Fireplace Candelabra Decorating Tips

Fireplace Candles Glowing Stainless Steel Fireback

Did you know that you can turn a little light from your fireplace candelabra into a glowing display? The light of a candelabra is beautiful and serene as it is, but it doesn’t take much to turn its simplistic beauty into a magical show of light.

Reflect and Shine
Reflective surfaces in your fireplace, under your candelabra, or behind it, can double the candlelight and make a dramatic difference in the room. To see the magic firsthand, place a large mirror under your candelabra and watch the spellbinding glow!

If you don’t have a mirror large enough to use as a base for the fireplace candelabra, try completely covering the fireplace floor with heavy duty aluminum foil. Another option you have is to place a large, unframed mirror against the back of your fireplace wall. It will appear as though you have twice as many candles lit.

Glowing Embers
For some color variation, set your candelabra on a tray or cookie sheet inside the fireplace. Fill the tray with a generous amount of clear glass pebbles or mirror pebbles . You can use clear glass or choose colors that complement the color theme of the room.

If you have a stainless steel fireback with a mirror polished finish, you can use its adjustable base to reposition to an angle that causes it to throw the light back into your home. Or with a tri-fold stainless steel fireback, you can reflect and amplify the candlelight from your fireplace candelabra from three sides.

Tri-Fold Stainless Steel Fireback

Use a Tri-Fold Stainless Steel Fireback behind the candelabra in your fireplace.

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Choosing Candles for Fireplace Candelabra

July 4 Candelabra and Candles

At first thought, it might not seem like you can do much with a fireplace candelabra. Fill it up with uniform candles and light them, right? Don’t stop there! Many people get into a rut of using the same candle on every platform every time, not realizing the interest imbued by changing it up when it comes to candle sizes, styles and even colors.

Mix Candle Colors

You can employ color themes to set up your candelabra. Consider the occasion or the season. A mix of red, white and blue candles is festive and appropriate for a holiday like Independence Day. Try a red, white and green combination for the winter holiday season, or natural colors for the fall, like brown, earth-tone orange and yellow.

Consider the colors in the room with the fireplace. What is the predominant color? What are the accent colors? Incorporating those accent colors in candles of the fireplace candelabra makes those colors pop and makes the room cohesive. Use any interesting combination of colors that you can devise!

Mix Candle Shapes & Sizes

Stocking your fireplace candelabra with candles the same shape and size can often make it appear too rigid. It is OK to use candles of varying height to add that sense of planned randomness that professional decorators often use. Try using spherical candles, and if the fireplace candelabra does not have candle pins, you can even use votive candles—colored or clear—tealights and other candle containers.

Do it for You

We all realize the impact on ambiance that properly set candles can have. We tend to reserve the luxury of it for our guests alone. But you should also allow yourself the pleasure of basking in the enchanting glow of candles in your fireplace candelabra.

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4 Tips for Grilling Over Your Fit Pit

Barbecue over a Fire Pit

Planning a cookout or barbecue this weekend?  Try going rustic by having your cookout over your fire pit! Your guests will love huddling around the fire, inhaling the grilling aromas, and watching the meat cook. And the flavor from a real wood fire can’t be beat by gas or even charcoal!

You can barbecue anything on a fire pit that you would on a traditional grill, but the method will be a bit different. Read on for tips for fire pit cookouts.

  1. Prepare your fire pit for grilling. Unless you’re planning a rotisserie, you’ll need a grate to go over the pit. Some fire pits come with a cooking grate, while others don’t. You don’t necessarily have to buy one specifically for your fire pit. Will the grate from your grill fit across? Many hardware stores and camping stores sell inexpensive fire pit cooking grates or grills, as well.

  2. Burn good firewood.  As with most wood fires, use only well-seasoned hardwoods. Avoid softwoods like pine that contain a lot of resin. The resin will burn off and leave your food sooty. Fruit trees like apple and cherry make excellent wood for cooking. Never burn treated lumber or wood with paint.
  3. Cook over embers. Like cooking with charcoal, let your fire burn down to embers before cooking. Open flames will burn your food. Start your fire early and built a healthy bed of coals before you start grilling on your fire pit. Your pyromaniac guests will enjoy helping with this.
  4. Use a lid.  A lid hold in the heat, helping your food cook evenly. It also traps the hardwood smoke, adding more flavor. Most fire pits don’t have lids, so you might have to get creative, especially for larger fire pits. Just make sure the lid is metal, and not galvanized. Galvanized metals can give off toxic chemicals when burned.

Want a fire pit for some summer fun? Check out our selection here: outdoor fire pits and fireplaces.

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How to Select an Outdoor Fireplace

wood burning outdoor fireplace

Since the beginning of time, families and friends have gathered around fires for companionship, dining, and entertaining. As the patio and garden evolve into outdoor entertainment rooms, many people are looking for ways to add outdoor fireplaces or fire pits to their outdoor spaces. But not all will serve you equally well. Below are five tips for selecting an outdoor fireplace that will best serve your needs:

  • Consider your needs. Before buying, consider what you want from your outdoor fireplace. Are you looking primarily for heat to take the chill off the evenings so you can enjoy your outdoor space for more of the year? Are you mainly looking for a fire everyone can gather around for socializing? Do you also want the ability to cook over the flames of your fire?
  • Height matters. A fire pit in or on the ground gives a real campfire feel. Outdoor fireplaces that elevate the fire bowl place the fire closer to eye-level viewing yet usually low enough to see over from a seated position. Do you want to be able to visit easily with people sitting on the other side of the fire? If so, you will probably prefer an outdoor fireplace or fire pit that you can see over when seated.
  • All fires have some smoke. If avoiding smoke is important to your enjoyment of your outdoor fireplace, consider one with a chimney that directs the smoke up and away from you or one with tempered glass sides like the Moda Flame Palermo H Indoor Outdoor Firepit Bio Ethanol Fireplace Black.
  • Iron eventually will rust. Even the finest, exterior grade wrought iron will eventually rust. Touch up any scratches with a rust-preventative, high temperature paint to extend the life of any outdoor fireplace with wrought iron components. Neither stainless steel nor copper will rust.
  • Does portability matter to you? If you think you might want to take your fire pit to the lake or beach, to the mountains or park, to the tail gate party or the family reunion, to the back of the garden or to the patio, then an outdoor fire pit or fireplace that you can move may be more appropriate for you. Some have wheels, others are lightweight enough to move easily, and some such as the Fire Sense 29-Inch Folding Fire Pit even fold for portability.



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