Troubleshooting an Electric Fireplace Making Funny Noises

An electric fireplace can start making funny noises for several reasons. Although this is not a common problem, it does happen on occasion. This post will help you troubleshoot an electric fireplace making funny noises.  In order to eliminate these pesky sounds, all you have to do is go through this troubleshooting checklist and all of your problems will be quieted! If only everything in life was so simple!

1. Rattling Noise – Vibration

Loose components can sometimes cause a rattle or a chattering sound to be heard from within your electric fireplace. One of the main causes of a vibrating sound coming from an electric fireplace is the fans motor. Continue reading

The Proper Way to Measure Dimensions of a Fireplace

In order to measure your fireplace, you will need to record the height, width, and depth. Failing to record the proper dimensions can lead you to purchase an insert that will not fit correctly. To do this, you will need to record each dimension at different points to get an accurate reading. Firebox, fireplace opening, or cavity, it’s all the same! These names all refer to the same thing. I just depends on the jargon you’re using. Let’s get started!

How to Measure a Fireplace

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Determining How Many BTU’s Your Home Needs

A common question that many homeowners have is “How many BTU’s do I need to heat my home?” The answer depends on 3 variables; size, insulation, and exterior temperatures. Most homeowners fail to consider the latter two variables when deciding how many BTU’s their heater needs. As you might imagine, doing so can leave your out in the cold!

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How to Build a Fireplace Mantel from Scratch – DIY Home Projects

You can create your own custom homemade fireplace mantel all from scratch. You don’t need to be a carpenter to tackle this DIY project! All you need are the right tools, a little know how, and the right attitude!

You can build your own fireplace mantel in an assortment of styles, themes, and colors.

This article will show you how to build a fireplace mantel from scratch. Remember, you can add your own special touch by altering the design with trim accents to appease your taste. This will give you give you an understanding of the correct steps and structural foundation needed to build your own fireplace shelf. Let’s jump right in!
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How to Replace Electric Fireplace Light Bulbs

Replacing your electric fireplace light bulb is simple and easy. You don’t have to be mechanically inclined to pull this one off. In most cases, all you’ll need is a screwdriver and some replacement bulbs to get you and your family back to enjoying movies around the fireplace.

44.75 Inch Sicilian Harvest Black Electric Fireplace

The 44.75″ Sicilian Harvest Black Electric Fireplace. Available on Portable Fireplace.com for $549.00.

Get the most out of your electric fireplace. Learn How to Make your Electric Insert Provide More Heat without Using More Electricity!
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How to Make your Electric Insert Provide More Heat without Using More Electricity

Getting the most out of your electric fireplace will help you capitalize on much needed energy savings while electricity prices are on the rise. Just what can an electric fireplace owner do to increase heat without using more electricity? Great question! At Portable Fireplace.com, we want to make sure that you get the full benefits of owning an electric fireplace. Here’s what you can do!

Tips to Get the Most out of Your Electric Fireplace

1. Install a Damper Cap

Some homeowners think that they their fireplace vent is sealed just because they shut the damper. Traditional dampers are operated by a lever from the inside of the chimney. These dampers can warp over time and DO NOT provide an air tight seal.
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A Guide to Convert a Gas Fireplace to an Electric Insert

Replacing your old gas fireplace with and electric insert can be fun and easy. Why fun? Well let’s be honest, who doesn’t like saving money! All you’ll need are a pair of groove joint pliers and a pipe wrench for leverage.

How to Convert Gas Fireplace to Electric

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Electric inserts can be fitted into just about any existing fireplace. The dimensions of the insert must fit within the fireplace cavity. In order to replace a gas fireplace with an electric insert you will need to remove the existing unit, seal the gas line, and pop in the electric unit. Continue reading for a step-by-step guide that will take you through the process.

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How to Use Chemistry to Make Colored Flames

Fire has a natural glow that is captivating and equally entertaining. While sitting around a bon-fire late at night, you may have discovered that the color of the flame will change depending on what you put in the fire. No we are not advocating you burning all of the photographs of your ex-boyfrind/girlfriend! In fact, it’s simple chemistry that causes this reaction!

Newspapers are one of the most commonly used items but the fire isn’t always consistent and can require some period of trial and error. There is a way that you can make fire burn in different colors with just a few ingredients from the grocery store. First, let’s get an understanding of how the color of fire can be manipulated in this way.

Colored Flames

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Just as a forewarning, you probably don’t want to try this with any gas fires because it can be much more dangerous.
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10 Ways to Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel this Christmas

The countdown is on and Christmas is right around the corner. Now’s the time for parent’s to put on their game faces and get serious. This is the time of year that you can make or break your child’s dreams; this is not a drill! Making all of your child’s dreams come true is no easy task. In fact, a recent survey was conducted by the Early Learning Centre confirmed parent’s worse nightmares.

Out of 2,000 parents surveyed, researchers found that the average Christmas list would cost parents $1,400 to appease their child’s desires! On top of that, nearly 72% of hopeful children write a Christmas list to Santa each year. This clearly shows that the stakes are high. A spokesman from the company said, “For many children, putting together their wish list is the start of the Christmas build-up.” Here’s 10 Ways to Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel this Christmas in hopes of taking the pressure off the gift opening ceremony!

Christmas Fireplace Decorations

This contemporary home features a white fireplace mantel decorated with blue ornaments and joyful Christmas decorations. Blue and white create a natural blend that is delightful to the eye. Simple yet cheerful, this example shows you that you don’t have to go over the top to create an exciting Christmas home.

Legend has it that back in 16th century Mexico, a young girl was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. An angel inspired her to gather weeds from the roadside and place them at the Church altar. Crimson flowers blossomed from these weeds and became known as Poinsettia. Set poinsettia at the base of your fireplace mantel to give to remind you what Christmas is all about!

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How to Paint a Brick Fireplace to Amaze Your Guests

Brick fireplaces are standard features in many homes and are considered more utilitarian and functional than part of the interior décor. However, when you remodel a room and change the furniture and furnishing to give it a brand new look, you need to ensure that the brick fireplace receives a makeover as well. This can be done even while retaining the unique qualities and texture that a brick fireplace can bring to a room.

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