Apr 24, 2017 at 17:42 o\clock

Homes with Stunning Fireplaces On Sale This Black Friday Photos

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

Whether a classic wood-burning fireplace, or WBF in realtor speak, or a gas one, there's something perfectly cozy about having a contained, orange glow in your home. This one in a $8.95 million home on sale in Aspen, Colo., four gas fireplaces in the home. Out of five ensuite bedrooms, two master suites each have their very own fireplace.

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

This eight-bedroom home in Englewood, N.J., is on sale for $29.9 million. With multiple fireplaces, the home's listing states a "romantic" master suite has an "elegant sitting room with fireplace and spiral staircase to an impressive tower room with panoramic views of New York City and The Pennsylvania Mountains from the wrap around balcony."

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

This four-bedroom $2.4 million home in Scottsdale, Ariz., has a stunning "great room" with stone accents, fireplace, and wet bar. The home is situated on 1.75 acres on an elevated lot overlooking the 13th green and 14th fairway of a golf course.

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

In Tucson, Ariz., this four-bedroom, $1.195 million property sits on one-acre. "An entertainer's delight, either informal with a 600-sq. ft. eat-in kitchen open to a beamed ceiling family room/fireplace or more formal in the sparkling living room and formal dining," the listing states.

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

Sure, a glowing fireplace adds a nice touch to any living space, but beside ocean waves, you can feel like a captain of your own ship in this $19.5 million home in Highland Beach, Fla. The eight-bedroom beachfront mansion's living room has a "Deco-inspired" two-sided fireplace and the formal dining room has French doors to the poolside loggia.

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

This two-bedroom home in Bainbridge Island, Wash., is on sale for $1.285 million. "Basking in all day sun on medium lowbank waterfront, the effect is stunning...with wide plank fir floors, stone fireplace, chef's kitchen, pizza oven and full length sliding glass walls that open onto gorgeous southwesterly views, spectacular sunsets and steps to the beach," the listing states.

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

This four-bedroom home in $2.599 million in Bend, Ore., is located in a golf community. "Central and open, the zinc fireplace can be enjoyed from multiple rooms and flows from the inside to the outside," the listing states.

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

This four-bedroom English cottage built in 1922 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is on sale for $3.225 million.

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

For $11.88 million, you can own this six-bedroom home in Santa Barbara, Calif., on nearly 11 acres. "Created for absolute luxury and designed to capture the ocean vistas, the formal living room has been meticulously crafted with hand-finished walls, lyptus wood ceilings and a hand-carved, imported fireplace mantle," the listing states. It has an outdoor fireplace and a guest room masonry one.

Homes with jaw-dropping fireplaces

With a whopping 14 fireplaces throughout this six-bedroom home, the Jackson, Wyo., estate has a great room with cathedral ceilings "that frame exquisite views of the Tetons behind the pond" anchored by a large wood burning fireplace. The top floor offers four en-suite guest bedrooms, each with their own fireplace, spacious closets, tub and shower.

Apr 21, 2017 at 04:43 o\clock

Charmglow Ventless Heater To Keep You Warm

The chilly winters make us sit close to a heater. If you also want to control your indoor temperature, nothing beats Charmglow ventless heater. It keeps you warm and is an important part of the house. These heaters are important in winters and during fall as they keep a place warm. They are also gaining popularity as they burn natural gas and propane in a minimum quantity. These heaters are not only practical but also affordable. Propane is a clean and cheap method to heat. It is environmental-friendly and does not emit harmful gases like carbon monoxide.

Why Buy A Ventless Heater?

Ventless heaters utilize heat from inside the room. They have maximum fuel efficiency as no emissions are released from the room. There is no accompanying loss of heat. Charmglow heater parts are such that they keep your expenses to the minimum during purchase and use as they give a better fuel efficiency. Ventless heaters can either be mounted on a wall or can be freestanding. They can either be gas log or blue flame kinds. They are convenient and do not take up a lot of space in the house. They are easy to install and there is hardly any cost of installation.

Ventless heaters do not vent air outside the room. So, they do not need a chimney or an external duct for external venting. The important thing to note is that a Charmglow ventless fireplace can cut down your electricity bills significantly. They offer the highest fuel efficiency of a 99.9 percent which makes sure that you do not have to refill time and again and the fuel is burned consistently. Also, the surface of these heating machines does not get too hot easily so it is safe if you have children in the house. The heater is silent and does not cause any noise pollution.


All building codes in the United States allow for a Charmglow ventless heater. You simply need a gas hook up to install this heater in any room you want. Also, the appliance should be able to fit in the area properly. You can also check the regional and local requirements with your local retailer. Installing a ventless heater is quite cheap as compared to other heating appliances as they do not require a vent or a ducting system. There is also no need to cut through the external walls.

You should take the help of a professional while installing a Charmglow ventless fireplace. Installation does not take more than an hour. Ventless heaters can also be installed for outdoor living areas. If you are using the unit for portable heating, a 90 degree elbow with swivel attachment can make things easier for you. Never install a ventless heater in a small room or airtight houses.

A Charmglow ventless heater is a nice decorative piece, keeps you warm, is less expensive, is environmental-friendly, and occupies less space. There is no reason you should not install this heater with the help of a professional to save money. The maintenance cost of the heater is also very low. Maintenance is important because soot can build up and cause odors. Make sure you read the manual regarding using and maintenance to maintain your unit properly.

Mar 3, 2017 at 01:31 o\clock

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Mar 2, 2017 at 01:44 o\clock

Wood-burning stoves all the rage in austerity Greece | Reuters

ATHENS Once a symbol of poverty, the lowly wood burning stove is making a comeback among cash-strapped Greeks horrified by the soaring costs of central heating as winter begins.

Even the wealthiest Greeks are turning to the kind of basic heating methods that most people haven't used in decades as an economic crisis deepens, taxes rise and temperatures drop.

Costas Mitsionis who sells wood-burning stoves at the central Athens Monastiraki market, rubs his hands with glee as he talks about the doubled demand for his product. His tiny shop is bursting at the seams with stoves in all colors and shapes precariously piled on top of one another almost to the ceiling.

"Business is up 100 percent," said Mitsionis, 42, constantly interrupted by phone calls from clients. "Everybody is flocking to buy, poor and rich alike -- this crisis has put the fear of God into everyone."

In a desperate move to plug its fiscal holes and meet its budget targets under an EU/IMF bailout, the government has hiked energy taxes, driving heating oil costs up to 40 percent higher.

In addition, a flurry of taxes due this fall, including a property levy slapped on electricity bills and a one-off "solidarity" income tax, means many cash-strapped families are facing hundreds or even thousands of euros in extra bills in the first months of winter.

This is when Greeks, most of whom live in apartment buildings, must pay to fill the diesel-fired boilers for the building's central heating. Many residents are declining to pay their share of the heating oil bill, forcing building managers to cancel or slash orders to a minimum.

"I have switched off the central heating and use nothing but the stove instead," said Theodora Doukiri, 39, a cleaning lady in Athens. Her husband was fired from his retail job a few months ago and the whole family depends on her wages of 1,000 euros a month to make ends meet.

"There's no way I could afford heating oil. Now I'm spending just 60 euros a month on wood and the house is like an oven," she added.

With many following her example, building managers are often putting central heating on for just 2-3 hours, usually in the evening, if at all. The rest of the day each family is left to fend for itself, using electric heaters, air conditioners or wood stoves to heat their immediate surroundings.

"People used to heat their houses but now they're just trying to warm their feet," said Mary Lardi, who runs a fuel supply service to residential customers. "We've been in business since 1974 and things have never been so bad."


It's hard to avoid talk of this latest national obsession, with one web site luring Internet surfers by offering heating oil coupons as prizes and a recent TV talk show interviewing Greeks in their 20s on how they manage to live in apartments without any heating.

For a lot of people, wood seems the most attractive alternative option for providing cheap heat.

Stoves that can warm 50 square metres of space are on sale for about 250 euros ($330). Some 1.5 tonnes of firewood, which can get an average household through three months of winter, costs about 260 euros, compared with about 1,000 euros for heating oil over the same period.

"That's a good deal, even rich households in Athens's posh seaside suburbs have increased orders," said Tasos Mitropoulos, who runs a firewood business near Athens.

The government also added its own fuel to the wood-burning fire on Nov 8 when it lifted a ban on the household use of pellets, a type of wood fuel made from compacted sawdust.

Government officials in northern Greece say foresters are selling firewood at discount prices to help poor villagers in remote areas and imports from neighboring Bulgaria have soared.

But there is also a backlash on environment as increased wood consumption seems to be boosting illegal logging and pollution, officials and environmentalists said.

"Police recently arrested five illegal logging squads in just one swoop," said Costas Voliotis, who lives near Pelion, central Greece, one of the country's most richly forested mountains.

Three big cities in the country's colder north, Larisa, Volos and Thessaloniki, have also reported higher pollution levels this week and increased smog has been reported in some parts of Athens.

"We stopped hanging our laundry outside - it's getting dark from all the soot," said Vassilis Tozios, 36, an accountant who lives in the working class district of Kolonos.

Feb 28, 2017 at 08:21 o\clock

A fireplace frame of mind

A fireplace frame of mind

November 10, 1999: 6:22 a.m. ET Choosing a fireplace is a simple question of aesthetics vs. efficiency

By Staff Writer Shelly K. Schwartz

NEW YORK (CNNfn) - The crackle. The glow. The warmth of a roaring fire.


It's as American as apple pie.


And as the autumn season settles in around us, the chill in the air is putting more than a few consumers into a fireplace frame of mind.


"We get a 15 percent to 20 percent increase in retail business this time of year," said Scott Engelberger, owner of The Fireplace Professionals in Cambridge, Wis., which supplies and installs new fireplaces. "The temperature drop spurs people to buy. Many are also interested in getting it done before the holidays."


If you are among the thousands of consumers expected to install a new fireplace this season, but haven't yet made the call, you probably don't need to be told that it's too late to avoid a wait. At this stage of the game, chances are slim that you'll be sitting hearthside come Thanksgiving.


But the good news is you can use that time to your advantage. Put out calls for installation estimates today and do some background research while you wait.


That way you'll know what questions to ask and you're more likely to end up with the unit that best meets your needs -- maybe even by Christmas.


The options


Overall, more than 1.3 million new fireplaces were shipped last year, up almost 80 percent from 1992. That doesn't include the manufacturers that failed to turn in sales figures to the Hearth Products Association.


These days, gas appliances are by far the fastest growing segment of the industry. Sales of gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts soared 17 percent in 1998 to 771,000 units. Between 1992 and 1998, in fact, the number of gas appliances shipped surged 417 percent, HPA reports.




The sale of wood-burning appliances also climbed last year -- by a more modest 7 percent to more than 541,000 units. Wood stoves and inserts accounted for 15 percent of those sales, while factory-built fireplaces claimed 85 percent of sales.


The choices


As far as gas products are concerned, direct-vent fireplaces are the most popular on the market today.


The "gas logs," or manufactured logs, that are used for direct-vent models enable consumers to avoid the mess of wood and smoke and enjoy the look of an authentic dancing flame.


"Gas fireplaces look very realistic these days," said Hearth Products Association spokeswoman Danusha Dehipitiya. "They are popular more for convenience purposes, because you don't have to haul the wood and start the fire. You simply flip the switch and you're ready."


A 9-inch-long exhaust, or ventilation, pipe connected to the direct-vent fireplace sticks out the side of your house to let the gas smell, moisture and any air impurities escape.


The unit, including installation, will cost you anywhere from $800 to $3,000 depending on the - Gas Braais - product brand and contractor fees, said Fireplace Distributors Vice President Tom Raver.


Going vent-free


Vent-free gas fireplaces, on the other hand, have been slower to catch on. Some states and jurisdictions don't even allow them.




That's because these types of units don't use ventilation pipes and if they're not set up properly, it can have a negative effect on indoor air quality, Raver said.


"If you use a vent-free gas fireplace then the moisture, gas smell and dirt particles can enter your house," he said. "For people who might have asthma or breathing problems I usually don't recommend that."


Michael Van Buren, HPA's technical director, confirmed some vent-free units do emit "extremely low" levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide.


They also produce higher moisture levels in the house, he said, which can lead to mold and mildew build-up in the walls, not to mention frost on the windows in colder climates.


"These units are far more popular in the south than the north, just because vent-free heaters have always been around in the south and there's a higher comfort level associated with them," Van Buren said. "The rest of the country has been more reluctant to use them, because they've heard horror stories about houses exploding from the natural gas."


But he stressed these products are safe when used properly.


"The biggest problem with the vent-free appliances is misuse in the field," Van Buren said. "When people install them, they sometimes notice their electricity bills drop substantially and they start using the fireplace as their primary source of heat, which it was never intended to be."


Consumers also frequently purchase a vent-free unit that is too large for their room, he said.


"Often times, you get people complaining that they have to turn the flame off too early, because it gets too hot," Van Buren said. "People tend to purchase ones that are too large."


Inserts and prefabs


Another popular option these days are inserts, which are basically self-contained metal frames that slip into an older existing fireplace hole.


Those who buy them do so to reap the benefits of greater heat efficiency and because it's easy -- the chimney, hearth and mantle are already in place. Consumers need only plug in the insert.


You can choose either a gas or wood-burning insert, but you must choose one or the other - there's no going back and forth.


The units cost about $1,500. Labor will set you back only about $150 to $500, since the chimney and fireplace structures are already in place.




Raver said many people confuse inserts with manufactured, or "prefab," fireplaces because they look roughly the same.


Prefabs also are highly efficient units, but they are intended for homes that had no fireplace to begin with.


"The good thing about prefabs is that you can switch from gas to wood burning," Raver said. "It's not a nightly thing. It takes about an hour or so to switch, but you can change every other season if you want."


Manufactured, or prefab, units do require a chimney.


Most people simply surround the fireplace with an artificial hearth and mantel to make it look like the old-fashioned brick-laid version. Then, they run the ventilation pipes up the side of the house and box them in with siding to mimic the shape of a chimney.


Raver said the cost of buying a wood-burning prefab unit and installing it with a "fireplace look" will run you anywhere from about $1,000 to $4,000, depending on the number of heating tubes included and the cost of living in your neck of the woods.


"This is one of the more popular fireplace models these days," Raver said. "True masonry fireplaces are pretty much a dying breed at this point."


Y2K spurs sales


Yet another option is the cast iron wood stove, which can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 before installation.


Wood stoves are much less common these days, but Dehipitiya said sales have shot up this year due to Y2K concerns.


Those fearing a computer glitch-induced shortage of gas fuel supplies find comfort in the knowledge that wood stoves won't let them down, she said.


Less popular but growing


If none of those options appeal, Van Buren said there are a few other up-and-coming options on the hearth products market today.

Electric fireplaces, he noted, are just starting to catch on in newer homes.


The units cost from $100 for an insert to $1,000 for a complete, self-contained electrical fireplace. They have no flame, but do project an image using mirrors and glowing red logs that "look very realistic," he said.

Coal-burning fireplaces are also popular in the Northeast. The units today are clean burning and provide a steady stable source of heat, Van Burean said.


They cost anywhere upwards of $1,000, not including installation.

And finally, you may want to consider oil fueled fireplaces, which give off a true flame that is often blue in color.


"In parts of the country where people don't have as much access to propane many people go for the oil units," Van Buren said, noting some consumers are "gutting" their gas-burning products to retrofit it for oil. "They are newer on the hearth products scene, and you can buy them to look like regular fireplaces and even wood burning stoves."


The units cost about $1,000 and up.


Fuel sources


If you're not sure whether to go with a wood or gas burning fireplace, there are a few things that can help you decide.


For starters, advocates say gas is the least messy option, since you'll never again get stuck stacking wood in the fall or hauling logs through the back door. You won't have to pay for wood every year, either -- these days, a cord of wood will cost you $20 to $80. If you're a serious wood burner, you can go through four or five cords each winter.


But if you go with gas, you won't get that wood-burning smell either, which is part of the ambiance associated with fireplaces.


Lastly, if you're among the environmentally conscious, you may want to consider an alternative fuel source.


Pellet burning stoves, for example, burn compressed sawdust pellets for heat. The units, some of which are made to look like old-fashioned wood stoves, are "extremely" clean burning and they put to use recycled sawdust that might otherwise end up in a landfill.


"These products generate a ton of heat and they are very clean-burning, but for them to work you need an auger or fan that throws the pellets into the flames," Raver said. "So the problem is, if your electricity goes out, the system won't work."


Manufacturers recently began selling back-up batteries to keep the pellet stoves burning in the event of a power outage, but Raver said he still hears complaints that the batteries last only a few hours.


"If you're out in the middle of the woods, your power doesn't usually go out for a few hours, it goes out for a few days," he said.


Van Buren acknowledged "that is an issue." But he said the ease of use associated with pellet appliances still makes them a viable alternative for many consumers.


"The baby boomers don't want to deal with wood anymore," he said. "This way, they can just have some bags of pellets delivered to their home and be done with it."


Pellet stoves cost about $1,500 plus another $450 or so to install.


The sale of these appliances dropped to 34,000 units in 1998 from 40,000 the year before -- a 15 percent downturn.


Still confused?


Raver said the process of deciding on one type of fireplace over another comes down to a simple question.


"I always ask our customers what they are looking for in a fireplace," he said. "If they say they are looking for something for aesthetic value, I show them toward the prefab with a set of gas logs."


He noted that kind of setup is easy and looks nice, but isn't great on heat distribution.


"If heat's an issue, I still sometimes recommend a wood-burning prefab, but usually people these days don't want to mess with the wood, so I show them the direct-vent model since most don't want moisture and gas smells," Raver said.


Most people opt for aesthetic appeal, he said. And based on the statistics, it's easy to see why.


The 1997 American Housing Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, found that just 225,000 of the 99.5 million occupied homes in this country use fireplaces as their sole source of heat.


The vast majority use them to supplement central heating.


"When you talk to people about what they want out of a fireplace, the first thing they have to decide is want you want out of it," Van Buren said. "Is it strictly for decoration or do you want to heat a room?" Back to top


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