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How to Maintain Your Fire Extinguisher

April 2, 2019 12:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We may be a custom fireplace contractor in Seattle, WA, but working closely with fire has given us a deep appreciation for fire safety above all else. With this in mind, we recommend everyone take the time to learn about proper fire extinguisher maintenance and what you can do to make sure you have a working extinguisher on hand at all times. The Basics Before we get into the actual maintenance, let’s go over a few rules of thumb first. Above all else, always have a fire extinguisher located near wherever fire hazards exist. This means in your kitchen, in the living room where the fireplace is located and even outside, near your fire pit. A fire can double its size in just a few seconds if things get out of control, which means you need a solution handy right away! Next, make sure you’ve got the right type of fire extinguisher. That’s right, there are different types! Most often, a Class A extinguisher will do the trick. Class A models are rated for combustible materials like paper and wood. However, for your kitchen you might want a Class K extinguisher, which is rated for grease and oil. Class C... View Article

Did You Know? A Few Fun Facts About Fire!

March 19, 2019 12:24 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sitting in front of a fireplace or custom fire pit is a great way to experience the allure of fire in a controlled way. Watching the flames crackle and the embers flick up above the blaze can be mesmerizing! It’s no wonder fire has been the object of human obsession for centuries. And while we may not worship fire like cultures of a thousand years ago, we still have a certain reverence for it. Take it from an experienced custom fireplace contractor in Seattle, WA: fire is as interesting to learn about as it is to watch. In fact, there’s probably a lot you don’t know about fire. The next time you’re sitting in front of a fireplace, watching the blaze contently, here are a few interesting facts to keep in mind: Fire is actually an ongoing series of chemical reactions! More people think about fire as a thing. It’s actually the product of several things—namely oxygen, a fuel source and the chemical reaction between them when an ignitor is applied. This is why your fireplace needs a gas source or your fire pit constantly requires wood to be added. When the ingredients run dry, so does the fire! Ever... View Article

How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher

March 8, 2019 9:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Regardless of whether or not you have a fire feature in your home, it’s a good idea to have a fire extinguisher on hand to help protect your home and your family against fires. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t have fire extinguishers at the ready when they need them most, and even those who do often don’t know how to use them properly. Understanding how to use a fire extinguisher effectively is key, especially if you have a fireplace or fire pit on your property. Talk to your custom fireplace contractor in Seattle, WA to get some helpful tips. There are many different types of fire extinguisher devices, but most of the fire extinguishers that are found in homes have a similar design and are operated using the same basic steps. These steps can be remembered with the acronym PASS: pull the pin, aim the nozzle, squeeze the trigger and sweep from one side to the other: Pull the pin: When you use your fire extinguisher, the first thing you will do is pull the pin that is fastened to the fire extinguisher handle. This pin is designed to prevent the fire extinguisher from releasing involuntarily, and you have to remove... View Article

What You Need to Know About Fire Pits

February 22, 2019 9:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Backyard fire pits can enhance your outdoor space and provide you with an enjoyable way to relax with your family or entertain guests when the weather outside is favorable. Investing in your outdoor space can also benefit you by adding to your home’s value and improving its appeal to prospective homebuyers. However, any time you invest in a project in your home, no matter how small it may seem, it’s important to do your research and ensure that you know what to expect from the process. Planning considerations When you want to build a fire pit on your property, there are several important factors that you will have to take into account. There are so many different options when it comes to the size, style, design and configuration of your fire pit, and it’s important to carefully weigh all of these different factors so that you can plan a fire pit for your property that you are happy with. Here are a few things to consider: Cost: Fire pits can vary widely in cost depending on the size of the fire pit, the materials you use and the features that you include in the design. It’s important to do your... View Article

What Are the Best Woods to Burn Outdoors?

February 13, 2019 10:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s the middle of winter, and the idea of cozying up to a warm fire pit is probably the only way you can enjoy being outside right now! With that in mind, you might be wondering which woods are best to burn in your outdoor fire pit. The answer to that question depends on your unique situation. As a custom fireplace contractor in Seattle, WA, we have a lot of experience working with different types of firewood, so we know the pros and cons of virtually every type of outdoor firewood out there. If you plan to gather around your fire pit with a hot drink and good friends this weekend, you will want to make sure you pick a firewood that will last a long time, not be too smoky and let off a pleasant aroma. To that end, here is an overview of the different types of outdoor firewood to help get you started. Hardwoods Typically, outdoor firewood can be split into two main categories: hardwood and softwood. Many people like using hardwood because it burns longer and hotter, making it great for those super-cold nights when you want to linger by the fire for hours. The best... View Article