Fireplaces

  • Fireplace History
    Fireplaces have been used for centuries, since the beginning of civilization. At that time pits were built in the ground in the center of a hut and the smoke escaped through holes in the roof. ....
  • Limestone Mantels
    The soft pale look of limestone mantels has always appealed to you. It is as elegant as marble (and as formal) but not so cold, not so formidable. The question you might be wondering about is the diff....
  • Wrought Iron Trivets
    Unless you're really into antiques, you might not have any idea what a trivet is. A quick poll of some of my friends drew nothing but blank stares when I asked them what they thought a trivet was. T....
  • Marbled Wood Fireplace Mantels
    You're reading about marbled wood fireplace mantels, probably, for one of two reasons. The first of these is that in the best of all possible worlds, you would have a genuine marble fireplace. The sec....
  • Portable Gel Fireplaces
    Portable gel fireplaces are faux fireplaces that use new alcohol-burning fuel technology instead of wood-burning fire, electricity or gas. The confusion sometimes occurs around the word "faux," leadin....
  • Electric Stoves
    Electric stoves add a quaint feel to any room, and heat, too--if that's what you want. Since they are electric, you can turn the heat off and just watch the lifelike flames flicker. Or, for those cold....
  • Free Standing Electric Stoves
    Free standing electric stoves have a bit of a repetitive name: the only true free standing stoves have to be electric. Wood- or gas-burning stoves don't stand freely because they have to be connected ....
  • Cast Iron Trivets
    Cast iron trivets are wonderful accessories for those who love old fashioned items in the home. Interestingly enough, the word trivet actually comes from the old English trifet, which literally means....
  • Fireplace Mantels - Stone or Wood
    Fireplaces and fireplace mantels are certainly a defining element in home decor. You would think--given that we've had fire for 500,000 years, and houses for about 4,000--that they have a long history....
  • Gas Fireplace Accessories
    Gas fireplaces are a great addition to any home. They provide cheap, efficient heat, they look great, and they are much easier to maintain than a traditional wood fireplace. If you're looking to buy....