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Author: Roger Harley Created: 10/9/2013 1:58 PM
A collection of interesting articles, video, FAQ, hints and tips about fireplaces, BBQ's, patio furniture and all things outdoor rooms.

As far as we’re concerned, there aren’t any downsides to getting a fireplace, and if you’re getting one, it means you feel the same way. In order to make sure your newly purchased fireplace is in top working condition for as long as possible, there are some maintenance habits you need to know.

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Snowstorms, black ice, hail, frozen pipes... It seems as though every winter, the elements throw the most creative challenges our way. The one downside of living in such an amazing place as Ottawa is dealing with the different weather crises every winter. During the winter, temperatures in our part of Canada can plunge to -40 degrees celsius. While our homes are usually equipped to handle the cold, there are still emergencies that may occur, such as blackouts or winter storms that may leave you and your home without any protection from the elements. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency home winter kit prepared. While a power outage might not necessarily herald a zombie apocalypse, it ​could be dangerous if you don’t have items to keep you warm, dry and well-fed. 

The best thing you can do for yourself and your family in an emergency is to be prepared. While it is recommended that each household maintain an emergency kit year-round, it can be particularly crucial during the colder winter months.

Here are some essential items that you should include in your winter emergency kit. Depending on the number of people in your household, you may need more than one kit. 

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The gifts are wrapped and they are placed under the tree but you are looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers to hang over the fireplace — look no further, we’ve got you covered! Below you will find some great ideas to add to those stockings!

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Christmas is almost upon us! This time of year is as exciting as it is busy - there’s the shopping that needs to be completed, there are those activities that have to be planned and confirmed, the decorations that need to go up around the house, etc. Cases of oversight can easily occur in such giddy periods. And, what’s worse, they can expose your home and its inhabitants to some hazardous situations. The fireplace, which is a very prime spot for Christmas decorations at home, happens to be a hazard-prone area. But don’t be alarmed - with these tips, you can decorate your fireplace safely throughout the holiday period.

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Christmas is nearly here, and everybody and their neighbour has either already started their holiday shopping or plans to put it off until the last possible minute. Regardless of which side you’re on, the Fireplace Centre has got you covered for a thoughtful gift for your family, friend, neighbour or even for yourself. Whatever you buy, you want it to be useful; which is why we’ve compiled this practical list of gift ideas to make your Christmas shopping much easier.

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For many of us, this week may be the last time we willingly sit outdoors this year. Temperatures are dropping fast. And while that means we get to cozy up next to our fireplace inside, it also means it’s time to pack away our outdoor furniture that has helped make our summer so enjoyable. 

If you want to enjoy your furniture for another year, it’s important that you clean and protect your pieces properly. Without doing this, your furniture could end up mouldy and damaged, potentially costing you a lot of money to fix or replace.

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Thanksgiving is this weekend, which means it's time for your guests to be in awe of your meal thanks to your kitchen secret — the Big Green Egg (nicknamed EGG by fellow eggheads)! This handmade ceramic cooking device offers all-weather cooking with patented technology that steals the dinner show with every single meal.  

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Proper care and maintenance of your fireplace involves the routine cleaning of the appliance and should be a part of your regular chore list. 

When it comes to cleaning, fireplaces can be intimidating. Especially if this is your first time doing it. But it’s really not as difficult as it seems. With the right supplies and a bit of patience, you’ll have a clean - and safe - fireplace in no time. 

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Have you ever met someone who didn’t like a good barbecue? Neither have we. Rain or shine,  — but preferably shine — cooking your food outdoors is always a crowd-pleaser and a great team activity. Not to mention, all food tastes infinitely better when it’s smoked or grilled. 

Even the most basic foods can take on a whole new flavour profile depending on what you do with it. Don’t believe us? Check out our suggestions for some new meals to try out.

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Installing a fireplace or fire pit is a sure way to upgrade your home living experience. Historically, fireplaces and fire pits have not only provided warmth but have also been a place where families can bond during holidays or at the end of a long day. Nearly 350 years after the invention of the first fireplace, its main purpose hasn’t changed much and fireplaces and fire pits remain as useful as ever.

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