Spring Cleaning Your Fireplace — Part Two: Removing Soot from Wood Mantels and Metal Trim

Mantel

Nothing mars the beauty of your fireplace like unsightly soot, but using harsh chemical cleaners to remove the oily buildup isn’t the only option. In Part One of this short series, we covered how to clean soot from brick and glass. In this section, we’ll offer tips and tricks for spring cleaning the painted or stained wood mantle and metal trim pieces around your fireplace or gas insert.

The Mantel

Don’t despair if your painted or stained wood mantel gets sooty, and don’t drag out any stiff
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Spring Cleaning your Fireplace — Part One: Removing Soot from Brick and Glass without Harsh Cleansers

Removing soot stains from the fireplace is one spring-cleaning chore no one wants to do. A bit of elbow grease is required, especially if the job’s been on the “avoid” list for a while. But you can get great results by using gentle, natural cleaners that will have the brick, glass, and tile around your fireplace gleaming.

Start the process by cleaning out ash from the firebox (for wood- or pellet-burners). Vacuum and dust all the surfaces as thoroughly as possible.

Cleaning Brick

Soot is
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How to Choose the Right Vent Free Gas Logs for Your Fireplace

Fireplaces and hearths have been centerpieces of the family home since the beginning of time. With the ability to warm the body as well as the spirit, a fire is understandably a desirable addition to any residence.

If you own or are considering purchasing a vent free fireplace, you will have the opportunity to customize it with vent free gas logs. Choosing the logs that are best for your home depends on a few deciding factors.

The first step is determining what size vent free log assembly will fit your current
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