Focus on Fireplaces

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Fireplaces are an ideal way to keep warm in the winter, but did you know that early fireplaces often held several fires, or that you should check your chimney annually to make sure it's not a fire hazard? Learn interesting facts, tips, and product suggestions from our collection of old house magazines.

Fireplaces are an ideal way to keep warm in the winter, but did you know that early fireplaces often held several fires, or that you should check your chimney annually to make sure it's not a fire hazard?

A Federal mantel at a ca. 1815 Palladian house in Louisville, Kentucky, features a sunburst centerpiece and graceful tapering pilasters.

Read interesting facts, tips, and product suggestions in our Focus on Fireplaces, then check out our Fireplace Photo Album on Facebook!

Old-House History

A Frame for the Fireplace The stylistic history of mantels.

The Beauty of the Mantel The mantelpiece becomes a signature focal point.

Designing a Fireplace Adding a historically inspired mantel to your reproduction fireplace offers a period look for your home.

House Tours: The Fireplace

Decorating Ideas

TV Camouflage Hide your flat screen in the fireplace.

Miles Industries / Valor Gas Fireplaces If your house didn't come with a fireplace, Valor fireplaces look like the real thing and are fully functional heaters that don’t use electricity (or chimneys!).

Safety Tips

Chimney Checklist Is your chimney safe?

How to Protect Your Home from Fires

In the Bookstore

Product & Restoration Directory

Miles Industries / Valor Gas Fireplaces Wide selection of quality made, energy efficient gas fireplaces with an impressive collection of uniquely styled trims and accessories.

Chimneypot.com Chimney pots add elegance and style to any roofline, and an immediate sense of age to period-style architecture. Pots are easy to install, and improve fireplace draft.

Vermont Castings Cast-iron gas-flame stoves and direct-vent fireplace inserts, offered in a full range of verastile trims and accessories.

For more heating products and accessories, browse through our directory of Fireplaces, Radiators, Registers & Grilles.

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