Get More Heat from Your Same Ol' Fireplace with Simple Technique

Written by Susan Penney

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Although attractive and functional,repparttar cast-iron firebacks are too heavy for many people to manage easily. Their weight also adds to their shipping costs, and therefore to their total price.

A more modern fireback design, one that is growing in popularity, is made of a sheet of very gently curved, tempered stainless steel. These stainless steel firebacks warm your room in two ways. First, likerepparttar 100040 cast iron firebacks, they radiaterepparttar 100041 heat ofrepparttar 100042 fire forward intorepparttar 100043 room. But they also reflectrepparttar 100044 heat, as well asrepparttar 100045 light, ofrepparttar 100046 fire intorepparttar 100047 room.

Stainless steel firebacks weigh only one-sixth as much as a similarly sized cast iron fireback, so they are easier to manage and less costly to ship. But their main appeal may be their price: They cost only a fraction as much as their cast iron cousins. Whereas a cast iron fireback, depending on size, can cost $250 to $700,repparttar 100048 stainless steel versions usually go for $50 to $150.

Both cast iron and stainless steel firebacks dramatically increaserepparttar 100049 room-warming capacity of your wood or gas fireplace fire. The addition of this simple fireplace accessory to your hearth can mean warmer toes and lower heating bills.

Susan Penney appreciates simple ways to make our homes renewing spaces for our families. She invites you to visit for fireplace accessories to serve your fire-less or your fire-filled fireplace.

Add Sizzle to Your Surroundings

Written by M J Plaster

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If you've never used anything but wax candles, try one ofrepparttar new gel candles. Gel candles are translucent and their shimmering glow is irresistible torepparttar 100039 eye. You'll find gel candles ready to display in their own attractive glass containers.

Candles and Fragrance

Scented and aromatherapy candles make an excellent choice forrepparttar 100040 kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Consider odor-neutralizing scented candles a necessity forrepparttar 100041 kitchen when you entertain. They serve triple duty by quickly neutralizing cooking odors, adding a pleasant scent and a touch or warmth. Larger scented candles often include interesting texture, shape and color variation.

Candleholders and Display Options

If you use your patio as a three-season outdoor room, float citronella votives in water onrepparttar 100042 patio for a lily-pads-in-the-pond effect. You'll scare awayrepparttar 100043 mosquitoes and other flying irritants atrepparttar 100044 same time. Place all citronella candles a few feet fromrepparttar 100045 table so that you don't run offrepparttar 100046 guests along withrepparttar 100047 insects.

Votive holders have blossomed into every imaginable shape, including butterflies, bejeweled beveled glass holders, and seascape holders. Many ofrepparttar 100048 votive designs are ideally suited for an outdoor environment.

Hurricane lamps add light and atmosphere torepparttar 100049 outdoor table inrepparttar 100050 evening. Eve lights can produce harsh lighting, and hurricane lamps provide enough light to see without detracting fromrepparttar 100051 atmosphere. When selecting a candleholder for outdoor use, it's important to select one that shieldsrepparttar 100052 flame fromrepparttar 100053 wind, and hurricane lamps provide ample protection fromrepparttar 100054 wind.

If you haven't seenrepparttar 100055 newer tea lamp candleholders, you're not going to believe your eyes. These candleholders are every bit as elaborate and intricate as their electrical counterparts. If you preferrepparttar 100056 formal look of a chandelier, consider a chandelier candleholder for a soft, diffused light. The next time a storm or tornado blows through your area, leaving you without electricity, tea lamp, hurricane and chandelier candleholders will be ready and waiting.

Whatever your décor, imaginative use of candles and candleholders allows you to change your décor as often as you change your mood.

M J Plaster is a successful author who provides information on shopping online for,, and M J Plaster has been a commercial freelance writer for almost two decades, most recently specializing in home and garden, the low-carb lifestyle, investing, and anything that defines la dolce vita.

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