firewood and hearth

  1. The Do's and Don'ts of Storing Firewood

    The Do's and Don'ts of Storing Firewood

    Do the fall and winter make you excited about toasty fire pits and relaxing nights in front of a gently crackling fireplace? To make this happen, you need properly seasoned firewood that catches fire easily and burns evenly. After you obtain the right firewood, you need to store it in a place that will keep it dry, away from pests, and ready for use at any time.

    This quick guide will discuss how to properly store firewood, where it should and shouldn’t be stored, why it needs to be covered, and how to properly season harvested wood. When you have the right storage methods and accessories, it's easy to keep a fire going and enjoy the colder seasons. Check out these dos and don'ts of how to store firewood. 

    How to Properly Store Firewood

    Proper firewood storage requires a few conditions to be met. Overall, firewood should be kept on an elevated rack that is covered yet slightly ventilated to allow airflow. Also, firewood should be stored a short distance from the home from your building's exterior. This ensures that any pests don't enter your home. Here are the specifics about firewood storage and where to find the best solutions for your setup.

    What Makes Firewood Racks Special?

    When you need to store firewood in the best conditions, just any rack won't do. The unique nature of firewood racks keeps wood safely ventilated and protected from moisture and pests. While basic racks and shelves just hold wood, one made for firewood comes with a ventilated waterproof cover to keep the rain away. The waterproof polyester cover should be adjustable to cover your wood rack as it fluctuates in height.

    Firewood racks are also high enough to keep all the wood off the ground. This ensures that moisture and pests from below don’t have easy access to your woodpile. Overall, this solution combines airflow and

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  2. 6 Tips for an Incredible Fireplace Makeover

    6 Tips for an Incredible Fireplace Makeover

    Does your home’s hearth leave you feeling less-than-inspired? While a traditional brick fireplace is a highly coveted feature, if the one you currently have doesn’t reflect your personal style, it can feel more like a drawback than a perk.

    Luckily, you don’t have to settle! From a fresh coat of paint to a complete fireplace makeover, there are plenty of ways to update your space. Here are a few of the most popular options for a simple DIY fireplace refresh.

    1. Give it a Good Cleaning

    Many homeowners find that giving their fireplace a thorough cleaning is enough to make them fall in love with it again. Not only is a dirty fireplace an eyesore, but it can also create a safety issue. That’s why we recommend cleaning your fireplace inside and out before you attempt any kind of fireplace makeover.  

    You’ll want to wait at least 12 hours after your last fire before you take on this project. This will ensure everything has had a chance to completely cool. When you’re ready, follow this step-by-step guide.  

    Step 1: Prepare the Area

    Cleaning your fireplace is a messy job, so it pays to prepare yourself and the area before you get started. Move everything you can away from the fireplace and put down plastic sheeting or drop cloths.

    Make sure you wear old clothes, rubber gloves, and a dust mask. If you have kneepads, put them on or use a thick folded towel to absorb some of the pressure.

    Step 2: Remove Ashes and Soot

    Using a hand broom or a small shovel, remove the ashes and dust from the fireplace. Then remove the grate or andirons, taking them outside to clean with soap and water. Set them aside to dry until you've finished the rest of your cleaning.

    Step 3: Clean the Inside

    Use a hand broom or dry bristle brush to sweep the inside walls, starting at the top and working your way do

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  3. Great Fall Patio Decor You'll Love

    Great Fall Patio Decor You'll Love

    No matter the season, amazing patio decor is always in style. Having a gorgeous backyard space can give you an area to get away from the stresses of everyday life. It can even make your home the life of the party during any family get together. Fall patio decor goes beyond just tables and chairs. It includes accessories such as stylish storage boxes and buildings, fantastic shade solutions, and more. Choosing the right furniture, accessories, and patio décor can turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis. Look at some of the patio décor that you can choose to bring out the best of your backyard this fall.

     

    Must-Have Backyard Storage to Complement Your Patio Decor

    Everyone wants their backyard to be both stylish and functional. Outdoor storage sheds can provide seasonal storage and not look overwhelming in your backyard or on your patio or deck. To keep your outdoor space chic and de-cluttered, use a deck box or a stylish Versa-Shed or Storboss vertical storage shed to store items year-round. Whether you’re storing outdoor gear or pool toys, these boxes in anthracite or espresso will keep you organized. These metal storage boxes can also be used as trash bin storage, allowing you to conceal your garbage cans from you

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