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How I Painted My Brick Fireplace Black in 3 Easy Steps

With one day, a little elbow grease, primer, and black paint, I was able to update our 1980s red brick fireplace. In only three easy steps, the centerpiece of our living room was completely transformed into a fresh, up to date, yet classic look.


Dimplex DLGM29 Opti-Myst Open Hearth Fireplace Insert Review

I will share my personal review of the Dimplex DLGM29 Opti-Myst electric fireplace insert, as well as simple assembly instructions.


How to Sweep Your Own Chimney

If you live in a relatively modern home, you can save yourself a bundle by sweeping your own chimney. It is not for the faint of heart, but a very doable DYI home project.


Common Uses for Wood Ash in Home & Garden

Get more than just warmth from your home fireplaces with these helpful tips for using wood ash around the home and garden.


How to Frame a Fireplace

This article covers all the basic steps from start to finish on how to build a fireplace surround. I cover instructions on how to build the frame, drywall, stonework, and of course, the mantel.


Make a Decorative Indoor Fireplace and Emergency Heater Without a Chimney

How to make an emergency heat source and decorative fireplace for cheap without a chimney.


How to Build a Gas Fire Pit

Building a gas fire pit might seem like an onerous task for a DIY full or partial project, but it's doable and this guide will help you!


How to Make a Faux Fireplace for Free (With Photos)

How to paint faux bricks to create a fireplace. This DIY tutorial contains lots of photos!


What to Know Before You Buy a Wood Stove or Pellet Stove

This article discusses the eco-friendly and financial advantages of wood stoves, pellet stoves and fireplace inserts.


How I Make Quick and Easy Newspaper Bricks for Burning in My Fire

Easy instructions with photos show how I make paper bricks. Don't shred and soak newspaper when making paper logs for burning in your fire. My paper logs dry so quickly I can even burn them next day!


How to Split Logs for Firewood by Hand

If you're thinking about using wood heat or need to brush up on your wood-chopping skills, you'll want to check out this article on chopping wood by hand.


How to Build a Fieldstone Fire Pit

With some simple tools, a little effort, and a few safety precautions, building a fieldstone fire pit is a weekend DIY project that your family and friends will enjoy for many years to come.


Are Vent-Free Propane Gas Log Fireplaces Good or Bad?

Pros and cons of vent-free gas log fireplaces. How safe are vent-free units? Cautions before you buy and install a vent-free unit.


Choosing, Installing, and Using a Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace

Need to add heat to a room? While a traditional fireplace might be too much bother, an electric one may not. Find out about them here.


Electric Corner Fireplace: What You Need to Know

If you are looking for some supplemental heat at home, you might want to learn more about an electric corner fireplace.

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Choosing Between the Different Types of Fireplace Grates

After knowing why we need to have fireplace grates, the next big question that assails us is which one we should buy. There are hundreds of different types, made of different materials, and in many different models.


How to Make Gel Fuel

Gel fuel is an awesome compound that's really useful when combined with ventless fireplaces. It can be expensive, though, so learning how to make gel fuel can be handy.


How Electric Inserts Differ From Vent-Free Gas Fireplaces

Electric inserts are not the same thing as vent-free gas fireplaces. Read on to discover what differentiates one from the other.


How to Build an Outdoor Brick BBQ Grill (DIY)

Get some tips and ideas for building your own backyard brick barbecue grill.

Finished project.

How to Build a Simple Do-It-Yourself Corner Fireplace

In this article, I will discuss how we built a simple corner fireplace. This can be a fun DIY project for you to tackle at home.


How to Fix a Gas Fire That Keeps Going Out

Learn why your gas fire keeps going out—even when it still seems on—and how you can fix this.