow you a choice of light and flame displays.

Animated fireplace sweater has an LED fire with three nested flames that glow from small to medium to large. The acrylic, unisex sweater requires 4 AAA batteries.


The fun of the fireplace sweater below is that it is motion activated!  Whenever you move, the flashing lights within the sweater twinkle.

This Cheesy Fireplace Sweater has a flame that lights up with tiny, fun lights!

It’s Just a Graphic Fireplace Sweater

No bells or whistles or lights or action: You just want an ugly Christmas sweater with a simple fireplace graphic. No problem!

Graphic Fireplace Sweaters

Simple Graphic Fireplace Sweaters without the Lights, Action, or Sounds


Or maybe sweaters are not your thing. If you are more of a t-shirt type, you have not been left out. Ugly Christmas fireplace t-shirts are a less expensive option, and are a comfortable wear even in the tropics!


If a fireplace sweater is the only fireplace in your life, consider adding a cardboard or vinyl cling fireplace to your home.

So wear your fireplace this holiday season. In summary, a fireplace sweater or t-shirt, whether with or without animation or light or sounds, is as fun to wear as it is for others to see you wearing.

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Bioenergy Day

National Bioenergy Day

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 value, waste or byproduct materials that we converted into energy instead of discarding it.  Such renewable, biomass sources include the following:

  • Forest debris such as byproducts from lumbering and from forest restoration.
  • Agricultural waste such as nut shells, corn cobs, sugar cane  and corp wastes.
  • Manufacturing wood waste such as sawdust and furniture building scraps.

In 2017, renewable energy sources account for about 11% of total energy consumption and 17% of electrical generation. Biomass accounts for 45% of those United States’ renewal energy sources. Hydroelectric, wind, solar and geothermal comprise the other 55% of American renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Sources in the United States - 2017

Renewable Energy Sources in the United States – 2017

National Bioenergy Day recognizes the most common household bioenergy heating uses:

  • Wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits.
  • Wood stoves, wood-burning fireplace inserts and wood furnaces.
  • Free-standing pellet stoves, pellet inserts, boilers, and furnaces; and
  • Ethanol fireplaces and fire pits.

Bioenergy Day celebrates the use of sustainable, renewable and carbon-friendly energy sources. Unlike fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, energy derived from organic material introduces little or no new carbons into the atmosphere. Furthermore, they are typically sourced and produced locally. Therefore, firewood, wood pellets, and ethanol require little additional fuel to get to the homes that use them.

Firewood is burned for heat and light in wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits and in wood stoves.

Wood pellets are manufactured from wood byproducts. They are uniform in size, shape, moisture content, density and energy content. Compared with firewood, their moisture content is lower (4% to 8% vs. 20% to 60% for fire logs). Their density is higher (40 pounds per cubic foot vs. 10 to 25 pounds per cubic foot for firewood.) Their lower moisture content and higher density results in higher BTU’s than firewood logs. Their uniformity of size and shape makes for more reliable heating.

wood pellet fuel

Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is a renewable biofuel that is the result of a fermentation process using glucose from the following:

  • Sugar, such as from sugar cane, sweet sorghum, or sugar beets.
  • Starch from grains such as corn or wheat, or from tapioca.
  • Cellulose from wood, grasses, and other cellulosic biomass.

Ethanol fireplace fuel typically comes in quart or liter bottles.

ethanol fireplace fuel, a bioenergy day fuel

Ethanol fireplaces can be wall-mount, tabletop or free-standing. They require no venting, so they can be used almost anywhere.

Ethanol Fuel Fireplaces

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Halloween Fireplace Mantel Scarf

Halloween fireplace mantel scarf

A Halloween fireplace mantel scarf is the fabric drape that covers the top of the mantel. It provides the foundation upon which a Halloween themed mantel is created. The mantel scarf is to a fireplace mantel like a tablecloth is to a dining table: It sets the color scheme and theme. You can find a Halloween fireplace mantel scarf in six basic designs:

Spiders, Cobweb, and Bat Halloween Fireplace Mantel Scarf

Spider-created webs, and their dusty versions, cobwebs, exemplify the haunted house mystique. Thus, spider webbed fireplace mantel scarves are a staple of Halloween decor.


When the basic spider web mantel scarf adds bats and/or spiders to the mix, the Halloween vibe increases.

You can use a single, large bat spanning the 23″ by 37″ mantel scarf (use two for wider mantels).

Or you can get a series of bats trimming the scalloped edges of a 20″ by 80″ mantel scarf. Whether one or more bats, these black lace mantel cloths capture the spirit of Halloween.


Pumpkin and Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Fireplace Mantel Scarf

No matter if you are thinking of pumpkin pie or jack-o-lantern face carving, pumpkins are prominent part of Halloween. Mantel scarves featuring these are a charming way to decorate your mantel. As an added bonus, ones featuring pumpkins can stay on the mantel through Thanksgiving.


Ghost Halloween Fireplace Mantel Scarf

This white mantel scarf is best used with a dark fireplace mantel, fireplace surround, or wall behind the fireplace. The ghost bordered mantel scarf can cast a spell over your fireplace. The ghosts are more Casper than spooky, but hauntingly cute!

Pennant Halloween Fireplace Mantel Scarf

Displaying pennants is a classic way to show your spirit and celebrate events. Therefore, this stunning Halloween fireplace mantel scarf has oodles of Halloween inspired banners.



Witch Halloween Fireplace Mantel Scarf

Bewitchingly clever, this Halloween mantel scarf is a definite smile-generator. It features hanging witch legs with black sequined shoes, whimsical layers of black lace, purple tulle, orange and purple sequined banners. Furthermore, it even has mini LED lights!



Lighted Halloween Fireplace Mantel Scarves

Turn out or dim the lights in the room. A lighted Halloween fireplace mantel scarf will add its own light, sparkle, and drama. In addition to traditional orange lights, some are available with purple lights. Many feature black gauze.


Topping a Halloween Fireplace Mantel Scarf

Now your mantel has its first layer, the Halloween mantel scarf. This base will pull together the Halloween decorative items you choose to top it with. Add whatever Halloween decorations suit your style.  Candles, pumpkins, spiders, bats, human or animal replica skeletons, ravens, black cats, ghosts and more can adorn your mantel. Plus, you can always fill the fireplace itself with fire logs shaped like human skulls! All of them will make a haunting memory for your Trick or Treaters, family and friends.


How a Fireplace Mantel Scarf Attaches

Finally, most Halloween fireplace mantel scarves fit on the mantel much like a tablecloth fits on a dining table. With the fireplace mantel scarf, however, the fabric drapes over three sides (front and both sides) of the mantel instead of over four edges. If they don’t stay in place by themselves, the decorative objects you use on top of them will weight them down.

For very long mantels, a mantel scarf can just be draped over the center of the mantel. The fabric does not need to drape over the ends of the mantel.

A less frequently use method is to attach the mantel scarf to the side and front edges of the fireplace mantel with double-sided tape. This allows you to have more fabric hanging down. but it will not provide the covering to the mantel shelf that the other method provides.

Fireplace Mantel Scarf Hung from Edges of the Mantel


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Halloween Skeleton Fireplace

Halloween Skeleton Fireplace

Make no bones about it, skeletons are the backbone of Halloween decorating. A Halloween skeleton fireplace with simulated human, dog and cat, bat and rat, bird and reptile, or even dragon and unicorn skeletons can send tingles up  your spine. In addition to decorating the fireplace, skeletons can sit on chairs or couches and hide in closets. They can prance across shelves or lounge by a cauldron full of Halloween candy.

From a pile of human-like bones replacing the logs in your fireplace, to skeletal creatures haunting the mantel, hearth, and inside a firebox, any Halloween skeleton fireplace is an attention grabber!

scattered bones replace logs in fireplace for Halloween

Even just a replica, life-sized  single human skull,…

skeleton skull

strategically located on a fireplace mantel, can create spooky drama.

single skull dramatizes Halloween mantel

Dramatically lit human skull is all that’s needed to create this Halloween mantel. Photo courtesy

Or feature a limited number of human bone sets to accent your fireplace and hearth. Below, for example, are skeletal hands, arms and a skull.

Skeleton hands, arms and skull

Complete Human Halloween Skeleton Fireplace

A life-sized human skeleton, posed sitting on your raised hearth, certainly grabs attention!

Halloween skeleton fireplace

Or go with smaller skeletons strung onto a garland to decorate the mantel.

skeleton garland for fireplace mantel

Bat, Rat, and Cat Halloween Skeleton Fireplace

Flying bats, scary rats, and hissing black cats are all part of Halloween. The skeleton versions of these animals up the creepy factor significantly!

Bats in and around your fireplace are spooky enough. But long dead skeletal bats can make your skin crawl. You can get them in a variety of sizes. Furthermore, you can hang them head up or feet up.

bat skeletons for the fireplace or other Halloween decorating

Crazy Bonez bat skeletons even have feet that allow you to hang the bats on your mantel. The bats’ toes are bent backwards. This lets them hang from any ledge such as a mantel or shelf. They naturally pose like sleeping bats.

skeleton bats hang on fireplace mantel

Any time of year, not just at Halloween, the sight of rats or mice gives most folks a startle. Place them scampering across the mantel, climbing up the fireplace, or lounging by the heat of the fireplace. Skeleton rats and skeleton mice are perfect for posing by a Halloween hearth.

Rat skeletons and mice skeletons scamper around the fireplace

The skeletal remains of cats are an eerie Halloween decorations. Allow the kitty and cat skeletons to warm up by the fire or investigate the mantel. Up the haunted scale by using skeleton cats with LED eyes that light up and glow!

cat Halloween skeleton fireplace

Dog Halloween Skeleton Fireplace

No bones about it, man’s best friend, even in skeletal form, deserves to curl up in front of the fireplace. Dog skeletons come in a variety of breeds. Which dog skeletons will grace your heath this Halloween?

dog skeletons

Bird Skeleton Fireplace Decorations

Vultures, raven, crows and owls are all associated with Halloween. Elevate your spooky decorations with bird skeletons. In addition, some bird skeletons, even parrot skeletons, come complete with their own bird cages.

bird skeletons

Reptile Halloween Skeleton Fireplace

Snake? Lizards? Frogs? Are the things that slither, crawl and hop part of your Halloween nightmares? If so, snake skeletons, lizard and gecko skeletons, and frog skeletons are, therefore, just the things for cold-blooded Halloween decorating!

skeletons of snakes, lizards, toads, frogs, and geckos

Other Worldly Skeletons

Halloween is noted for creatures that appear for a limited time each fall. Witches, wizards, zombies, and ghosts belong in the world of Halloween. What a perfect time to decorate your fireplace or mantel with the remains of mythical beings! Are dragon skeletons your thing? Or would a unicorn skull express your uniqueness this Halloween?

Dragon Skeletons and Unicorn Skull

Finally, if none of these suggestions meets your expectations, check out ceramic fireplace or fire pit logs in the shape of human or demon skulls. Light a fire and watch flames blaze through the skulls!

human skull fire logs

So have a rattling good time this Halloween! Rest assured, adding skeletons to your ghoulish decor can never be a grave mistake.

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