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4 Tips on How To Make Your Fireplace Mantel Stand Out

You’ve finally got the perfect stove installed, you have had your chimney swept, so what’s the next step? Making the area look aesthetically pleasing so you can enjoy your fire with a beautiful surrounding?

Here are 4 ways to add visual appeal to your fireplace mantel.

Mirror, Mirror on the wall…

Adding a mirror above your fireplace mantel can make the room look bigger, it can also create a sense of spaciousness and openness.

Top Trick: adding a mirror can fool the eye into perceiving more space, depth and makes the room look larger than it is.



By having a theme each season, you can play around with many decorations, in the summer time you may wish to add fresh flowers in a lovely vase to draw attention to the fireplace. In the spring, you may want to add some colourful plants or light coloured ornaments on the shelf of the fireplace mantel and light fresh linen scented candles to make the room smell fresh. In the fall, you may wish to be more creative and add Halloween decorations, pumpkins, and leaves on the mantel. Finally, in the winter time you can add candles, lanterns and Christmas decorations to give you that Christmas feeling.


Family Photos or Paintings

If you want more of a homely feel, you may wish to hang a family canvas or frame a family photo and place it on top of the mantel for family and friends to see. Camera shy? What about putting up a photo of your pet or a nice painting?


Less is More

If you prefer to keep it simple, just simply add a few decorations on one side of the mantel so it does not look too cluttered. You may even want to add a few logs on one side of the mantel, to give you a nice minimalistic look.

There are so many creative ways to make your fireplace stand out. What are some of your tips?

Importance of Smoke Alarms

If you own a fireplace, wood-burner or a multi-fuel stove then it is absolutely crucial that you have a smoke alarm installed in your home. Why? Because it can save lives.

Smoke alarms can detect smoke fast, giving you time to get out of the house if there was ever a fire. The National Fire Protection Association said ‘having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half’ and almost two- thirds of home fire deaths are due to fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This stresses how important it is to ensure you have a working smoke alarm.

What you should do:

  • Ensure you install a smoke alarm in all the rooms in your house and in the hallway.
  • Ideally you should test your smoke alarm every week but it is crucial to test your alarm AT LEAST once a month to check that it is still working or if batteries may need replacing.
  • When a smoke alarm sets off, go outside and stay outside with your family, until all the rooms have been checked before going back inside.

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3 Ways to Make Your Leftover Wood Ashes Useful

Once the fire is completed, most people would remove the cooled off ashes and dispose it. What most people may not be aware of is that, wood ashes can actually be very useful!

Did you know that wood ashes can…

Act as a Natural Pest Repellent?

It’s true… wood ashes can actually keep slugs and snails away from your flowers, lettuce and vegetables. Simply sprinkle and spread the ashes evenly around your flower bed, patio or where ever you grow your lettuce and you will begin to notice that the ashes will act like a pest repellent.

Please note: Avoid using paper ash, coal or multi-fuel leftover ashes.

Good for Melting Ice and Snow

The perfect combination in winter.

If your driveway is icy, you can use some of your wood-burning firewood ashes to melt the ice off. The good thing about it is that unlike salt it will not ruin the ground or your soil. Give it a go!

Cleans your Stove Glass Windows

All you need to do is rub a little bit of wood ash to a damp sponge and start cleaning your stove glass window with it. It will remove away all the sooty residue and smoke.

This is our advice on 3 ways to make your leftover wood ashes useful; therefore if you wish to act upon any of the information given you should do so at your own risk. We will accept no liability or claims from the activities arising from the information set out in our web pages.

Indications of a chimney fire and what to look out for

When you think of winter, do you imagine yourself snuggling up on your sofa all wrapped up warm in the comfort of your own home in front of a cosy warm glowing fire with a nice cup of coffee in hand? When you are enjoying moments like that, how often do you really think about the conditions of your chimney?  For many people thinking about a chimney fire will be the last thing on their mind. However, it is ALWAYS crucial to think about what would happen when you light a fire, after all no matter what type of content you use it in… it is still a fire!

What are the indications of a chimney fire?

The most common signs of a chimney fire are as described below:

  • Flames and dark smoke can be seen from the top of the chimney
  • Loud popping, cracking and roaring airplane or train sounds that can be heard even by neighbours
  • A strong hot smell
  • The fire may also burn slowly and silently at exceedingly high temperatures

Warning: In more serious cases, chimney fires can burn very intensively resulting in destroying homes, causing injuries to people and possibly death.

Top Tip: Evacuate from the house immediately and ensure the distance between everyone and the fire is as far away as possible and then contact the fire department to inform them of the situation.

What to do after a chimney fire?

Do not be put off with using your fireplace or wood-burner again, instead talk with a professional and ask them what had cause the fire and how to avoid it from occurring again. Just be extra careful next time and ensure the appliance and the chimney is thoroughly inspected before it is used again.

Refer back to our chimney sweep page for more information about the importance of having your chimney swept.

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This is our advice on how to indicate a chimney fire. If you wish to act upon any of the information given you should do so at your own risk. We will accept no liability or claims from the activities arising from the information set out in these web pages.

3 Ways To Make Your Home Feel Cosier

The temperatures are low and unfriendly in the winter season which often makes us want to explore different ways for warmth. There are so many ways you can make your home feel cosy.

Here are 3 little changes you can make to give you that homely cosy feeling:


Light Your Fire 

Lighting your fireplace/stove will automatically make you feel warm and cosy, never mind the heat the hearth releases, just gazing into the dancing flames will make you feel warm. Even if you don’t have a hearth at home, just turn the gas fireplace flames on and it will give you a similar effect.


Light The Candles

Yellow and orange lights are better than white lights just because it gives the room a warm glow. Light candles around the house, not only will it make the room look cosier it releases heat too!

Top Tip: Do not forget to blow the candles out before leaving the room to prevent a house fire from occurring.


Feet Up, Snuggle Up

Place a woollen throw or a large blanket over the sofa, it will be available for you to use when you decide to snuggle up in front of the TV to keep warm. By accessorising the sofa with big cushions will make the room feel more intimate and will add colour to the room. If you have wooden floors, you may want to consider adding a large rug (honestly! There’s nothing nicer than stepping onto a nice soft rug!)

What makes you feel cosy at home? Please comment below…

13 Things to do in Winter

When the weather outside is chilly, finding things to do in the winter can be a challenge, so we have come up with 13 things you can do to enjoy the long winter seasons.

No snow, but want to do something wintry?

  • Go indoor ice skating with family and friends
  • Go indoor skiing it can be just as much fun and it’s cheaper than going abroad!
  • Go for a walk outdoors then come home to a warm glowing fire and treat yourself to a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmellows

If it has been snowing…

  • Build a snowman or a snow fort with your children
  • Go sledging at your local park
  • Wrap up warm and go far a nice long walk and admire the beautiful snowy wintry scenery

Prefer to stay indoors?

  • Do arts and crafts with your children e.g make paper snowflake cut outs, or paint a nice painting
  • Bake cookies and decorate them with icing sugar (create a winter theme)
  • Put a movie on, light the fire and snuggle up on the sofa under a nice woolly blanket
  • Grab your favourite book or start a new novel and pour yourself a nice glass of wine and relax!
  • Put on your most comfortable clothing on, wear your softest slippers and do some online shopping! One of the best things about Firemizer is that you can buy it online, so there’s no need to worry about big crowds or queues and the product will get delivered directly to your door – perfect!
  • Have an extra warm and relaxing bath and read your favourite book

Do a good deed

  • Nothing warms the heart than helping others in need, why not donate food, clothing and toys to a local charity shop, it will also make you feel better and happy knowing you have put a smile on someone’s face.

These are just a few ideas you can do over the long winter seasons. You may wish to do all the outdoor activities during the day then do all the indoor activities in the evening time.


We would love to hear what you like to do in the winter time, feel free to give us some winter activity ideas below!

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Some of you may already have an idea or a plan for the day on how to show your special someone your love and appreciation. For those who may not have a plan yet or are still thinking of an idea for the evening, why not do something a little different this year, why not create a special experience for your special someone? After all isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?

Now, how can you make this day extra special? Well they do say ‘home is where the heart is’ and there is no heart bigger than the hearth of your home, the most focal point of your home. If you have got a fireplace or a stove, you should absolutely make the most out of it! Why not cook up a nice 3 course meal for your special someone and make the evening extra romantic by putting rose pedals on the table and moving the table close to the fire to create that perfect romantic atmosphere. Too cheesy? What about laying out a couple of classic movies on the table and asking your special someone to choose the movie he/she wants to watch and snuggle up by the fire together. The more effort you put into the evening, the more they will feel extra special and happy. If you think refueling your fire is too distracting for you while you are enjoying each other’s company, why not insert a Firemizer into your fireplace to make your fire last longer so you don’t have to worry about refueling the fire as frequently? If you want more information about Firemizer, simply click on this link: Firemizer

Make your day extra special with Firemizer!

3 Great Fire Safety Tips When Using a Hearth for Hearth Owners

Lighting a fire can be fun and with the increasing number of hearth owners, it is vital that we ensure that safety is always first.

We have put together 3 easy to remember fire safety tips when using your hearth.

First and foremost, always make sure you have enough space for your fire to burn. To prevent an unwanted fire from occurring, ensure any furniture or home decorations are kept at a safe distance from the fire. Keep in mind, when you light the fire to remove any lights or decorations dangling from the mantel to avoid them from catching fire.

Secondly, the logs you burn should be dry and well-seasoned. Burning seasoned logs has many benefits and burns more effectively than wet wood (click here to find out more on ‘how to choose a solid fuel’). Wet or unseasoned wood can cause tar/creosote to form in the hearth and chimney, which can increase the likelihood of a chimney fire. It is also recommended that you should have your chimney swept regularly.

Last but not least, keep children and pets away from the hearth and educate them about the dangers of fire. Also, you must never leave a fire unattended for any reason at all.

These are our fire safety tips when using a hearth for hearth owners; therefore if you wish to act upon any of the information given you should do so at your own risk. We will accept no liability or claims from the activities arising from the information set out in our web pages.

We would love to hear what your fire safety tips are too, please feel free to add your tips below:

Try Something New This New Year

Now that winter has arrived, the months ahead will feel a lot longer, darker and colder. As the weather gets chillier, you will be extra likely to spend more time indoors. Now is time to ensure your home can provide you with as much warmth, so you can be as comfy and cosy as you can be at your own home.

Join in on trying something new this New Year! If you are one who relishes the idea of a warm cosy fire after a long walk in the great outdoors, then you need to know all about Firemizer. Many fireplace and wood-burning stove owners have experienced using Firemizer in the last autumn/winter season across the UK and USA. They have provided us with many positive feedbacks of the unique solid fuel saver. One stated ‘‘the FIREMIZER does exactly what it claims. I noticed less cleaning of ash, longer fires, it gives me more heat from less wood.’’ And another quoted ‘‘our wood lasts much longer and so little ash is left over because everything burns!’’. Sure being outside is lovely during the day, especially when you have your big jacket and comfy walking boots on to keep you warm outside but as soon as the night draws in, the evenings can be much cooler. When it gets colder, you will be tempted to light your fire much sooner, meaning you will be more likely to burn more wood to keep the fire going for the rest of the evening. We are also more inclined to put the heating on, when the weather is cold and wet outside. Who doesn’t like the idea of staring into the bright dancing flames in a wood-burner or a fireplace? Just the thought of it just provides you with such a warm cosy feeling. Using Firemizer will make your fire last longer because it will burn the wood more evenly and thoroughly into fine ashes, it works by reducing the burn rate of fuel. Why not give it a try?

Two very good news…

Independent tests by a leading laboratory in the UK have shown Firemizer reduces the emissions of creosote hydrocarbons by up to 57%, which will reduce the build-up of potentially dangerous soot in your chimney AND other independent tests by a leading laboratory in the USA have proven Firemizer can limit particulate emissions by up to 72%. As a result, Firemizer is not only good for you but is also good for the environment too.

Try it to believe it!

The best thing about the Firemizer is that it is very simple to use, all you need to do is place it on the base of your hearth and light your fire as normal. Firemizer will typically last up to 500 burn hours! Multi-fuel stove owners… It works for both coal and wood so do not worry if you prefer to burn coal because it works too!

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