Monthly Archives: December 2013

Simple Mantel Decorations for New Years

Decorate Mantel for New Years

The mantel decorations that looked so very right for Christmas seem out of place for celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Here are four really quick, simple fireplace mantel decorations for New Years that require only a group

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How to Roast Chestnuts in a Fireplace

How to Roast Chestnuts in a Fireplace

Luckily, chestnut season and fireplace season happen pretty much simultaneously.  Starting in October and lasting into Spring, chestnuts appear in many grocery stores.  Roasting chestnuts in the fireplace is a long-standing tradition in many homes.  If you try it once,

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Do I Need a Chimney Sweep? Can I DIY?

Do you really need a chimney sweep? Your wallet versus a chimney sweep.

Do I really need a chimney sweep or can I DIY? Aren’t there fireplace and chimney tasks I can do myself, without special training? And how much money will I save if I do the chimney maintenance and repair work

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Christmas Fireplace Safety – Safety Tips

Christmas Fireplace Safety: Fireplace Safety Tips for Christmas

Use the Christmas Fireplace Safety Checklist below to keep your family safe around the fireplace during the winter holidays. Are your Christmas stockings hung on the fireplace mantel with care? In the famous Christmas poem, the stockings were not just

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