Choosing Where to Place Your Outdoor Firepit

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Nothing is better than gathering around a toasty fire pit on a mild summer evening. Fire pits make your outdoor space more versatile and homey. You can roast marshmallows or drink a cup of cocoa under the stars whenever you feel like it.Outdoor Firepit - Alpine Gas Fireplaces

When you are planning out the perfect place to put your fire pit, there are a few things that you should consider.

Safety

The most important part of deciding where to place your fire pit is safety. You need to make sure that wherever your fire pit is, it’s not going to be dangerous. Here are some quick tips for fire safety with a fire pit.

4 Useful Accessories for Your Backyard Firepit

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A firepit creates a natural gathering point that fits into any backyard seamlessly. If you want to get the most out of your firepit, you will likely be interested in some of the most popular add-ons for this feature. Here are four examples of useful accessories that can enhance the convenience and safety of your firepit.

1. Fire Media

The pieces of glass or stone that fill your firepit are known as the fire media. The fire media is essential to protect your firepit from scorching and warping. The media distributes gas and heat evenly around the firepit to prevent focused heat from damaging the feature.

A Buyer’s Guide for the Best Firepit for This Summer

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Getting a firepit is often one of the best decisions you can make. Besides its versatility, it offers different fuel options, it’s great for parties, and it adds coziness to
any space, small or large. But before you purchase yours, read through this guide on five things to consider before getting a firepit. 

1. Local Regulations

First off, check in with your local authorities about the city’s building codes to inquire about outdoor firepit placement regulations. Also, learn about the safety
restrictions regarding fuel types, precisely on burning wood. If you live in an apartment, condo, or community home, check in with your homeowner or building association.

Different cities and counties will have various regulations, but common ones will often include the following:

4 Things to Know About Electric Fireplaces

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Almost everyone loves the idea of curling up in a favorite chair with the soft glow of a roaring fire in the background. You may believe that installing a fireplace is expensive and time-consuming if your home does not currently have a chimney or venting system.

Fortunately, an electric fireplace is an excellent option. Read on to learn a few important things you should know about electric fireplaces.

3 Outdoor Gas Log Fireplace Design Elements

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Fireplace — Alpine Gas FireplacesIf you would enjoy the ambiance that your outdoor fireplace provides, but are tired of the maintenance a wood fireplace needs and would prefer to burn a cleaner energy source, then you should consider converting your wood fireplace to a gas log fireplace. This conversion is simple and affordable.

However, don’t think that all gas log fireplaces are alike, because you have many design options to choose from during the conversion process. Learn about three outdoor gas log fireplace design elements and what options you should consider for each.

1. Gas Valve Type

The gas valve you choose for your gas fireplace determines how you must light your fireplace in the future. The three gas valve types on the market today include:

Manual valves. When your fireplace is equipped with this valve type, you must light a match and hold it near the gas valve as you open it. Once your fireplace is lit, you can then adjust the flame level as desired.
Manual safety pilot valves. This valve type is equipped with a pilot light that stays lit at all times, similar to the pilot light on other gas-powered home appliances. When you would like to light your fireplace, you simply turn the valve and then continue turning it to adjust flame level.
Millivolt safety pilot valves. These valves are similar to manual safety pilot valves, although they are typically controlled with a remote control or wall switch for added convenience.

While manual valves are very affordable, most homeowners prefer the convenience and added safety of valves equipped with pilot lights.

Upgrade Your Space: 6 Indoor Fireplace Design Trends

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Gas Fireplace - Alpine Gas FireplacesIf Indoor fireplaces add more than just a warm, cozy ambiance. An in-home fireplace can be a charming focal point or an elegant upgrade to your already stylish space. From traditional mantles to modern wall treatments, you can integrate personal touches into your fireplace design in a number of ways.

For a fireplace that adds to your home’s overall aesthetic and value, consider these rising design trends to significantly upgrade look the look of any new or existing fireplace, blending it seamlessly into your home’s unique atmosphere.

1. Vertical Intrigue

Because it plays host to many romantic evenings and intimate gatherings, a fireplace with bold architectural features highlights its sentimental importance. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling elements create an eye-catching, impressive visual statement.

Whether you’re using tile, paint, stone, or shiplap, vertical design elements can mimic the look of structural chimneys and hearths with a modern twist. Vertical design elements draw the eye upward, enhancing the prominence of an indoor fireplace — whether the actual unit is large or not.

What Are the Benefits of a Gas Fireplace?

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Gas Fireplace - Alpine Gas FireplacesIf you’ve thought of installing a fireplace in your home for the natural aesthetics, you may wonder if a traditional wood-burning fireplace or a gas fireplace is the right choice. While wood fireplaces were once the most common, more and more people have discovered the benefits of gas fireplaces. If you want to learn more, keep reading.

You Have No Need for Wood

A gas fireplace uses natural gas to create the flame, unlike wood-burning fireplaces, which use wood. Wood is an affordable fuel option but has many complications. First, you need to find a place to store the firewood.

You have to keep the wood away from your home to reduce the risk of infestation from pests hiding in the wood. Even then, however, pests may take a ride on the firewood to get inside your home. Wood will also leave behind messy ashes that need regular cleaning, but a gas fireplace leaves no residue.

In addition to being cleaner to use, gas fireplaces are easier to use because they don’t need wood. With a wood fireplace, you need to be able to build a fire or buy a special burning log. A gas fireplace turns on and off with the flip of a switch.

7 Ways to Bring Holiday Cheer to Your Fireplace

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Holiday Fireplace - Alpine Gas FireplacesA fireplace is always the focal point of whatever room it’s in but never more so than during the holiday season. The cozy warmth and soft light make it ideal for gathering around to sing carols, read old stories, or enjoy the company of dear family and friends. If you want to amp up the holiday spirit around your fireplace this year, follow a few of the tips below and celebrate the season in style.

1. Colors

Whatever color scheme you set up in your living room’s year-round decorations, make sure it’s easily adaptable for the holiday season. Forest greens and soft whites make a festive backdrop for Christmas colors, especially if you have some deep red ornaments to put up. The natural brick color of your fireplace and the light of the fire itself will complement this color scheme superbly.

Enhance Your Business With a Commercial Fireplace

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As winter fast approaches, are you looking for a festive or seasonal way to enhance your business and draw more people inside? The addition of an electric commercial fireplace is one option many bars, restaurants, hotels, offices, and other unique businesses can benefit from.

Read on to learn more about how you can elevate your business with the addition of an inviting fireplace.Fireplace - Alpine Gas Fireplaces

 

Create a Focal Point

When customers or guests first step into your business, you want to capture their attention. A fireplace in your lobby or dining area does just that. Your fireplace will create a focal point that draws your guests’ eyes, as it creates an aesthetically pleasing design. Your interior layout can be centered around your fireplace too, which will create not only a central focal point but also an inviting gathering place for guests.

This appealing visual will encourage guests to enter your business, particularly if it is a cold day outside.

Learn More About Fireplace Glass Doors

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Fireplaces lend great beauty, warmth, and ambiance to your home. Accessories like mesh screens, hearth tools, or ceramic logs make fireplace usage more convenient and enjoyable. More and more homeowners opt for a particular accessory that increases fireplace safety and efficiency. Learn more about glass doors for your fireplace.Fireplace Glass Doors - Alpine Gas Fireplaces

 

What Are Fireplace Glass Doors?

Fireplace doors are a set of double glass doors that cover the opening of a fireplace. Some doors open and close like traditional double doors, while others unfold in a track system to open and then shut flat again.

While some gas fireplaces come standard with glass doors, you can add these doors to any type of existing fireplace. For example, a wood-burning fireplace you convert to gas can still accommodate glass doors. You can also install glass doors onto electric fireplaces as well.

Glass doors have tempered glass that can withstand fireplace temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This feature allows glass to retain its physical properties and not melt, distort, or emit fumes in high heat. Tempered glass is safer because it will not break into large, dangerous shards. Instead, tempered glass shatters into many tiny pieces that are easier to handle and much less likely to cut someone.

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