January 16, 2019
Wood Burning Facts You Need to Know
Often overlooked, the quality and material of what you burn is just as important as the quality and material the fireplace is made from.
In it, she lists different types of wood and their burn qualities. Unfortunately, lovely rhymes don’t make for the best wood-burning advice. Here are 3 things to know about having wood burning fires in your fireplace.
Have the right tools
A set of fireplace tools is essential. Not only do they look traditional and classic by the fireplace, they are necessary for keeping the fire in control and for cleaning up the area afterwards. We are all familiar with the pokers and log talons, but one great tool is the bellows. A bellows is an accordion-like gadget that delivers a directed stream of air to the fire. This tool is handy when a fire is struggling to start. A quick puff of air to a coal can give it the oxygen it needs to flame up. A bellows works much more efficiently than fanning the flames, which often spreads ashes.
Buy and use the right wood
Any kind of wood, as long as it is dry and clean, is good for burning. Softer woods like maple and birch burn more quickly. For longer fires with lots of lingering, glowing coals, harder woods like oak and hickory are best. Be aware that some softer woods like pine may tend to build up creosote in the chimney.
Often you will hear of firewood vendors selling a “face cord.” The term refers to a stack of 16-inch wood logs that is 4 feet high and 8 foot in length that is straight stacked. But beware: a “face cord” is an informal term, and some less scrupulous firewood vendors may use it to sell a stack of wood that is less volume than expected. A correctly measured 4×8 cord is in straight-stacked wood only, and the logs are 16 inches long or more. If the vendor cross-hatch stacks your delivery, claiming it “airs out” the wood, they may not be honest with the amount of wood they are delivering. Half the amount of wood can fill up a 4×8 space when it is cross-hatched.
Clean the chimney
Creosote is an ignitable wood burning byproduct that can collect on the inside of your chimney. This kind of buildup is common in wood stove chimneys which sometimes don’t have the proper ventilation. Exposure to creosote can be a health hazard. An annual sweep by a professional should take care of any creosote buildup.
A few more tips and tricks for great fires:
Enjoy the fireplace season!
Article Courtesy of EP Henry
How to Create a Dream Board for Kids
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
What is your child passionate about? What are your child’s hopes and dreams? Making a dream board can be a fun and visual way for your child to express their dreams and inspire them to pursue them. All you need is some construction paper, an old magazine or two, and some glue. Then let your imagination take over! So here is how to create a dream board for kids.
What you will need:
What to do:
Help them avoid filling their board with toys and material possessions. Place their dream board in their room where it can serve as a daily reminder of their goals.
Here’s What We are Up To!
During the long, cold winter months, our crews are working hard removing snow and ice from commercial businesses as Mother Nature deems it necessary. Sometimes this is at 1 AM, sometimes it is during the afternoon drive home. We want to take a moment to thank our hard-working team members for a job well done!
Additionally, the girls in the office are getting their “winter to-do lists” done, and working on many things to improve the day to day lives of our employees, while brainstorming ways to make your experience with Mock Property Services the best that it can be!
Our Retail Store Manager is attending the monthly Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Meetings. She will attend a dealer seminar at Berlin Gardens in Millersburg to learn about the new products making their way to us in 2019. Plans are underway to partner with Architectural Justice in Medina to attend the Cleveland Home and Garden Show, and we will also have a booth at the 25th Annual Akron Home and Flower Show on February 15th and 16th.
SMALL YARD LANDSCAPING DESIGN
Ideas for designing and planting small garden spaces
Small garden landscapes are incredibly detail-oriented. Whether the garden is gracing a condominium, a tiny bungalow, or a rooftop, there is no room for sloppy design or incompleteness. That’s because what is neglected will invariably become an eyesore.
Despite their diminutive size, small gardens can also have plant palettes as varied as a larger garden. Small gardenscapes can range from quaint cottage-style designs to modern, upscale looks. To accommodate the limitations in space in a small garden, landscaping designers will often use miniature plant species, dwarf specimens and other adapted materials. A good designer doesn’t scale down the same garden plan used for a palatial estate, but rather knows how to emphasize and embody the daintier dimensions of a small outdoor space.
Get these tips. In this section, you’ll find tips from landscaping professionals on:
When it comes to the design of small garden, it’s important to attend to the details, design every inch, integrate surprise and splurge on materials. Whether you decide to create a very powerful and exciting small space or a modern minimalist one, a professional landscaper can help you bring your small garden to life.
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