Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fireplace Blower

When you're sitting right beside a fireplace you feel it's warmth and it's heat. But what about the rest of your family on the other side of the room, or down the hall? Most fireplaces, as big as they get, don't efficiently heat large rooms or houses. It's for that reason why you have to get a fireplace blower. In short, a fireplace blower will warm up your house.

How do they work?

Fireplace blowers capture heat that would have been lost otherwise and distribute it around the home. Such extra heat can come from sources like heat traveling up the chimney. Some utilize a method of intaking cold air from the room and then heating that air within it's pipes so that it can then release the heated air into the room. This way eventually all of the cool air in your room would have been captured and converted into warm air, greatly increasing the heating efficiency of your fireplace.

How can they save you money?

By using air already circulating in the room the efficiency of your fireplace is greatly increased. This will allow you to reduce the amount of time required for your fireplace to heat the room your in and the amount of time it requires to be on. Generally due to energy savings the blower should pay itself off over a winter. The fireplace blower also works with non decorational fireplaces. You just attach the hoses or pipes to your fireplace and suddenly your decoration is now heating your room. They are plugged into the wall so you must have a socket nearby but use very little energy for the fans inside the blowers.

How much do they cost?

Well it depends. Some come installed with the fireplace and others are either DIY jobs or fireplace blower kits. The kits range in price from 100-500$ depending on the make and model. The models mostly come with multiple year warranties and are made from high quality, durable materials.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Outdoor Fireplace

A source of heat, comfort, a warming companion for dark nights and the center of attention in any setting.

No this isn't your spouse, it's an outdoor fireplace.

Fireplaces have gone a long way since the times of rock circles filled in with twigs in the shape of a tepee. Now you can get one in any shape or form that can be lite by any fuel available from electric to gas to natural wood. The exquisiteness of an outdoor fireplace can light up any backyard occasion.

Think about how when your camping all the action seems to happen around the fire. The effect is real and the product is available. But you have to consider some important points when purchasing or installing an outdoor fireplace. In this guide I'll show you the most important features to consider about your next fireplace.

While there are many different types of fireplaces the two major ones are fueled by either gas or wood. Gas fireplaces usually have a button or knob which will ignite the fireplace. This insures that you can always be prepared to start a fire at any time. Also there is no smoke that is produced so your guests may sit anywhere they wish.

Wood fireplaces on the other hand produce smoke and smell. They have to be maintained and take longer to start. However, you get a more authentic feel with the wood as you'll be making a fire just like your ancient ancestors once did in the woods.

The outdoor fireplaces are made from a variety of different materials. The most popular being clay, cast iron and cast aluminum. Clay is light, does not get very hot, requires very little assembly and comes in many different styles. On the downside, it's not very durable compared to it's counterparts, it wont last as long as the counterparts and due to it's composition will be effected by the weather slightly and may require more cleaning.

Cast Iron is durable and as such it'll last a very long time. But it's very heavy, requires assembly, gets very hot and the amount of models to choose from is not as extensive as clay fireplaces. Cast aluminum has the same properties as cast iron but requires less maintenance and is lighter.

As for the prices of these fireplaces, they're quite reasonable with models going from 150$ to 400$ however some more elaborate models can run you upwards in the thousands of dollars. It all depends on the style you wish.

In the end you'll be buying a object that will lighten your home, bring an ambiance of peace to your colleagues, be the center of attention and will warm you when you feel cold. You just can't lose with an outdoor fireplace!