5 Reasons You Need to Get a Firepit

If you’ve been dreaming of cool Colorado nights cuddled up by a crackling fire and copious quantities of smores, a fire pit may just be the perfect answer for you. At Pagosa Peak Custom Fireplaces in Pagosa Springs, we know your home is your sanctuary. It provides refuge from the outside world, shelters you from the stresses of life and offers one of the best staycations in the world. Those four walls hold your most valued treasures and memories too, but what about your back yard? If your back yard is less than loved here are the top five reasons why having Pagosa Peak Custom Fireplaces install a fire pit could transform your outdoor space from boring to sizzling.

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Why You Should Hire a Professional to Clean Your Chimney

Cleaning your chimney is not an easy task, and you might be thinking, “How hard can it be?” But the truth is, properly cleaning your chimney is not like other household chores—it requires more time, experience and effort than you may have. At Pagosa Peak Custom Fireplaces, we are certified to perform fireplace and chimney inspections. Here are three reasons why you should let us handle your chimney cleaning.

The right tools for the job

A combination of soot, ash and creosote buildup in your chimney makes for a dirty job. Professionals have the proper protective equipment as well as industrial-strength vacuums to keep you and your home from being covered in all of the gunk that comes out of your chimney. That way you can rest assured knowing that  once the job is done, you won’t find leftover residue on your furniture or walls.

Saves you time

Cleaning your chimney is no easy feat, and for someone that is unfamiliar with chimney sweeping, the task can take hours to do properly. Rather than struggle through the process and finish only to realize you didn’t do a good job, let an experienced professional take care of the mess.

Proper insurance and certifications

The most important part of hiring a professional is the level of experience that they have in properly executing the task at hand. Our staff provides Level 1, 2 & 3 inspections that meet the specific standards of NFPA 211.

Chimney cleaning also requires certain risks such as getting on top of the roof and exposure to harmful elements. Reduce your chances of harm and let an experienced professional take care of the dangerous aspects of chimney and fireplace maintenance.

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When it’s time to have your chimney cleaned, Pagosa Peak Custom Fireplaces is ready to assist you. Contact us today for a full service chimney sweep in accordance to your owner’s manual specifications or to inquire about our inspections.

Things to Consider When Installing a Fireplace

Before jumping into a new fireplace for your home or patio, make sure you know the many options you have before you.

Size

Proportions are tricky when placing a new fireplace with a home. You don’t want the fireplace to make the home look smaller by installing one that is too big for the setting. In the same right, you don’t want your fireplace to look too small for the space that you are installing it in. When looking at size as a matter of efficiency, it is important to think about the size of the space you are heating. Remember that you can always create a fire that is smaller than the fireplace can hold, but never the other way around. Opting on potentially a little large will likely be better for you in the long run.

 

Fuel Options

What type of fuel are you wanting to use in your new fireplace? The answer to this question plays into your overall design more than almost anything else on this list. The types of fuel range from electricity to gas to wood. The type of fuel plays into the budget for your fireplace both before and after installation. Wood fireplaces and stoves are by far much less expensive to operate than gas and can stand alone allowing for more options in placement of your new fireplace. However, the installation of a wood-burning fireplace will likely cost more than that of a gas-burning fireplace. Deciding between these two fuels really comes down to personal preference; how much work you’d like to do to get your fireplace going, and whether or not you want the smell of burning wood to be a part of your warm experience.

 

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Location

 

It is extremely important that your fireplace be easily accessible from the house and other attractions that your home may have to offer such as a pool or hot tub. The location needs to offer a good drainage line if outside, and be close to storage for whatever fuel type you’ve chosen. This is pretty specific to a wood-burning fireplace. You wouldn’t want your wood storage to be too much of a walk from the fireplace. If the fireplace is gas, then that will likely be piped into the unit, leaving you with no worries about fuel storage.

 

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Function

An important question to ask yourself when choosing a fireplace setup for your home: What will be the main purpose of the fireplace? Will it be purely decorative or will my family be using it to stay a bit warmer in the wintertime? Attention to detail for an efficient design will be necessary if you will be using the fireplace almost strictly for warmth. An efficient fireplace will cut down on costs because it will be designed to lose heat only to the areas that the heat is desired. If the fireplace is a decoration and conversation piece in the home, then there is more freedom to create an elaborate piece of work that isn’t necessarily as efficient as one that is strictly utilitarian.

 

Outdoor Design

Are you expecting to have your fireplace outside? If so, the design must hold up in the elements. It needs to be able to constantly withstand sunlight, rain, and high wind scenarios. A good way to go with design is to match the fireplace exterior to that of the house it is standing next to. It will let the fireplace blend in a bit more and will surely be made of durable materials.

 

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http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/fireplaces-chimneys/fireplace-addition-costs/

http://www.houselogic.com/photos/fireplaces-chimneys/fireplace-surrounds/slide/indoor-wood-storage/#fireproof-floor

http://www.thehousedesigners.com/articles/the-right-fireplace.asp

http://www.borstlandscape.com/2014/06/outdoor-fireplace-tips/

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