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Fireplace Mantel Decorating

Most homeowners already know exactly what kind of display they want to set up on a new mantel for celebrating the holidays, but that’s only one small section of the year. Unless you w ant your mantel to sit empty the rest of the year, you’ll need to keep your creativity up and choose some non-seasonal decorations that look great as the seasons change. Instead of rushing to change your decorations every few months, try…
June 21, 2019
FireplacesOutdoor FireOutdoor FireplacesWoodburning Fireplaces

Using Your Fireplace for the Last Time Until Winter

If you're like most of us, chances are you won't be using your fireplace very much, if any, from now until winter rolls around again. However, you shouldn't simply let the last fire of the season die and call it good. There's a little bit of cleaning you should do in order to keep your home safe from chimney fires, going beyond simply scheduling an annual chimney cleaning. One of the best things you can…
April 25, 2019
Gas GrillsOutdoor Kitchen

Prepping Your Grill for the Grilling Season

For many of us, our outdoor grills haven't seen the light of day all winter, and now that spring is finally here, we're starting to unpack all the summer toys, which includes our grill. However, you probably don't want to just pull it out of storage and immediately start using it, as that could be a potential safety hazard. Instead, here are four things you should do first in order to be as safe as…
April 21, 2019
FireplacesGas Fireplaces

What to Look For When Buying A New Gas Fireplace

Unlike traditional masonry fireplaces, gas fireplaces don't need a chimney; they can be vented directly out through the wall, which helps them burn much more efficiently. Beyond that, they also help reduce pollution as they produce zero particles when compared to traditional wood-burning fireplaces. However, not all options are the same. When you're buying a new gas fireplace, there are a few important factors you should consider before making a selection.  Ease of Control: These…
March 26, 2019
Electric FireplacesFireplacesGas FireplacesMantels & SurroundsWoodburning Fireplaces

Adding Some Spark To Your Fireplace

A good fireplace doesn't just help keep you and your family warm through the long winter months, it will also serve as a kind of centerpiece for the entire room. Bland fireplaces that appear unused and/or neglected are drab, and take away from the overall feel of the room. In order to add some spark, we need to add some tasteful decor and accessories to spice it up.  Setting up the furniture in the room…
March 13, 2019
Electric FireplacesFireplacesGas FireplacesWoodburning Fireplaces

Best Choices To Replace A Wood-Burning Fireplace

Everyone loves a good old-fashioned fireplace. The crackling of the logs, the glow of the embers, and the warmth of the flames all combine to make them fantastic additions to your home. However, between either buying firewood or chopping it yourself, as well as the increased safety hazards, they can also be a lot more work. It's this reason that many folks are looking to replace their wood-burning fireplace with something a little easier to…
February 22, 2019
Woodburning Fireplaces

Burn Your Firewood More Efficiently

During these long winter months, we tend to use our fireplaces much more often, and, if you have a wood-burning fireplace, the cost of firewood can begin to add up pretty quickly. That's why it's important to use wood-burning methods that will conserve as much of it as possible, allowing it to last for a much longer time, and in turn, lead to you spending less money on more and more firewood. Below is a…
February 8, 2019
Gas Lamps

Illuminating These Dark Winter Nights

During these long winter months, the sun always sets too early, and suddenly it's pitch black outdoors before we've even hit 6pm. Now, when you're driving home from a nice dinner, it can be difficult to even see your driveway as you pull in. Luckily, you can easily brighten up that dark driveway, along with your backyard if you want, with some new gas lamps. Here at WilliamSmith Fireplaces, we sell gas lamps in dozens…
February 1, 2019
Mantels & Surrounds

How to Pick the Right Stone for Your Mantelpiece

If you're beginning the process of building a new fireplace, or potentially remaking an existing fireplace, you're likely trying to decide which material you want your mantelpiece to be constructed out of. There are a handful of different factors you need to consider before making your final decision on a particular material, such as: budget, durability, maintenance, and of course, aesthetic.  A stone such as marble can be perfect for a sleek, more modern look,…
January 9, 2019
FireplacesGas FireplacesGas Logs

When to Replace Your Gas Logs

Happy holidays everyone! We hope your holiday season has been fantastic so far, and continues on through the new year.  We are often asked how frequently you need to replace the gas logs in your gas fireplace. The uninspiring answer is: it depends. The longer answer is that there isn't a set timeline for when they need to be replaced. Rather, there are a variety of factors that can affect the lifespan of your gas…
December 27, 2018